Dominican Republic Holidays

Dominican Republic Holidays

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There’s something about this tropical destination that just exudes luxury and tranquillity, it’s no wonder the Dominican Republic has long been a well-loved holiday destination by all. Pristine palm tree-fringed beaches, sleepy fishing villages and the best nightlife this side of Havana has to offer are just some of the endless possibilities found in this spectacular paradise. Experience an adventure as you discover a true taste of Caribbean culture in a unique natural landscape with a rich historical legacy.



Beaches

This paradise island boasts some of the world’s most stunning white-sand beaches, with over 1600 kilometres of Caribbean coastline just waiting to be explored. Stroll the shores to find countless stretches of serene sands, crystal waters and dramatic coastal cliffs.

Head to Isla Saona for a picture-perfect spot to bask in the sun, take a trip to Cayo Levantado and immerse yourself in the astounding beauty of this hidden Caribbean gem, or plunge into the waters of Cayo Arena, where you’ll find an unforgettable mix of corals, sponges and tropical fish that will leave you in awe.

Whether you’re seeking some well-needed tranquillity or a secret snorkelling hotspot – there’s a beach in the Dominican Republic for you.



Food & Drink

When it comes to cuisine, the island favours traditional Spanish dishes with an interesting African twist. Think crispy fried plantains, with tender braised chicken and hearty bean stews. Of course no Caribbean country would be complete without a spectacular seafood selection, find the freshest, most flavoursome fish of the seas in fishing towns such as Samana and Puerto Plata.

From street food to traditional restaurants, there are a myriad of local delights to be sampled while you’re here. Sweet treats include colourful fruit platters filled with tropical papaya, passion fruit and mango, the creamy and coconutty Dulce De Coco and the Caribbean speciality Tres Leches sponge cake. Also, be sure to try the local Mamajuana herbal drink, brewed with rum, red wine, herbs and honey.



Culture

The culture of the Dominican Republic lies in the blend of the country’s history and warm, friendly nature of its people. Being the first European settlement of the Americas, the colonial influence is embedded in modern life, from architecture and cuisine to language and religion.

The fun-loving locals celebrate with all the flair of a fiesta, as seen through the February carnivals and year-round festivals. Each year vibrant parades take to the cities with intricate costumes and dance performances for a thrilling event like no other. There is a relaxed element to day-to-day life, accompanied by plenty of chances to party.



Nightlife

Nightlife in the Dominican Republic is nothing short of electric. Options range from the disco clubs of Punta Cana to the buzzing beachfront vibes of Cabarete and Sousa. Hop from bar to bar down the cobbled streets of the capital, Santo Domingo and experience the energetic folkloric music live at Plaza de España every weekend.

That’s not all, the hidden nightlife gems of this Caribbean island can unsuspectingly be found in the local grocery stores, which transform into lively bars at night, known as colmados. Here you can dance the night away, learning salsa or the passionate Merengue with plenty of locals willing to show you the moves.



Important Information
Flight Time: 9hr
Time Difference: -5hr
Currency: Dominican peso and US dollars
Official Language: Spanish

Vaccinations

Please check with your healthcare provider for all up to date vaccination advice before booking your holiday.



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Dominican Republic Weather

The Dominican Republic enjoys a tropical climate, with year-round hot weather ranging from 25°C to 30°C. December to March is the most popular time to visit, being dry season, while the wet season from June to November sees occasional storms but otherwise mild temperatures. Strong sunshine is the common denominator, with rains generally occurring as short-term showers.

Jan 29ºC
Feb 29ºC
Mar 29ºC
Apr 29ºC
May 29ºC
Jun 30ºC
Jul 30ºC
Aug 30ºC
Sep 30ºC
Oct 29ºC
Nov 29ºC
Dec 28ºC

Landscape

Of course the main attraction with any Dominican Republic holiday is the beaches. The coast is lined with fabulous beach after fabulous beach, but the landscape is more than just beaches. With palm trees fringing most of the island and streams and hills adding to its beauty, the Dominican Republic landscape is considered one of the most beautiful in the Caribbean.

Things To Do on Dominican Republic Holidays

Ciudad Colonial, Santo Domingo

This historical neighbourhood boasts a bubbly, cultural atmosphere. The old town of Santa Domingo or ‘Zona Colonial’ as it is better known, is the oldest European city in the Western hemisphere, dating back to the 15th century. Ambling the cobbled streets, offers a trip back in time to witness the Romanticist architecture and rustic monuments that stand proudly amongst the shops, cafes and restaurants of this charismatic town. It’s not hard to envision the gateway to the Caribbean, where pirates once journeyed to the coast and conquered these lands.



Take a rum tour

The soils of the Dominican Republic are famed for their fabulous supply of sugar cane, which is of course the main ingredient in the islands iconic rum Brugal. The tour of the country’s famous rum distillery offers a glimpse into the history of the well-loved tipple, a chance to discover what goes into the rum making process and of course a chance to taste the distinctive flavour of the Caribbean’s favourite pick-me-up.



Visit the Salto De Baiguate waterfall

Get up close to the impressive cascading waters of the Salto De Baiguate waterfall. Located in a deep canyon around 20 minutes from the town of Jarabacoa, the 25-metre memorising sight can be easily reached by passing through some of the lush greenery and remarkable rolling mountains that surround this national park. Dive into the turquoise plunge pool and spend the day relaxing in the presence of this beautiful natural scene, perfect for a once in a lifetime family experience. For those who are feeling adventurous, there’s also a thrilling cannoning excursion that ends with a chance to rappel down the walls of the waterfall!



Hike Pico Duarte

This is definitely one to tick off the travel bucket list. The Dominican Republic is home to the Caribbean's highest peak, Pico Duarte, at a whopping 3,098m. For a break from the beach, why not take a guided tour of the mountain? There’s a large choice of organised tour operators, so you can choose something that fits your holiday best. Whichever route you choose, you’re guaranteed to experience breathtaking panoramic views and perhaps even a rare opportunity to see the sunrise over the Caribbean!



Dominican Republic Resorts

Cabarete

Cabarete

Situated on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, Cabarete Bay is a holiday haven for anyone looking for sun, sea and sand, and with On The Be…

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Cofresi

Cofresi

10km west of Puerto Plata on the Dominican Republic's northern coast lies Cofresi, a once quiet fishing village turned high quality holiday destinatio…

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Juan Dolio

Juan Dolio

A tranquil seaside town ideal for family holidays, Juan Dolio is a perfect location for some peaceful tanning. Situated on the Dominican Republic sout…

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Playa Dorada

Playa Dorada

Situated on the Dominican Republic's north coast, Playa Dorada is a beautiful beach resort geared particularly towards families and couples, boasting…

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Puerto Plata

Puerto Plata

Holidays in Puerto Plata for all tastes, ages and budgets. We have a range of 3, 4 and 5 star hotels and apartments in Puerto Plata suitable for all s…

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Punta Cana

Punta Cana

Situated on eastern tip of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana is a genuine Caribbean paradise. Glorious sunshine, breathtaking white sands and an air…

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Rio San Juan

Rio San Juan

Situated on the Dominican Republic's northern coast, this once sleepy fishing village offers everything you might need for a relaxed, tranquil Caribbe…

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Samana

Samana

The Samana peninsula on the Dominican Republic's north easterly coast is often referred to as the 'real Caribbean', and it's easy to see why. Breathta…

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Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo

The capital of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo offers the cosmopolitan buzz of city life along with the turquoise sea views expected from a Cari…

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Sosua

Sosua

Situated in the popular Puerto Plata province on the Dominican Republic's northern coast, Sosua is a beautiful beach resort perfect for a family holid…

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