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.

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
Villa Arrecife 23

Villa Arrecife 23

Villa Arrecife 23, Dominican Republic

Villa Arrecife 23 is a stunning four bedroom villa in the Arrecife neighbourhood in Punta Cana, the east coast of Dominican Republic. The villa has glorious ocean views from the p...

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Maximum Guests: 10
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Location: Punta Cana
From £896per night
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Villa Arrecife 25

Villa Arrecife 25

Villa Arrecife 25, Dominican Republic

Villa Arrecife 25 is located in the exclusive gated community of Punta Cana Resort & Club which boasts 26-square miles of paradise from pristine beaches to lush tropical garden...

  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Maximum Guests: 10
  • Bathrooms: 5.5
  • Location: Punta Cana
From £1,194per night
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Villa Arrecife 55

Villa Arrecife 55

Villa Arrecife 55, Dominican Republic

Villa Arrecife 55 is a stunning six-bedroom villa located in the exclusive gated community of Punta Cana Resort & Club in the Dominican Republic. The resort has breath-taking w...

  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Maximum Guests: 12
  • Bathrooms: 6.5
  • Location: Punta Cana
From £1,590per night
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Villa Balinese at Casa de Campo

Villa Balinese at Casa de Campo

Villa Balinese at Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic

Villa Balinese at Casa de Campo is a two-story villa located within an exclusive gated community. Upon entry, guests will be impressed by the wide-open spaces floored in gorgeou...

  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Maximum Guests: 10
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Location: South east coast
Villa Corales 18

Villa Corales 18

Villa Corales 18, Dominican Republic

Villa Corales 18 is a spectacular luxury villa located in the Corales community, surrounded by Corales Golf Course - 18 holes designed by Tom Fazio. This villa is in a prime beach...

  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Maximum Guests: 10
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Location: Punta Cana
From £3,686per night
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Villa Corales 28

Villa Corales 28

Villa Corales 28, Dominican Republic

Villa Corales 28 is a stunning six-bedroom oceanfront villa and perfect for families, groups of friends or for a romantic getaway. The villa is located close to Punta Cana Internat...

  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Maximum Guests: 14
  • Bathrooms: 6
  • Location: Near Punta Cana
From £4,050per night
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Villa Del Campo at Casa de Campo

Villa Del Campo at Casa de Campo

Villa Del Campo at Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic

Villa Del Campo at Casa de Campo is a lovely four-bedroom villa with Spanish colonial charm filling every corner of this inviting one-story villa. In the center of the semi-circ...

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Maximum Guests: 8
  • Bathrooms: 4.5
  • Location: South east coast
From £1,511per night
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Villa Jaguey 3

Villa Jaguey 3

Villa Jaguey 3, Dominican Republic

Villa Jaguey 3 is a located in the Arrecife neighbourhood within the exclusive Punta Cana Resort & Spa – a 26-acre private resort featuring world-class golf courses, exclusiv...

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Maximum Guests: 8
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Location: Arrecife, Punta Cana
From £694per night
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Villa Jardines at Casa de Campo

Villa Jardines at Casa de Campo

Villa Jardines at Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic

Villa Jardines at Casa de Campo is a delightful one-story villa with stylish interiors and several outdoor areas for relaxation. Located at the the prestigious Casa de Campo estate...

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Maximum Guests: 6
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Location: South east coast
From £821per night
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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.