Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is the most visited island in the Caribbean, it is also the best value for money out of the Caribbean islands. At 18,705 sq miles, it is the second largest island in the Caribbean and has many different areas you can choose to visit.

The geographically diverse land includes mountains, desert areas, lowlands, rainforests, fine Spanish architecture and of course almost 800 miles of beaches. Well known for a golfing destination there are many golf courses including 11 along the strip at Punta cana and a famous world class golf course at the resort of cosa de campo in La Romana. As well as golfing other activities on offer on the island are mountain biking, hiking, windsurfing, whale watching, visiting the heritage sites and botanical gardens and checking out the nightlife.

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Alternatively you could just choose to let all your stresses fade away with the sound of the sea as you close your eyes on one of the many beaches soaking up the sun. Along the coastal regions you can expect an average temperature of 28ºC, by the mountains at higher peaks you can expect an average of 18ºC, dropping significantly in the winter months. Hurricane season is August to October and annual rainfall average is 59.1”. August is the hottest month to visit. When visiting you will need to bring with you Dominican peso as that is the official currency, although the US dollar, Euro, Canadian dollar and Swiss frank are accepted ion most tourist sites. Learning some Spanish phrases may help to as this is the language of the land. Getting around the island will not be a problem as there is a two main bus system in place and also a metro system in the country’s capital: Santo Domingo. The 7 international airports on the island mean that it will not take you long to get to your chosen resort from the airport.

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The top tourist area is Punta cana, this area is well known for its long beaches, perfect for relaxing, it is also a top spot for the golfers among you with 11 courses to choose from on this strip. You will find the huge all inclusive ultra exclusive resorts here, these are perfect for budgeting as all inclusive and also great for family’s as generally have play areas for the children. Samana is another well known spot, its area is quaint compared to Punta cana, with little coves and bays dotted about to explore and waterfalls to visit, it is an easy going laid back beach town and if your lucky enough to visit between January – March you must go whale watching, this is mating season and thousands of humpback whales.

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The capital and colonial city of Santo Domingo is a designated world heritage site, it’s a thriving city where you can find museums, cafes, bars, shops, plenty of great Spanish architecture and nightclubs that go on until the early hours. Puerto plata is along the Atlantic coastline and consists of 62 miles of beaches, this area is renowned for windsurfing and kite boarding, just outside the area is the ocean world adventure park, great for a day trip. You will find small coastal villages and hotels in this area. La Romana is where you will find the famous world class golf course in Cosa de campo resort, there are of course also plenty of beautiful beaches, galleries and boutique shops.

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