Dominican Republic Vacations

With its enviable position as one of the largest countries in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic has been blessed with a plethora of natural beauty and cultural riches. Home to the oldest city in the Western hemisphere, the Dominican Republic is a blend of local Taino or Arawak natives, Spanish colonialists and African slaves. The people are ... Read more
known for their friendliness, and the melting pot of cultures means there are plenty of historic sights to see on the island. While Punta Cana has become the resort town of choice, with white sand beaches and swaying palms, there is more to the island than one town. Try exploring shipwrecks near Bayahibe, a quiet seaside town on the east coast. Check out the capital of Santo Domingo for its historical richness as well as its pulsating nightlife (fast-paced merengue was invented here). A few days exploring the Samaná peninsula is recommended; you can find secluded villages, bays and beaches while staying in some of the resorts nearby at Las Terrenas. If you're here from October to January, join in the Dominican national pastime: baseball. Dominicans make up the second largest national contingency of Major League Baseball players, bested only by the US. And, oh, did we mention the beaches? Luxury resorts and hotels line much of the beach, but, with territory this vast, plenty of isolated spots remain.

Dominican Republic places to stay and top hotels

Dominican Republic things to do and experiences

  • Zona Colonial
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    Outdoors, Landmark, Plaza
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  • Saona Island
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    Sights and Museums, Outdoors, Beaches and Watersports
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  • Boca Chica
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    Outdoors, Beaches and Watersports
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  • Cascada El Limon
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    Outdoors, Hiking and Nature, Waterfall
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The most popular time of the year to visit the Dominican Republic is from mid-December to February, when the weather is perfect for the beach and everyone is running away from bad weather back home. You’ll also ... Read more
endure packed beaches in July and August as well as the week before Easter. If you’re heading here during the summer, keep in mind that the Dominican Republic is very vulnerable to hurricanes that blow through the Caribbean, especially during August and September. For the most bang for your buck, plan your vacation during the fall and spring, when temperatures are still pleasant and the seasonal crowds have rolled up their beach towels to head home.

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LGBTQ Tips

Not all parts of the DR are considered equal: 'Resorts are extremely safe, country itself isn't.' Even if staying in a resort, it's best to 'check to see LGBTQ travelers' prior experiences' as levels of inclusivity can vary. One traveler noted their ... Read more
resort was 'inclusive to all LGBT except for couples game night.'

Trip by Skyscanner surveyed its LGBTQ Tribe to compile safety tips for this destination. While no one destination is ever completely safe or unsafe, our hope is that this information will allow users to make their own decisions with better information.

Dominican Republic reviews & trip reports

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  • 6.7
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San Diego

It's the Carribean. What else can I say. Beautiful emerald beaches, warm too perfect for swimming and lots of Latin flavors for foodies. Not to mention it's Bachataland!

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Dominican Republic is an excellent family vacation spot with beautiful beaches at a budget that every family can afford and enjoy. Walking distance to the beach, restaurants and town.

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Arena Tours Excursiones
Las Terrenas 32200, Dominican Republic
+1 809-968-5474

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It's not just amazing beaches, Dominican Republic has some breath taking sites whether its the Bani Sand Dunes or its 3097m high Pico Duarte, to the site of the oldest Colonial zone in the Americas the DR is full of amazing spots and surprises. Amazingly enough the sites are only part of what makes this place beautiful, the main attraction are its warm, friendly and helpful population always ready with a big smile and a helping hand.

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London

I have been here 6 times so far and am going for the 7th time next Wednesday, May 6th 2015! I love the people, the slower, more relaxed way of life, the simpler life. I always stay at 4 star resorts. But I always venture off to the "country side" to learn as much culture as possible. I always bring some little toys and candy to give to the children of the D.R as well. The beaches are fantastic especially cabarette, and sosua. I highly recommend taking a trip here!!

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Great Falls, Virginia

Start at My House where we have a private pool, heated jacuzzi, two outdoor gazebos and an outdoor sound system

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Martini's Restaurante and bar has great food and is a short walk from the condo. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

This is an incredible country primarily because of its people. They love their country, are proud of their country, and don't need our tourist dollars to keep it running.

But they do not hesitate to welcome visitors.

I say this as a guy who has spent roughly six weeks total, living and working in the DR with a wife and young child--from Santiago, to Puerto Plata; Santo Domingo to Barahona. I've also spent a good amount of time throughout the Caribbean, including Guatemala, Honduras, and Jamaica--DR is hands down the best.

Disclaimer: I'm not a resorts kind of guy--I can't tell you how good the golf course is in Puerto Plata. Frankly, if you *need* a resort to travel, save yourself the trouble of getting a passport and just book your vacation in Key West or Myrtle Beach--those cities have beaches, cigars and tropical drinks, *and* you can drink the tap water.

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New York City, New York State, USA

I have mixed feelings about the Dominican Republic. I hated Puerto Plata. Punta Cana has beautiful beaches, just be careful where you decide to stay. With so many other options in the Caribbean, I'm not sure I'll return.

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West Springfield, Massachusetts
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Limon Hills is the most beautiful place I've ever been in my life. It's Eco pristine
environment,a two-bedroom two-bath newly built Villa with its huge swimming pool and Jacuzzi, all with ocean and mountain views nestled on a bluff overlooking the beautiful Caribbean ocean with a refreshing ocean breeze Limon Hills is a beautiful vacation spot for honeymoon couples, families, young and old alike. 6 min. to the beach. 15 min. to the waterfalls. 15 min. to the nightlife, restaurants water sports, fishing.
This Is Paradise

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