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Holidays to Dominican Republic

The peaceful country of the Dominican Republic is located on the East of the second largest island in the Caribbean, with Cuba being the largest. On the West of the island, you can find beautiful Haiti, and this idyllic country is home to the thriving capital – Santo Domingo, the oldest city in the whole of the Americas.

Avid holidaymakers can discover wondrous, ancient architecture throughout Santo Domingo, with the option to learn all about the fascinating local history, dating back to the colonial area when Christopher Columbus was here.

On Dominican Republic holidays, travellers can experience glorious, tropical temperatures all year round. Paired with swaying palm trees and sandy white beaches, this destination is a sublime spot for sun-seeking holidaymakers.

As well as pristine beaches, you will also find tropical rainforests, mangroves, lakes, lagoons and four towering mountain ranges to explore. You can also hike, snorkel and sail around the remote paradise of the Dominican Republic, while taking in the surrounding natural beauty of its landscapes.

Culturally, this island has a blend of European, African and native Taíno influences, creating a vibrant atmosphere where you can dance the night away to fast-paced merengue music. A Caribbean country that offers it all, there is every reason to book blissful holidays to the Dominican Republic.

LANGUAGE Spanish
CURRENCY Dominican Peso
TIME DIFFERENCE GMT -4
FLIGHT TIME London: 9-10 hrs
COST OF A BEER 100 RD$
3 COURSE MEAL 900 RD$
  • Breathtaking bodies of water

    There are magical lagoons, cascading waterfalls, idyllic lakes and plenty of gorgeous beaches for you to visit on Dominican Republic holidays. Within Scape Park, you can find Hoyo Azul – a pearly freshwater blue lagoon, situated at the bottom of a remarkably tall cliff. Lake Enriquillo sits near to the Haiti border, and at this vast 13-mile river you can spot some enchanting crocodiles, iguanas and birds.

  • Alluring local cuisine

    You can find plenty of delicious local cuisine on Dominican Republic holidays. Try a host of different dishes, tastes, cuisines and flavours, all housed within diverse and inviting local eateries. Down the bustling streets of Santo Domingo, you can find Buche Perico, serving Caribbean, Latin and local food in their candlelit courtyard, perfect for a romantic evening.

  • Zona Colonial in Santo Domingo

    The colonial inner city of Santo Domingo is now a UNESCO world heritage site, serving to protect the oldest city in the whole of the Americas and founded by Western settlers. This enchanting area in the Dominican is steeped in beautiful architecture and history, from the National Pantheon to the Museum of the Royal Houses.

Activities

There are so many activities to get stuck into on holidays to the Dominican Republic. River horseback riding is a great place to start, before zip-lining through the lush canopies, or wading through the trees in one of many adventure parks here. Try paragliding, surfing and snorkelling, or hire a guide to discover exciting shark sightings, alongside the colourful marine life.

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27 Waterfalls

The 27 Waterfalls of Damajagua, near Puerta Plata, lie in the rolling hills of the Northern Corridor mountain range and are etched out of the limestone cliff-face. Used by locals for decades, the waterfalls are now a popular tourist attraction…

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Bavaro Adventure Park

Bavaro Adventure Park – in Punta Cana, is a ginormous theme park with 5.5 kilometres of nature trails, as well as 15 diverse attractions for you to enjoy. Choose from ziplining, an adventure on the climbing garden, a Segway circuit, paintballing…

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Beaches

The whole of the Dominican Republic is fringed with beautiful, balmy beaches, perfect for relaxing, soaking up the sun and trying freshly prepared food from local street vendors. Macao beach has an authentic Dominican feel; many guides can take you to this secluded spot, which is incredibly popular for surfing. Or, if you’re looking to explore idyllic, remote beach locations untouched by tourism, venture over to the scenic Bávaro, or Rincón beach.

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Bavaro Beach

The 10-kilometre stretch of sand at Bavaro Beach is absolutely amazing, being a particular favourite beachside spot for travellers visiting the Dominican Republic.

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Kite Beach

Kite Beach is located in the north of the Dominican Republic in the fishing village of Cabarete, attracting kitesurfers of all abilities, from all over the world.

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Food and Drink

In the Dominican Republic, you can try and taste a host of diverse foods. Choose from a range of rice dishes, as well as meals with plantain, beans, coconut flavours and traditionally-delicious meat dishes.

Expect to find a beautiful blend of Taíno, Spanish and African cuisine on this tropical island, with plenty of restaurants serving sumptuous local cuisine, too. Treat your tastebuds to a host of flavours; try casabe, guanimos, creme caramel or mangu and much much more.

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Café Claro

The Cafe Claro occupies a lovely position in Cabarete, just a very short way from the hurly-burly of the main street and the beach. The atmosphere is very relaxed…

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Ceiba Café and Pizzeria

Ceiba Cafe and Pizzeria is a family restaurant, located at the entrance of Perla Marina in Cabarete. This tasty eatery serves a variety of freshly made meals…

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Sights

There are many miraculous sights to discover on Dominican Republic holidays. Whale watch on the Samana Peninsula, go inland to the 3 Eyes National Park with its turquoise lagoon, formed atop limestone caves, or experience paradise by venturing to the 27 Waterfalls. In the Zona Colonial, overlook the crumbling Monasterio de San Francisco – the first cathedral in the Americas, while taking in the old colonial architecture and eating al fresco.

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Catedral Primada de America

Built between 1512 and 1540, the Catedral Primada de America still serves as a venue for official ceremonies and religious celebrations. his cathedral was commissioned by Pope Julius II, and its construction began in 1512…

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Catedral San Felipe

The Catedral San Felipe is located next to the Central Park in Puerto Plata; it was founded in 1502, but was destroyed by fire in 1863. The cathedral was then restored and work was completed in 1956, although some modifications were made in 2008.

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Top Resorts in Dominican Republic

La Romana

La Romana has become one of the Dominican Republic’s most popular regions. A sun-seeker’s haven, you’ll find sweeping, sun-drenched beaches alongside beautiful colonial architectural of the old town.

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Playa Dorada

For those who are looking for a life of luxury and leisure, Playa Dorada’s stunning beaches are supplemented by exceptional resorts and facilities including a shopping plaza, casinos and a plethora of watersports.

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Puerto Plata

A holiday destination steeped in history, culture and offering dreamlike coastlines and vibrant town life, Puerto Plata is an ideal Caribbean destination.

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Punta Cana

Punta Cana’s 50 miles of palm-fringed, golden coastline are considered some of the best in the world.

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Location of Dominican Republic

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