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Things to do in the Dominican Republic

There are so many things to do in the Dominican Republic – you’ll be spoilt for choice. This colourful destination provides the perfect balance between relaxation, culture and adventure.

Whatever your holiday type, the spectacular beaches will play a big part in your Dominican Republic getaway. From exciting water sports to outdoor spa treatments and thrilling speedboat experiences, it will provide an idyllic backdrop. Hire a car or challenge yourself with a round of golf at the world-renowned Teeth of the Dog course. Take a day excursion to Santo Domingo and learn about the vibrant culture and fascinating history or slow down the pace with a visit to El Cortecito, a small fishing village with a lively artisan market.

Shopping

Shopping

Shopping in the Dominican Republic is diverse to say the least, with the combination of shopping malls, open-air markets and souvenir shops creating a unique experience. You’ll find many authentic Dominican Arts and Crafts, ranging from native paintings to jewellery, featuring the exquisite blue Larimar stone. Pick up hand-made cigars in Punta Cana or one of the islands faceless dolls.

During the day

During the day

It’s hard to resist the appeal of the flawless beaches and turquoise waters, whether you are snorkelling, sailing or just taking a dip. Take a boat trip to Saona Island, visit Altos de Chavon, a re-creation of a medieval European village or practice your swing with a round of golf.

Food

Food

With an unlikely blend of influences, Dominican cuisine is inspired by European, African, Native, Indian and Taino cultures. As a former Spanish colony, you can expect delicious dishes with a Latin American feel and a unique twist. Try Monfongo, Mangu and Locrio, washed down with a glass of Mamajuana.

Nightlife

Nightlife

You’ll find plenty of ways to let your hair down, whether you fancy trying your luck in one of the casinos or partying in a nightclub. Embrace the Latino vibe and sample local rum as you learn the Merengue or enjoy a night spent at ORO, Hard Rock Hotel’s cutting-edge nightclub.

Beaches

Beaches

The spectacular beaches are perhaps one of the Dominican Republic’s most prominent features, with Bavaro Beach seen as one of the best in the Caribbean. Stay in a carefully selected hotel in Punta Cana with a private beach area or explore the coral reef at the quieter Uvero Alto beach.

Dominican Republic Sightseeing

Choose from our wide range of exciting experiences.

Catamaran Cruise to Saona

Relax on the beach, enjoy the crystalline waters or explore the tropical surrounds on a relaxing catamaran cruise to Saona Island. Your first stop on the catamaran cruise will be for a cocktail at the amazing 'Natural Pool' lagoon, famous for its abundance of starfish. Continue to Saona Island by speedboat for a barbeque lunch, served buffet-style under the shade of palm trees. The rest of the day is up to you - spend a couple hours of leisure on Saona Island swimming, Merengue dancing or simply relaxing with a drink in hand.

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Dominican Republic Mega Truck Safari

Join a unique tour of the Dominican Republic on an 8x8 Monster Truck Safari and visit backcountry roads, sugar cane fields and an authentic Dominican school. Go where the tour buses cannot as you enter the depths of the island, exploring the unspoiled Dominican countryside. Visit small colourful villages and see how the local people live. Relax and enjoy a swim in the refreshing waters of the river before heading back to your hotel with a whole new perspective on Dominican history and culture.

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Punta Cana Day Cruise with Snorkelling

Sail along the Dominican coastline, enjoy a delicious lunch and snorkel in the pristine waters that Punta Cana is known for. With plenty of onboard entertainment, this family friendly cruise in the Dominican Republic is fun for everyone. Start your day with a visit to the wreck of the Astron, a sunken freighter that lies in shallow water close to the shore. Cruise to a natural swimming pool where you will have time to relax, swim or have fun on the biggest slide in Bavaro. Later you can enjoy a drink while swimming in waist deep water with a floating bar on hand.

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Bavaro Splash Speedboat Ride

Experience an aquatic adventure as you drive your own speedboat on a James Bond style ride. Follow the leader along the beaches of Bavaro, with your journey ending at a snorkelling platform. Dive into the clear water to see underwater coral, fish and sea life of all colours. The speedboat ride is supervised by professional guides at all times to ensure your safety and comfort, allowing you to relax and enjoy the thrill ride of your life.

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Dominican Republic weather

Prepare for the weather before your holiday

Average seasonal temperatures°C/°F
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  • 24°Feb
  • 25°Mar
  • 26°Apr
  • 26°May
  • 27°Jun
  • 27°Jul
  • 28°Aug
  • 27°Sep
  • 27°Oct
  • 26°Nov
  • 25°Dec
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
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  • 77
Average daily sunshine (hours)
  • 6
  • 6
  • 7
  • 7
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  • 6
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  • 6
  • 6

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