Sharing an island with Haiti, the Dominican Republic is the most affordable of the Caribbean destinations. But this doesn't make it any less of a paradise. Home to the famous Bounty advert beach; Saona Island, and epic waterfalls, breaktaking beauty is as abundant in the Dominican Republic as coconuts.
For nature lovers and adventurers, the Parque Nacional Los Haitises has an exotic array of animals and plants. As a protected virgin rain forest, it’s a beautifully unspoiled slice of a world far from the towns and cities we’re used to. Among the wildlife, endangered animals live in their natural habitat. If you’re lucky, you might even find the ashy-faced owl.
There’s much more to the Republic than beaches. Visit the 27 waterfalls of Damajagua, then hike around the rainforests and cool off in the canyon’s natural pool. For a slice of civilisation, visit Santa Domingo and wander through the streets of the oldest city in the New World. On a day off from exploring, you can enjoy a round of golf or voyage through the deep blue at one of the signature diving spots.
Voted as one of the Top 10 Destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean by the Trip Advisor Traveller’s Choice Awards, this gem of a resort ticks everyone’s boxes. Punta Cana has everything a family holiday needs (and more than enough for couples too). It’s where our experts stay and they know best.
Capital: Santo Domingo
Currency: Dominican peso
Time Zone: GMT -4 hours
Average Flight Time: 9.5 hours
With its hundreds of miles of dramatic coastline morphing from palm fringed, sugar-white sands through rugged cliff faces, windswept dunes, lush mangrove lagoons and sedate fishing villages, it is easy to see why the Dominican Republic is the most visited tourist destination in the Caribbean. It is also the most geographically diverse, boasting and interior of vast, rugged mountain ranges, fertile lowland, tangled jungle and dusty stretches of dry desert, haphazardly studded by charming, sun-drenched towns and villages, and crowned by the electric capital city, Santo Domingo.
Our dedicated team of Caribbean experts are regular visitors to the Dominican Republic, a country the know from coast to coast and back again. Frequently revisiting the resorts and hotels that we sell in order to stay up to date with all the latest developments, they are not only knowledgeable, but passionate about the Dominican Republic as a holiday destination – and committed to ensuring that your holiday leaves you feeling the exact same way.
The Dominican Republic enjoys year round warm weather; the high season tends to run from January through to April, while July through to September is hurricane season, although storms rarely affect the country for more than 24 hours. Due to the Mardi Gras festivals and celebrations, the weeks leading up to the Easter holidays are usually extremely popular and busy.