The Dominican Republic is a family paradise destination. Perhaps overlooked, but still a paradise. There are a number of all-inclusive resorts in the area, which feature activities for adults as well as children, and tons of kid-friendly activities throughout the region.

If you’re staying at a beachside resort, many children will be entertained for days playing on the sand, and perhaps enjoying snorkeling and swimming. If it’s the right time of the year (January to April) take a boat tour to do some whale watching. Your kids will be the envy of all their friends.

A hugely popular activity in the Dominican Republic is horseback riding. This is a great activity for the school-age child who wants a little more excitement in his or her day than sitting beachside. Many of the horseback facilities in the Dominican Republic use Creole horses, who are trained to move slowly especially for children and who are known for their tameness.

Also for older children, there are a number of memory-creating activities to be found here. How about ocean kayaking? Many resorts will offer the equipment for free, or if you’re not staying there, for a small fee. Also popular are visits to cascading waterfalls, going canyoning (better for older children as this involves strenuous physical activity) and mountain biking.

 For families interested in checking out nature and venturing away from the hotels and main tourist attractions, there is a wide array of nature oriented activities to partake in. Weather it's visiting the countries' beautiful virgin beaches, nature hikes in the many national parks, or spending the day in one of the hundreds of amazing waterfalls, there are plenty interesting places for a family to safely visit through out the country. Explora! Ecotour provides totally private educational nature tours for families and all types of small groups to most of these ecological destinations.  Hiring a qualified nature guide is highly recommended, especially if you don't have your own means of transportation.