If leisure and tranquility are what you are looking to get while spending your holidays in the Dominican Republic, then forget all about the usual tourist crowds in Punta Cana and Puerto Plata and consider the peaceful seaside village of Juan Dolio instead. The village is excellent for families and couples alike, as traffic in the area is minimum, so you can walk and cycle safely for miles and miles. In Juan Dolio, you can totally unravel and relax on uncrowded beaches, yet still have passage to the charms and nightlife of busier resorts.
Even though Juan Dolio is so tranquil and calm, it is within 30 minutes of Santo Domingo, Boca Chica and La Romana, all lively cities and beach resorts, so you can encounter the best of both worlds and take your pick from which neighboring places to visit for some energy and nightlife entertainment (in case you get bored of too much relaxation and idleness laying on a tranquil stretch). And unlike many other destinations in the Dominican Republic, a long transfer is not required to experience silence and tranquility, as Juan Dolio is only thirty minutes from Las Americas International Airport.
If you want to experience genuine local cuisine or go for international dishes, Juan Dolio has many wonderful restaurants serving up a blend of different culinary creations, for amazingly low prices. Hotel choices in Juan Dolio are great and mixed with numerous small independent hotels, quaint boutique hotels, and some large all-inclusive resorts. And if you are a scuba diver, you’ll be glad to learn that almost all the hotels in Juan Dolio offer excellent scuba diving packages at Catalina Island, which is only an hour away. Other sports and pursuits in the area include fishing, golf, horseback riding, jeep safaris, and riverboat rides.
If a hike through magnificent nature trails or a horseback ride through the jungle appeals to you, visit Cueva Fun. After a journey through the tropical landscape of Rancho Capote, you will visit an amazing underground river in a cave, where you will see stalagmites, stalactites, and thousands of bats. If the idea of being underground doesn’t interest you, why not take a catamaran trip to Saona Island or Catalina Island and snorkel in crystal-clear transparent waters, or unwind on natural beaches.
If you feel the need for speed, Go-Kart Bahn is nearby, or for a reasonable alternative roam through the tropical gardens and jungle at Tropical Plantation. And if you want a variation of pace in your time at the Dominican Republic, just remember that the culture, fun, and entertainment of the busier resorts and cities are just a few miles away.