Dominican Republic Holidays

Dominican Republic holidays are all about sun, sand – there is over 1,000 kilometres of coastline – and outdoor adventures, whether you’re travelling as a couple, family or group of friends. As the Caribbean’s second-largest country (roughly twice the size of Wales) the Dominican Republic offers diverse landscapes from tropical rainforests and mangroves to towering mountains just waiting to be explored.

Largely known for its beautiful beaches, lush green golf courses and year-round sunshine, there is so much more to discover in the Dominican Republic. Along the eastern coast, Punta Cana is popular thanks to its collection of All Inclusive resorts – but it’s also a destination where you can go zip lining through the canopies or try out a range of watersports from snorkelling and stand up paddle boarding to catamaran trips. Or stay in La Romana, a bustling coastal town on the south-eastern side of the island, where coral reefs and shipwrecks wait for intrepid adventurers and long sandy shores stretch out for those looking to relax.

Whether you are looking for an All Inclusive escape at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana, an adults-only property like Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa or something for the whole family – one of our favourites is Hilton La Romana – you’ll find it with our selection of Dominican Republic holidays. Discover our latest offers and luxury holidays in this stunning location with a range of incredible resorts at affordable prices. Plus, we are ATOL protected for your peace of mind.

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Dominican Republic Travel Information

Flights to the Dominican Republic's Punta Cana Airport vary depending on your local Airport. 

British Airways - Flying from London Gatwick Every Monday and Friday until November 22, where they will fly Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday until May. This flight is now in-direct with a Touchdown in Antigua.

Other options are available from London Heathrow and Manchester with In-direct flights via the States.

  • Currency: Dominican peso
  • Time difference: GMT -5
  • Flight time from the UK: 9 hours and 15 minutes to Punta Cana
  • Visa: No - tourist card required
  • Language: Spanish
  • National drink: Mamajuana
  • National dish: Sancocho

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Dominican Republic Activities

There's adventure aplenty in this tropical destination. Swim in waterfalls, explore the biking trails or head out to sea to go whale watching and see the incredible marine life in the surrounding waters. You'll also find ATV tours and jeep safaris available that allow you to see more of the island on four wheels. Watersports are also available along the many stretches of coastline, whether you want to try kayaking or windsurfing. If you are looking for something a little more relaxed - or just for those days off - our selection of resorts offer gorgeous swimming pools to cool off in, kids’ clubs to keep the little ones entertained and even beautiful spas for indulgent massages.

Dominican Republic Food & Drink

The Dominican Republic offers a hearty range of delicious dishes at its cafes and restaurants across the island, with a cuisine that is a blend of Caribbean, Latin American and Spanish influences. When you're feeling thirsty, try out the local favourite, mamajuana - a mixture of rum, red wine and honey brewed with bark, twigs and herbs that has a real kick! Also look out for helado de batata while on your travels, this deliciously simple ice cream is ideal for cooling down and consists of sweet potato, milk and sugar mixed and frozen together. It’s good to remember, when dining out or enjoying a drink at the nearest beach bar that it is customary to tip ten per cent of the bill in the Dominican Republic.

Dominican Republic Attractions

For nature lovers, the Haitises National Park is a wonder of mangrove forests and cave systems to discover with a guide. You can reach the park via boat from Samaná, kayak across the waters to reach it or hike to certain parts from Sabana de la Mar - but bear in mind you must be with a licensed tour guide to visit. Alternatively, plan a trip to Santa Domingo and its historic central neighbourhood that is the perfect spot to while away a day exploring and shopping in the many stores and eateries. The area is considered to be the first European Colonial district that was set up and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring stunning 16th Century architecture to discover.

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