The Dominican Republic is an ideal destination for an stress-free, family-friendly Caribbean vacation. Dominican culture is welcoming of children, and well-developed travel infrastructure makes it easy to get around, even with little ones in tow. Most importantly, there are tons of family-friendly activities for every age!
While there are some age friendly specific activities, family members of all ages will love Ocean World Adventure Park where you can see all kinds of marine life, snorkel and swim with the dolphins. For pure family fun, a baseball game - the ever popular Dominican sport. Maybe you'd prefer a ride in a safe monster buggy
Babies and Toddlers
With very young children in strollers and baby carriers, try some gently paced sightseeing. The colonial zone of Santo Domingo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site not to be missed. In Puerto Plata, see Fuerte de San Felipe, a 16th-century fort built to protect the bay from pirates, or take the aerial tram to the top of Mount Isabella for the view. Babies love the beach and the pool, just remember lots of sunscreen and don't forget the tops of the ears! Casa Linda offers playpens for families with little ones.
Ages 4 to 6
With powdery sand and clear blue water, Sosúa Beach presents a classic Caribbean vista. On a calm, protected bay, it is also perfect for smaller children to splash in the water and build sandcastles. Shady trees provide sun protection and the beach-front path is lined with vendors and restaurants, making it convenient to find lunch and other amenities.
Check out Nelson's restaurant in Sosua. While you have a meal, the kids can play on a large outdoor playground complete with trampoline. For an overnight trip, visit the Museo Infantil Trampolin (Casa Rodrigo de Bastidas, Ubicado en el centro de la Fortaleza Ozama, Las Damas), a popular children's science museum in Santo Domingo. The museum is in Spanish, but young children will enjoy exploring the interactive exhibits, and may even pick up a few words!
Ages 7 to 12
With older kids, there are a number of family-friendly attractions and safe, outdoor adventures available. Take a whale watching tour. According to the World Wildlife Fund, Samaná Bay is one of the best places in the world to see humpback whales. Inland safaris will take you away from the popular beach environment most visitors see, into the Dominican countryside, through traditional villages and the north coast's lush hills. Check out Outback Safari. Take a catamaran ride or a snorkeling tour. Beat the heat by visiting a kid-friendly activity like the chocolate tour in Puerto Plata. Find out about the history and culture of chocolate making in the Dominican Republic, and attend a chocolate making workshop.
Preteens and teenagers can enjoy more adventurous activities alongside the adults. Whitewater rafting on the Yaque Del Norte River offers the chance to bond through teamwork and adventure while enjoying beautiful scenery and an adrenaline rush. Meet squirrel monkeys and try out the nearly mile-long zip line course in Monkey Jungle, located between Sosúa and Cabarete. Trail rides offer a slower paced, but no less exciting, view of the north coast environment. For those who just want to enjoy the blue Caribbean Sea, try windsurfing or kiteboarding lessons in Cabarete. Go quadding or visit Fun City Go Carts.
Never Ending Fun For All
Casa Linda offers over 30 tours and excursions. Our free travel planner is standing by to help you plan the perfect holiday for all your adventurers!