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Holidays to Dominican Republic


If variety really is the spice of life, then the Dominican Republic must rival Grenada for the honour of being the Caribbean’s ‘spice island’. Occupying over half the island of Hispaniola, the DR offers a heady mix of sugar-sand beaches fringed by coconut palms and off-shore reefs, and an interior of soaring mountains and cooling waterfalls. Add vibrant cities like Santo Domingo to the equation, plus a good choice of resorts and excellent golf, and you’ve got the recipe for the perfect holiday.

With around 800 miles of coastline to choose from, it’s hard not to find a beach to suit on Dominican Republic holidays. Punta Cana/Bavaro in the east is famed for its 20-mile stretch of silken sands lapped by water the colour of topaz, and with every facility imaginable to be found here, it’s a beach baby’s dream. The north coast is every bit as gorgeous, and pulls in both sun worshippers and windsurfers with its double whammy of appealing resorts and Atlantic swell.

Down among the beautiful beaches of the south coast there’s fantastic diving and snorkelling on offer, plus a chance to get away from it all on Isla Saona, an idyllic island where the famous Bounty bar adverts were filmed. Meanwhile the Samana headland to the north-east invites visitors to take a walk on the DR’s wilder side among lush tropical forests, coves, bays and cliffs. On the white-sand beach at Playa Rincon, you could imagine bumping into Robinson Crusoe.

All this is set against the backdrop of the locals’ friendly, welcoming attitude, and their love of a party fuelled by merengue and rum. With that in mind, it’s easy to understand why Dominican Republic package holidays are the most popular in the Caribbean.

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Isla Saona

Isla Saona

A great day trip out to the scenic island of Isla Saona located just off the coast at the south-east tip of the Dominican Republic. Take a short sailboat or speedboat ride across the turquoise sea to this gem of an island and you’ll experience crystal-clear blue water, refreshing sea breezes and you may even see some friendly dolphins following your boat!


Santo Domingo & the Zona Colonial

Santo Domingo

The fascinating capital city of the Dominican Republic is the oldest European settlement in the New World and where cobblestone streets of the Zona Colonial lead to the palatial home of the former Vicerory, Diego de Colon, completed in 1512. See the first cathedral and the first hospital in the Americas, as well as the many restaurants and cafes of the Old Town.


La Romana

La Romana

La Romana is a city on the Dominican Republic’s Caribbean coast and a gateway to nearby resort areas. Located 1 ½ hours west of Punta Cana, the peaceful area of La Romana is known for golfing at Casa del Campo, its many beautiful beaches and its upmarket shopping areas. An obelisk painted with colorful images of local life stands in the city center and south of the city is Catalina Island, with coral reefs and the wrecked ship of pirate William Kidd. Don't miss this beautiful resort.

Altos de Chavón

Altos De Chavon

Part of the La Romana area, Altos de Chavón is a fascinating recreation of a 16th century Mediterranean village perched on a cliff overlooking the Río Chavón. Here an artists village of workshops has developed which showcase local art, craft workshops and artistic presentations. It’s a great place to find authentic locally produced souvenirs


Mount Isabel de Torres

Mount Isabel de Torres

A cable car ride up the Dominican Republic’s highest peak at Mount Isabel de Torres will reward the visitor with spectacular views of the country’s north coast and mountains. At top there are many hiking trails to enjoy the cooler air as well as interesting local craft shops, a restaurant and a small botanical garden to explore.

Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana Unlimited - Luxury®

5

Facing the Caribbean Sea, white sand, lush gardens, and palm-studded beaches, Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana offers Unlimited-Luxury® through luxurious rooms in a unique design.

This hotel offers romantic wedding services, private balconies, an exclusive beach area, six restaurants, a snack bar, five bars serving unlimited international brand beverages, 24-hour room service, plus endless day and evening activities for all ages.

Hotel Amenities

  • Babysitting
  • Exercise gym
  • Horseback riding
  • Pool & Spa
  • Tour/sightseeing desk
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Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa Unlimited - Luxury®

5

Located in Uvero Alto on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic, Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa is an Unlimited-Luxury® haven for couples, friends and families.

This beautiful resort boasts an expansive, free-form swimming pool awarded by Trip Advisor Traveler's Choice Awards as "Best Pool Caribbean" multiple times.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bicycle rentals
  • Exercise gym
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Water sports
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Now Larimar Punta Cana Unlimited - Luxury®

5

Step into the breathtaking Now Larimar Punta Cana and enjoy an excitement-filled getaway. Far from life’s demands. Back to its simple pleasures. Where sophistication meets understated. And the kids have as much fun as the grown-ups.

Located on over 700 yards of picturesque palm-studded white sand beach on the majestic turquoise Caribbean Sea in Playa Bávaro, Now Larimar offers all of the privileges of an Unlimited-Luxury® escape in an exquisite seaside setting.

Hotel Amenities

  • Beauty shop/salon
  • Children programs
  • Restaurant
  • Pool & Spa
  • Tennis court
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Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa Unlimited - Luxury®

5

Located on Dominican Republic's northeastern coast, nestled between the jungle and ocean, this trendy adults-only resort offers sophisticated amenities included in its Unlimited-Passion experience.

Indulge in unlimited gourmet dining and top-shelf spirits at nine chic dining venues serving international and fusion cuisine and nine vibrant bars and lounges to satisfy guests' every craving.

Hotel Amenities

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Casino
  • Horseback riding
  • Pool & Spa
  • Water sports
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Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana - Unlimited-Luxury®

5

Perfectly situated on an expansive palm-studded, sugar white beach in Playa Bavaro, Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana is an all-adult, all-suite, non-smoking seaside escape to paradise.

Reflecting a modern twist on the traditional Caribbean décor with touches of vivid colors, this Unlimited-Luxury® resort boasts a wealth of amenities, elite services and contemporary accommodations.

Hotel Amenities

  • Beauty shop/salon
  • Casino
  • Poolside service
  • Water sports
  • Pool & Spa
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Occidental Punta Cana - All Inclusive

3.5

Appealing to families, spa-enthusiasts and couples seeking romance and sunshine, this lovely resort is surrounded by exuberant tropical palms, white-sand beaches and clear turquoise water.

Located in the center of Playa Bávaro, guests to the resort enjoy a pampering menu of treatments at the spa, an exciting Fun-Club for kids, nightly entertainment, a wide variety of lounges and bars and appealing restaurants.

Hotel Amenities

  • Children's play area
  • Free parking
  • Internet services
  • Lounges/bars
  • Pool, Spa & Sauna
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Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Punta Cana - All Inclusive

5

Fronting an expansive stretch of white-sand beach, families, golf-lovers, honeymooners and destination wedding parties alike are treated to rock star amenities.

This hotel offers 11 refreshing pools featuring swim-up bars and water slides; luxurious spa treatments; an 18-hole, Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course; a Las Vegas-style casino; a wide variety of dining options including 9 dining venues and various bars.

Hotel Amenities

  • Children programs
  • Bicycle rentals
  • Game room
  • Pool & Spa
  • Shopping mall
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Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa Unlimited - Luxury®

5

Popular Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa is set against a backdrop of lush tropical jungle on the powder white sands of Bayahibe beach.

Elegant rooms and suites offer stunning views of the azure Caribbean, lush gardens or lovely pools. Once night falls magical moments are created with music, parties, live shows and the excitement of the casino.

Hotel Amenities

  • Beauty shop/salon
  • Bicycle rentals
  • Casino
  • Pool & Spa
  • Tennis court
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AlSol Tiara Cap Cana - All Inclusive

5

Conveniently located only 10 minutes from the Punta Cana International Airport, this new free style property is situated in the heart of Marina Cap Cana and features spacious Suites most of them with amazing ocean views and designer furnishings.

Guests can enjoy a superior level of service, a secluded beach, three themed restaurants, three bars, 1 deli café, 1 free form pool plus full access to all Restaurants, Bars and facilities at Alsol Luxury Village.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Exercise gym
  • Pool & Spa
  • Restaurant
  • Water sports
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Barcelo Bavaro Beach - All Inclusive

4

Offering a fun and active ambiance, a well-developed sports program, a wide variety of specialised restaurants and spacious, well-appointed guestrooms, this charming Adults-Only resort provides a personalized vacation experience for each and every guest.

Surrounded by palm trees, tropical gardens and a magnificent beach, this tropical hideaway offers an unforgettable blend of relaxation and fun.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Exercise gym
  • Pool & Spa
  • Lounges/bars
  • Tour/sightseeing desk
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Barcelo Bavaro Palace - All Inclusive

5

The crown jewel of the Barceló Bavaro Beach Resort complex welcomes you to the clear, calm waters and pristine beaches of Bavaro Beach.

This all new mega resort features upscale hotel wings consisting of Deluxe Junior Suites located right on the beach, Deluxe Family Guestrooms tucked back in their own private area and a section of high end suites also located right on the beach.

Hotel Amenities

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Bicycle rentals
  • Pool & Spa
  • Lounges/bars
  • Shopping mall
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Occidental Caribe - All Inclusive

3.5

Families, singles and couples alike will delight in fun-filled stays at this charming retreat.

Adults to the resort will love the appealing selection of gourmet cuisine, expansive views of white-sand beaches, unique activities, sparkling swimming pools and a newly renovated theatre.

Hotel Amenities

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Children's play area
  • Pool & Spa
  • Lounges/bars
  • Water sports
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Casa De Campo - All Inclusive

5

Stretched along 7,000-acres on the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic, this picturesque haven provides a sensational blend of unsurpassed elegance and breathtaking beauty.

Coupled with an offering of fun-filled activities, inspired relaxation and pampering service, golf enthusiasts and luxury travelers alike enjoy access to elite golf courses, immaculate tennis courts, horseback riding and private beaches.

Hotel Amenities

  • Airport shuttle service
  • Bicycle rentals
  • Game room
  • Internet services
  • Pool, Spa & Sauna
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Catalonia Gran Dominicus - All Inclusive

3

On the southern coast of the Dominican Republic, this traditional island retreat appeals to spa-lovers, families and active travelers seeking great value.

Fronting a white-sand beach, guests are treated to all-inclusive amenities including daily and nightly recreation; fun- filled activities like tennis, soccer, ping-pong and Latin dance classes; enjoyable water sports; supervised activity clubs and more.

Hotel Amenities

  • Children programs
  • Lounges/bars
  • Shopping mall
  • Pool & Spa
  • Water sports
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Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana - Endless Privileges®

5

Indulge yourself in The Art of Life® at Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana, an exquisite escape combining Endless Privileges® with tranquility, romance, gourmet dining, Bvlgari® bath amenities and more.

96 luxurious, cane-thatched suites with hardwood floors and natural stone accents are located on a palm-studded white sand beach with crystal clear waters just an hour from the Punta Cana International Airport.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Horseback riding
  • Tour/sightseeing desk
  • Water sports
  • Pool & Spa
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All Inclusive Holidays in the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic offers some of the best all-inclusive resorts, often priced much lower than in other destinations. Recently, the range of resorts has greatly expanded with new stylish hotels opening and in a wider choice of locations. The all-inclusive concept is available at adult-only and family-friendly resorts, and with all the essentials taken care of, you’ll have a worry-free time on holiday. Expect many included activities from watersports to land activities and food of a high standard with a great choice of cuisines and restaurants. You really are spoiled for choice on a carefree all-inclusive holiday in the Dominican Republic.

Our top Dominican Republic All-Inclusive Holiday recommendations


Dreams Punta Cana

Dreams Punta Cana

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An all-inclusive tropical paradise where the low rise accommodation overlooks an extensive pool area meandering through the extensive grounds of the resort. The all-inclusive amenities include a choice of 7 restaurants without any reservations required, as well as 10 different bars serving a huge range of tropical drinks and snacks.

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Family Holidays in the Dominican Republic

With many family-friendly resorts, The Dominican Republic is a great holiday destination that the whole family will enjoy. Combined with an all-inclusive arrangement, families will have great value for money and certainty over costs. Most resorts have lively children’s clubs and teenager zones keeping them happy during the day, while in the evening the entertainment on offer will be a great family experience together. Most resorts can provide extra beds in the room or have dedicated family rooms, so that families can all stay together, while in restaurants there are often earlier family dining times and kids even having their own menus!

Our top Dominican Republic Family Holiday recommendations

Now Larimar

Now Larimar Punta Cana

5

Located on a palm-studded white sand beach, the Now Larimar Punta Cana offers the Unlimited-Luxury® escape for families together with impressive amenities. Children aged 3–12 can enjoy the Explorer's Club with a fully supervised kids programme, while teens enjoy fun without parents around at the Core Zone Teens Club.

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Hard Rock

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana

5

The all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana offers a range of thoughtfully designed family rooms and even larger suites providing the ultimate Rock Star family experience. Adults and children can show their love of music at the Music Lab and The Little Big Club™ learning and performing their favourite tracks.

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If you're not sure which family resort would suit you best, give us a ring and our expert advisors can help you decide based on your wishes and those of your travelling party. They’ll also be able to advise you of the latest special offers and resort information for your selected family resort to ensure the perfect holiday.


Couples Holidays in the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is at the heart of the Caribbean and stays close to the hearts of couples who have spent time here. With its 650 kilometers of pristine beaches, contemporary & stylish resorts and delicious cuisine, the country is a perfect destination for couples looking for seclusion and the ultimate getaway. For more active couples, it is also a great choice with lots to see on excursions around the county or just spending quality time together enjoying the many activities organized by the resorts. Whatever holiday style suits you as a couple, the Dominican Republic will have the perfect holiday fit.

Our top Dominican Republic Couples Holiday recommendations

Dreams La Romana

Dreams La Romana

5

The Dreams La Romana is popular with couples for its Unlimited-Luxury® concept with dining at a choice of 8 different restaurants. During the evenings, there are live shows and evening entertainment, and the hotel also has a whole new section just for adults and couples looking their own private haven.

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Secrets Royal Beach

Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana

5

A contemporary adults-only all-inclusive resort set on Playa Bavaro. Couples appreciate the relaxed vibe at the Secrets Royal Beach as well as the six dining options with beautiful sea views. The spacious suites feature a Jacuzzi on the terrace – a romantic spot for a drink together while watching the sunset!

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Jeep Safari

Out and about on a Jeep Safari

Leave the beach behind and jump into a jeep for a fun adventure trip into the country’s interior. On your way inland, you'll pass through greenforests, savannah plains andthe cool highlands. In some of the small colourful villages you can meet the locals and even see and smell cigars being rolled by hand!


Rafting

Kayaking & Rafting Thrills

Blessed with a wonderfully lush forested interior, the landscapes, mountains and rivers of the Dominican Republic are the setting for thrilling white water rafting and river kayaking. The El Yaque del Norte River or the remote Bermudez National Park are the places for adventurers to head for, while the quieter waters of the coastal areas are more suited to beginners.


Whale Watching

Wave to a Whale

Every January to March, thousands of humpback whales migrate from the North Atlantic to the warm waters off the Samana Peninsula on the Dominican Republic’s North Coast. It’s the idealplace to see these colossalsea creatures which breed and give birth in this area and a boat trip out from Santa Barbara de Semana will take you out.


Windsurfing

Catch the breeze Windsurfing & Kiteboarding

International competitions for windsurfing and kitesurfing are held every year in Cabarete onthe Dominican Republic’s North Coast and outside these times watersports enthusiasts canenjoy the ideal conditions here caused by a break inthe offshore reef. Elsewhere, many resorts on the coast will provide all the equipment you need to enjoy this thrilling sport.


Horse Riding

Hiking & Horse-riding in the Jarabacoa Mountains

As an alternative to beach activities, the lush green interior offers coolerclimes and ‘endless Spring’ at the Dominican Republic’s Jarabacoa mountains. This very scenic and picturesque area is a magnet for walkers and horse-riders on excursions through the picturesque scenery, waterfalls, swimming holes and the local farms with their strawberry fields and fruit orchards.


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How to get to the Dominican Republic ( Punta Cana )

British Airways flies from London’s Gatwick Airport to Punta Cana International Airport, PUJ. Thomas Cook Airlines fly from various UK airports to Punta Cana, and Virgin Atlantic also offers a connecting service via the USA. Liat Airlines and Caribbean Airlines provide air services from other Caribbean islands. Flight time from London is approx. 9hrs 10mins with British Airways.

Weather and climate

Like the rest of the Caribbean the weather forecast in the Dominican Republic is normally partly sunny with a chance of a short shower, most likely in the late afternoon. Temperatures are normally around 33°C in August and a cooler 23°C in the Winter months. The heaviest rainfall period is from May to October.



Dominican Republic Quick Facts

  • Time Difference: GMT - 5 hours

  • Flight time:Approx. 9hrs 10mins to Punta Cana direct from London Gatwick

  • Local Currency: Dominican Peso (JMD)

  • Local Language: Spanish. English is widely spoken in resort areas.

  • Entry Requirements:UK citizens require Full passport and return ticket. You will need to buy a US$10 Tourist Card on arrival or in advance:http://www.dominicanembassy.org.uk/touristpurchase.php

  • Vaccinations:None compulsory

  • Local Transport:Car rental can be booked through us with our rental partners.
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Weather and climate

Average annual temperature: June is the hottest month in Punta Cana with an average temperature of 28°C and the coolest is January at 25°C.
The Dominican Republic enjoys beautiful weather and consistent temperatures all year round. Rainfall is seasonal with the wettest months falling between October – April in the North and May – November in the South. The South can also experience hurricanes during August and September.


The Dominican Republic Quick Facts

  • Time Difference: GMT - 4 hours

  • Flight time: Approx. 8hrs 50mins direct from London Gatwick

  • International airport: Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ)

  • Local Currency: Dominican Peso (DOP)

  • Local Language: Spanish

  • Local Transport: Públicos are mini-van taxis that travel along main routes, stopping to pick up people waving from the side of the street and are marked by a white seal on the front door. Taxis are available throughout Dominican Republic, but they mostly pick up at designated stops located at hotels, bus terminals and main tourist areas or you can ask your hotel to call a taxi for you. Cheaper and easier to find than taxis, motoconchos (motorcycle taxis) are the best way to get around in many towns. None of the taxis have meters so always agree on a price beforehand.
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