The wild, natural beauty of the Dominican Republic is everything you want in a tropical 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’, based on the vision of coconut palms lining the beaches. The country’s tropical scenery creates plenty of attractions of its own, with thick jungles alive with rare birds, sat beside manicured championship golf courses. Whether you’re a beach lover or keen to learn more about the island’s culture, a dedicated golfer or an underwater explorer, you’ll be spoilt for choice on your Dominican Republic holidays.
Things to do
If you're spending your holiday in the Puerto Plata area, you'll find plenty of things to see, from the 16thcentury Spanish fort of Fortaleza San Felipe to the amazing Ocean World Adventure Park.
In Santo Domingo, spend some time at the Dominican Republic National Aquarium. Families can also visit the Museo Infantil Trampolín, an interactive children's museum with excellent exhibits on the country’s history, science, ecosystems and culture.
Places to stay
If you’re interested in jetting off on a Dominican Republic holiday, you’re sure to find the perfect resort for you. Whether you’re looking to relax on the shores of a secluded fishing village or dive in and try your hand at snorkelling, there are wonderful beaches and turquoise blue waves to paddle in all along the coast. There’s also plenty to do here after the sun sets too, as the nightlife in the Dominican Republic is second to none. Head to one of the glitzy clubs or lose yourself in some traditional Bachata rhythms at one of the local bars; it’s up to you.
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. Similarly, sunscreen will help protect you against burning.
When it comes to clothing, think light and airy. Clothing made from linen and cotton is ideal, and long-sleeved tops and trousers and dresses can offer protection from the sun.
As one of the most picturesque places on the planet, it would be a shame to take a holiday to the Dominican Republic and not bring your camera: we recommend packing an extra SD memory card as well. It might also be worth bringing an adaptor plug for any electrical devices you want to take on your break.
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