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Dominican Republic holidays

25-28 ℃

The Dominican Republic is warm and sunny throughout the year, although the mountainous areas of the island are significantly wetter and cooler. There’s a fair amount of rainfall even in coastal areas, although this is normally only brief and light so you should be able to dodge the showers. You'll find it's dry, sunny and calm most of the time. 

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9 hours

Approximately 9 hours from the UK. Fly to Punta Cana International Airport.

Weather and climate in Dominican Republic

Temperature: 25-28 (°C)

When’s the best time to go?

One of the most popular holiday hotspots in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic is a heady mix of beautiful beaches, stunning scenery, amazing architecture and a rich cultural history. Whether you’re going for the Carnival in Santa Domingo or to soak up the sun on Bávaro Beach, the best Dominican Republic travel advice we can give you is to book your ticket as soon as possible. With temperatures that average around 25°C all year round (and climb higher during the summer), holidays to the Dominican Republic are warm at any time of year.

For cooler sightseeing conditions with a minimal chance of rain, book your break between December and the end of February. During these months you’ll still have temperatures of around 25°C.

Between February and April things start to hot up, with the temperature climbing into the high 20s and low 30s°C. As the heat increases, so do the crowds, so the early part of the season is better if you’re looking for a quiet break. The rainy season hits between May and September.

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Dominican Republic is best for...

Nature enthusiasts: From jungle adventures to coral reef trips, holidays to Dominican Republic are perfect for lovers of nature.

Beach lovers: The beaches on the eastern coast are among the finest in the Caribbean, with picture-perfect emerald water and white sands overlooked by palm trees.

Bar-hoppers: If you're choosing Punta Cana for your holiday you can party in its stunning clubs and concert venues.

Fast facts for Dominican Republic

Language: The language spoken is Spanish. However, English is widely spoken, especially in tourist destinations and hotels, so you'll have little difficulty getting around. Still, if you'd like to impress the locals with your Spanish, buy a phrasebook or download a language app and start practicing.

Currency: The currency used in the Dominican Republic is the Dominican Peso.

Local time: The Dominican Republic is 5 hours behind GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Punta Cana International Airport. Transfer time from the airport to the main resort of Punta Cana is about 40 minutes.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to the Dominican Republic is 9 hours.

Tourist information: Further tourist information can be found by clicking here (

Visa and health: Before you travel, visit for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday.

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Getting around Dominican Republic

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 provide wonderful drives, and driving makes resort-hopping a lot easier. Hire car companies are based mainly at the airport.

By taxi: Taxi ranks are on hand at hotels, airports, and some attractions. They are ideal for one-off journeys, although make sure you check the cab fare before you set off.

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, which is convenient if you're not planning to hire a car.

Events in Dominican Republic

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 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 see 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.

Dominican Republic safety and security

Do I need a visa?

If you’re visiting for less than 30 days, you’ll need a Dominican Republic visa. Also known as a Tourist Card, this can be included in the price of your flight or, if you’d prefer, you can purchase it on arrival. To find out more about the Dominican Republic visa, look at:

Should I get travel health insurance?

Wherever you’re going on your holidays, travel health insurance is a must. It ensures that in the event of a medical problem, the money is there for you to get treatment, medicines and, if necessary, repatriation to the UK. However, it’s worth checking exactly what yours does and doesn’t cover, so you can make any changes to get the best cover, especially if you’re planning to do any ‘extreme sports’.

Any other tips?

  • While brushing your teeth with tap water should be fine, it’s advisable not to drink anything other than bottled water. Similarly, avoid salads that may have been washed in tap water, and ice cubes in your drinks.
  • If you want to drink like a local, look out for mamajuana. Made from rum, red wine, honey and herbs, it’s a heady brew originally drunk by the Taíno Indians for its reported health benefits.
  • Dominicans seem to be effortlessly stylish, especially in the evenings. While you won’t need formal attire, it’s worth packing something snazzy for those balmy Caribbean nights.
  • While the locals tend to speak a little English, it’s worth taking a Spanish phrasebook or a language app. A well-placed ‘muchas gracias’ can go a long way.
  • For a taste of the famous Caribbean nightlife, make your way to Santa Domingo. By day, it’s buzzing with tourists who come to see the old, colonial buildings. By night, the bars and clubs burst into life and keep the party going until the early hours.


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