Dominican Republic

Plan a break to the spectacular Dominican Republic (DR), where there is a warm tropical climate, spectacular beaches and lots of activities and things to do all year round.  There is something for everyone in the Dominican Republic - couples, honeymooners, families, golfers, groups and travellers seeking a relaxing vacation.


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Dominican Republic Travel Guide

Dominican Republic Travel Guide

Get essential travel information, ideas and inspiration for visiting the Dominican Republic.

  • Capital: Santo Domingo
  • Population: 9.4 million
  • Currency: Peso


Top Reasons to Visit the Dominican Republic

  • Have you seen any pictures?
  • Warm climate
  • Vibrant Caribbean atmosphere
  • Incredible beaches with white sandy beaches and palm trees
  • Great value for money
  • Amazing resorts
  • Go off the beaten track to see nature, wildlife and  beautiful waterfalls 
  • Reasonable priced accommodation and packages available
  • Enjoy local activities like snorkelling, sailing and kayaking


Weather & Best Time to Go

You can book a trip to the Dominican Republic all year round due to the warm climate. In July and August which are consider peak high season temperatures can reach 80 degrees so beaware of this. Hurricane season lasts from June to November but the Dominican Republic is rarely affected by this.


Travel in Dominican Republic

There are so many different experiences in the Dominican Republic, you could go in search on the best beach, see breathtaking architecture in Santo Domingo or visit the highest peak in the Caribbean. If you have a passion for wildlife you could go whale watching in Península de Samaná and enjoy dancing in La Vega. There are lots of land and water sports available to book like horseback riding, white water rafting, learning to surf, going canyoning and rappeling, cliff-jumping, visiting remote waterfalls, exploring caves or trying one of the local passions - salsa dancing. 


Best Places to Visit in Dominican Republic

Here are some of the most popular places and attractions to add to your Dominican Republic itinerary:

  • Punta Cana
  • Eastern National Park
  • Jarabacoa
  • Bahia de Las Aguilas & Jaragua National Park
  • La Romana
  • Playa Dorada
  • Lago Enriquillo (Lake Enriquillo)
  • Samana Peninsula and Bay
  • Basilica of Our Lady
  • Santo Domingo


Best Resorts in Dominican Republic 

Here are some of the top rated resorts located throughout the country:

  • Tortuga Bay Hotel at Puntacana Resort & Club
  • Paradius Palma Real Resort
  • Secrets Royal Beach, Punta Cana
  • Casa de Campo, La Romana
  • Sublime Samana, Las Terrenas


Dominican Republic Travel Tips

  • General Advice: July and August are generally the most expensive times to visit due to the summer holidays in the UK and USA which make visitor numbers during this period very high. Accommodation can be booked up and very expensive during this period so avoid if you would like to not break the bank.
  • Flights: You can get discounted and great deals on flights to the DR throughout the year, you just need to keep an eye out on deals.
  • Health & Safety: You might need to visit your local healthcare facility to check vaccinations, you might want to consider getting jabs for hepatitis A/B, typhoid and rabies. The Dominican Republic is a very safe destination for travelers and crimes against tourists are very low but you should always keep your wits about you e.g. walking in a group and letting people know where you are going


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