With glittering white sand beaches, jaw-dropping mountain ranges and vast deserts, the Dominican Republic boasts one of the most diverse landscapes in the Caribbean. If you’re looking into cheap Dominican Republic holidays, check out our five top tips to ensure you make the most of your trip to this island paradise.
For a taste of real Dominican life, head to the capital city of Santo Domingo – or ‘La Capital’ to the locals. Traditional and modern cultures live and breathe side by side in this vibrant metropolis, where you’ll find trendy nightclubs and bars standing next to some of the oldest churches in the New World.
Tip: As in many hot countries, there are often water shortages on the Dominican Republic. This rarely affects the main tourist resorts, but you can help the local community by conserving water where possible. Try to take a shower instead of a bath and reuse towels to reduce the amount of laundry.
Best Scenic Place
Take a break from the beach and journey inland to the awe-inspiring waterfalls surrounding the traditional farming town of Jarabacoa. The thunderous cascade of Salto de Jimenoa was used as a setting in Jurassic Park and movie fans flock to this dramatic descent for the photo opportunity of a lifetime.
If you’re dreaming of pampered indulgence, then book a break at the Paradisus Palma Real Resort in Punta Cana. This 5-star resort offers holidays to the Dominican Republic all inclusive of unlimited spa and sports services, delicious culinary delights from 10 restaurants and refreshing drinks in seven bars and a casino. You can also head to the quieter neighbouring resort of Bavaro if you fancy a little extra peace and quiet.
Best Historic Spot
Within the original city walls of Santo Domingo lies one of the most well-preserved old colonial districts in the world. The locals have diligently cared for the limestone structures in Zona Colonial, which are reminiscent of the modern art-deco architecture found in Miami on Florida Holidays and house a wealth of cultural exhibits dating back to the time of Christopher Columbus.
The Dominican Republic is lined by over a thousand miles of coastline, so you really will be spoilt for choice when it comes to topping up a tan. But if you’re looking for more of a sun-and-surf break, head to Playa Cabarete on the north coast for some of the best windsurfing in the Caribbean. And when the sun goes down, it’s time for some barefoot dancing in the sand until the early hours of the morning.