Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic is the second largest island in the Caribbean and one of the most diverse. This island has become known for its welcoming hospitality, beautiful scenery and white sandy beaches. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the north and the Caribbean Sea on the south, Dominican Republic has nearly 1000 miles of coastline and 250 miles of some of the best beaches, magnificent hotels and villas. A geographically diverse island, the Dominican Republic is home to the region’s tallest mountain peak, Pico Duarte, as well as the Caribbean’s largest lake and lowest elevation – Lake Enriquillo.

There is plenty to do on the island for those seeking a more active holiday – enjoy ecotourism adventures in the magnificent national parks and mountain ranges or enjoy a round of golf at one of the 25 designer golf courses on offer whilst enjoying breathtaking coastlines with mountain backdrops and lush green fairways.

Visitors to the island are recommended to visit the islands capital – Santo Domingo. This colonial city,recognised by UNESCO as a world heritage site, is where visitors can explore the cobblestone lanes that lead to many small museums, shops, restaurants and bars that are tucked away on every street. Other top destinations include Samana, La Romana, Puerto Plato and Punta Cana.

With direct scheduled flights with British Airways from London into Punta Cana, it is little wonder this is the popular choice for British visitors. Punta Cana boasts 25 miles of white sand, swaying coconut trees and crystal clear waters and is located on the western side of the island. La Romana is the islands third largest city situated on the south of the island, about a one-hour drive from Punta Cana Airport.

DINING, BARS AND NIGHTLIFE

Being one of the largest islands, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from with many culinary delights. The most popular in Punta Cana are those located beachside, including Huracan Café, Jellyfish and Soles (Bavaro), Captain Cook an Onno’s (El Cortecito), La Yola and Playa Blanca (Punta Cana) and La Palapa by Eden Rock (Cap Cana). There are many casino’s on the island that are located within a hotel complex, or alternatively guests may decide to enjoy the island vibes and head to one of the many bars / clubs.

Arrecife Estate

Arrecife Estate

Arrecife Estate, Dominican Republic

Arrecife Estate is an impressive 13 bedroom estate featuring three villas - Arrecife 23, Arrecife 24 and Arrecife 25. Each of the villas feature private swimming pool, spacious ...

  • Bedrooms: 13
  • Maximum Guests: 30
  • Bathrooms: 13
  • Location: Punta Cana Resort
From £3,360per night
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Black Horse Suite at Eden Roc

Black Horse Suite at Eden Roc

Black Horse Suite at Eden Roc, Dominican Republic

Black Horse Suite at Eden Roc is a majestic three bedroom suite spanning two levels with garden views. This stunning suite features one bedroom on the first floor and a second and ...

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Maximum Guests: 6
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Location: Cap Cana
From £3,070per night
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Eden Roc at Cap Cana

Eden Roc at Cap Cana

Eden Roc at Cap Cana, Dominican Republic

Guests of Eden Roc at Cap Cana have exclusive access to the Beach Club – a private, members-only facility which is pure paradise and a hub of activity; enjoy refreshing cocktails...

  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Maximum Guests: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Location: East coast of Dominican Republic
From £600per night
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Golden Shell at Eden Roc

Golden Shell at Eden Roc

Golden Shell at Eden Roc, Dominican Republic

The luxurious bi-level Golden Shell at Eden Roc Suite is the jewel of Eden Roc at Cap Cana. An open-air courtyard with verdant gardens and cascading waterfalls greet visitors to a ...

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Maximum Guests: 8
  • Bathrooms: 4.5
  • Location: Cap Cana
From £4,171per night
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Hacienda 82

Hacienda 82

Hacienda 82, Dominican Republic

Hacienda 82 is a delightful tropical villa featuring four bedrooms and is surrounded by lush golf courses and tropical gardens. The villa is only a fifteen minute walk from the bea...

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Maximum Guests: 10
  • Bathrooms: 4.5
  • Location: Punta Cana
From £864per night
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Las Hamacas at Cap Cana

Las Hamacas at Cap Cana

Las Hamacas at Cap Cana, Dominican Republic

Las Hamacas at Cap Cana is an exceptional and exquisite beachfront villa located on the south east coast of Dominican Republic. Cap Cana has a range of activities and facilities to...

  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Maximum Guests: 12
  • Bathrooms: 6.5
  • Location: Punta Cana
From £3,662per night
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Sirena Blue

Sirena Blue

Sirena Blue, Dominican Republic

Sirena Blue is a stunning five bedroom beachfront villa in Punta Cana on the eastern shores of Dominican Republic. Located within the exclusive Punta Cana Resort & Club, this l...

  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Maximum Guests: 14
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Location: Punta Cana
From £3,922per night
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Tropical Dream at Cap Cana

Tropical Dream at Cap Cana

Tropical Dream at Cap Cana, Dominican Republic

Tropical Dream at Cap Cana is a beautiful eight-bedroom villa located at Cap Cana on the south east coast of Dominican Republic. The Cap Cana Estate has a range of activities and f...

  • Bedrooms: 8
  • Maximum Guests: 18
  • Bathrooms: 8.5
  • Location: Cap Cana
From £1,810per night
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Turqueso 202

Turqueso 202

Turqueso 202, Dominican Republic

Turquesa 202 is a beautiful three-bedroom apartment in an incredible location on the second floor with stunning ocean views and just steps from the pool and the beach. Playa Turq...

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Maximum Guests: 6
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Location: Bavaro, Punta Cana
From £247per night
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Villa Allegra

Villa Allegra

Villa Allegra, Dominican Republic

Villa Allegra is located in the gated community of Punta Cana Resort and is a fantastic holiday retreat, perfect for a large family or a group of friends. Upon entering the vill...

  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Maximum Guests: 12
  • Bathrooms: 7
  • Location: Arrecife Neighbourhood, Punta Cana

Getting There

British Airways operate a scheduled service to Punta Cana. Being one of the largest islands in the Caribbean, there are other international airports which have flights from the USA.

Capital: Santo Domingo
Flying time: 9 hours
Language: Spanish
Country Size: 18,533 square miles
Time Difference from UK: – 4 hours Winter/ -5 hours Summer
Currency: Dominican Peso
Voltage: 110-120 volts, 2 pin plugs
Driving: Right hand side of the road
Airport: Punta Cana International Airport but there are other international airports on the island
Entry Requirements: British citizens need a tourist card to enter Dominican Republic. It can either be purchased and printed at https://www.dgii.gov.do/Tturistaweb/ or another option is to buy the tourist card upon arrival at Punta Cana International Airport.
Drink the water: It is advisable to only drink bottled water
Beaches: With 1000 miles of coastline and 250 miles of beaches, there are plenty to visit. Most resorts/villas are beachfront location.
Health and Safety: It is always advisable to see your doctor when travelling abroad. Pack some insect repellant as there are mosquitos. Make sure you have adequate travel insurance before you travel.

The Dominican Republic enjoys a tropical climate all year round with average temperatures ranging from 19-34 degrees Celsius. The coolest season is between November and April and the hottest season is between May and October, but this is traditionally the wettest.