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With majestic mountain views, picture-perfect beaches, vibrant green jungles and a stunning array of flora and fauna, a visit to Dominican Republic begs to be photographed. Whether you’re a professional or a hobby photographer looking to take nice photos, you’re certain to find scenery in Dominican Republic worthy of be capturing of.


Adventure in the North Coast

Away from Dominican Republic’s bustling towns, the country’s hidden gems beckon to travelers. In the Samaná Peninsula on the northeast coast, discover verdant, unspoiled nature. Nature photographers won’t want to miss Samaná’s Los Haitises National Park to explore the mangroves by kayak and tour the park’s caves to observe immaculately preserved pictographs from the Taíno Indians. A horseback ride to the Salto El Limón waterfall is another natural attraction in Samaná, offering a photo-worthy adventure that’s best followed by a rewarding dip in a calm pool beneath the falls. Be sure to bring your waterproof equipment to the area’s series of waterfalls at the Saltos de Damajagua along with Ciguapa Falls.


Untouched, Unexplored Southwest Region

In the remote southwestern region of the country lies Bahia de las Aguilas. The idyllic beach is located in the furthest southwestern part of the country, bordering Haiti. Photographers willing to trek to the undiscovered destination will be rewarded with amazing secluded beaches.

Nearby Barahona, located about 115 miles west from Santo Domingo, is a mecca for adventure travelers. One of the most popular excursions in Barahona is Cueva de la Virgen, the Cave of the Virgin trail. The scenic hiking trail takes travelers through the Bahoruco Mountain Range offering unparalleled views of the area’s tropical rain forest, Bahoruco and Larimer rivers, and at the end of the trail, visitors will find the Cave of the Virgin. The sizeable cave brings visitors to the natural, cascading waterfall – Throat of Hell Waterfall – awaiting them inside.


Historic Charm in the Cities

The capital of Santo Domingo offers the best of both worlds, new and old. It’s the most metropolitan city in the Caribbean and also home to the Colonial City, a historic quarter dating back to the fifteenth century and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Experience the Colonial City up-close and embark on a walking tour. Trust us, you’ll want your camera in-hand. Take your time strolling along cobblestone streets and walking alongside some of the first buildings constructed in the New World, including the first cathedral of the new world, exemplifying historic gothic architecture.

Just 75 miles east of Santo Domingo, photographers will fall in love with La Romana, home to Altos de Chavón (located in Casa de Campo, luxury real estate): a replica of a 16th-century Mediterranean village set atop rolling green hills along the Chavón River. The village’s restaurants and shops draw visitors in search of original jewelry, art, crafts and cigars. The views over the river and the Dye Fore golf course that extends onto the horizon make for fabulous photography. Visitors may recognize the landscape, as several feature films have captured the beautiful scenery and shot along the river, including “Apocalypse Now,” “Rambo: First Blood Part II” and “Rambo III,” and “Jurassic Park.”

Not far from east coast of Punta Cana in the town of Higüey, photographers can visit the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia. This unique basílica features a one-of-a-kind architectural style, with a concrete façade and a dramatic sloping arch. The inside is as awe-inspiring as the outside, with an altar framed by the arch and illuminated by colorful stained glass.

The north coast city of Puerto Plata invites photographers to tour the town of San Felipe to witness the diverse and historic architecture. From restored Victorian homes to the San Felipe Fort, one of the earliest European forts built in the Americas, travelers will have the opportunity to snap pictures that display the country’s history and charm.


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