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