Dominican Republic Vacations
Your 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||Thu, Dec 25 - Wed, Dec 31||$261|
|San Juan||Santo Domingo||Thu, Jan 22 - Sat, Jan 31||$219|
|New York||Puerto Plata||Sun, Dec 7 - Mon, Dec 15||$450|
|New York||Santiago||Sun, Dec 7 - Thu, Dec 11||$199|
|Boston||La Romana||Wed, Jan 21 - Wed, Jan 28||$406|
Best time to take a vacation to Dominican Republic
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.
Insider tips for Dominican Republic travel
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
Comfort, luxury and convenience on the pristine beach of Punta CanaGuests 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... More
All-inclusive Punta Cana beachfront resort with 10 swimming poolsThe perfect getaway for couples and families, Melia Tropical All Inclusive fronts the famed white sands and gentle water at Playa Bavaro, in Punta Cana. The all-inclusive resort features more than a dozen... More
Barcelo Punta Cana welcomes guests from all over the world to our elegant Mediterranean-inspired all inclusive beachfront resort, boasting a long stretch of dazzling powder-soft beach on the Eastern coast of the Dominican Republic. This all-Inclusive resort includes all... More
Luxury Punta Cana all-inclusive beachfront resort with 9 restaurantsFind 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... 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
Romantic, all-inclusive Punta Cana hotel on the oceanfront 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... More
Enjoy gardens and a quiet beach at this Dominican adults-only resortFor 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... More
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All-inclusive Punta Cana hotel wows with lush landscape and luxe spaThe 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... More
Kid-friendly Punta Cana resort captures luxury in all-inclusive setting 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... More
Punta Cana hotel enchants with Arena Gorda address, multiple eateries 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... 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
Tropical haven sparkles in the Dominican RepublicThe Barcelo Capella Beach - All Inclusive offers guests a stunning location in Juan Dolio, known for its beautiful Caribbean beaches. This beach resort provides ample space to play, including swimming pools, a disco,... More
Boca Chica resort and casino on dazzling beach near Santo DomingoBe 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... More
Stylish hotel and casino in Santo Domingo business and historic centerSurrounded 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... More
Santo Domingo apartment-style hotel on pristine beach with spa services 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... More
Breathtaking beachfront resort with white sand near Santo Domingo 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... More
All-inclusive resort near Santo Domingo, steps from Boca Chica beachThe 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... More
Understated elegance with superb views and prime Santo Domingo locationThe 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... 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
Stunning Santo Domingo views from rooftop pool and Jacuzzi 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... More
La Romana Vacation Packages
Dominican Republic all-inclusive resort along Caribbean with poolsSituated 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... More
Luxury Bayahibe all-inclusive with Jacuzzis, spa and white sand beachLocated 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,... More
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All-inclusive, lively Dominican Republic resort with full spaAn 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... More
All-inclusive Bayahibe property with water sports, pool and nightlifeSituated 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... More
All-inclusive Dominican Republic resort on beach with balconies and spaSituated 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... More
Scenic, all-inclusive Bayahibe beachfront resortSituated 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... More
Posh all-inclusive La Romana resort with Caribbean views and poolPerched upon white, sandy shores, luxurious Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace - All Inclusive is an elegant companion to nearby Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach. Situated nearby Playa Dominicus, its on-site... More
Casa de Campo is a lush Caribbean retreat where action, relaxation and pampering service combine for an exceptional leisure experience. Located on the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic, the resort offers fabulous international dining and an unbelievable... 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
Spacious and uncrowded, all-inclusive resort with an endless blue poolWith 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... More
Accented with rich colors and an exquisite mix of Victorian and Caribbean architecture, the Gran Ventana Beach Resort offers a savvy all-inclusive choice in Puerto Plata. With premier service, location and value, singles, couples, families and groups will delight in all... More
Cocktails and dining 24/7 at Puerto Plata all-inclusive resort with spaCross 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... More
Beachfront All-Inclusive ResortSwim, 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... More
All-inclusive property outside Puerto Plata 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... More
All-inclusive comforts in windsurfing capital of Cabarete 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... More
Family-friendly beachfront all-inclusive in Dominican Republic 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,... 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
All-inclusive Dominican resort catering to families and couples 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,... 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
All-inclusive Samana resort on an exclusive island with outdoor poolsSituated 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... More
Beachfront, all-inclusive Samana resort with balconies and spa tubsLocated 90 minutes from Santo Domingo, Grand Bahia Principe Cayacoa - Adults Only- All Inclusive is near Playa Las Flechas and Cayo Levantado Beach in the Dominican Republic. Among the highlights of the... More
Quiet, all-inclusive Las Terrenas beach resort with lush flora and poolGuests 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... More
Samana Bay all-inclusive with day and night activities and restaurantsLocated 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,... 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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Dominican Republic highlights
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.