Carnival Celebrations in the Dominican Republic
Carnival is traditionally celebrated in the Dominican Republic during the entire month of February and part of March, with parades held every Sunday in different cities throughout the country. This year, look for parties and Carnival-themed celebrations at local restaurants and beach bars.
A time for joyous celebration and spectacle, the Dominican Republic is famous for world-renowned Carnival festivities. Parades are held in Puerto Plata, Santo Domingo, Monti Cristi, and the famous La Vega celebrations, which are the island’s oldest and longest-running parades.
The history of Carnival dates back to the 1500s, with eclectic influences from Spanish culture as well as other European and African countries. The lively parades have incredible dancing, art, and music and are not to be missed.
The Carnival celebrations closest to Sea Horse Ranch are in Puerto Plata, which take place along the Malecon (boardwalk by the Atlantic Ocean), and in Cabarete. The Carnival in Cabarete was founded by local artisans, creating a new local tradition to embrace. In previous years, the parade began in the village of Callejon de la Loma and proceeded down the main street in the town center, and finished at the beach in front of the restaurants that line Cabarete Bay.
Cabarete brings winds of art and takes on a big wave of tradition and culture in the seventh edition of “Cabarete Carnaval” on March 19, 2022.
The Cabarete Carnaval is the only carnival in the Dominican Republic that takes place on the beach, which gives an exquisite touch to this great tradition. This fun event attracts tourists from all over the world as well as visitors from different parts of the country.
Join the party from coast-to-coast, you won’t want to miss Dominican Carnival. For the most up-to-date information on festivities, please check the official calendar of events at GoDominicanRepublic.