Dominican Republic holidays World class beaches, laid back atmosphere and family friendly holidays, Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic in the West Indies is the most-visited destination in the Caribbean. The country occupies two-thirds of Hispaniola, the second largest island of the Greater Antilles after Cuba, whilst the other third belongs to Haiti. Its popularity is down to it having white silky-sand beaches, rain forests, mountains and wonderful medieval cities. The capital city is Santo Domingo was the first permanent European settlement in the Americas and is labyrinth of UNESCO protected cobbled streets dotted with cafes, bars and boutiques.

Pico Duarte, sitting in the centre of the Dominican Republic is Caribbean’s tallest mountain. You will discover lush rain forests, rivers and spectacular waterfalls which make a great day out away from the glorious beaches.

Key Facts
Language Spanish, English
Currency Dominican peso
Capital Santo Domingo
Known for Stunning beaches, gastronomic delights, golf, waterfalls
Time difference GMT -5 hours
Temperature Average daytime high of 27°C
Dry season Jan to Mid April
Tropical storms July to Nov
Main airport Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ)

Featured vacation rentals on Dominican Republic

Staying in a villa or apartment for your holidays in the Dominican Republic, gives you the flexibility to do what you want when you want. The self catering accommodation caters for all budgets and tastes from beautiful luxury villas with private pools, hilltop retreats to relax and unwind or chic and stylish apartments - there is something for everyone. If you are travelling as a family or with friends, there is a wide choice of self catering accommodation especially around the capital of Santo Domingo. Here you will find beachfront villas and quaint traditional cottages to rent offering excellent value for money.

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With a tropical climate, it is hot and humid all year. The temperature averages a very pleasant 27°c throughout the year. Along the eastern and southern coasts, the rainy season is between late April and October. On the northern coast, you can expect rain throughout the year due to the prevailing trade winds.

Top things to see & do in Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is known for its beautiful beaches and golf courses but there is plenty more to this fantastic island to discover and experience.

A few suggestions....
See Los tres santo - 3 stunning lakes around the caves of Santo Domingo
Explore the colourful capital of Santo Domingo
Swim in Hoyo Azul or ‘Blue Hole’ - a stunning sinkhole lagoon, Punta Cana
Take a boat trip Isola Saona - some of the best beaches on Hispaniola
Explore the walled medieval centre of Santo Domingo
Swim in the lagoon Salto Alto, a waterfall in Península de Samaná
Whale watching Samaná Bay
Visit the beautiful fishing village of Las Galeras, Península de Samaná
Visit to Centro Leon Museum to discover the arts and history of the country
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Our view on Dominican Republic holidays

With an enviable tropical climate, superb beachside restaurants, sailing, diving and home to some of the best beaches in the World, it is no wonder why the Dominican Republic is the most popular destination in the Caribbean attracting tourists from around the world. And, renting your very own self catering villa is the perfect way to relax and enjoy the many delights of the Dominican Republic.

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