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 La Brisa at Casa de Campo

Villa La Brisa at Casa de Campo

Villa La Brisa at Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic

Villa La Brisa at Casa de Campo is a beautiful four-bedroom beachfront villa and was build to celebrate luxury coastal living in the Caribbean. The villa offers privacy and excl...

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Maximum Guests: 8
  • Bathrooms: 4.5
  • Location: South east coast
From £4,723per night
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Villa Lago de los Cisnes

Villa Lago de los Cisnes

Villa Lago de los Cisnes, Dominican Republic

Villa Lago de los Cisnes at Casa de Campo is a lovely four-bedroom villa with a private swimming pool. The dining room has a table that comfortably seats 12 guests and there is ...

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Maximum Guests: 8
  • Bathrooms: 4.5
  • Location: South east coast
From £4,099per night
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Villa Laguna del Mar at Casa de Campo

Villa Laguna del Mar at Casa de Campo

Villa Laguna del Mar at Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic

Villa Laguna del Mar at Casa de Campo is an extravagant two-story, Bali-inspired residence and boasts a prime waterfront location. The décor has been carefully chosen to create a...

  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Maximum Guests: 12
  • Bathrooms: 6
  • Location: South east coast
From £5,242per night
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Villa Las Ondinas at Casa de Campo

Villa Las Ondinas at Casa de Campo

Villa Las Ondinas at Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic

Villa Las Ondinas at Casa de Campo is a luxury 10 bedroom villa that has been designed to Romanesque architectural standards. This two-story estate home exudes luxury, with wide-op...

  • Bedrooms: 10
  • Maximum Guests: 20
  • Bathrooms: 10
  • Location: South east coast
From £10,018per night
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Villa Las Palmeras at Casa de Campo

Villa Las Palmeras at Casa de Campo

Villa Las Palmeras at Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic

Villa Las Palmeras at Casa de Campo is a wonderful home located close to the marina. The villa has a contemporary feel and opens to a spectacular views of the golf course, swimming...

  • Bedrooms: 7
  • Maximum Guests: 14
  • Bathrooms: 7
  • Location: South east coast
From £5,818per night
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Villa Lienzo at Casa de Campo

Villa Lienzo at Casa de Campo

Villa Lienzo at Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic

Villa Lienzo at Casa de Campo is a contemporary and chic five bedroom villa on one level and features sleek furnishings and natural colours. Wrap around windows allow for a light a...

  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Maximum Guests: 10
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Location: South east coast
From £1,896per night
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Villa Los Triangulos at Casa de Campo

Villa Los Triangulos at Casa de Campo

Villa Los Triangulos at Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic

Villa Los Triangulos at Casa de Campo spans three floors and offers plenty of space for elegant island living. On the main level, a meandering lagoon runs through inside walkway...

  • Bedrooms: 8
  • Maximum Guests: 16
  • Bathrooms: 8
  • Location: South east coast
From £6,718per night
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Villa Marina 1

Villa Marina 1

Villa Marina 1, Dominican Republic

Villa Marina 1 is an impressive, luxury five-bedroom villa located directly in front of the ocean at Punta Cana Marina. The master bedroom includes a king-size bed and has ocean v...

  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Maximum Guests: 14
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Location: Punta Cana Marina
From £2,743per night
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Villa Marina 2

Villa Marina 2

Villa Marina 2, Dominican Republic

Villa Marina 2 is a colonial-style five bedroom villa located in a waterfront location in Punta Cana. With acres of space in which to relax and an infinity pool overlooking the oce...

  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Maximum Guests: 12
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Location: Punta Cana
From £2,256per night
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Villa Marina 4

Villa Marina 4

Villa Marina 4, Dominican Republic

Villa Marina 4 is located within the Villa Marina development on the east coast of Dominican Republic. The exclusive gated community of Punta Cana boasts lush tropical gardens, pri...

  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Maximum Guests: 10
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Location: Punta Cana Marina
From £2,332per 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.