Every year, tens of thousands of tourists flock to the Dominican Republic for the all-inclusive resorts and white sandy beaches. But this Caribbean country has much more to offer, with a diverse mixture of culture and geography. If you’re looking for something unique, we recommend getting outside of the busy resorts and traveling to a quieter, more local area of ​​the island – the Miches coastline.

Miches is truly one of the island’s best-kept secrets. Here you will not only find pristine white-sand beaches but also scenic rolling mountain views and unspoiled natural beauty that can not be beaten. The area is starting to grow in popularity as it offers some unusual things to do in the Dominican Republic. There are two attractions that stand out here and you can see both in one day, making for a perfect day excursion.

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Kayaking in Punta Cana – Laguna Limón

If you’re looking to go kayaking in Punta Cana, you can find a number of outfitters that offer daily excursions or kayak rentals. However, we recommend opting in for a more local and authentic experience. Kayak Limón is a locally owned and operated ecotourism business based in the small, rural fishing community of Los Guineos.

Unusual Things To Do In Punta Cana: Lemon Kayak and Round Mountain

Located roughly 28 km east of Los Miches, Laguna Limón is an important fishing resource for the surrounding communities, although over the years it has created instability in the local economy. The lagoon supports the locals who live nearby and is also a part of a federally protected natural area and wildlife reserve.

Spend a morning exploring the lake and learning first-hand about the natural wildlife with a local guide. The mangrove forests and coconut trees that line the lake are spectacular and during your kayaking trip you will learn about a diverse range of plants, fish, and birds.

North of the lagoon is Limón Beach, one of the most beautiful and least explored beaches in the Dominican Republic. You’ll finish the trip with a refreshing coconut on the secluded beach. Each traveler that books a trip with Kayak Lemon is key to ensuring that this initiative is sustainable, achieves a sustainable form of income for the community, conserves the lagoon’s biodiversity, and that tourism growth in the area will benefit the people of Los Guineos.

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Swinging Over the Clouds on Round Mountain

After a refreshing morning paddling your kayak head to Montaña Redonda to find unparalleled views and the best Dominican food around. Hugging the coastline and flanked on the side by two picturesque lagoons, Montaña Redonda is one of the Dominican Republic’s most unique natural attractions. The mountain is roughly 1,000 feet high (~ 305 meters), and provides a spectacular 360-degree panorama of the entire Miches area. On clear days you can see across Samana Bay.

Unusual Things To Do In Punta Cana: Lemon Kayak and Round Mountain

Ramon, the owner of the mountain, has guaranteed the best pictures around by strategically placing large swings at the mountain’s numerous viewpoints. He will happily point out the Eastern Mountain Range, the various beaches, and the fisherman that can barely be seen on the lagoons.

As you drink in the stunning views, Ramon’s wife, Angela, will prepare a spectacular meal of traditional Dominican cuisine. From grilled chicken to black bean (rice and beans), to arripitas (fried cornbread), you will love every bite and be asking for seconds!

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Getting from Punta Cana to Miches

Located under an hour from Punta Cana area, Miches is easily accessible from Punta Cana and Santo Domingo. From Punta Cana, it’s about a 45 minute drive and a 3 hour drive from Santo Domingo. In order to spend a day doing the above activities, you will either have to rent a car and drive yourself or book a tour through Keteka .

Written by Guest Authors: Sam Gray & Ripley Carlson