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Introducing holidays to the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is arguably the most diverse of all the Caribbean islands. The Dominican Republic has gorgeous mountains, sandy deserts and sunswept beaches to thrill you on your Caribbean adventure. If you are looking for something exotic for your next holiday, the Dominican Republic is the place to go. The Dominican Republic's gorgeous natural scenery goes hand in hand with the country's rich history. From the romantic Santo Domingo to the stunning wrap around terrace houses in Puerto Plata, you will find plenty more than just a beach holiday in the Dominican Republic. But if you are looking for a beach holiday in the Caribbean, you can't beat the island nation. White sand and crystal-clear waters make this a true haven for any sun, sand and sea worshipper. Situated in the midst of an archipelago of islands, the Dominican Republic continues to be one of the most popular long-haul destinations due to its stunning beaches, rejuvenating atmosphere and immense national parks. Tourists looking to get out of the busy cities and into the relaxing countryside can do so in minutes. Driving along the highways, you will be in the scenic outskirts and on secluded beaches in no time.

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Top Destinations in Dominican Republic

Punta Cana Holidays to the Dominican Republic
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Punta Cana

from £533pp

La Romana Holidays to the Dominican Republic
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La Romana

from £850pp

Puerto Plata Holidays to the Dominican Republic
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Puerto Plata

from £812pp

Top Resorts in Dominican Republic

Punta Cana Holidays to the Dominican Republic
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Punta Cana

from £533pp

Bayahibe Holidays to the Dominican Republic
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Bayahibe

from £850pp

Playa Dorada Holidays to the Dominican Republic
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Playa Dorada

from £841pp

Top Hotels in Dominican Republic

Be Live Collection Punta Cana
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Be Live Collection Punta Cana

Punta Cana, Punta Cana

from £988pp
Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa
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Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa

Bayahibe, La Romana

from £1054pp
Bavaro Princess All Suites Resort, Spa & Casino
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Bavaro Princess All Suites Resort, Spa & Casino

Punta Cana, Punta Cana

from £1031pp
Hotel Amhsa Casa Marina Beach & Reef
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Hotel Amhsa Casa Marina Beach & Reef

Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata

from £897pp
Karibo Punta Cana
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Karibo Punta Cana

Punta Cana, Punta Cana

from £651pp
Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro
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Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro

Punta Cana, Punta Cana

from £709pp
Whala!Bávaro
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Whala!Bávaro

Punta Cana, Punta Cana

from £679pp
Iberostar Punta Cana
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Iberostar Punta Cana

Bavaro, Punta Cana

from £877pp

At a Glance

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  • Language: Spanish
  • Time Zone: GMT +-4
  • Average flight time: 9h 10m

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Top Attractions

Once you’ve explored the old streets of Santo Domingo and taken in its rich culture, you should investigate the natural beauty of the Dominican Republic. Whether you are taking to the inland landscapes or ducking below the waves, you can find a number of great outdoor activities during your stay. Numerous water sport opportunities will allow you to explore the world beneath the water, with some fantastic diving and snorkelling trips giving you the chance to meet some of the Dominican Republic’s most charming inhabitants. Back on land you can visit the stunning underground cave complex at Los Tres Ojos de Agua. Finally, you should make a beeline for the Dominican Republic's history at the Fort San Felipe Museum.

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Wine and Dine

The Dominican Republic has a very rich food history. Over the centuries explorers from all over the globe descended on the island's shores. Moreover, foods and recipes from other Caribbean nations made their ways to the island. All of these foods have come together to create the Dominican Republic's delicious, modern cuisine. Sancocho or seven-meat stew is one of the most popular dishes found on the island. Some experts call it the official dish of the Dominican Republic. The delicious stew features seven types of meat from four different animals, cooked with root vegetables. Uniquely Dominican, Mangu is a dish of mashed plantains. Mangu is usually served with eggs and fried cheese. It is a typical breakfast dish that you will find at restaurants and hotels. If you are looking to cool down with a local drink, you will find Morir Sonando. The iced drink is a mixture of orange and milk. Drink this after spending sometime in the sun or with lunch to replenish the body.

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For Families

The Dominican Republic is a perfect choice for families. Not only are there endless sandy beaches on the island, but the hotels are oases of relaxation that will please everyone. Looking for an ocean cruise? Why not take the family to Punta Cana Bavaro for a trip aboard a catamaran? The whole family can snorkel, swim or dive into the ocean's blue waters off the boat. Migrating humpback whales can be seen at many of the Dominican Republic's coves and bays. Watch from the shoreline or get up close and personal on the catamarans or boats that venture out into the waters. Whatever you choose, the family will have a holiday to remember in the Dominican Republic.

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Action and Adventure

Travel away from the island's capital Santo Domingo and you will find much of the region is rural. It is there that you will see the Dominican Republic's captivating natural beauty. It is that scenery that provides the backdrop to outdoor adventures across the island. Travellers will find mountain views and rushing rivers on the island's interior. Lush jungles and beautiful waterfalls can be found off road. Get your adrenaline fix as you go white water rafting, ride inflatable tubes along rapids or go cascading in the islands waterfalls. Hike to the top of Pico Duarte for sweeping views across the island as you discover your holiday paradise. Nearer the shoreline, you will find hundreds of miles of sensational beaches. Go on a whale-spotting adventure out into the bay or try your hand at some exhilarating watersports. The whole family can see exotic animals and swim with dolphins at Manati Park.

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Life's a Beach

The Dominican Republic is all about beaches and laidback lifestyles. Fall asleep to the crashing of waves and wake up to brilliant sunshine and glorious temperatures in places like Juan Dolio. Whether in a five-star luxury all-inclusive hotel or self-catering digs that are wallet-friendly, holidays in the Dominican Republic come with accommodation to suit everyone. If you are looking for a beach break at its absolute best, Boca Chica is a complete knockout. It is all endless white sand shorelines and sapphire blue waters. You will find the perfect spot for a relaxing time. Settle down on the sand, a sun lounger or in a beachside bar sipping on a fruity cocktail in the shade. If you have children, Boca Chica has safe, shallow waters for the whole family to enjoy. Puerto Plata has the perfect palm-fringed beaches, clear waters and offshore reefs. It is a prime location for swimming or snorkelling. If you fancy windsurfing, the beaches on the northern coast have winds and waves that are perfect. The undeveloped Barahona is perfect if you want to escape the crowds of tourists.

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Nightlife

As you might expect from a laid-back, relaxed and happy destination, the Dominican Republic’s nightlife is second to none. The island’s part calendar is a vibrant and busy one, with festivals, parties, bars and clubs open to all the year round. If you’re after a fun, lively drink that doesn’t include getting hot and sweaty, pull up a stool in a beach-side bar, and you’ll be sharing a drink with the locals before you can say ‘Calabash Rum Cocktail, por favor!’

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For Couples

Santo Domingo is a romantic escape full of old colonial buildings teeming with history. The city's architecture allows for beautiful strolls in the evening along the city's streets. A popular region of the Dominican Republic is Punta Cana, and there are plenty of hotels here to accommodate you. The area has several five-star resorts and spas that allow you to sit back, relax and enjoy the panoramic coastal views of the ocean. If you are travelling without children, you will find several adult-only hotels. The hotels will provide you and your loved one with everything you need. In fact, you won't need to even leave the resort if you don’t want to! The Bayahibe region makes for an idyllic holiday spot for groups of all ages. The resorts in the region come with their own pool area, spa and fitness centres. Some even have their own nightclub and casinos. The Dominican Republic really has something to suit everyone.

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Culture

The island isn't just about beaches, although they are great. Alcazar de Colon is a must-see UNESCO World Heritage site for history lovers. It is the oldest palace in the Americas and offers up plenty of education to visitors. Santo Domingo is the starting point to any holiday in the Dominican Republic. Known as the "first city of the Americas", Santo Domingo is rich in history. You can explore the incredible old city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the oldest European city in the Americas. Get your fill of culture and history in the form of colonial buildings, churches and engrossing museums - the perfect warm up before outdoor adventures.

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Top Dominican Republic destinations

Dreaming of the Dominican Republic but not too sure where to go? Check out our top Dominican Republic destinations below: