Holidays to the Dominican Republic

Largely known for its beautiful beaches, the golf courses of Punta Cana and warm weather, there is much more to discover in the Dominican Republic. The Caribbean’s second largest country (roughly twice the size of Wales) offers varied landscapes from tropical rainforests and mangroves to towering mountains. Ecotourism has taken off in the country; holiday-makers can scale waterfalls, hike or bike up mountains or go whale watching at Samaná. And a rich culture, from the beats of merengue in the evening to local ‘fiestas patronales’ (celebrations in honour of patron saints), is ever present.

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Dominican Republic Travel Information

Flights to the Dominican Republic leave from UK airports daily. 

  • Currency: Dominican peso 
  • Time difference: (GMT-5)
  • Flight from UK: Nine hours and 15 minutes to Punta Cana
  • VisaNo - tourist card required  
  • Language: Spanish
  • National drink: Mamajuana 
  • National dish: Sancocho
It is customary to tip ten per cent of the bill in the Dominican Republic.
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Dominican Republic Activities


If you are taking a break from the fabulous beaches, you will find luxury Dominican Republic holidays offer many excellent activities. There are guided tours on foot or bicycle through the lush green forests, water sports such as kayaking and windsurfing, and diving expeditions further out to sea. If you are looking for something a little more relaxed, the country's many opulent resorts have a gorgeous swimming pools to refresh yourself in and beautiful spas to pamper yourself in.

Dominican Republic Food & Drink


You will love the food on offer at cafes and restaurants on holidays to the Dominican Republic, which range from coffee lounges to seafood eateries to formal dining rooms, with Dominican Republic cuisine a blend of Caribbean, Latin American and Spanish influences. When you are thirsty, try out the local favourite, mamajuana - a mixture of rum, red wine and honey brewed with bark, twigs and herbs that is loved and hated in equal amounts - or tasty rum punch made with coconut.

Dominican Republic Attractions


Leaving the luxurious comforts of your resort will not be easy, but around the island there are many fascinating natural wonders and historical places. A trip to the UNESCO-listed capital of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo, is like visiting the country's beating heart; it is a colourful, bustling place where the first European settlement was established. There are fragrant botanical gardens to browse, wonderful museums to wander through and a golden-tinted cathedral to gaze at.

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