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Holidays in Dominican Republic
The wild, natural beauty of the Dominican Republic is classic of a Caribbean island. Lines of palm trees lean over stretches of sand, reaching back to where the coast becomes jungle. The string of beach resorts earned the nickname the ‘Coconut Coast’, for the vision of coconut palms lining the beaches. The country’s tropical scenery creates plenty of attractions of its own, with thick tropical jungles alive with monkeys and rare birds, sat beside manicured championship golf courses.
With an average temperature of 28°C in June and temperatures slightly dipping in winter to a wonderfully warn 25°C
Fly into Dominican Republic’s main international airport Punta Cana International Airport.
Beach-hopping, bar hopping or luxuriating in peace and quiet – however you want to spend your holiday in the Dominican Republic, book with Thomas Cook now and plan the trip of a lifetime.
Located on the Dominican Republic’s eastern coast is glamorous Punta Cana, one of the Dominican Republic’s best holiday spots. Quality resorts, wonderful beaches and a chic, cultured nightlife keeps the celebs coming back every summer. North of Punta Cana on the eastern coast is Bavaro, home to one of the longest and most luxurious beaches in the region. Packed with attractions and the fabulous beach at its heart, the resort is the ideal seafront-focussed getaway complete with top nightlife. A notable change of pace, Bavaro’s little cousin Uvero Alto lies a little further up the coast, in a quieter and more secluded spot. Perfect for a low-key escape, Uvero Alto leaves its visitors feeling relaxed and refreshed.
Spend some time acclimatising to the hot Caribbean sun on the Coconut Coast, where the waters teem with marine life and the soft white sand is the perfect place to lie back and soak up the sunshine. Spend a day swimming with dolphins or venture the waters on a jet ski. When you’re ready for some excitement, head to the jungle and trek through the tropical mangroves, whizz past waterfalls in a jeep or stop to spot the exotic birdlife. Punta Cana is the nightlife capital of the Dominican Republic, and after dark, grab drinks at a beachside bar before getting started on the clubbing trail.
Nicknamed the Coconut Coast, the Dominican Republic’s eastern coast is home to beaches that are nothing short of mesmerising. Backed by the rippling coconut palms that earned the nickname, the beaches are a smooth curve of honey-coloured sand that drifts into warm, clear waters. The beach is the best place to find things for kids to do in the Dominican Republic, whether they’re interested in taking off on an exciting boat trip or looking for Nemo down by the reefs. The resorts share a coast that moves between big, buzzing beaches full of things to do and secluded coves where you won’t meet another soul.
With so much focus on the coast, it’s easy to forget the tropical climate means so many of the Dominican Republic’s attractions are its natural wonders. Visit the vast marine parks known to see breeding whales or bottlenose dolphins, or head out into the thick of the jungle to look for exotic wildlife, where bright pink flamingos gather in groups on salt planes and colourful parrots speckle the greenery. The country’s ecological parks with their winding walking trails and hidden natural lagoons are guaranteed to unleash the explorer in you.
When the sun goes down, the Dominican Republic makes the most of its long summer nights. Punta Cana is the best place in the Dominican Republic for clubbing. Huge dance clubs open until late blasting Caribbean beats and dance music, with revellers spilling out onto the beaches in the early hours of the morning. Many resorts move at a slower pace in the evening, with beach shacks and easy-going local bars providing the best seat in the house for watching the sun set with a cold beer. As for the restaurants, the coast is a seafood Mecca, with tasty Creole-influenced cuisine and plenty of international options to pick from.
Would-be explorers: Surge through the jungle in a jeep or dive deep along the biggest reefs in the Caribbean
Sun worshippers: The beaches of the golden east coast are some of the best in the Caribbean, with idyllic white sand and coconut palms
Bar hoppers: Party like a celebrity in Punta Cana’s dance clubs and music venues
Language: The language spoken in the Dominican Republic is Spanish
Currency: The currency used in the Dominican Republic is the Dominican Peso
Local time: The Dominican Republic is 4 hours behind GMT/UK time
Fly to: Punta Cana International Airport.
Flight time from UK: Approximately 9 hours
Tourist Information: Further Dominican Republic tourist information can be found at www.godominicanrepublic.com
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/dominican-republic for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to the Dominican Republic.
Temperature: High 20s for most of the summer, reaching the low 30s (°C) by July and slightly dipping in winter to a wonderfully warn 25°C
Best time to visit: Spring for plenty of sunshine but cooler temperatures
The Dominican Republic has a Caribbean climate, enjoying sunny days for most of the year. At its hottest between July and September, the temperature regularly makes it to 32°C, and for many visitors the best time to visit the Dominican Republic is in May and June, when the weather is a little cooler.
By car: Car hire is a good option if you’re planning a lot of day trips, giving you the freedom to come and go as you like. The coastal roads make for wonderful drives, and driving makes resort-hopping a lot easier. Hire car companies are available at the airport.
By taxi: Taxi ranks are on hand at hotels, airports and some attractions. They are ideal for one-off journeys, although you may want to check the price first.
By bus: The local bus service is the Bavaro Express, a regular service providing an affordable way of getting between beaches. The service also runs between neighbouring resorts like Bavaro and Punta Cana.
Traditional celebration: In August, the traditional Festival of the Bulls takes place, with long processions complete with cowboys herding cattle.
The legendary Carnival: February sees the legendary Carnival come to town, meaning huge parades, outlandish costumes and lots of dancing. The Dominican Republic Carnival also includes the country’s Independence Day, on February 27th.
New Year’s Eve: The Dominican Republic is a fantastic place to bring in the New Year, with a full-on Caribbean celebration in Santo Domingo featuring hundreds of fireworks at midnight, plus partying into the early hours.