Dominican Republic

Picture the Dominican Republic, and you'll imagine towering palm trees, powdery soft white sand beaches and luxury all-inclusive resorts. Whilst this is all true, there's so much more to see when you step away from the beach: this vast country is waiting for you to explore. Head to the capital, Santo Domingo, where rich history meets 21st century skyscrapers and the dynamic cosmopolitan atmosphere is the backdrop for salsa dancing and great Dominican cuisine until the early hours. For those seeking adventure, head to the mountain resort of Jarabacoa for panoramic views, river rafting and mountain biking on offer.

Fly direct to the Dominican Republic or via North America, with regular connections from either New York or Toronto. Or experience the contrast of Dominican city and beach with a holiday to Santo Domingo and La Romana and to make the most of this fascinating country take a look at our range of tours.

Destination Highlights
  • Head to the picture perfect Isla Saona, an island paradise
  • Walk the historic streets that Christopher Columbus walked in Santo Domingo
  • With a thriving Latin scene, learn to salsa in Santo Domingo
  • Golf lovers should head to Cap Cana or La Romana with an array of courses
  • Relax on Punta Cana's powdery white sand beaches
  • Spot humpback whales on a boat excursion

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

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Casa de Campo Resort & Villas

Dominican Republic

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£4,199 pp

Casa de Campo Resort & Villas

Secrets Cap Cana Resort and Spa

Dominican Republic

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£1,869 pp

Secrets Cap Cana Resort and Spa
Las Olas Bar

Excellence El Carmen

Dominican Republic

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Guide Price

£1,669 pp

Excellence El Carmen
Aerial view of the resort

Eden Roc at Cap Cana

Dominican Republic

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Guide Price

£2,609 pp

Eden Roc at Cap Cana

Time Zone

GMT -4 hours

Flight Time

Approx 9 hours; direct flights from the UK are available

Currency

DOP - Dominican Peso

Visa Information

Tourist card ($10USD) required upon arrival

Language

Spanish, but English is widely spoken and understood

Health Information

No vaccinations required but Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid immunisations are recommended

This mountainous country occupies the eastern half of the island of Hispaniola and is one of the most bio-diverse places in the Caribbean. For you, that means remarkable diving opportunities, superb bird-watching and wondrous whale-watching opportunities off its breathtaking coast. There are plenty of opportunities to relax too. After all, you’re in the Caribbean - this island promises almost 800 miles of sugar-white sand.

  • Santo Domingo

    When you visit the Dominican Republic you may not think of a city and beach holiday combination. If you are visiting, a few nights in Santo Domingo is a must - it's a thriving cosmopolitan with gleaming skyscrapers, shopping malls neighbouring 15th century cathedrals, fortresses and plazas. Recognised for its heritage, we recommend spending a few nights in this fascinating city exploring before heading to the beach resorts of Punta Cana or Playa Bayahibe for a relaxing end to your trip.

  • Explore Dominican's natural beauty

    The Dominican Republic is known for its stunning white sand coastline, however it is also home to a wide selection of natural beauty that is just waiting to be explored. From the mountains in the east, the humpback whales that migrate pass, to tiny islands dotted along its coastline - there is so much to see and do across this vast country.

  • Isla Saona

    Take a day trip to an island that is postcard perfect, board a catamaran and depart from Playa Bayahibe and head across the waters. As you approach you will see the inviting white sands and towering palm trees. A trip here is a day of relaxation, enjoy a massage on the beach, a cocktail that comes inside a pineapple or swim in the crystal blue waters. Part of the protected East National Park, it is government protected ensuring this stunning island is protected for generations to come.

  • Taste the Cuisine

    Like all islands in the Caribbean, the Dominicans are passionate about their food. If you are in downtown Punta Cana, Bavaro or Santo Domingo, venture into a family-owned and run restaurant and try one of their signature dishes such as la banderaa. The cobbled streets of Santo Domingo are home to some of the best restaurants in the country, take a stroll and see if you can make the difficult decision of which restaurant to eat in - there are so many great ones to choose from.

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26ºC
72mm

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26ºC
47mm

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27ºC
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27ºC
78mm

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28ºC
140mm

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28ºC
102mm

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28ºC
144mm

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28ºC
172mm

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28ºC
161mm

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28ºC
149mm

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27ºC
130mm

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26ºC
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  • Martyn, Destination Executive

    Martyn

    Destination Manager

    “Santo Domingo is a fantastic city, rich in history and culture, which is waiting to be explored. Our two-day Discover Santo Domingo tour showcases the best this city has to offer".

  • Emma, Destination Specialist

    Emma

    Destination Specialist

    “The Dominican Republic is one of the golfing capitals of the Caribbean. With many championship courses located across the island, it’s a golfer’s paradise with some resorts featuring three courses."

  • Val

    Destination Specialist

    “In Santo Domingo take a Segway tour around the colonial zone. It’s fun, informative, and you get to see so much of this beautiful city."

Types of Dominican Republic holidays

Isabel de Torres Mountain cable car

Dominican Republic Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

Flights to the Dominican Republic take approximately 9 hours and 15 minutes. British Airways currently offers direct flights from London Gatwick to Punta Cana International Airport at least twice a week and there are various seasonal and indirect flights from other UK airports.  

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