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Dominican Republic Holidays

Dominican Republic Holidays

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  • Hotels right on the beach
  • Clear, warm waters
  • Tropical climate
  • Lively culture of music and dance
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    Beaches | Hotels | Nightlife | Food | Events | Things to do | Weather | Important information | Reviews |


    What are the best beaches in the Dominican Republic?

    Holidays to the Dominican Republic are all about the sun, sea, and sand. This island nation is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, and there are over 200 to choose from! Here’s a taste of what you can expect:

    • Bavaro Beach, Punta Cana - Stretching along the coast for miles, the soft sand and inviting water of Bavaro are mere steps away from many resorts.
    • Kite Beach, Cabarete - Watersports fans will want to head to this spot, where you can try your hand at surfing, kitesurfing, or windsurfing.
    • Playa Boca Chica, Santo Domingo - A favourite of partygoers and foodies, this stunning city beach is lined with restaurants and bars of every kind.
    • Long Beach, Puerto Plata - This sociable beach is popular with families and joins onto a 3km coastal boardwalk, suitable for casual strollers and wheelchair-users alike.
    • Catalina Island - Take a catamaran ride to this small island where you can relax on the private beach, or get up close to the local marine life while snorkelling.
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    What are the top hotels in the Dominican Republic?

    Whether you’re booking your family holiday to the Dominican Republic or planning a romantic getaway, these hotels offer a host of facilities a stone’s throw from the beach:

    • Dreams Punta Cana Resorts & Spa - This hotel offers beachside access along with a selection of pools, with a range of family rooms available.
    • Secrets Royal Beach - A luxury adults-only destination for couples and friends who deserve a tranquil break.
    • Majestic Elegance Punta Cana - The best of both worlds - this hotel has a fantastic family section, as well as exclusive adults-only accommodation and facilities.
    • Be Live Grand Marien - If you like to stay active, this hotel won’t disappoint! Their weekly entertainment programme offers all kinds of beachside activities including scuba lessons.
    • Iberostar Dominicana - All the family will be entertained at this five-star hotel, with a dedicated club for the kids and even an on-site escape room.
    • Baha Principe Grand La Romana - The perfect destination for those who prefer to kick back and relax in peaceful surroundings.
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    What's the food like in the Dominican Republic?

    No Dominican Republic holiday is complete without trying the nation’s unique cuisine, which often includes influences from Spain and Africa. Keep a lookout for these delicacies:

    • Mangú - The national breakfast dish, mashed plantains often served with eggs, cheese, and salami.
    • Morir Soñando - Translated as ‘die dreaming’, this poetically named drink is a surprisingly delicious blend of milk and orange flavours.
    • Sancocho - A seven-meat stew popular across Latin America, the local version includes plantains.
    • Habichuelas Guisadas - A hearty stewed bean dish, commonly served with traditional white rice and fab for vegetarians.
    • Habichuelas con Dulce - Another bean dish, but this time it’s a dessert - you’ll have to trust us, this is well worth a try!

    The restaurants at all-inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic often provide every dish your heart could desire, but if you’re looking further afield, try these eating spots:

    • La Yola, Punta Cana - Delicious seafood served by the marina, atop a unique boat-shaped terrace.
    • Nola Bar and Grill, La Romana - A local favourite serving authentic Caribbean cuisine.
    • C-Orgánico Juguería, Santo Domingo - With a focus on the natural surroundings and ingredients, this fully vegan restaurant is a treat for foodies of every kind.
    • La Cava, Punta Cana - An exclusive fine dining restaurant for special occasions, with thousands of world-class wines on offer.
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    Where’s the best nightlife in the Dominican Republic?

    Punta Cana is 100% the place to be for the hottest nightlife, with tons of bars and places to dance. Many beachside resorts across the island put on evening entertainment too, so you won’t miss out on partying if you’re staying elsewhere.

    • Imagine Punta Cana Night Club, Punta Cana - If you go to one club - go here. Where else in the world will you get to party inside a natural cave system?!
    • Coco Bongo, Punta Cana - Live music, acrobats, light shows, and dancing await you every night at this carnival for the senses.
    • Coffee, Rum & Cigar Lounge Bar, Punta Cana - Aside from fantastic beach holidays, the Dominican Republic is world-famous for these three exports. Experience the very finest at this stylish bar.
    • Cacibo Bar, Santo Domingo - If you’re more rock ‘n’ roll than reggaeton, head to the friendly Cacibo Bar and hang out with the local alternative crowd.
    • El Mosquito Art Bar, Las Terrenas - Sip signature cocktails at this open-air beach bar with amazing views of the sunset.
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    What events can I go to in the Dominican Republic?

    Choose the Dominican Republic for your sunny getaway and experience the ultimate cultural shake-up. These annual events are a riot of colour and sound that will have you singing, dancing, or just enjoying the show.

    • Día de los Santos Reyes (January) - A parade through Santo Domingo marks the end of the festive season, with a big focus on children receiving gifts.
    • Carnival (February) - The biggest event on the calendar! Spectacular parades take place every Sunday across the island, with each area having its own traditional costumes and performances on show.
    • Isle of Light (March) - A huge music festival attracting international acts, with artistic light installations.
    • Semana Santa (Easter) - Locals throw parties and concerts on the beaches and squares, or watch the nightly Easter procession at Colonial City.
    • Mango Festival (June) - Over 100 types of mango are on display in every form imaginable, with eating contests and live music.
    • Festival del Merengue (July/August) - This colourful weeklong event attracts the world’s best merengue musicians and dancers.
    • Cabarete Kite Festival (August) - A celebration of water sports and the ocean, with a focus on conservation.
    • Santo Domingo Restaurant Week (October) - Every restaurant in the capital puts on an affordable set menu of their most delicious dishes.
    • Baseball Winter League (October - January) - A chance to see the nation’s favourite sport played in stadia throughout the island.
    • The Dominican Jazz Festival (November) - Five days of live jazz, travelling across towns on the North Coast.
    • New Year’s Eve (December) - A huge party along the boulevard by the sea, with live music, dance, and fireworks.

    Things to do in the Dominican Republic

    Strictly fun dancing

    If Saturday night telly has given you the ballroom bug, you’re in for a treat in the Dominican Republic. See the national dances Merengue and Bachata performed for free twice a week in the Colonial Zone, or try out some moves at the Jet Set Club on Monday nights. Take comfy shoes!

    Larimar is a girl’s best friend

    If you love unique jewellery, there are two semi-precious stones found only in the Dominican Republic that you just need to see. Head to one of the Harrison’s jewellery stores across the island to find stunning pieces made of local larimar, and black jade.

    Be at one with nature

    There are 18 national parks to choose from, and at an entry cost of around £1.50 per person, they make the perfect day out on a cheap holiday to the Dominican Republic. Parque Nacional Sierra de Bahoruco is the best place to see as much local flora and fauna as possible, including 160 species of orchid!

    Viva La Revolución!

    The island won its independence from Spain in 1844, and throughout Santo Domingo you can find walking tours to catch you up on the local history of rebellion and abolition. For a closer look at the island’s heritage, check out the Afro-Dominican History tour.


    What's the weather like in the Dominican Republic?

    The tropical climate means there are two seasons: Wet and dry. The dry season runs from December to April and is the best time for visitors to enjoy the sunshine. Rainfall in the wet season varies across the island, with the South Coast typically seeing fewer showers, but levels of humidity can still be very high.

    Month

    Average temp.

    Sea temp.

    Hours of sunshine per day

    Jan 25 °c 27 °c 9 h
    Feb 25 °c 26 °c 9 h
    Mar 26 °c 26 °c 9 h
    Apr 27 °c 27 °c 10 h
    May 27 °c 27 °c 9 h
    Jun 28 °c 28 °c 9 h
    Jul 28 °c 28 °c 9 h
    Aug 28 °c 29 °c 10 h
    Sep 28 °c 29 °c 9 h
    Oct 27 °c 29 °c 9 h
    Nov 27 °c 28 °c 8 h
    Dec 26 °c 27 °c 8 h

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    Important Information about travelling to the Dominican Republic

    How long does it take to fly to the Dominican Republic?

    Flights from the UK mainland to the Dominican Republic take around 9 hours.

    What’s the time difference between the UK and the Dominican Republic?

    The Dominican Republic is in the Atlantic Standard Time zone, which is 4 hours behind the UK.

    What currency do they use in the Dominican Republic?

    The official currency of the Dominican Republic is the Dominican Peso.

    What language do they speak in the Dominican Republic?

    The national language is Dominican Spanish, which has some differences to the original language but is still understandable to Spanish speakers. Many in the Dominican Republic speak English as a second language.

    Do I need any vaccinations to visit the Dominican Republic?

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

    Do I need to pay tax on my holiday to the Dominican Republic?

    Travellers to the Dominican Republic are subject to a $10 tourist tax.

    Do I need a visa to travel to the Dominican Republic?

    You don’t need a visa to travel on holiday, and the tourism entry tax fee should now be included in your airfare. Your passport will need to have at least 6 months remaining validity, so make sure that’s the case before booking any last-minute holidays to the Dominican Republic.

    Will Covid-19 affect my holiday to the Dominican Republic?

    We are currently closely following the Covid-19 situation and how it affects travel. You can find out the most up to date information about travel to the Dominican Republic on the FCO website.

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    Customer reviews

    At On the Beach, we’ve sent many satisfied customers to the Dominican Republic for a bit of sunshine. But don't just take our word for it, read some of their 5-star reviews below.

    Amanda Burroughs:


    Always my first choice for booking holidays. Seamless from beginning to end every time. Great locations, accommodations and prices.

    Clinton Vince:


    Had a fantastic holiday. The booking was smooth and straight forward, the prices were good. The whole experience went like clockwork. On the beach are on the ball when it comes to booking a holiday. This is the 4th time I’ve booked with them

    Janet:


    Excellent service and very detailed customer care meaning keeping me up to date with everything also keep giving me reminders of what I should have done Thank you

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    Dominican Republic Weather

    The Dominican Republic's weather is always hot, temperatures rarely drop below 25° Celsius. You'll never need a warm jumper but on occasion you may well need a raincoat! When the rainy season occurs depends on where you are. In the northern parts the months between October and April are the wettest while in the south you'll need your brolly between May and November

    Of course there is another thing to watch out for, hurricanes. Hurricanes are most frequent during the tail end of the summer months and can occur every couple of years.

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

    Things To Do on Dominican Republic Holidays

    Having lots of activities to choose from is one of the most important aspect of choosing where to go on your next holiday. One of the main attractions with Dominican Republic holidays is the golf courses, many of which have all inclusive accommodation near by. There are more than 20 courses to choose from, all of them surrounded by picturesque scenery. If you're feeling energetic then why not try some kiteboarding or windsurfing, there's a first time for everything!

    If you're in a more cultured mood, visit Altos de Chavon. This is a re-created 16th Century village overlooking the Chavon river and is home to the Regional Museum of Archaeology. Dominican Republic holidays offer more than just sun, sea and sand!

    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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