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Holidays in Dominican Republic

The wild, natural beauty of the Dominican Republic is classic of a 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’, for the vision of coconut palms lining the beaches. The country’s tropical scenery creates plenty of attractions of its own, with thick tropical jungles alive with rare birds, sat beside manicured championship golf courses.

25-28 °C

The Dominican Republic is warm and sunny throughout the year.

9 hours

Fly into Dominican Republic’s main international airport Punta Cana International Airport.

Beach-hopping, bar hopping or luxuriating in peace and quiet – however you want to spend your holiday in the Dominican Republic, book with Thomas Cook now and plan the trip of a lifetime.

Recommended offers in Dominican Republic

Be Live Collection Punta Cana

14 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • On the beach
  • Choice of six à la carte restaurants
  • Five swimming pools

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Based on 10893 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

Be Live Collection Canoa

14 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • On the beach next to a National Park
  • Choice of four à la carte restaurants
  • Upgrade offer available for summer 2017

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Based on 6516 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

Vista Sol Punta Cana

14 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • On the beach
  • Three à la carte restaurants
  • Three outdoor swimming pools

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 3758 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

Grand Bahia Principe Turquesa

14 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • On-site splash park
  • Family suites for up to eight
  • Choice of restaurants

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Based on 2214 reviews

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Based on 1 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro

14 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • On a white-sand beach
  • Use of other hotels in complex
  • On-site splashpark

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 10501 reviews

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Based on 25 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£1015

Located on the Dominican Republic’s eastern coast is glamorous Punta Cana, one of the Dominican Republic’s best holiday spots. Quality resorts, wonderful beaches and a chic, cultured nightlife keeps the celebs coming back every summer. North of Punta Cana on the eastern coast is Bavaro, home to one of the longest and most luxurious beaches in the region. Packed with attractions and the fabulous beach at its heart, the resort is the ideal seafront-focussed getaway complete with top nightlife. A notable change of pace, Bavaro’s little cousin Uvero Alto lies a little further up the coast, in a quieter and more secluded spot. Perfect for a low-key escape, Uvero Alto leaves its visitors feeling relaxed and refreshed.

On your holiday, you’ll find lots of things to do in the Dominican Republic. From natural wonders and outdoor activities to rich history and water sports, your days will be packed with adventure. It’s perfect if you just want to chill too. The Dominican Republic is well-known for its sparkling Caribbean seas and soft, white sand beaches. Spend the afternoon relaxing in the sun with a cocktail in hand, before checking out the Dominican Republic’s nightlife scene. Santo Domingo is the place to go for good times and great music, which will keep you dancing well into the early hours. 

If you’re wondering what to do in the Dominican Republic, there’s a great choice of golf courses to visit. Whether you‘re a keen player or a complete beginner, everyone is welcome and there are different courses to suit all abilities. Punta Cana and La Romana are the golfing hotspots in the Dominican Republic, with lush, rolling courses which look out onto beautiful beaches and turquoise water. The sea breeze can work with you or against you depending on the day, so pay attention to the conditions. After playing a few holes, treat yourself to a spot of lunch or a refreshing drink at one of the many golf clubs, under the Caribbean sun.    

If you’d like to explore outside of Punta Cana, head to the small town of Samaná. The town has a chilled-out, cosmopolitan vibe, which is popular with visitors but hasn’t lost any of its traditional charm. Here you can enjoy some amazing whale-watching opportunities, as the surrounding waters are home to the humpback whales. There’s also a nearby whale museum where you can find out more about the species, which is great for keeping kids entertained. The town is also full of natural beauty, with scenic bays, making it the ideal place to have a go at body-boarding, snorkelling and exploring waterfalls. 

If you’ve always wanted to try out some water sports, your holiday to the Dominican Republic is the perfect opportunity. The clear, shallow water around the coast is an ideal place to have a go at kite boarding, boogie boarding or windsurfing. If you’re feeling more adventurous, journey out into the sea for a scuba diving lesson, where a trained instructor will be there to help you explore the sealife. There’s a fantastic choice of things to do in the Dominican Republic and the calm waters around the coastline are a great place for beginners to try their hand at surfing.

The Dominican Republic is full of natural beauty in the day and brimming with life in the evening. Punta Cana is bursting with lively nightclubs where you can meet locals, soak up the party atmosphere, and dance the night away. If you want to dance like a Dominican, many resorts offer merengue and bachata lessons to help you fit right in. Chart hits from the Europe and the USA are often on the playlist, along with salsa, rock, and reggaeton.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC IS BEST FOR...

Would-be explorers: Surge through the jungle in a jeep or dive deep along the biggest reefs in the Caribbean

Sun worshippers: The beaches of the golden east coast are some of the best in the Caribbean, with idyllic white sand and coconut palms

Bar hoppers: Party like a celebrity in Punta Cana’s dance clubs and music venues


FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken in the Dominican Republic is Spanish

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.

Flight time from UK: Approximately 9 hours

Tourist Information: Further Dominican Republic tourist information can be found at www.godominicanrepublic.com

Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/dominican-republic for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to the Dominican Republic.


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: 25-28 (°C)

With an average temperature of 27 (°C) throughout the year, it’s always swimsuit weather in the Dominican Republic. Enjoy the highest temperatures at the peak of the summer, from June to October. But be prepared for more chance of tropical rain at this time. If you prefer cooler weather, book your holiday for winter or early spring, when humidity is lower and temperatures hover between 25 and 27. 


GETTING AROUND

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 make for wonderful drives, and driving makes resort-hopping a lot easier. Hire car companies are available at the airport.

By taxi: Taxi ranks are on hand at hotels, airports and some attractions. They are ideal for one-off journeys, although you may want to check the price first.

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.


EVENTS

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 legendary 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 bring 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.


Why choose Thomas Cook

With hotels available to suit every person and every budget look no further than Thomas Cook for your getaway this year!

  • Thousands of hotels to choose from
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Recommended Hotels
Hard Rock, Dreams Punta Cana, Grand Bahia Principe, Iberostar Bavaro, :Luxury Bahia Principe Esmerelda

Resorts In Dominican Republic
Punta Cana, Bavaro

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Barbados, Cuba, Antigua, St Lucia, Cape Verde

 

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