Dominican Republic Holidays
The Dominican Republic offers visitors a full spectrum of tropical scenery including white-sand, barefoot beaches, rain forests, mangrove lagoons, rain forests and the highest and lowest points in the Caribbean. The island has a distinctive Latin flavour, and its citizens are warm and welcoming to visitors. Dominican Republic holidays offer more than just beaches because the Caribbean's second largest island has diverse geography that includes mountains and waterfalls, desert scrub-lands and teeming jungle environments.
Visitors can see examples of colonial architecture in Santa Domingo, visit regions where cobbled lanes and shuttered buildings suggest Italian villages, watch for humpback whales while visiting the Samana peninsula, enjoy relaxing on the beach, go sailing in azure waters or trek into the mountains and thick rain forests. Near the equator, the Dominican Republic's sun seems brighter, the sky seems bluer, and the colourful houses and huts seem more charming than they do in other holiday destinations.
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Dominican Republic Overview
Best Time to Visit Dominican Republic
The great thing about Dominican Republic holidays is that you can book year-round and enjoy certain advantages. High season for tourists runs from the middle of December to the middle of April. Competition among airlines keeps airfares low from January to April, and Mardi Gras celebrations fall within this period annually. Trade winds moderate weather, and the island stays dry and comfortable. During the rainy season from May to November, hotel prices drop. Hurricane season officially runs from June to November, but satellite technology gives you plenty of warning, and the big hotels are equipped to deal with the problems caused by tropical rains.
Dominican Republic Hotels
Visitors can choose from budget accommodations, two-, three-, four- and five-star hotels, camping and eco-tourism choices, private villas and all-inclusive resorts where every amenity for relaxing and baking in the sun is at hand. Visitors can choose the kind of accommodation that suits their personal travelling styles, budgets and preferred holiday activities.
Dominican Republic Holiday Attractions
The top attractions of Dominican Republic holidays include more than 1,600 kilometres of beautiful beaches, countless historical and cultural attractions, outstanding surfing conditions and wildlife sanctuaries where families can observe crocodiles, flamingoes and other exotic and endangered creatures in their natural habitats. Some of Dominican Republic's top attractions include:
-Santo Domingo's Zona Colonial
The New World's oldest city, Zona Colonial has restored 16th century mansions, cobblestone streets, modern shopping and streets where pirates and conquistadors roamed. Colonial City or Cicada Colonial was the first city established by Christopher Columbus, and it has been named a World Heritage Site. The Tower of Homage still stands as the oldest military fortress in the Americas.
- Playa Rincón Beach
Experts rate this beach as one of the best beaches in the Caribbean and the world. Large enough for each visitor to claim a space, the beach has a stunning palm-forest backdrop adjacent to the 600-metre cliffs of Cape Cabron that surround the protected cove. A freshwater river provides ideal conditions for swimming and boating, and a restaurant provides sustenance for those who want to spend all their time relaxing away from the crowds.
- Museum of Taino Art in Puerto Plata
The museum features exhibits and artefacts from Domnican Republic's native Taino tribes whom Columbus first encountered in 1492.
- Museum of Dominican Man in Santo Domingo
Museums are an important part of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and world history because the area served as the cradle of civilisation in the New World. This museum features exhibits and documents that reveal the lifestyle of colonial settlers and Taino natives through hundreds of years.
Dominican Republic Tours
Guided tours are great ways to see various sights and attractions in Dominican Republic, and these excursions include jungle safaris, off-road 4X4 adventures, surfing tours and zip lining over the forest canopies. Tours to Santa Domingo include visits to Catedral Primada de América, Juan Pablo Duarte Olympic Centre, Ozama Fort, the promenade along the Caribbean coast, Alcázar de Colón national cemetery and the Paseo de los Indios park. Shopping tours provide visits to hidden boutiques and crafts shops where visitors can buy authentic Dominican amber, gemstones, larimer and local products made by hand.
Culinary Choices in the Dominican Republic
Holidays to Dominican Republic offer outstanding culinary choices because the country has more restaurants than any other Caribbean destination. All-inclusive Dominican Republic resorts provide international cuisines and local favourites, but these are often bland versions of local fare. Local cuisine is a blend of Taino, Spanish and African influences and features spicy meats, red beans and rice, mashed and boiled plantain, flan, bread made from yucca, tacos and tamales and dishes seasoned with sofrito, a mix of local spices and herbs. Locally available tropical fruits ensure plenty of fruit juices, signature rum drinks, smoothies and coconut water or milk in additional to carbonated sodas. Roadside food stands offer chimichurri, fried snacks, pork rinds and fried chicken.
Holidays to Dominican Republic offer some of the most affordable bookings in the Caribbean throughout the year. Postcard-perfect beaches, whale watching, sleepy resorts, rum factory tours, cable cars to stunning mountain hideaways and quiet fishing villages provide distinctive tourist experiences for idyllic holidays for couples, families and single travellers.