Diverse shopping scene
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.
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, or on land visit Altos de Chavon, a re-creation of a medieval European village or practice your swing with a round of golf.
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 and entertainment
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.
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. The calmer Caribbean seas of La Romana make it an appealing area for families.
Great choice for golfing
One of the best Caribbean islands for golf, the Dominican republic is the ideal destination to improve those golf skills and enjoy some well-deserved downtime. The Teeth of the Dog course is ranked number one course in the Caribbean – no surprise with its captivating course and beautiful surrounds. While the 18-hole Championship golf course at the Hard Rock Punta Cana will provide a challenging round for every skill level.