Offering an average of 300 days of sunshine per year and lapped by the North Atlantic Ocean to the north and the Caribbean Sea to the south, the surrounding waters are also an alluring attraction for sailing, wildlife and watersports enthusiasts. The island offers a wealth of natural attractions to discover, from snorkelling in the pristine waters of Punta Cana, cruising along the scenic coastline of Bavaro, kayaking and whale-watching at Samana, to hiking in the hills around Paraiso. Adventurous visitors can also journey to the Dominican Alps, ramble past crystal-clear streams and enjoy the tranquil Jarabacoa Falls.
For those looking for a more cultural experience the Capital, Santo Domingo, offers beautiful scenery with historic sites, colonial architecture and traditional craft-making within small factories. With a population of three-million people, it is known as one of the oldest cities in the New World. Visitors can sample specialities such as cigars, chocolate and coffee, buy beautiful amber, dance the night away to infectious Latin music, or join in the vibrant celebrations at one of the many local festivals. Why not experience first-hand how the local goods and crafts are actually made – alongside the enthusiastic locals? There are plenty of opportunities to explore and absorb a little Latin flavour!
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 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.
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.
Nature at Samana Bay
In addition to the pristine beaches, Dominican Republic offers beautiful nature and tropical jungles. Samana Bay is a particular highlight, with its picturesque coves, wild waterfalls, stunning mountains and spectacular views. Visitors can enjoy hiking, nature-trekking and watersports. The stand-out activity, though, is whale-watching, as Samana Bay becomes the location for calving Humpback Whales from January to March. Whale-watching trips are offered, providing a superb opportunity to observe these magnificent animals in their natural habitat.
The majority of the Dominican Republic enjoys beautiful tropical weather all year round, with the average annual temperature hovering around 25°C (77°F). The Dominican Republic's climate is often referred to as 'the endless summer', due to warm and sunny conditions experienced across the country, all year round.
There is a ‘hurricane season’ in the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, Central Mexico and South Eastern seaboard of America between June and November, the months of August and September being particularly susceptible.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Dominican Republic.
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