Dominican Republic

Travel Guide
Cabeza de Toro featuring a beach
Historic military forts, a capital city with superb coastal views and picturesque palm-shaded sands make this island country a prime beach-break destination.

Explore the tropical towns of the Dominican Republic, a Caribbean country on the island of Hispaniola that enjoys sunny weather and diverse landscapes. Sail the blue seas off the coast of the island, hike through mountainous national parks and visit fortresses from the colonial period.

Head to the cosmopolitan capital city of Santo Domingo on the southern coast, where modern hotels and shops stand alongside historic remains from the Dominican Republic’s colonial era. Take a tour through Fortaleza Ozama, construction of which began in 1502. It was used as a military garrison and prison. Inspect the façade of the Casa de Francia, the historic residence of the famous Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés.

Other popular tourist destinations include the resorts near the city of Puerto Plata on the north coast. Stay here to enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the island from the cable car that ventures up the nearby Mount Isabel de Torres and to bask in the sunshine on Playa Dorada, a long beach with plenty of room to spread out. The city is also home to the Spanish Fort San Felipe, where old weapons and historic military attire are now displayed. To participate in watersports, take a daytrip east to Cabarete, which is known for its superb surfing and kitesurfing conditions.

For gentle spas, luxury resorts and the ultimate rest and relaxation, take a trip to the eastern tip of Punta Cana. Practice your swing on a golf course or stroll along Cap Cana Marina for beautiful views out to the ocean.

Consider going to the Dominican Republic during hurricane season from June to November for discounted prices and fewer crowds. December to April is typically the driest and the busiest part of the year.

The Dominican Republic is easily explored by car, and its small size ensures you won’t spend too much time on the roads. To travel as the locals do, ride the guaguas these small buses are one of the most popular forms of public transportation.

Visit the Dominican Republic and discover its bays and coves, interior mountains and bustling coastal cities.

Popular cities in Dominican Republic

Bayahibe Beach which includes tropical scenes, a sunset and a sandy beach
Punta Cana
Known for Beach view, Entertainment and Relaxing
Enjoy long stretches of white-sand beaches, all-inclusive resorts and sunshine in abundance at one of the largest tourist destinations in the Caribbean region.

Reasons to visit

  • Punta Cana Beach
  • Macao Beach
  • Arena Gorda Beach
Fort San Felipe featuring heritage elements
Puerto Plata
Known for Beach view, Entertainment and Poolside bars
Discover the beautiful windswept northern coast of the Dominican Republic, where fishing villages and luxury resorts coexist along interminable sandy beaches.

Reasons to visit

  • Puerto Plata Cable Car
  • Fort San Felipe
  • Malecón De Puerto Plata
Samana showing tropical scenes and a beach
Samaná
Known for Beach view, Relaxing and Whale watching
Delight in the simple charm of this port town that attracts tourists with a picturesque coastline and forests to be explored on horseback or by zip line.

Reasons to visit

  • Cayo Levantado
  • El Salto del Limon
  • El Limon Falls
La Romana showing a bay or harbour and a coastal town
La Romana
Known for Golf, Beach view and Entertainment
Visit this destination famous for meals of fresh seafood, large caves and access to Isla Saona.

Reasons to visit

  • Casa de Campo Marina
  • El Obelisco
Dominican Republic featuring a sunset and general coastal views
Santo Domingo
Known for Historical, Entertainment and Dancing
The Caribbean’s first city is a thriving metropolis that has colonial buildings and modern masterpieces, captivating museums and a lively boardwalk.

Reasons to visit

  • Boca Chica Beach
Santiago which includes heritage architecture
Santiago de los Caballeros
Known for Dining, Shopping and Monuments
Partake in lively festivals, view impressive monuments and witness authentic Dominican life in one of the oldest colonial cities in the New World.

Reasons to visit

  • Monument to the Heroes of the Restoration

Popular places to visit

Dominican Republic

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