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Top Things to Do in the Dominican Republic During Your Cruise

Nestled in the heart of the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic beckons travelers with its breathtaking beauty, vibrant culture, and warm hospitality. For those embarking on a cruise with Holland America Line, the Dominican Republic offers a plethora of exciting adventures and relaxing activities for guests of all ages.

Whether you're seeking sun-soaked beaches, enriching cultural experiences, or action-packed adventures, the Dominican Republic has something special in store for you. Dive in and let Holland America guide you through some of the most captivating shore excursions this tropical paradise has to offer. 

View of a beach with cabana umbrellas along Port Cap Cana Punta Cana Dominican Republic

Beach Escapes

For cruise passengers seeking the ultimate beach day, the Dominican Republic offers a paradise unlike any other. Soak up the Caribbean sun, dip your toes into the azure waters, and relish the gentle sway of palm trees. Our exclusive beach retreats capture the essence of Caribbean relaxation, offering the perfect mix of tranquility and luxury.

  • All-Inclusive Amber Beach Club Getaway: Embrace the spirit of indulgence at the beautiful Amber Beach Club. Relax on a comfy lounge chair, take a dip in crystal-clear waters, and get moving with dance lessons or a game of volleyball. Enjoy unlimited beverages and a mouthwatering buffet.
  • Coconut Cove All-Inclusive Beach Break: Relish in the unspoiled natural beauty of one of Puerto Plata’s hidden coves. Unwind on this private beach and savor a delicious lunch of authentic Dominican cuisine, complete with fruit freshly harvested from the local farms and farmers surrounding the property.
  • Ocean Cabana at Amber Cove: Experience true luxury in your very own private overwater cabana, complete with Wi-Fi, a TV, shower, fridge, loungers, and more. A dedicated server is always close at hand to take food and beverage orders. Your rental also includes an all-day pass for eight guests for the zipline located at the port.

Cultural Experiences

For travelers with a passion for culture and a desire to delve into the heart of the Dominican Republic, our cultural excursions offer a window into the soul of the island. Discover the artistry, flavors, and warmth of Dominican culture as you venture beyond the beach.

  • Dominican Coffee: A Local Experience: Savor the legendary flavor of world-famous Dominican coffee. Meet local farmers, hear their stories, and learn the ins and outs of coffee production, from bean to brew. You can even plant coffee seedlings and try your hand at roasting the beans in this immersive, unforgettable experience.
  • Flavors & Traditions of Puerto Plata: Take in the sights and flavors of vibrant Puerto Plata. Stop at a local cigar club to sample cigars and get a peek into the manufacturing process; visit an organic chocolate factory for a taste of Dominican chocolate; and step inside the Brugal Rum Museum to for a rum tasting and Dominican lunch.
  • Dominican Countryside & Culture: Immerse yourself in an authentic cultural experience on this narrated panoramic drive through the countryside. Learn about the history and culture of the Dominican Republic and Samana, stopping at the Cigar House, the country church at Le Fuente, and a family-owned ranch before feasting on a buffet lunch.
The Bridges of Samaná in the Dominican Republic.

Scenic Adventures

Our action-packed excursions take you beyond the ordinary, offering experiences that will leave you breathless with awe and adrenaline. Whether you're sailing on a catamaran, swimming with dolphins, or conquering the waterfalls of Damajagua, these adventures promise exhilaration and unforgettable memories.

  • Deluxe Catamaran Sail & Snorkel: Sail along the stunning coast aboard a luxurious catamaran. Take in the towering mountains that dominate the skyline and keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and flying fish. Snorkel the crystal-clear waters to explore living corals and tropical fish every color of the rainbow. 
  • Dolphin Swim & Ocean World Day Pass: Realize your dreams of swimming alongside nature’s most graceful marine creatures. Hug, feed, and splash around with your new dolphin buddies in this immersive experience. Spend the rest of your day exploring Ocean World, where you can snorkel in the tropical reef aquarium, feed exotic tropical birds, and more.
  • Waterfalls of Damajagua: An Adrenaline-Fueled Adventure: Head deep into the natural wonder that is Damajagua National Park. Hike through breathtaking scenery, canyoneer through narrow passages, slide down natural waterslides, and swim through caverns in this thrilling excursion.

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The Dominican Republic is a treasure trove of incredible experiences—and Holland America offers a wide range of shore excursions to suit every interest and preference. Whether you're a nature lover, history enthusiast, or simply seeking relaxation, there's a perfect excursion waiting for you.

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