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The Dominican Republic is one of the most beautiful destinations in the Caribbean, its culture as rich and diverse as its landscapes.

Holidays in the Dominican Republic, or the DR as it’s often known, start with a choice between the sun-kissed beaches on the country’s Atlantic or Caribbean coasts. You’ll find both isolated bays and luxurious resorts, while inland waterfalls plunge from forested peaks and rural life carries on much as it has for centuries. The capital, Santo Domingo, is one of the Caribbean's oldest cities.

The History of the Dominican Republic

Covering the eatern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, the Dominican Republic has a history that long predates the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492. Dominican Republic holidays offer the chance to delve deeper into the culture of the Taíno, the indigenous people of the Caribbean, whose heritage is preserved through museums and archeological sites.

Why book Dominican Republic holidays

Discover the best beaches

White-sand beaches and stunning lagoons

Lush natural wonders

Stunning waterfalls, tropical forests & flocks of flamingos

Stay active

Perfect for climbing, hiking, mountain-biking, windsurfing & more

Amazing all inclusive resorts

The Dominican Republic is a top spot for all inclusive holidays

Hit the nightlife & bar scene

Santo Domingo is your party hotspot

Must-visit historical sites

Visit Alcazar de Colon: the oldest European city in the New World

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Top adventure activities in the Dominican Republic

Top adventure activities in the Dominican Republic

There are plenty of opportunities to leave your hotel for adrenaline kicks on Dominican Republic breaks. Clip yourself onto a zip-line, lace up your hiking boots or squeeze into a wetsuit.

  • Hiking to the summit of Pico Duarte – the highest peak in the Caribbean at more than 10,000 feet – is an epic journey taking two to three days. Hiring a local guide is mandatory and they can help you arrange camping equipment.
  • Cabarete is renowned for its perfect windsurfing conditions. Join locals and international pros alike in the surf on “Kite Beach”.
  • The Dominican Republic has a glut of zip-lining courses that will get your pulse racing. The longest is at Samaná, where you can even whiz upside-down beneath the treetops.
  • Thrills and spills aplenty await from September to December, when you can raft down the Río Grande de Añasco.
  • Those unperturbed by crawling through small spaces can explore some 400 caves in Cotubanamá National Park. As well as stalactites and stalagmites, some preserve Taíno pictographs and petroglyphs.
Top 5 things to do in the Dominican Republic

Top 5 things to do in the Dominican Republic

There’s a reason the DR is known as the country that has it all. You can spend your mornings surfing or sunbathing, the afternoon wildlife-spotting in a national park, and the evenings dancing bachata under the stars.

  • Start your holiday to the Dominican Republic exploring Santo Domingo, where you can walk the first paved road in the Americas in the UNESCO-listed Zona Colonial.
  • Cool down in Constanza, in the Dominican Republic’s so-called “enchanted valley”. Surrounded by a bucolic landscape of mountains and fields, it’s the highest-altitude town in the Caribbean.
  • Lago Enriquillo in the southwest of the country is a haven for wildlife. You’ll be able to spot crocs, flamingos and iguana.
  • If you can time your trip with the Carnaval de la Vega before lent, you’ll be treated to one of the Caribbean’s most colourful and riotous celebrations. Some of the elaborate costumes take months to make and around 500,000 people attend every year.
  • The Dominican Republic is known for its waterfalls. Trek to the El Limón waterfall on horseback, laze in the lagoon beneath the triple cascades at Salto Alto or camp by the falls at Salto Socoa.

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Why we love the Dominican Republic

Why we love the Dominican Republic

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Dominican Republic weather

Dominican Republic weather
Jan
27°C
Avg. Dry Days 6
Feb
27°C
Avg. Dry Days 5
Mar
27°C
Avg. Dry Days 7
Apr
28°C
Avg. Dry Days 5
Nov
28°C
Avg. Dry Days 3
Dec
27°C
Avg. Dry Days 4

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What’s the best time to visit the Dominican Republic?

The weather in the DR is warm year round, with an average annual temperature of 25°C. Dry season, from December to April, is generally the best and most popular time to visit. May to mid-November is the rainy season, with hurricanes possible between June and November.

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