Since 1492 the Dominican Republic has been a place of mystery and intrigue, a faraway land of tall trees and blue seas. Pirates and smugglers have made their home in the rocky coves of the island against the backdrop of fierce wars between the great European powers. Nowadays it’s much more sedate: a developing democracy that more than 4 million tourists visit every year.
Flights to the Dominican Republic
The main point of entry for visitors is Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ). Punta Cana handles more than 5 million passengers each year and is both the busiest airport in the country and second-busiest in the entire Caribbean. It serves as a hub for local and international travel, with direct connections to many foreign airports and other Dominican cities.
The capital Santo Domingo is served by Las Américas International Airport (SDQ), which offers connections to Paris, Madrid, the United States of America, and regional airports. If you’re looking to travel further afield, ten other airports scattered across the country serve both local and tourist passengers.
Things to do in the Dominican Republic:
Everywhere you go in the Dominican Republic, its spirit reaches out to greet you. The peaceful fishing villages tucked into lagoons, the thump of meringue spilling out of city-corner cafes, and the now crumbling remains of colonial architecture all hold a clue to the magic of this place.
Visit the Colonial Quarter for premier shopping experiences, but don’t forget to haggle. If you’re looking for a more laid-back vibe, check out Cap Cana, a gated residential community and tourist resort. The resort has world-class golf courses designed by Jack Nicklaus, five star hotels offering every possible luxury to the weary traveler and miles of pristine white beaches.
Advice for Tourists Visiting The Dominican Republic
High season here runs from December through April, when the weather is dry and the heat is eased by trade winds. The official hurricane season runs from June through November. In addition to common vaccinations, vaccinations for typhoid and hepatitis A are advised if you plan to travel to remote areas of the country outside of tourist resorts.
Visitors from the US, Canada, and the EU do not need a visa to visit, but you will need to buy a Tourist Card ($10 USD) at your point of entry or online. The national currency is the Dominican Peso (DOP), but American dollars are widely accepted across the country.
Areas on the national power grid outside of the airports and resorts struggle with outages, and the capital can be dark at night. There is widespread poverty, and common sense should be applied when travelling through the country. Our free hotel price comparison tool
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