Dominican Republic Holidays

Dominican Republic holidays boast pristine Caribbean beaches and stunning interior landscapes. The warm aquamarine sea that laps the shore houses large coral reefs for snorkelling around. With some of the most popular and luxury resort complexes in the Caribbean, there are abundant watersport opportunities.

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Whala Bayahibe

Bayahibe, Caribbean, Dominican Republic

(1546)

14 Nights

26th Apr 2020

All Inclusive

London Gatwick - Direct

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Riu Naiboa Hotel

Bavaro, Caribbean, Dominican Republic

(3998)

14 Nights

1st Jun 2020

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Manchester - Direct

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Whala Bavaro

Bavaro, Caribbean, Dominican Republic

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7 Nights

17th Apr 2020

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Birmingham - Direct

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Charming and cultural Dominican Republic

Experience one of the Caribbean’s most geographically diverse countries – the Dominican Republic. You’ll get UNESCO sites, village scenes, and vibrant nightlife in the east and southeast, or a charming continental vibe on the Samana peninsula. For large All Inclusive resorts with loads to do visit the north coast with its cultural hub, Puerto Plata. With all this and more, there’s a lot to take in.


Currency: Dominican Peso, US Dollar

Language: Spanish

Time Difference: GMT -4

Population: 10 Million

Religion: Roman Catholic

Resorts

Cap Cana

One of the biggest Caribbean countries, the Dominican Republic is a hugely popular getaway destination. Its long coastlines dotted with white-sand beaches and laid-back resorts are the biggest draw, with mountains and rainforests adding drama and a sense of exotic wilderness. Holidays to the Dominican Republic are perfect if you enjoy a balance of relaxation and adventure. Here, you can do as little or as much as you like during your trip. The resort of Cap Cana has become one of the country's top holiday spots. It's all about luxury here, and enjoying the very best of everything.

San Pedro De Macoris

Holidays to the Dominican Republic go beyond powder-white beaches. San Pedro de Macorís is an intriguing destination on the Dominican Republic's south-east coast, an area packed with beaches, coastal savannahs, rum tasting and magical caves. This miscellaneous continent also serves up mountains, colonial towns and jungles galore. Known for its colourful buildings and authentic Caribbean atmosphere, San Pedro de Macorís holidays make a great choice for anyone seeking an escape from the country's big resort areas. That said, there's more than enough to keep holidaymakers busy, such as shopping, exploring caves, and golf.

Uvero Alto

The calm resort of Uvero Alto lets its long, tropical beach provide both relaxation and activities, such as snorkelling and horse-riding. Staying at one of its upmarket hotels, you can make the most of our Dominican Republic holidays deals and enjoy lively entertainment and high-end dining, or frequent the village's beach bars and casual restaurants..

Samana

Colourful coral reefs, tropical coconut trees, pristine beaches and inviting clear water make Samana and its surrounding peninsula a popular destination. There are whale-watching opportunities and sublime restaurants here. Samana is a peaceful retreat, yet still has plenty of vibrancy on offer.

Playa Dorada

As one of the longest-established holiday resorts in the Dominican Republic, the coastal destination of Playa Dorada is a firm holiday favourite. Enjoy excellent shopping and miles of beach as well as casinos and bars to spend evenings in.

Las Terrenas

Once a sleepy fishing village, Las Terrenas is now a dreamy Dominican Republic destination. Its white sandy beaches, pastel-coloured boats, swaying palm trees and sparkling sea make it the travel destination of choice for holidaymakers. Add to that some of the best beaches in the world and gourmet cuisine, and you've got a holiday location that's near enough unbeatable. Las Terrenas holidays are suited to families looking for fun and adventure, as well as couples and friends who want momentous experiences and relaxing days in the sun. From whale watching to sipping cocktails, you'll never have two days the same in Las Terrenas.

La Romana

A visit to La Romana brings with it the most beautiful beaches and warm waters. If you're planning to take your holidays to the Dominican Republic here, you can go on a safari trip or wander around the reproduction Medieval village. Just along the coast from Santo Domingo, La Romana's laid-back atmosphere is never too far away from the action.

Costa Dorada

Costa Dorada is a beach retreat set on the Dominican Republic's idyllic Amber Coast. The resort is located between Playa Dorada and Puerto Plata, but much more relaxed than either of its neighbours. It has a Blue Flag beach and coral reefs offshore plus activities and nightlife close by.

Cayo Levantado

Going on holiday to Cayo Levantado in the Dominican Republic is like taking a trip to paradise. This beautiful island is awash with white sandy beaches, blue skies and azure seas. For 300 days of the year, the sun shines on this tropical hideaway, which offers the best in water sports, authentic Caribbean cuisine and luxury hotels. Sip a cocktail on 'Bacardi Island', where an iconic Bacardi advert was filmed, or hop on a boat and go whale watching in Samaná Bay. Whatever your fancy, you'll love staying on this laid-back isle.

Bavaro

A staggering 10 kilometres of beach to call its own is just the start for beautiful Bavaro. Move inland and the palm trees make way for an adventure park, vibrant clubs and a world of food. For even more to do, Punta Cana virtually joins on to Bavaro, so if you're deciding where to head on your holidays to the Dominican Republic, this might be the place for you.

Bahia Maimon

Bahia Maimon might just be made up of two hotels, but this waterfront complex also has a pretty gorgeous beach on its doorstep. And with those luxury-heavy hotels comes a staggering array of watersports, restaurants, evening entertainment and some show-stopping pool scenes to enjoy on your Dominican Republic holidays.

Bayahibe

Sitting on the edge of tropical forests, the charming old fishing village of Bayahibe has long sandy beaches and a tranquil, relaxed pace. The coral reefs and old shipwrecks along the Caribbean shoreline here also offer you some of the best diving and snorkelling experiences for your Dominican Republic holidays.

Location

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The resorts of the north coast

From Puerto Plata’s international airport it’s easy to get to one of the most popular tourist spots, the purpose-built resort of Playa Dorada. This is one of the largest All Inclusive resort complexes in the world and is a gated area that has more than a dozen luxury resorts and hotels.

There are plenty of activities to enjoy at Playa Dorada, such as shopping in a plaza, playing at an 18-hole golf course, horse riding at an equestrian centre, or visiting the cinema, and one of several casinos. It also boasts the Caribbean’s largest go-kart centre, which is fun for all the family. Or you could take your pick with the many watersport activities including kayaking, windsurfing and parasailing. If you’re planning to make your Dominican Republic holidays All Inclusive, you can’t go wrong booking accommodation here.

Just along the coast lies Costa Dorada, which doesn’t try to compete with Playa Dorada. Here instead, everything is based around one hotel and the amenities are more modest, though still extensive and include a diving centre and access to the go-kart arena.

The hustle and bustle of city life and more secluded beach areas

The capital city of Puerto Plata in the north gives you a sense of this melting pot of ideas and cultures – American, Spanish and Caribbean. The architecture of the 19th-century colonial centre is intriguing, while the 16th-century San Felipe Fortress by the harbour is the city’s most prominent landmark. Take a ride on the cable car to the summit of Mount Isabel de Torres, where a statue of Jesus presides and enjoy panoramic views.

If you want to get away from the crowds, secluded beach areasnearby include gorgeous Cabarete with its red coral reefs containing a quarter of the world’s marine life, and Bahia Maimon, which has been ranked by Conde Nast as among the top 10 in the world, with a handful of hotels and beach-side restaurants.

Or try Sosua boasting a kilometre-long beach, with food and drink shacks servicing most palates. At one end of the beach is the El Batey neighbourhood, which is the main area with a nice selection of good restaurants and shops. It’s also home to a small synagogue and a Jewish Museum documenting the history of World War Two Jewish refugees who were the original settlers.

UNESCO beaches, a natural mineral pool and great nightlife

50 kilometres of coastline imbued with luxury hotels and resorts make up Punta Cana on the eastern-most tip of the country. Aside from Punta Cana beach, which is for private use of hotel guests, two other local beaches dominate the area, these are Macao and Bavaro. Their white shores are backed by coconut palms and mangroves, and offer the mandatory warm clear water we associate with the Caribbean – except these two beaches are considered to be superior.

UNESCO has sited Macao as being the best for its fine sand and beautiful palm trees. This is a pretty quiet area but you can still have lunch at one of the small seaside eateries or dine at a restaurant atop the cliff at the southern tip of the beach. Dominicans like to come here on the weekends, hinting at its splendour.

Bavaro is a dazzling palm-lined stretch of beach. And it’s one of the most popular spots in Punta Cana and as such there are hotels, restaurants and gift shops here, where you can buy local cigars and other craft products. There are also plenty of water-based activitiesfrom parasailing, to scuba diving and speed boating.

If you head to the northern end of Punta Cana you will discover Uvero Alto. This beach resort is considered the in-place to be right now and, although more remote and peaceful, there’s still lots to do. This area boasts good nightlife and you can enjoy dinner and a spectacular dance show at Coco Bongo, dance the night away at Munga Disco, or lay down a bet at Punta Cana Hard Rock Casino.

Activities around the east

There are many excursions available from the Punta Cana area, including to the nearby rock pools of Hoyo Azul at Scape Park. Surrounded by forest and incredible flora and fauna you will discover a 65-foot cave filled with clear-blue water. The fresh water pool is a sinkhole created by the collapse of limestone bedrock, exposing groundwater underneath. You can go for a swim and experience the sensation of the natural minerals, considered to be healing, left by the limestone. There are many other activities on offer at Scape Park including horse riding and zip wire.

Punta Cana has another attraction – its world class 18-hole golf courses. Punta Espada is regarded as the best golf club in the Caribbean and Mexico. Or try the oceanfront La Cana Golf Club – one of the first established and most frequented clubs in the area.