When people picture the Dominican Republic, they see towering palm trees, powdery soft white sand beaches and luxury all-inclusive resorts. Whilst this is all true, we encourage you to step away from the beach and see this vast country that is waiting for you to explore. Head to the capital Santo Domingo where rich colonial history meets twenty first century skyscrapers in a thriving cosmopolitan, enjoy salsa dancing and great Dominican cuisine until the early hours. For those seeking adventure head to the mountain resort of Jarabacoa offering panoramic views, enjoy river rafting and mountain biking to name a few of the activities on offer. Fly direct or via North America with regular connections from either New York or Toronto or experience a Dominican city and beach twin-centre with Santo Domingo and La Romana holiday. To make the most of this fascinating country take a look at our range of tours.
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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 are two direct carriers, British Airways fly direct from London Gatwick to Punta Cana. Thomson Airways fly seasonally from London Gatwick, Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester into Punta Cana. Thomson also fly seasonally into La Romana Airport from London Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow and also into Puerto Plata from both London Gatwick and Manchester
Indirect Carriers: American Airlines and Air France offer flights from both London Heathrow and Manchester. Air France operate via Paris and American Airlines via the USA
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.