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Experience Your Best Dominican Republic Vacation
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.
Flights to Dominican Republic
|San Juan||Punta Cana||Mon, Nov 16 - Sat, Nov 21||$207|
|San Juan||Santo Domingo||Thu, Jul 30 - Sat, Aug 15||$217|
|Washington DC||Puerto Plata||Tue, Oct 13 - Wed, Oct 21||$468|
|Orlando||Santiago||Tue, Dec 29 - Wed, Dec 30||$259|
|San Juan||La Romana||Tue, Aug 4 - Fri, Aug 7||$454|
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.
Colonial City restaurants
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.
Try local dishes
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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Punta Cana Vacation Packages
The all-inclusive Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe in Punta Cana is the pearl of the Dominican Republic, featuring miles of pristine beach and some of the most beautiful coral reefs in the Caribbean. The spacious suites overlook the calm, blue waters of Bavaro Beach, which is... 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
RIU Hotels & Resorts brings you a totally new Palace resort on the beautiful destination of Punta Cana. The Riu Palace Bavaro Hotel on beautiful Arena Gorda Beach is located just 30 kilometers from Punta Cana International Airport. Right on the beach of Arena Gorda,... 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
The Excellence Punta Cana Luxury Adults-Only All-Inclusive Resort in Punta Cana is one of the Dominican Republic's most comfortable tropical getaways. Guests are able to create a personalized visit as they enjoy the lapping ocean waves and the soothing beats of merengue... 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
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Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana Resort - All Inclusive in Punta Cana boasts 756 suites with Jacuzzi bathtubs, two pools, seven bars, six restaurants and free wireless Internet. In addition, the hotel is equipped with a golf course, spa, water park and facilities to... 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
Santo Domingo Vacation Packages
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
With spectacular ocean views, this luxury hotel in Santo Domingo offers an array of upscale amenities, from fine dining to extensive recreational options, including tennis, outdoor swimming and luxury spa treatments. Youre ideally placed to explore Santo Domingos... 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
La Romana Vacation Packages
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
Puerto Plata Vacation Packages
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
This exclusive 24 hours all inclusive resort in Puerto Plata was completely refurbished in 2006 providing facilities and rooms of the highest quality. This hotel in Puerto Plata, which is only for the over 18s, is an ideal place for couples to relax or enjoy their... 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
Samana Vacation Packages
Situated on the small island of Samana, Gran Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado - All Inclusive houses a casino, two outdoor pools and a full-service spa. It is also home to several dining venues, including an international buffet and restaurants specializing in Italian,... More
Located on the beachfront, in the heart of the spectacular Samana bay - the only bay in the Caribbean that has been accepted into UNESCO's "Club of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World" - the surroundings of the Gran Bahia Principe Cayacoa hotel will impress you... More
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Guests at the remote Gran Bahia Principe El Portillo - All Inclusive enjoy a quiet getaway, where all meals and beverages are included in stays. A beachfront paradise, it features tropically adorned guest rooms with jetted tubs, five a la carte and buffet restaurants, and... More
Located amid the natural beauty of Samana Bay, the beachfront Grand Paradise Samana - All Inclusive encourages guests to relax at the pool or engage in activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing or kayaking. Amenities include a club for kids, tennis, four... More
Luxury beach front apartments, located right on the magnificent and famous “Las Terrenas Beach”, with many kilometers of golden sand beaches, crystal clear waters and coral reef banks. For short or long stays, meal plans are available in our restaurant “Baraonda”.... More
Sublime Samana is located on prime beach front facing the turquoise blue ocean framed by signature palm trees characteristic to this area and surrounded by lush tropical vegetation. Secluded in the impressive Bahia de Coson in Las Terrenas the complex is bordered by the... More
With superb views across one of the most beautiful bays of the world, Samana Bay; a famous sanctuary for humpback whales. Peaceful, relaxing, and totally exclusive, The Bannister Hotel overlooks a stunning full service marina in Samana Bay. It is a paradisaical place that... More
Balcones del Atlntico is situated along nearly a mile of beautiful white sand beaches in the village of Las Terrenason the north coast of the SamanPeninsula in the Dominican Republic. Las Terrenasis renowned for its eco-tourism and outstanding whale watching. Balcones del... More
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Altos de Chavon
Don't let your eyes deceive you – this medieval village replica was only built yesterday, from 1976 to 1980, to be exact. That's when former Paramount studios set designer Roberto Copa and business mogul Charles Bludhorn had the idea to use remnant stones from a nearby bridge blast. A beautiful rendition complete with a church and sparkling fountain, Altos de Chavon is also home to art galleries, a design school, an archeological museum, restaurants and shops, and a Roman-style amphitheater.
Founded in 1498 and a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Colonial Zone (also dubbed "Colonial City") is both the oldest city in the New World and the most happening in modern-day Santo Domingo. Walk 11 historic blocks within this walled city and spy America's first cathedral, monastery, universities and hospitals -- all built on the original grid system. Unique restaurants, hotels, clubs and nightlife keep the area bumping.
27 Waterfalls of Rio Damajagua (27 Los Charcos de Damajagua)
Ready for some adventure? Head to the Northern Corridor mountain range beyond the sugar cane, where a spell-binding natural treasure awaits: 27 crystal pools, waterfalls and slides created by the Damajagua River. Anyone can play here, but a tour company can help guide you up the mountain through falls and channels. The real fun begins as you jump, swim and slide your way back down.
El Limon Waterfall (Cascada del Limon)
Trek about two hours from Samana through a tropical rainforest that opens up to a glorious sight: a 55-foot waterfall crashing down a greenish wall into a cool, natural pool. Swim in the blue waters or head to the top of the falls for a daring leap back down. The hike is mucho strenuous, so sign up for a horseback ride or tour-supported adventure.
Bahia de las Aguilas
Find the bluest-of-blue waters in Jaragua National Park, southwest of Pedernales. Deemed the most majestic beach by many Dominicans, it takes some work to get there. The secluded bay is only reachable by boat or via 4x4 down a steep incline. But the payoff is big with stunning waters, soft white sands, seashells and great snorkeling. Stop at the restaurant by the park entrance for a reasonable lunch.
Big is the word at Lago Enriquillo, the largest lake in the Caribbean and one of few lakes in the world inhabited by crocodiles. The behemoth measures a dramatic 102 square miles and is located in a rift valley formed by a 79-mile fault. Three islands span the lake, but the largest Isla Cabritos is the highlight. Splurge on a boat tour for a closer look at the park's crocodiles, flamingos and exotic birds.
Ocean World Adventure Park
Take a step closer to nature in all its wild glory: Here you can feed exotic birds, meet tigers, snorkel in a tropical reef aquarium, and see shark and sea lion shows. But the real draw is the chance to swim and interact with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, all while learning about these playful ocean creatures.
Catedral Primada de America
Located in the Colonial City, the Cathedral of Santa Maria Menor is considered the first cathedral of the New World. Built after the arrival of Christopher Columbus, the cathedral pays tribute with a giant statue just outside the front entrance. With fine stained glass, a facade made of coral rock, and late Gothic and Romanesque characteristics, this important monument is a must-see.
Dominican Amber Museum
In honor of the country's national gem, this museum also showcases an impressive collection of amber from around the world. Learn the makeup and origins of the amber found in the Dominican Republic, which ranges from 25-40 million years old. The collection includes fine jewelry plus the necessary critters and bugs. If not for the amber, come for the epic story of Villa Bentz, the historic structure that house the museum.
Catch a tour from the dock at Altos de Chavon, Punta Cana, to Catalina Island for an unforgettable dive. Part of a national park and considered one of the Caribbean's best dive sites, Isla Catalina also offers great snorkeling right in from the white-sand beach. Explore the spectacular Wall (dropping over 330 feet), the Aquarium for a vibrant display of fish and a recently discovered sunken 17th-century ship.