Article repost from The Telegraph

Discover some of Punta Cana’s must-see sights and activities, from sailing trips to horse riding excursions

Splash of colour

Many houses in Dominican Republic are painted in bright, vibrant colours.

Colourful houses in Punta Cana
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Horse play

Horse riders make their way between the coconut palms on the beach at Playa del Macao.

Horse riders between the coconut palms on Playa del Macao
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Beach life

An aerial view of one of the many spectacular beaches in Punta Cana.

Aerial view of beach in Punta Cana
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Sail away

A sailing boat takes tourists out into the crystal clear waters around Punta Cana.

Sailing boat in Punta Cana
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Bargain buys

Colourful scarves hang from a kiosk on Playa el Cortecito.

Colourful clothes in a kiosk on Playa El Cortecito
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Beautiful setting

A fishing boat gently bobbing in the tranquil waters.

Sailing boat, Mano Juan fishing village
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All at sea

A tourist fishing-cruise stand on Playa el Cortecito.

Tourist fishing-cruise stand, Playa El Cortecito
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Sitting pretty

A woman relaxes on a hammock on the palm-fringed Juanillo Beach.

Woman relaxing on a hammock, Juanillo Beach
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Caribbean cool 

As geographically diverse as it is lively, the Dominican Republic mixes rainforests, mountains, colonial architecture and beaches, meaning there is something to please everyone from avid adventurers to history lovers. From exploring the first seat of Spain’s colonial empire in the New World, Santo Domingo, to diving around coral reefs, caves, shipwrecks, we lift the lid on the best ways to explore this Caribbean nation.