First Time Caribbean Travelers
The Dominican Republic possesses some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, but it also has a rich history and delish food.

Travel to Dominican Republic

If you described a vacation in the Caribbean you’d probably say: a) relaxing at the beach with cocktails and a perfect suntan; or b) Eco touristic activities and zen sessions at a spa. Well you’d be right…ish. It’s true that Caribbean destinations house dreamy beaches, but they also harbor urban landscapes that possess a rich history and a succulent cuisine. A good example of this is the Dominican Republic, the second largest country in the Caribbean, and DINKtravelers will tell you everything you need to know for your first (or second, or twentieth) visit to this destination.

How to Get to the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean in the north, the Caribbean in the south and, together with Haiti, which lies west, it makes up a huge island that belongs to the Greater Antilles archipelago. For this reason, you can’t get there by terrestrial transport.

By air: This destination is so popular (it had 4,464,643 foreign visitors in 2014) that you’ll find direct flights from major cities in Canada, Europe, the United States and Latin America. Its two main airports are Las Americas International Airport, 30 minutes away from Santo Domingo, the country’s capital, and Punta Cana’s International Airport.

By sea: Many travelers who visit the Dominican Republic, particularly in winter, get there on cruise ships that disembark at Santo Domingo, La Romana, Puerto Plata or Samana.

Best Time of the Year to Visit the Dominican Republic

Of course you can visit this paradisiacal destination in any season, but the best time to travel there is between December and April, when days are warm and sunny. On the contrary, from June to November the weather might not favor you because it’s hurricane season.

Where to Stay at the Dominican Republic

What kind of lodging do you prefer? Boutique hotels? All-Inclusive Resorts? World-class hotel chains? In the Dominican Republic you’ll find them all.

The Caribbean in Numbers

With over 1,600km of coastline, this destination has the greatest number of hotel rooms in the Caribbean adding over 69,000 rooms!

Souvenirs from the Dominican Republic

In the Dominican Republic you’ll find craftworks and deluxe items like cigars and mahogany rocking chairs. However, our favorite pieces are the earthenware faceless or Limé dolls, which are a symbol of this country. Or, if you prefer a gastronomic souvenir, take back home a bottle of Dominican rum.

What to visit in the Dominican Republic

Clear beaches and exuberant nature, of course. But also, we recommend visiting the Cathedral of Santo Domingo –the oldest cathedral in the Americas– and Parque Colón, a square that’s surrounded by Colonial, Republican and Modern architecture. This area is also very attractive and safe at night, when buildings are illuminated and people visit its restaurants and bars.

In addition, visit the Altagracia Basilica –the tallest in the Caribbean– and its museum, where you’ll find an exhibit of paintings and jewelry that have been donated to the church since the 18th century.

Things to do in the Dominican Republic

In Punta Cana there are 11 magnificent golf courses created by renowned designers. For the more adventurous, there are several attractions like a zipline that hangs above the Anamuya forest, and activities like kite boarding, diving and surfing.

What to Eat in the Dominican Republic

This cosmopolite city houses restaurants that serve Dominican, Caribbean and international specialties. We recommend trying local cuisine, famous for its mix of ingredients like oregano, garlic, onion, capers and olives.

Leave a 10% tip at restaurants.

Now that you’re ready for your trip, pack your bags and enjoy the Caribbean.

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  • Save on Tips

    Restaurants at the Dominican Republic add a 10% service charge, so you don’t need to leave an extra tip.

  • Travel Green

    Sun exposure at the beach is part of the fun. Apply biodegradable sunscreen with 50SPF.

  • Get a Ride

    Many cruise ships that travel to the Dominican Republic disembark at Santa Barbara de Samana. There, the most practical means of transportation is a rickshaw.

  • Use 60SPF

    Use biodegradable sunblock creams with 60 SPF because, according to studies, sunblock creams with a greater SPF don’t work.

  • The Most Ancient City of the New World

    Santo Domingo, capital of the Dominican Republic, is the most ancient city of what the Europeans called the New World.

  • Columbus in the Caribbean

    When Christopher Columbus arrived at Dominican Republic, he described it as “A beautiful idyllic island with tall wooded mountains, great valleys and rivers”. It still preserves that splendor.

  • The Island Next Door

    The Dominican Republic possesses over 1,000 km of natural beaches even though its territory occupies only half of La Española Island. The other half is taken up by Haiti.