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Situated in the Caribbean Sea, the Dominican Republic shares its idyllic island setting with Haiti. Find striking mountain peaks, verdant rainforests and colonial heritage cities bordered by gorgeous beaches. It is believed that the Taíno people inhabited the island since the 7th century. In 1492, Christopher Columbus established the Americas’ first European settlement here.
Santo Domingo is the Dominican Republic’s fascinating capital. Explore colonial landmarks, shop for semiprecious stones, visit museums and watch passionate baseball games. Stroll along the waterfront in Malecón, home to cafés, live music bars and traditional “merengue” clubs. Just under a 2-hour drive from the capital is Concepción de la Vega, a city famous for hosting the country’s liveliest carnival.
Many visitors go directly to the beach resorts, with good reason. On the southeast coast are Bávaro and Punta Cana, both home to white-sand beaches, all-inclusive hotel complexes and superb golf courses. Visit the Jaragua National Park, on the island’s southwest Barahona Peninsula, to discover secluded beaches.
On the north coast you’ll find Playa Dorada, a complex of hotels, swimming pools, restaurants and bars. Nearby, find Puerto Plata, where the beach meets Victorian-era architecture. The beaches of Cabarete present excellent windsurfing and kite-surfing conditions. Some of the island’s most appealing coastline is at Samaná Peninsula, including the palm-fringed Playa Rincón. Spot humpback whales from the peninsula in winter or swim with the majestic mammals at Silver Bank.
There’s more to the Dominican Republic than beaches, though. Hike to the summit of Pico Duarte in the Cordillera Central mountain range. Spot crocodiles and iguanas at Enriquillo Lake. Ride on horseback to the waterfalls of Jarabacoa.
Reach the Dominican Republic via one of six international airports on the island. Get around using public buses or taxis. Cars, scooters and bicycles are available for rent. The country has balmy average temperatures of 77°F (25°C), although hurricanes are possible from August to September. Adventure, history and relaxation with year-round sunshine make the Dominican Republic a popular vacation choice.
A: Step up your adventure with a rental car. Whether you're soaking up everything that Santo Domingo has to offer or heading out into the wider Peravia area, having your own car lets you do your holiday your way. Santiago de los Caballeros and and its surrounding region are also best explored from the driver's seat. So what are you waiting for? Have a look at our guide to Cheap Car Hire in Dominican Republic and see if something catches your eye.
A: The following airports service most of the international flights into and out of Dominican Republic:
A: Dominican Republic has plenty of options for all kinds of budgets. If you're after a break from the everyday, you'll find plenty of hotels. Apartments, villas and all-inclusive hotels are also popular with visitors.
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A: You'll have ample options — Agora Mall, National Theatre and Sambil Santo Domingo are some to start. These well-known attractions are located in Santo Domingo.
Salto Jimenoa Dos, Palacio Consistorial and Salto Baiguate Waterfall are worth checking out if Santiago de los Caballeros is where you're going to be basing yourself.
Let's not forget about Puerto Plata. Here, we'd recommend heading to Isabel De Torres National Park, Playa Preciosa and Malecón De Puerto Plata.
Check in was fast. The Resort is nice and clean. Room was nice and had great closet space. Yossi did a great job eveyday with cleaning our room and leaving plenty of towels. Fridge was stocked everyday with beverages. Enjoyed the pool did not feel crowded, chairs were always available. Beach was ...
Loved this 5 star hotel. I will definitely be coming back soon. Loved everything about this place. Book with confidence. The luxury about this place is top dollar.
The property was very nice. There was a lot to do and a lot of things going on. The buffet food was good but not great. On the other hand the restaurants had very good food and very nice atmosphere. Definitely was enough food and the service was very good. The beach was very Nice, plenty of area ...
I liked the beach and the beach amenities. You have to reserve things a day ahead of time if you want a cabana, and the towel areas have the sports equipment to borrow. The water park is for 8-9 years of age and under. The shows and characters are great. The staff is friendly.
I love everything about this resort. Second time coming back and I would go again. Even with the Corona outbreak majestic still made me feel like home.
Always love staying there The food is great and staff very friendly and helpful
Phenomenal property. I went in March 2020 during the corona pandemic and I must say that it was a wonderful experience. The staff was really treat at this place. They were awesome. Me and a friend went and booked the junior suite with Jacuzzi over looking the pool on the second floor. We had a partial ...
Staff was very attentive, grounds were clean and the food was good. The supermarket at the marina was well stocked and had great prices