Dominican Republic holidays

Essential Information

When To Go

Winter, Spring, Autumn
December – February

March – April
November

Getting There

647 £GBP

LCY → SDQ

Stay There

14 £GBP

3-star hotel

Visas

Tourist Card
on arrival

Up to 30 days

Currency
Dominican Republic, Peso
1.00 USD = 47.27 DOP
CURRENT WEATHER
Rain
+33°C
Airport Transport

Taxi: 2 £GBP (30 min)
Restaurants
Lunch ≈ 5.60 £GBP
Dinner (for two) ≈ 20 £GBP
Espresso ≈ 1.75 £GBP
Bottled water ≈ 0.50 £GBP
Health & Safety
Travel insurance is recommended
Emergency numbers:
Ambulance: 911
Police: 911

Why Dominican Republic

Sprawling over Hispaniola Island, the Dominican Republic hums to the rhythm of its African heritage yet with a Spanish tongue making it one of the Caribbean’s diverse nations. That diversity comes from it also being one of the largest islands in the region.

Well-known for its rum, sugar and silver exports, tourists are lured to the white-sanded beaches that encircle the island to enjoy great value Dominican Republic holidays in the heat of the Caribbean sun. Speaking of the beaches on the coast you’ll find the full spectrum. Head inland for waterfalls cascading from mountain peaks, mangrove lagoons and much more.

When to go

Climate

Beach-going weather comes as stock standard in this country. It can be said that the climate is ideal for holidays in Dominican Republic. With about 300 days of sunshine in a year and average temperatures ranging from the high 20s or low 30s. Due to the republic’s diverse landscapes the climate varies considerably over short distances. The average temperature annually is 25 degrees Celsius (77 Fahrenheit). On higher territory, the temperature averages 18 degrees Celsius C (64 Fahrenheit) while close to the sea level temperatures average 28 degrees Celsius (82 Fahrenheit). Lows of 0 degrees Celsius (32 Fahrenheit) can occur in the mountains while highs of 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) are possible in sheltered areas. January and February mark the coolest months, while August is the hottest. Humidity can be high so it is advisable to travel November to April to avoid the worst of the muggy heat.

Where to go/stay

Punta Cana

The 3 S’s – sun, surf and sand – can be found in Punta Cana. And those S’s found on the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic are rated as being among the best in the world. Also known as the Coconut Coast, Punta Cana stretches for more than 80 kilometres (50 miles) from Bavaro to Uvero Alto and beyond. Naturally the coast is lined by the coconut trees that lend it its name. Be sure to visit Punta Cana on your holidays to Dominican Republic.

Puerto Plata

Known as silver city, Puerto Plata on the amber coast to the north of the island holds a key position in the history of the Dominican Republic. It is the site of the first village founded in the New World. From January 2, 1494 and through the 16th century Puerto Plata harbour was a strategic port of call as people migrated to and traded from the new territories.

La Romana

La Romana citizens claim their beaches are the most beautiful in the Dominican Republic. Don't miss a chance to check it on your Dominican Republic holidays. It’s quite a claim to make in a nation famed for its array of tropical sand and sea. However they might have a point and as soon as you see this south-east coast you’ll see what they mean. Expect long sweeping beaches, glossy swaying palms and water so warm it feels like you are taking a bath.

Samana

Unspoiled is the best way to describe the Dominican Republic’s Samana. While chasing the tourist spend has led to mass development in the neighbouring resorts of Puerto Plata and Punta Cana, this stretch of the country’s north-east coast remains relatively untouched. The region’s capital is Santa Barbara de Samana, more commonly called Samana Town. It also has managed to keep most of its traditional charms intact.

Things to do

You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to things to do on holidays in Dominican Republic. Naturally the spectacular beaches are going to play a big role in your Dominican Republic getaway. From thrilling water sport to outdoor spa treatments the beaches and the warm waters of the Caribbean provide an idyllic backdrop.

Take a day trip to Santo Domingo or La Capital as the locals know it, is the Dominican Republic’s Havana and the oldest city in the New World after it was found by Christopher Columbus in 1504. The centre of Columbus’ settlement is the Zona Colonial, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you’ll find Americas’ first cathedral, Alcazar de Colon, the Columbus Lighthouse which is said to contain some of his bones, and the mansion built for his son. For a slower pace than the bustling capital visit the small fishing village of El Cortecito with its lively artisan market on your holidays to Dominican Republic.

The Dominican Republic’s shopping scene is diverse ranging from shopping malls, open-air markets and souvenir shops that combine to create a unique experience. Among the goods on offer is jewellery made from the exquisite Larimar stone, this blue semi-precious stone is only found in the Dominican Republic, the hand-made cigars in Punta Cana or one of the island’s faceless dolls.

You can head offshore on a boat trip to Saona Island, while on the mainland you can visit the anachronistic Altos de Chavon, a re-creation of a medieval European village.

Then comes Dominican cuisine – a fusion of European, Native, Indian, African, and Taino cultures. Being a former Spanish colony all dishes have a Latin American feel. Try Mangu, Monfongo, and Locrio, washed down with a glass of Mamajuana.

Appetite sated, head for a casino or nightclub. Immerse yourself in the Latino vibe on your Dominican Republic holidays while sampling local rum as you try to perfect the dance steps of the Merengue.

However, it is the stunning beaches that are the Dominican Republic’s most prominent feature and Bavaro Beach is seen as one of the Caribbean’s best. Stay in a hotel in Punta Cana, many have their own private beaches. The calmer seas at La Romana make it the perfect destination for a family getaway.