7 Things To Do In Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic

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Juan Dolio is a seaside town on the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic. It is a pretty popular tourist destination with a rich, long history that extends pre colonial times. The native Taino people inhabited the area in the pre-Columbian era and there are still archaeological findings in town on numerous occasions. Juan Dolio was mainly a fishing and agricultural town before a hotel boom in the 1980s. Now the area is full of hotels that range from the luxurious to the affordable with the all-inclusive mindset. Despite the influx of major hotels in the area there is still quite a bit of things to do both on resorts and off them. The beaches are amazing and the weather is great too, get out there and enjoy the sunshine.

1. Hit up Juan Dolio Beach

Juan Dolio Beach
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With its beautiful white sandy beaches and calm waters, Juan Dolio Beach is loved by all around the area. And for good reason! Everything is close by like food and places to rent equipment for water activities or to just make your whole beach time that much more pleasurable. The beach extends several kilometers so you’ll surely find a great spot to lie in the sun and enjoy the day. The area is also frequented by locals so the beach has a very ‘local’ vibe to it. Make sure to go on a sunny and warm day.

Juan Dolio Beach

Address: Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic

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2. Go Ocean Diving

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Ocean Diving is both what you’ll be doing and the name of the company. Juan Dolio has beautiful water so why not go out and explore some of it? Ocean Diving will set up anyone from beginners to experienced divers for their diving experience. Explore the coral reefs and see the exotic fish in their natural habitat like you’ve never seen them before! The guides know where to go and are seasoned divers, so you should not have to worry about a single thing. The locations are breathtaking so don’t miss out on the diving trip of a lifetime

Go Ocean Diving

Address: 4 Ave Abraham Nuñez. Boca Chica, Dominican Republic

Website: Ocean Diving

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3. Los Marlins Golf Course

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The Dominican Republic has some amazing courses located all around the country. And because of the country’s optimal weather you can get a lot of golfing done almost year round. Even if you’re not the world’s best golfer you can still definitely enjoy your day here. The course is surrounded by beautiful landscapes and villas. The pro shop on site is also readily available to help out with anyone who needs to buy some gear. The course is in a sheltered community so you will be able to enjoy a tranquil experience while you play. Caddy services are also available and are knowledgeable about the course. Los Marlins is a definite must try for any golfers visiting Juan Dolio

Los Marlins Golf Course

Address: Las Americas Highway, Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic

Website: Los Marlins Golf Course

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4. Crazy Horse Ranch

Stock Horse ready for work
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Any seasoned traveler will tell you that in order to really enjoy a new place you need to see and live like the locals do. While you won’t be living like a local you will see how they live. Crazy Horse Ranch is a place where guests can rent a horse and take a tour of nearby towns and villages. The guides will take you around San Pedro de Macoris where you’ll have the chance to see local village life, enjoy some local food and refreshments as well a have a chance to purchase some locally made goods.

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5. Aguamarina Lounge

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So you’ve probably never been to a cocktail bar like this before, and you’ve also probably never been to a hair salon like this before. Confused? Allow me to explain. Aguamarina Lounge is a part cocktail bar and part hair salon. The small outdoor bar is located near a lively corner of town where you can people-watch, grab a delicious rum-based cocktail, and get your hair done. It is a lounge after all, so at night and weekends expect a club-like atmosphere with DJs and music and lots of dancing.

Aguamarina Lounge

Address: Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic. Near Banco Popular. Look for the Brugal signs

Facebook: Aguamarina Lounge

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6. Los Delfines Water Park

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A nice spot to check out with friends or family. Dominican Republic gets pretty hot; maybe you’re tired of the beach and want some other type of refreshing fun. Why not check out Los Delfines Water Park? Located in Juan Dolio, the water park is not too far off from most major hotels and is only a short drive or cab ride away. It’s a nice place for families to spend a day or if you’re out with a group of friends looking for a fun day out. There’s no outside food allowed in the park and there is a markup for food bought inside, so eat before you go!

Los Delfines Water Park

Address: Carretera Guayacanes - Juan Dolio | Autovia Del Este, KM. 15, Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic

Website: Los Delfines

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7. Chocolate Bar

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Sometimes it’s not the quality of the place but how much fun you have. Chocolate Bar unfortunately doesn’t have anything to do with chocolate but it is a ton of fun. The bar is a little dive-y, but people who’ve been rave about how much fun they have. Sometimes all you need is a little booze, some great friends and a bumping track to have some fun. DJs spin all throughout the weekend and the place practically never closes.

Chocolate Bar

Address: Plaza Chocolate, Carretera Local Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic

Facebook: Chocolate Bar

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Great weather and great times

Juan Dolio
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The weather is amazing in the Dominican so make sure you spend a lot of time outside enjoying the heat. Juan Dolio might be known for having a lot of hotels but there are still tons of things to do outside the resort, don’t miss out!

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