Península de Samaná
Beautiful patches of premium white sand beaches are synonymous with the Península de Samaná, and, here, laid-back and cosmopolitan attitudes reign. The area is renowned for its superb location, ideal for gasping at the amazing North Atlantic Humpback whales during their migration, from mid-January to mid-March.
Dominican Republic boasts plentiful pristine beaches and our featured hotel, Amanera, is located on one of the region’s most beautiful, Playa Grande. Visitors can relax on soft golden sands, soaking up the Caribbean sun, while the lovely clear blue waters offer numerous watersport opportunities - including kayaking, paddleboarding, kitesurfing, snorkelling and surfing.
Dominican Republic has an impressive selection of golf courses, providing an outstanding choice for keen golfers. In fact, the country is quickly emerging as the premier golf destination of the Caribbean. Amanera, our featured hotel, features a superb golf course of its own, Playa Grande. The course is sensational, providing challenging and enjoyable play with a stunning backdrop of mountains and the ocean. Its 18-hole layout was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Senior, and is complemented by a superb Clubhouse, which features a restaurant, pro shop and fitness centre.
The Dominican Republic is steeped in history; from when Christopher Columbus first stepped foot on the island in 1492, this glorious Caribbean island has boasted beautiful historic architecture, which tells a fascinating story of the island’s past. Visit the glorious Catedral Primada de América, of which the first stone was set in 1514 by Diego Columbus, the son of the great explorer. Meanwhile, Fortaleza Ozama is the ‘New World’s’ oldest colonial military structure, flying the flags of Spain, England, France, Haiti, Gran Columbia, the US and the Dominican Republic.
Gain the best island viewpoint from atop Montaña Redonda. This dramatic mountaintop is a perfect location to take awe-inspiring photographs with 360-degress of mountain and sea views; on a clear day, it feels as though you can see as far as Haiti. Reserva Antropológica Cuevas del Pomier is an extraordinary location, holding 57 limestone caves that contain almost 600 paintings and carvings - the most widespread example of prehistoric art yet discovered in the Caribbean.
La Aurora Cigar Plant
Dominican Republic is renowned for its cigars, with La Aurora being the oldest cigar plant in the country. Visitors can sample handmade cigars that use a combination of tobaccos from all over the world. The skilled craftsmanship that creates these fine products can be seen first-hand, with enjoyable tours led by knowledgeable and experienced staff. The cigars have a personal touch as well as an historic eminence, and their superb level of quality has earned La Aurora many awards over the years.
British Airways from London Gatwick to Punta Cana. Operates Tuesday and Saturday.
From London Gatwick to Punta Cana: 9 hours.
Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.
All visitors need a tourist card to enter the Dominican Republic. Visitors can obtain one before travel from the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in London, or can be bought on arrival at the airport at a cost of US$10 or equivalent. Tourist cards are initially valid for a 30-day stay but can be extended. Proof of return or onward travel may be requested at some ports of entry.
Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk
Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/
In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net,
www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.
For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website. View the travel advice in full here: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/dominican-republic