Known for its exceptional value hotels with premium all-inclusive options, the Dominican Republic is home to heavenly beaches, coconut palms, sugar cane plantations and lush tropical surroundings. Famed for its warm hospitality, Dominican Republic holidays provide the perfect exotic escape.
Visit Santo Domingo, steeped in history and with its own UNESCO world heritage site; or head to Jarabacoa for horseback riding and mountain activities to get your heart pumping. If you’re looking for something a little more vibrant, we recommend taking a trip to Punta Cana where you’ll find the main hub of bars and casinos to party the night away.
From whale watching to sunset chasing and plenty of snorkelling and diving opportunities, the Dominican Republic could be the paradise island you’ve been dreaming of.
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There are four main carriers we use offering flights to the Dominican Republic from the UK all of which fly into Punta Cana.
Direct Carriers: There is one direct carrier we use which is Thomson seasonally from both London Gatwick and Manchester
Indirect Carriers: British Airways offer a flight to the Dominican Republic with a touchdown in Antigua from London Gatwick, however you will not have to change planes. American Airlines and Air France offer flights from both London Heathrow and Manchester. Air France will go via Paris and American Airlines via the states, you will have to change planes.
Most hotels and restaurants add a 10 percent service charge to the bill, although you are still expected to tip an extra five to 10 percent if you are happy the service. Taxi drivers expect 10 percent of the total fare, and toilet attendants will appreciate 10 Dominican Pesos or more. In your hotel, tip porters around 40 Dominican Pesos per bag.
No special vaccines required but Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid recommended
Tourist card ($10USD) required upon arrival
The official currency is the Dominican Peso. You can buy them in the UK but the import and export of local currency is limited to 20,000 Dominican Pesos in notes, and 100 Dominican Pesos in coins. This means you will probably need to buy local currency when you arrive. You should only do this at banks and official currency exchanges. At the end of your holiday, you can change back up to 30 percent of the Dominican Pesos bought (as long as you produce the original receipts), so it is best not to buy more than you are likely to need.
Major credit cards, such as American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa, are accepted at most tourist establishments, restaurants and shops. Credit card cloning and identity theft are unfortunately common, so it is safer to use cash. Traveller's cheques are easily exchanged and most cash machines accept international bank cards. If you plan to use your debit card in the Dominican Republic, it is best to inform your bank before you go.