Dominican Republic holidays
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With its unlikely mix of influences and interesting blend between ancient and modern times, holidays in the Dominican Republic will tick all the boxes - with its perfect beaches, incredible heritage and superb hotels.
No doubt it’s the great weather, dazzling beaches and sparkling turquoise waters that first attract people to this beautiful destination, but the wider appeal of this fascinating former Spanish colony is what keeps people coming back. Discover unexpected treasures like the lively artisan market at El Cortecito or the colourful streets of La Romana. Take a daylong excursion to Santo Domingo, the oldest city in the ‘new world’ or select an exciting experience like the Punta Cana day cruise with snorkelling and see the treasures that lie beyond your resort. Challenge yourself to a round of golf at The Teeth of the Dog course or be pampered with a revitalising treatment at one of our exclusive spa hotels - we recommend the Hard Rock Punta Cana and Zoetry Agua.
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Punta Cana boasts an abundance of All-Inclusive hotels, many of which have their own private beaches. One of the islands most popular resorts, you can’t beat the upscale accommodation and array of things to do, which include popular tourist attractions and golf courses. The Punta Cana region includes Bavaro, Higuey, Macao and Uvero Alto – although Bavaro is the most popular due to its close proximity to the airport. The great-value Occidental Grand Punta Cana is located on one of the areas most celebrated beaches.
Bavaro is Punta Cana’s main beach resort. Choose a carefully selected beach hotel in this area - the flawless sands and crystal clear waters create the perfect backdrop for your dream holiday. Dreams Palm Beach is a great choice for families, while Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe offers All-Inclusive Unlimited-Luxury®. There is plenty to see and do, from the beachfront water sports to the culture of El Cortecito. This small fishing village is known for its lively artisan market - browse for souvenirs along the open-air stalls.
La Romana combines colourful streets, cigar shops and street markets with some of the Dominican Republic’s prettiest beaches. Play a round of golf at The Teeth of the Dog or visit the fascinating medieval replica town, Altos de Chavon. Stop by the world’s largest cigar shop and admire the artwork at Casa de Campo’s galleries. Colourful reefs make this area fantastic for diving and snorkelling, while the calmer Caribbean seas make it a popular choice for family holidays. Stay in one of our favourite hotels such as Dreams La Romana and Casa de Campo.
Uvero Alto, affectionately known as Bavaro’s sleepy sister, is home to coconut groves, tropical vegetation and the islands longest coral reef. A quieter, more secluded area where buildings aren’t meant to be taller than a palm tree – so you won’t see any high rises dominating the coastline. The beach runs for 50km and the gentle waters make this area popular with families, however you’ll also find adult-only retreats like the Excellence Punta Cana and Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa.
Visit Santo Domingo for vibrant culture and rich history. This well-preserved ancient city is a world heritage site and will transport you back to another time. Old and new collide as cobbled streets lead you to modern hotels and cars pace alongside beautifully decorated horse drawn carriages. Let the eclectic flavour intrigue your senses in this contradictory city, where the hip and trendy meet colonial-era ruins. Why not book Santo Domingo Sightseeing Tour from Punta Cana and take in the contrasting elements of this fascinating area.