Dominican Republic Road Trip!

Let’s be real, there’s no better way to explore a country than going on a road trip, right? Embarking on a road trip is all about welcoming randomness. That makes a journey even more adventurous! There are many advantages such as that you see more places just from driving from one place to the other and you can stop and explore whenever your instincts point you towards something intriguing. Road trips allow me to learn more about myself and the world around me; they allow my mind to wander while on the open road. From the 7th to the 21st of September we went on a road trip along the north coast of the Dominican Republic and it was an unbelievably amazing experience!

Much like “The Big Trip”, we didn’t have any specific plan on where to go or what to do. We just followed the road taking in all that this country has to offer. We covered a total of 1700 km. Please see the map below of all the places we explored.

Places explored on our road trip.

First things first, the Dominican Republic is not really a low budget travel destination. I struggled to stretch my budget during my time here. The places we stayed at in all of our stops were on average 800 DOP (R230) pppn. Sounds cheap? Well, not when your goal is to travel for a year! The cheaper the better, that’s how backpacking goes. During this time we had most of our meals at restaurants which was roughly 1000 DOP (R290) a day BUT I soon discovered Empanadas, which helped me save!

Local food – Empanadas.

An Empanada is folded dough over a stuffing which is fried or baked each at a cost of only 25 DOP (R7).

Between Punta Rucia and Sosúa we stopped at the following places:

La Isabela

La Isabela was one of the first European settlements in the Americas, it is where Christopher Columbus first settled when he landed in the Dominican Republic. At a cost of 100 DOP (R29) pp, we spent an hour exploring the ruins and learning about the history of the country. The best thing about this experience was that we were the only ones on the premises at the time.

Grave yard at La Isabela.

None of the buildings are still standing but their foundations remain. In the image above you can see the graveyard of how they buried the dead.

Laguna El Dudú

I’ve always wanted to swim in a Lagoon! The cold turquoise fresh water and fish made this a very satisfying experience!

Laguna El Dudú.
Laguna El Dudú.

Sosúa

Sosúa is a resort town located in the Puerto Plata Province. It’s a relatively small and walkable town, known for its beach, offshore coral reef and tropical fish.

After a full day of driving and sightseeing, we arrived in Sosúa at about 5pm and enjoyed a relaxing evening.

The streets of Sosúa.
Sosúa Beach Market.
Artist in Sosúa.

Las Terrenas

On the 8th of September we drove for 3 hours from Sosúa to Las Terrenas which is also a resort town situated in Samaná Province and spent the next 3 nights here.

Shortly after our arrival, we met Molly who was also staying at the accommodation we had booked. For supper she recommended a B&B which has an all-you-can-eat buffet. The food was home-made and we literally ate as much as we could, to a point that we could not move!

Playa Bonita.
View of Playa Bonita.

“Coconut tree heaven” is what I have decided to name this picturesque town because honestly, it’s just that. I spent most of my time here exploring the various beaches and just admiring the lush nature around me.

Las Galeras

From 11 to 14 September we explored Las Galeras where we went on a hike to a secluded beach.

Hiking in Las Galeras.
View of a beach in Las Galeras.

Jarabacoa

Not only does the Dominican Republic have scenic coastal towns but it also has beautiful mountain towns. From 14 to 16 September we took a break from the warm coastal temperatures and explored Jarabacoa.

View of Jarabacoa.
View of Jarabacoa.

It definitely is fitting that “Jarabacoa” means “place of waters”. This town offers beautiful landscapes and is ideal for outdoor activities.

Caberete

From 16 to 22 September, we stayed in Caberete. With strong winds and big waves, not only is this town a kite surfers dream but it’s a great center for water sports in general.

I decided to start a freediving course with Frederik since he is an instructor. Freediving is extremely challenging but I hope to push myself and comfortably practice and enjoy this sport soon.

Sunrise in Caberete.
Sunrise in Caberete.
Kite beach, Caberete.
Caberete.

It’s honestly so crazy how a country I did not plan to ever visit is now possibly my favourite country in the world (I can’t decide between the Dominican Republic and the Philippines)!

Thank you to my travel buddies (Frederik, Jascha and Polyanna) for making this experience what is was! I am so happy I had this chance to get to know you better!

Gracias por los recuerdos, Dominican Republic!

Where to next?

Frederik and I are currently in Mexico, we arrived in Cancún on the 23rd of September. I’ll be writing about our time so far in my next blog post, so stay tuned!

Thank you for reading!

Dineo Zonke.

11 Comments Add yours

  1. Senzelwe says:

    Hey Dineo!!

    Learning about you as I read which is cool! Exciting that you’re planning to travel for a year. The pics of the sunset in Cabarete? My goodness! This country looks absolutely beautiful!

    Looking forward to reading about your adventures!

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    1. Dineo Zonke says:

      Hey 😁

      Thank you! I’m so happy you’re enjoying getting to know me! I know right? That sunrise was so dreamy! This country surprised me a lot! ❤️

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  2. Keabetswe says:

    Beautiful, it looks amazing Dineo

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    1. Dineo Zonke says:

      It is breathtaking ❤️ Thank you!

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  3. Krissi Ge says:

    Ohh my god, so awesome to read about you and your trips. The pictures are wonderful and I think you already persuaded me to visit this gorgeous country in future. Maybe together hehe😅😅
    Can’t wait to hear abd read from you, hun
    Kisses and biiiig hugs

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    1. Dineo Zonke says:

      Krissi 😛🤗 Thank you for reading and YES, we should go there together sometime! I already want to go back 😅😻

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  4. Wow love your blog! Very informative!! You know more about my own country 😩

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    1. Dineo Zonke says:

      😁 Thank you! You’re so lucky to call the Dominican Republic home. I really enjoyed my time there, it has the best beaches 😻

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      1. Yes I want to go back and do a road trip! What did you use to navigate around? I usually never have service out there.

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      2. Dineo Zonke says:

        I downloaded a google offline map for the whole country, so you don’t need service to navigate your way around. Try it, it’s so helpful.

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