- Dominican Republic
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20 Apr 2015
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One of the Caribbean's most popular islands, Dominican Republic holidays combine a heady mix of Latin spirit with the laid-back Caribbean beach life.
The Dominican Republic shares the island of Hispanola with its closest neighbour, Haiti, but that's pretty much where the similarities stop. Unlike Haiti, the Dominican Republic is all about relaxing, exploring and sipping rum cocktails within luxury beach resorts.
Golden sands, clear ocean and gently swaying palm trees are a clichéd image of paradise that becomes a reality on this country's shores. Whether you're looking for a touristy place with fun and games to be had on the beach, or a secluded desert island experience, you'll find a location perfect for you in the Dominican Republic.
Bahia Maimon is a secluded hotel complex that is a fantastic location to enjoy a holiday in the sun. Within walking distance of the resort you're treated to one of the finest beaches in the world across an 800 metre arch of golden sand and shallow shores.
The entertainment and facilities within the accommodation are second to none. Add in the nearby Caribbean Street which is home to even more shops and restaurants, you'll find it hard to pull yourself away from the luxury.
For the days where you want to get back to civilisation, the city of Puerto Plata offers a great day out just a short drive away.
Holding the biggest personality in the Punta Cana region, Bavaro has a lot to brag about and this destination raises the bar when it comes to holiday fun.
Bavaro Beach stretches for ten miles and is the most popular patch of sand found along the glorious east coast. Countless days are enjoyed here thanks to the activities, bars and shops that keep guests fed and entertained.
If you haven't expelled your energy on the beach or one of the inland adventures then get ready to enjoy a night at one of the resort's exciting bars or clubs.
This south coast resort offers a stellar combination of beautiful beaches with breath-taking nature just waiting to be explored.
From Bayahibe you can take a boat trip to the indigenous Saona Island; a large area off the coast that has amazing beaches and oceans which provide an exciting excursion.
The weather in the Dominican Republic is good enough but Bayahibe's climate is extra special due to it officially receiving the least amount of rainfall in the country. This means that whenever you choose to visit, dry or wet season, you're likely to enjoy the best holiday weather imaginable.
An exquisite beach resort on the south coast, La Romana is increasingly becoming a popular destination to holiday in the Dominican Republic.
Many of the hotels back onto the beach meaning that guests have a private patch of sand all to themselves that turn into great locations for a beach party at night.
During the day, visit the 16th century styled village that is home to shops and restaurants or jump ship on a day trip to one of the gorgeous islands off the coast.
A beach resort that offers fun for all ages, Playa Dorada is a packed gated community of hotels that really delivers when it comes to holiday satisfaction.
The shoreline is blessed with beautiful scenery as well as the opportunity to take to the ocean via diving and water sports. Away from the sands, kids will love the Fun City go-karts while adults will love the casinos back in the hotel district.
Playa Dorada is incredibly close to Puerto Plata too so visitors can enjoy the atmosphere of the city before discovering the mountains and waterfalls in the surrounding area.
The premier destination of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana is as popular as ever thanks in no small part to the 50 kilometres of paradise beach that lines the coast.
As well as the golden sands and clear waters that are enjoyed by the many towns and resorts in the area, inland there are plenty of fun experiences to be had when exploring the country. Horse-riding, zip wires, caves and natural rock pools are just some of the features across Punta Cana.
Don't forget to stop by the region's capital, Higüey, as this city offers a fascinating history lesson not to be missed.
The temperatures all over this country rarely stray from the late twenties. Holidays to the Dominican Republic offer average temperatures of 25C in January and 28C during the summer.
The country's wet season varies in the north and the south. In the lower sections of the country the wet season falls from May to September while the northern regions such as Puerto Plata gets rainy two months later.
During the month of February, the whole country celebrates an annual Carnival. Four weeks of parades, partying, music and dancing culminates on the 27th of the month in a final festival extravaganza.
Head out to sea for a relaxing afternoon's cruising with a twist. At the first stop, you'll have the chance to get up close to nurse sharks and have pictures taken with stingrays as you snorkel amongst them. Then it's back on the boat to set sail for a reef where you can jump back in the water. This time, the fish are slightly smaller and the star attraction is the colourful coral. On the cruise back to the shore, the boat will come to life with a mini Dominican festival - complete with music and dancers. With a drink in hand, enjoy the show.
If you've never tried white water rafting before, this is a great place to start. Once your instructor has briefed you, prepare to get soaked on this wet and wild adventure. You'll head through the rainforest, battling rushing rapids and conquering obstacles as you go. If adrenaline-pumping action tops your wish list, don't miss this one.
If you're a thrill seeker and an animal lover then make sure to stop off at this Sosua attraction in the Puerto Plata region. No reservation is required to whiz through the tree tops and spot some of the cutest and friendliest monkeys living in the wild.
Set off from Puerto Plata and take a long cable car journey up to the top of Mount Isabel de Torres. Once there you can explore the large forest area as well as enjoying the view back down over the city. You'll also notice the massive replica Christ the Redeemer statue.
One of the best aquatic experiences to be had on the island. Guests in Cofresi and the Puerto Plata region must mark this as a must do for a family day out. Interact with dolphins, sea lions and small sharks in this fantastic park.
An unmissable natural spectacle in the Puerto Plata region. Guided tours take you around as many of the 27 levels as you'd like to see before you're given the chance to glide back down to the bottom by jumping in rock pools or sliding down water chutes.
A holiday anomaly that stands out for the right reasons in the Puerto Plata region. This fun lesson will teach you or the kids how to master the art of trapeze. Fun, confident instructors help you learn in a safe environment by Cabarete Beach.
Visit Samana in January, February and March to witness the humpback whale mating season. Up to 10,000 whales swim close to Samana's shores for these three months in a natural ritual that is unlike any other. Take a guided boat trip off the shore from Samana town to find them.
The Dominican Republic's islands live up to their Robinson Crusoe reputation, and Saona is no exception. Marooned off the coast of Bayahibe and La Romana, this palm-fringed isle was once the backdrop for a Bounty ad. With white sands, coral gardens and giant red starfish, it's certainly a taste of paradise.
The nation's capital and also the largest city in the Caribbean. Santo Domingo is divided into a modern district filled with high-rise buildings and a colonial area that displays the city's 500 year old history. Close to Juan Dolio and Boca Chica, the Santo Domingo is a must see.