#49 best destination in the world

Bavaro Beach

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  • #19 of the top 25 beaches in the world

Saona Island

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  • Nature reserve and National Park known for its beaches
  • Attracts film-makers and advertisers looking for a stereotypical desert island

Cueva de las Maravillas National Park

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  • Named after the Cave of Wonders, inside the cave you can see about 500 paintings and engravings on the walls, painted in black and red and made by the Taínos, the ancient inhabitants of the island
  • It has about 10 petroglyphs (rock engravings), and 472 pictographs (paintings on the walls)
  • 144 pictographs were classified as cryptic or abstract and whimsical
  • In addition you can see 135 pictographs with a human face, 18 animal, 41 human and animal form, 18 and 38 geometric and human, respectively

Los Tres Ojos

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  • 50 yard open air limestone cave named after a series of three lakes, or ojos

Ciudad Colonial (Santo Domingo)

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  • Historic central neighborhood of Santo Domingo and the oldest continuously inhabited European established settlement in the Americas, bounded by a walled perimeter
  • It is an important section of the city due to the high number of landmarks
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

El Mesón de la Cava, Santo Domingo

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  • Restaurant built inside a natural cave
  • Cuisines are characterized by fusions of local and Spanish dishes
  • Has an opened and outdoor terrace with a unique wood fire exterior kitchen, from where chefs interact with clients
  • Open since 1967

Lake Enriquillo

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  • Hypersaline lake that borders Haiti
  • Largest lake in both the Dominican Republic and Hispaniola, as well as the entire Caribbean

27 Charcos

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  • 27 waterfalls located in a mountain range of sugar cane crops that has pools of water etched out of limestone

Museo del Ámbar

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  • Museum dedicated to amber, which is formed when tree sap fossilizes, sometimes catching plants, and animals in it
  • Displays rare finds, such as a 17-inch long ancient lizard trapped in amber

Castillo Mundo King

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  • Five-story castle on the top of a hill in Sosua containing hundreds of artworks, including alien-themed art, extraterrestrial messages, spaceships, and exotic Haitian sculptures
  • A German artist began construction on the castle in 1990 and lived in the dwelling with no electricity or running water until he died, in 2018
  • The fifth floor of the castle offers a view over the Bay of Puerto Plata

Costs

Number of Days: 16 days

Best Time To Fly: April-May

Airline tickets: $689

Seattle -> Punta Cana (one way) $300
Santiago De Los Caballeros -> Seattle (one way) $389

Food: $16/day x 16 days = $256

Entertainment/tours: $262

Airbnb: $162/day x 14 days = $2,268

TOTAL: $3,467