If you are seeking a break where the focus is solely on sun, sea and sand then a holiday in the Dominican Republic – staying at one of the all inclusive resorts for which the Caribbean is famous – is the ideal choice. Occupying the eastern half of the Caribbean’s second largest island it comes as no surprise that the beaches here can stretch for miles and our hand-picked hotels are centred on the popular beach resorts of Punta Cana, Bavaro and Bayahibe.
- Family-friendly hotels, in both Punta Cana and Bayahibe, where a lot of thought has been put into the facilities and activities on offer
- Adults-only resorts where the focus is on spending time together in a fun atmosphere
- Some of the Caribbean’s most popular golf courses are located just a stone’s throw from your hotel
- For those seeking a slice of culture can head to the capital Santo Domingo – the oldest European settlement in the Caribbean
- Sample some rum, or 'Vitamin B' as it's sometimes known as, due to the initial of the three main brands
Best time to visit Dominican Republic
July and August are the hottest while February is the coolest. The rainy seasons runs from May to October, however August tends to be a little drier than other summer months. Rains are generally brief and often welcoming in the summer heat. June to October is the hurricane season throughout the Caribbean.
Dominican Republic holiday highlights
Over 500 years after the island of Hispaniola was declared by Columbus to be ‘the fairest land under heaven’, the Dominican Republic continues to bewitch visitors with its incredible natural beauty. With over 1000 miles of idyllic white beaches caressed by crystal-clear turquoise waters, untouched tropical rainforest, the Caribbean’s highest mountains, stunning national parks and secret underground rivers that lie within deep caves, it offers the perfect natural playground for both adventure and relaxation.
Sitting at the eastern tip of the country, this fast-growing region is famous for its incredible beaches, championship golf courses and its outlying coral reefs and is perfect for first-time visitors to the Caribbean. Fashionable, yet family friendly resorts sit side-by-side offering everything you could ever want from your Caribbean beach escape. Punta Cana and its beach destinations are the choice of the A-list when they head for the Dominican Republic’s dream-like shores.
Bavaro is heaven for sun-worshippers and beach lovers. This resort is the home of the all-inclusive resort and a fantastic destination for great-value holidays. Our collection of hand-picked all inclusive resorts offer fabulous facilities, endless activities and a superb selection of dining venues to suit all tastes
On the south coast of the Domincan Republic, 10 miles east of the city of La Romana, is the sleepy beachside resort of Bayahibe. More laid back than its north coast counterparts, this is really the place to get away from it all without skimping on those all important facilities. Once a small fishing village, the area still retains some of its charm of yesteryear with pastel coloured fisherman’s cottages and boats lining the shores. The renowned links golf course Casa de Camp, or ‘Teeth of the Dog’, is touted by many as the best in the Caribbean and is listed as one of the Top 100 Courses in the World by Golf Magazine.
If you can tear yourself away from the platinum sands that grace the resort’s shores then you will find gorgeous scenery and colourful flocks of tropical birds in Parque del Este National Park. Featuring over 100 species of birds and historic painted caves, the park is within easy reach of our sole Bayahibe resort.
If you wish for a little slice of culture to go with your ‘sun, sea and sand’ holiday then venture further afield to visit Santo Domingo, the UNESCO-listed capital, also the cultural heart of the island. This vibrant city is the oldest European settlement in the western hemisphere and has beautiful botanical gardens, fascinating museums and historic sites including the oldest cathedral, university and hospital in the Americas. To rest weary feet, visitors can dine at the elegant restaurants and drink at the lively bars which line the cobbled streets and plazas of Cona Colonial, the heart of the city.