The Dominican Republic is an island of real diversity. Its geography includes wetlands, rainforests, desert plains - and that's before you even get to its 1000 mile coastline! Home to some of the world's most beautiful shores, beach lovers and underwater explorers won't be disappointed.
Things to do
Renowned for its soft white sand Punta Cana won’t disappoint with 30 miles of Caribbean coastline to call its own. After some downtime under the sun nothing beats an evening spent dancing at Coco Bongo - a Vegas style show and disco which first opened its doors in Mexico. Now one of its biggest clubs, it seems to be just as popular in the Dominican. Golf fans will find a range of top-class courses here. We suggest choosing one which hugs the ocean so you can take full advantage of that refreshing sea breeze.
Puerto Plata is another holiday hotspot with most people making a beeline for Playa Dorada’s hotel backed beachfront. And there’s just as much to see including the 16th century Spanish fort Fortaleza San Felipe and Ocean World Adventure Park.
Speaking of things to see, you can’t miss out on a trip to the capital Santo Domingo. When you’re not snapping pictures of its colourful colonial buildings, be sure to pay a visit to the Dominican Republic National Aquarium. Families should also stop by the Museo Infantil Trampolín, an interactive children's museum with excellent exhibits on the country’s history, science, ecosystems and culture.
Places to stay
Stretching all the way from the Atlantic in the north to the Caribbean in the south, the Dominican Republic has a huge selection of accommodation. The north is more rugged with most people heading for the beach resorts belonging to Puerto Plata. It’s also a great place for some wildlife-spotting, particularly in El Morro National Park where you’ll have plenty of fun trying to name the native bird species.
Over in the east, you’ll find Punta Cana, one of the island’s most popular regions. Enjoy the laid-back pace during the day followed by a party atmosphere come evening. The Bavaro area is a big hit with tourists with an impressive line-up of all-inclusive hotels sitting inches away from those warm Caribbean waves. There’s a good mix too, from sprawling family resorts bursting with activities right down to relaxing couples’ retreats which double up as wedding venues. For some exclusivity, Uvero Alto is just a little further down the road and promises complete solitude within its super stylish properties.
What should I pack?
Put sunscreen and mosquito repellent at the top of your list. While the mosquitoes aren’t that plentiful, they are part of island life, and coming home with itchy bites can be enough to put a dampener on your holiday.
When it comes to clothing, think light and airy. Linen and cotton fabrics are ideal, and long-sleeved tops and trousers or dresses can offer protection from the sun.
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