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Dominican Republic travel guide

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 if you take your holiday 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°C and 27°C. In Punta Cana, average annual sunshine hours are just over 3,000, which is more than twice what you'd expect in London, and temperatures at the resort rarely fall below 21°C at night. Puerto Plata tends to receive more rainfall, slightly higher daytime temperatures, and somewhat more pleasant night-time temperatures than Punta Cana, with lows of around 18°C from December to March.

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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

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 (https://www.godominicanrepublic.com/).

Visa and health: Before you travel, visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/dominican-republic for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday.

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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 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

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.

Safety and Security

For up to date advice on travelling to the Dominican Republic, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/dominican-republic/safety-and-security