Ideal for those eager to see everything the eastern Dominican Republic has to offer, Juan Dolio is a mere 20 minutes from the Las Americas International Airport. The city has plenty of activities and attractions to spice up your Caribbean getaway, but its real draw is its incredible location - whether you want to visit the shops, restaurants, and nightlife, or take in the island's stunning natural beauty, you can rest assured that it's not too far from our Juan Dolio vacation rentals.
With a population of less than 3,000, Juan Dolio has the kind of low-key, laid-back atmosphere that perfectly suits a seaside town. You can easily wile your days away just relaxing on the beach, whether it's on the Playa Juan Dolio or the smaller, but more central, Playa Real.
There's more to Juan Dolio than the beaches, however! Plenty of shops, bars, and restaurants line the main drag on Boulevard de Juan Dolio. If you'd like to improve your golf swing, be sure to stop by the Guavaberry Golf and Country Club on the northeast side of town! Lose yourself in the charming streets and stumble upon a fun event at the La Casa de Abraham conference center, or Pinewood Dominican Republic Studios, where portions of xXx: The Return of Xander Cage were filmed!
There are just as many ways to get out and explore the Dominican Republic as there are places to visit! If you prefer privacy, feel free to rent a car, but public transit like buses, guagua minibuses, and motorcycle taxis all make for lovely ways to travel while making new friends and taking in the local culture.
Whichever method of transit you choose, Santo Domingo is among the first destinations you should visit. The bustling capital city of the Dominican Republic is just 39 miles to the west and features shops and restaurants by the dozen, as well as more unique attractions like the national zoo. Multiple golf clubs and parks give you a fun way to stretch your legs between visits to museums and galleries - though you should be sure to save your energy for the resort town of Boca Chica and its amazing beaches and nightlife on the way back.
To the east, meanwhile, lies the city of La Ramona. Stop for lunch in the city of San Pedro de Marcoris (halfway through the 40-mile journey) before arriving in the city. Walk south alongside the rushing waters of the Dulce River as you kill time before an amazing tour to nearby Catalina Island - featuring a beautiful coral reef, amazing beaches, and an authentic pirate shipwreck belonging to none other than the famous Captain Kidd!
Just as it's conveniently placed near metropolitan wonders, Juan Dolio is surrounded by natural attractions - both man-made and remote. San Pedro de Marcoris, for example, houses the famous Los Marlins golf course, a gorgeous, but short, collection of fairways decorated with ample water hazards and sand traps. While the fourth hole - a 193-yard par 3 surrounded by out-of-bounds - is particularly infamous, the whole course is famous for its difficulty, making it great for those up to the challenge.
More sights await outside of town - the Cueva de las Maravillas, or Cave of Wonders, is just 28 miles to the east and lets you marvel at centuries-old cave art from the indigenous Taino peoples. There's even a path that takes you nearly 100 feet underground - perfect for rainy days or sweltering summers. On nicer days, make the 51-mile trek to Del Este National Park to explore lush tropical forests, shimmering emerald waters, and a bustling marina just nearby.
Wherever you go, you've got a peaceful vacation rental waiting for you in Juan Dolio to recharge for your next tropical adventure!
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