Trip Report

Two Weeks of Ecotourism in the Dominican Republic

This is a two-week itinerary for the Dominican Republic, including visits to Cabarete, Samana, Jarabacoa, and Santo Domingo.

by kylaeganAbout Me:Kyla Egan is an educator and advocate for the sustainable tourism industry, with a passion for creating a more responsible future. She is the founder of Impactful Tourism Consultancy, a boutique consulting firm that offers marketing, educa... read more

North AmericaDominican Republic14 days / January 2017

Highs & Lows

Tubing down the Rio Yaque del Norte

Tours in Ciudad Colonial were not inclusive of African and Indigenous history

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    I would have enjoyed spending more time in Samana and less time in Cabarete. Samana offered a much quieter and eco-conscious tourism experience. Although Cabarete is a fun place with lots of nightlife, it is starting to show signs of over tourism and pollution.

  • How was the food?

    Food varied widely throughout the trip depending on price point and location. For inexpensive meals, traditional rice, beans, and fish (near the coast) was a popular option. Restaurants in Jarabacoa were focused on fine dining and offered a variety of European and fusion cuisine.

  • Packing tips?

    In most areas of the Dominican Republic the weather is hot and humid. I wore loose dresses for the majority of my trip. In Jarabacoa I would recommend multiple layers, as the weather is quite chilly at night and when hiking at a high altitude.

  • Any surprises?

    Although I enjoyed walking around Ciudad Colonial in Santo Domingo, I was disappointed that museums, landmarks, and other tourist attractions focused only on European history in the country. I would have liked to learn more about the indigenous populations that lived on the island prior to Spaniard arrival, as well as the inclusion of African descendants, who have played a tremendous role in shaping the identity of the Dominican Republic today.

  • Booking details?

    I chose to stay at boutique hotels in Cabarete, Santo Domingo, and Samana which I found through booking.com. In Jarabacoa I stayed at an ecolodge which was recommended to me by a friend.

Lodging