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A sugary-white sand coastline, sparkling bays and a lush, mountainous interior create a magical backdrop for a Dominican Republic vacation. Find "endless summer" weather and Merengue tunes wherever you land on this tropical island paradise.
From Punta Cana and La Romana to the pristine Samana and the capital of Santo Domingo, you can have your pick of world-class resorts and affordable hotels. The beaches are a favorite, but secluded prairies, rivers and high-mountain cliffs also make for remarkable stays. Go all-inclusive for family fun, choose something romantic and luxurious, or aim for adventure among nine ecological zones.
Our Orbitz travel guide will highlight the best time to go, top 10 highlights and hidden gems from Dominican Republic insiders.
With warm, tropical temperatures typical of a Caribbean island, the Dominican Republic weather has been dubbed "endless summer" because of the typically sunny and warm conditions. Some months are warm and sticky (August) while others promise rain and the threat of hurricanes (June through November).
Winter through Spring (December to April) is the most popular time to visit, as travelers flock here for winter and spring break. But if you're looking for the best deals, wait for September, October and May.
Still somewhat untouched, Samana is recognized as one of the best bays in the world. The crystal clear beach at the islet of Cayo Levantado is a must see.
For a variety of great restaurants serving everything from French to Mediterranean, head to the center of Colonial City in Santo Domingo.
Price bargaining is a must when shopping from local merchants. Most items are overpriced at the start to allow for some marginal negotiation.
When visiting the Dominican Republic, be sure to at least try a local dish once, like a breakfast of Mangu (smashed plantains) with friend cheese and eggs.
When choosing a hotel, don't be too focused on the distance or travel from the airport since many fantastic hotels (and deals) are a bit farther away.
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Guests at the Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe - All Inclusive benefit from a calm, picturesque location and a wide range of modern conveniences and services. This elegant resort provides guests with a selection of all inclusive services, including access to the on-site... More
The All Inclusive Resort Melia Tropical sets the standard for family oriented, golf lovers, and couples that want to relax and enjoy all about the spectacular Punta Cana. The hotel offers more than 1,100 suites, all surrounded by palm trees and lush vegetation. The... More
Barcelo Punta Cana – All-Inclusive, a beachfront resort on the eastern shores of the Dominican Republic, accommodates travelers with a taste for restaurant hopping, gambling, water sports and simply relaxing by the swim-up bar. But the sprawling resort manages to be kid... More
Find balance between nature and luxury at Paradisus Punta Cana Resort, on the exquisite Bavaro Beach. Open-air architecture, native mangrove forests, soaring coconut trees, a white-sand beach and brilliant ocean views set the stage, matched by 694 opulent guest suites, 9... More
The Hotel RIU Palace Bavaro is an all-inclusive resort and hotel in Punta Cana. This luxurious, beachfront resort boasts amenities such as a sauna and spa, which offer various beauty treatments, a fitness center, three fresh water swimming pools, and a solarium terrace.... More
Steps from the powder-white sands of Bavaro Beach is the Majestic Elegance Punta Cana. The hotel attracts everyone from families to couples looking for a romantic getaway. Facilities include beach cabanas and rooftop bars with sweeping views of the beach. This tropical... More
For an adults-only getaway in the gorgeous, sunny Dominican Republic, the Excellence Punta Cana resort can't be beat. Stroll through coconut groves and lush green landscapes, and be sure to visit the delightfully isolated beach just a few meters from the hotel. Activities... More
The palatial grounds of Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort sweep guests away in contemporary luxury. A visual feast infiltrates every corner of the 554-room property, which incorporates theatrical details like beach beds, soaring ceilings and well-manicured... More
With 780 suites on the grounds, Gran Bahia Principe Punta Cana Resort – All Inclusive is accustomed to entertaining large groups, from parents with tots in tow to honeymooners. Guests might enjoy a massage in a beachside gazebo, take catamaran lessons or sing at the... More
Located within the Riu resort complex, Riu Palace Punta Cana All Inclusive towers over Arena Gorda, a pristine stretch of white sand dotted by palm trees. The palatial resort beckons with 612 rooms styled with old-world furniture and earth tones, plus multiple a la carte... More
Enjoy the beach next to the city at this All Inclusive Resort. Be Live Experience Hamaca Garden is located just 10 minutes from Las Americas International Airport and 30 minutes from Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic's cosmopolitan capital city. Relax and enjoy our... More
Be Live Experience Hamaca Beach - All Inclusive sits along the palm fringed, dazzling white sands of the Dominican Republic's south coast. The Boca Chica Beach features calm, turquoise waters protected by a coral reef. It is home to a variety of watersports including... More
Surrounded by lush, tropical gardens, the 5-star Barcelo Santo Domingo offers stylish accommodations in the business and historic heart of Santo Domingo. Guests stroll to the bustling commercial area or down the cobbled streets of the historic colonial area with its... More
The Plaza Real Resort is surrounded by lush tropical gardens on the palm-fringed Juan Dolio beach, a short drive from Santo Domingo. Rooms include fully-equipped kitchenettes. Guests relax in a tranquil environment, stroll the white sand beach, cool off in the sparkling... More
The recently-renovated Coral Costa Caribe is nestled in lush tropical gardens on Juan Dolio's pristine beachfront, close to Las Americas International Airport. Five specialty restaurants offer children's menus, while six exotic bars are open 24/7. Guests rejuvenate at the... More
The BelleVue Dominican Bay all inclusive resort is located in Boca Chica, about half an hour east of Santo Domingo. The Boca Chica Beach with its white sands and crystal-clear, reef-protected waters are a few steps away. The package includes unlimited local... More
The 4-star Crowne Plaza Santo Domingo offers understated elegance, Caribbean vistas, business convenience and tropical island entertainment in the heart of Santo Domingo. The state-of-the-art conferencing center accommodates 1,200 people. Grand Colonial historical sights,... More
Don Juan Beach Resort is located on the white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters of Boca Chica Beach just 15 km (9 miles) from Santo Domingo Airport and 25 minutes drive to the colonial capital city of Santo Domingo. This beach front resort is reminiscent of an old... More
The 3-star BQ Santo Domingo Hotel is located in the central Bella Vista district of Santo Domingo. The Bella Vista shopping mall and many tourist attractions are an easy stroll away. The hotel has eight floors with 137 comfortable rooms and suites, with kitchenettes and... More
The iconic Napolitano Hotel & Casino is ideally located on the Santo Domingo Malecon, overlooking the palm fringed Caribbean Sea. Business and government centers are nearby, while the historic Colonial City is within walking distance. After a busy day of... More
Situated along the sparkling Caribbean waters on the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic, Dreams La Romana Resort and Spa - All Inclusive exudes luxury with three pools, eight restaurants and endless entertainment and recreation options. Unlimited meals, drinks and... More
Located in the fishing village of Bayahibe, the Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus All Inclusive is a short drive from the La Romana International Airport. Stays at the luxury property include all meals, beverages and nonmotorized activities. Meanwhile, its guest rooms feature... More
An idyllic, all-inclusive property along the Caribbean waters, Gran Bahia Principe La Romana - All Inclusive has pools for adults and children as well as a mini-club for kids, a spa, tennis courts and merengue dancing. Three a la carte restaurants, a buffet and four bars... More
Situated on the beach overlooking sparkling Caribbean waters, Be Live Collection Canoa - All Inclusive is a tropical paradise with a meandering, lagoon-style pool, a spa offering massages and an on-site mini golf. Other features include a gym, a salon, a nightclub and... More
Situated on a white sand beach overlooking turquoise Caribbean waters, Catalonia Gran Dominicus - All Inclusive features stays that include breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as snacks, domestic drinks, nonmotorized water sports and clubs for kids and teens. Guests can... More
Situated in the charming fishing village of Bayahibe, Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach - All Inclusive appeals to all ages with a pool and Jacuzzi, a club for kids, babysitting services and a business center as well as massages and a limited health club. Guests can choose to... More
A sister property to Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach, the Palace resort offers a slightly more relaxed and elegant atmosphere. The beautiful white sandy beaches of both properties make a sea front of more than 1 km long. With 330 rooms, spread throughout several colonial... More
Set amid a 7,000-acre Caribbean paradise, Casa de Campo has one of the top, Pete Dye-designed golf courses in the area as well as a full-fledged marina, equestrian center for riding and polo, and camps for those ages 1-3, 4-7 and 8-12. Located on a private beach, it has a... More
Los Altos Condo Residences is a luxury vacation club consisting of rental residences with an award winning design that is a perfect blend of Caribbean architecture melding the tropical style with Asian influences. Los Altos blends into the environment with the liberal use... More
With a giant, sparkling blue pool that seems nearly as large as the ocean, the impressive Iberostar Costa Dorada all-inclusive hotel sits on the beach of Costa Dorada. Tall palms sway over grounds dotted with flamingos, turtles and peacocks, a world away from the bustling... More
Gran Ventana Beach Resort offers a distinctive blend of sophisticated design with Dominican Republic charm and hospitality with all-inclusive service. The lobby rewards visitors with a view of the ocean as its centerpiece. Top-notch service and a sense of relaxation greet... More
Cross a bridge over the enormous, free-form pool and meander through tropical foliage to the beach at the Be Live Collection Marien - All Inclusive. Set on Costa Dorada, the resort sets the tone for relaxation with complimentary sun loungers on the sand and shady palapas,... More
Swim, sun or stay active at the large oceanfront Barcelo Puerto Plata - All Inclusive. Settled on a golden-sand beach along the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, the hotel offers the warm, wide ocean out its doors in addition to two pools and and a club just for... More
BlueBay Villas, located on the coast just outside the city of Puerto Plata, offers all-inclusive resort living for guests over 18. The resort is especially popular for wedding parties, recently married couples, or vacationers just looking to chill out and... More
Viva Wyndham Tangerine, located on the Sosua-Cabarete Road, 20 minutes from Puerto Plata International Airport and only a 3-minute drive from Cabarete, attracts kite surfers, windboarders, and anyone interested in a tropical, all-inclusive vacation. Cabarete is known as... More
Grand Paradise Playa Dorada offers all-inclusive beachfront comfort in 424 rooms and suites 25 minutes from the international airport and 15 minutes from Puerto Plata. As part of the Playa Dorada complex, Grand Paradise is set on Costa Dorada beach near shopping and a... More
Riu Bachata is a modern resort with a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. This luxury resort is located on the shores of beautiful Maimon Bay in a quiet location, surrounded by stunning mountainside scenery just outside of Puerto Plata - right on the beach. An all-inclusive... More
Casa Marina Beach and Reef is a family-friendly all-inclusive resort built on a private reef with two ivory-sand beaches. The 678 air-conditioned guest rooms feature balconies or patios with garden, pool, or ocean views. One side of Casa Marina faces a large beach and the... More
Discover the luxurious experience of Presidential Suites. Step into an unforgettable, All Inclusive, vacation in paradise. Situated near the beach, Presidential Suites By Lifestyle - All Inclusive is in Puerto Plata, on Cofresi Beach, Ocean World Adventure Park, and Fort... More