Dominican Republic Holidays

Dominican Republic Holidays

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With something about this tropical destination that just exudes luxury, the Dominican Republic has long been a popular holiday destination. Palm tree fringed beaches, sleepy fishing villages and some of the best nightlife this side of Havana are what’s on offer at this tropical paradise. Sharing the island of Hispaniola with neighbouring Haiti, natural scenery combines with historical legacy to yield a unique Caribbean landscape and culture.

Beaches
Discovering the stunning beaches is the prime reason to visit this Caribbean island. Along the shoreline, countless sandy white stretches and dramatic coastal cliffs can be discovered, such as the coconut coast of Punta Cana. Whatever your style; try your hand at surfing at Playa Macao or relax in the tranquil waters of Arena Gorda.

Food & Drink
When it comes to cuisine, traditional Spanish dishes with a twist of African and indigenous Taíno influence dominate. Think crispy fried plantain, tender braised chicken and hearty bean stews. From street food to traditional restaurants, there are a myriad of local delights to be sampled. Sweet treats include the creamy and coconuty Dulce De Coco and the Caribbean speciality Tres Leches sponge cake. Also be sure to sample the local Mamajuana 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 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. There is a relaxed element to day-to-day life, accompanied with 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 beaches of Cabarete and Sousa. The cobbled streets also host many hidden gems that turn from grocery stores by day to 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

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Top Dominican Republic Hotels

Majestic Elegance Punta Cana

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Coral Costa Caribe

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SunScape Dominican Beach

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Gran Palladium Bavaro Resort & Spa

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Majestic Colonial Punta Cana

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Casa Marina Beach & Reef

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Paradisus Palma Real

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Gran Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa

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Iberostar Costa Dorada

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Hotel Beach House Playa Dorada

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Be Live Grand Marien

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Piergiorgio Palace Hotel

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Ifa Hotel Villas Bavaro Beach Resort & Spa

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Catalonia Bavaro Resort

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Punta Cana Princess

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Barcelo Puerto Plata

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Grand Paradise Samana

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Hodelpa Nicolas de Ovando

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Vik Hotel Arena Blanca

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Vik Hotel Cayena Beach

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Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus

Bayahibe, East Coast, Dominican Republic

Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace Hotel

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Hotel Emotions by Hodelpa

Juan Dolio, East Coast, Dominican Republic

Hotel Renaissance Santo Domingo Jaragua & Casino

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Cofresi Palm Beach & Spa Resort

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Blue JackTar

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Grand Bahia Principe Turquesa

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Riu Republica

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H10 Ocean El Faro

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Antiguo Hotel Europa

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Dominican Republic Weather

The Dominican Republic enjoys a tropical climate and year-round hot weather. Winter is the most popular time to visit, being dry season, while the wet season during summer 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
Santa Domingo is the oldest European city in the Western Hemisphere, dating back to the 15th century. Its old town, or the ‘Zona Colonial’ as it’s locally known, paints a picture of the former Spanish empire. Ambling the cobbled streets, witness the Romanticist architecture and rustic monuments. It’s not hard to envision the gateway to the Caribbean, where pirates once journeyed to the coast and conquistadors roamed.

Carnival
Add some spice to your holiday by catching a carnival. Dominican Carnival takes place in February and early March, where every city celebrates in their own distinct style. As well as being a real window into Dominican culture, it’s a fantastically fun and vibrant experience for all to enjoy. Head to La Vega or Santiago for one of the bigger Carnival celebrations, or see a unique parade filled with costumes and characters in any of the other cities.

Hike Pico Duarte
Moving inland, the Dominican Republic is home to the Caribbean's highest peak, Pico Duarte at 3,098m. For a break from the beach, 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 way and however long your ascent, be prepared for some breathtaking panoramic views and perhaps an opportunity to see the sunrise over the Caribbean!

Paradise Island
Pure white sands and crystal clear aquamarine waters sound good? Cayo Paraiso, otherwise known as Paradise Island, lies off the Dominican Republic’s north coast and boasts all the exotic wonders of island life. The coral reefs and tropical fish make for unparalleled snorkelling in the surrounding lagoon, while lazing on the beach simply offers stunning scenery for sunbathing and dreaming the day away.

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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