The Dominican Republic is home to several international airports and domestic airports, making travel plans a breeze. The Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ), a privately owned airport in the tourist city of Punta Cana is the largest, servicing Dominican Republic flights from all over the world. Next is the Las Americas International Airport (SDQ) in the capital city of Santo Domingo. Other airports worthy of note include Cibao International (STI) in Santiago de los Caballeros, Gregorio Luperon International (POP) in Puerto Plata, and La Romana International (LRM), located near tourist hotspots and the Casa de Campo resort in the southeast. Taxi and shuttle transportations are available from their Dominican Republic flights to the nearest city, making travel fast and easy despite the hustle and bustle.
Dominican Republic Weather
The climate in the Dominican Republic, as with most of the Caribbean, is sunny and blue all year round with little change in temperature apart from in the mountains which cool considerably during winter. If you plan on coming between October and May, you may want to carry an umbrella as the rain can last several hours. All year round is peak season in the Dominican Republic except for the hurricane season, which is between June and November. As such, it is possible during this season to strike a bargain Dominican Republic flight and find low cost air tickets.
Getting Around the Dominican Republic
You have several choices when it comes to getting around the Dominican Republic. Air Santo Domingo offers cheap domestic Dominican Republic flights between all the airports. Trains are not available, so for the adventurous traveler the best choice are guaguas, the Dominican Republic's name for local buses. Caribe Tours offers bus services for longer journeys between Punta Cana, La Romana, and Santo Domingo. Cheap, frequent, and friendly, the guaguas are the main form of transportation and readily available from pretty much anywhere; however, they do stop at dusk and are often quite full. Taxis are plentiful but are not cheap and car rentals are not recommended as the roads and drivers can be troublesome.
Dominican Republic attractions
The best beaches are on the east side, while further inland you will find mountain ranges, rainforests, savannas, and waterfalls. The capital, Santo Domingo, is home to amazing architecture dating back hundreds of years. This enthralling country also has an illustrious history. You can still see the marks and cave paintings of the Taino and Caribe tribes, which are thousands of years old. Dominican Republic flights put you right in line for these attractions:
- "National Park Isla Cabritos", one of the largest populations of American crocodiles
- Santo Domingo, the oldest inhabited European settlement in the American—modern, bustling with excellent shopping
- Punta Cana, white sand, buzzing nightlife, dolphin watching, and top notch resorts.
- Jaragua, the largest national park in the Dominican Republic
- Cayo Arena, a must for avid divers.
Punta Cana When to Go
When it comes to crowds, Punta Cana has serious seasonal fluctuations, and in the last decade it has burst into the mainstream as a convenient and affordable all-inclusive winter hot spot. This means the prime tourist season runs from late December to early April, when the weather is at its best. During this time hotels and beaches can be packed, but temperatures stay supremely comfortable, with days in the low 80s and nights dipping to the low 70s.
In the summer hurricane season, from June to November, the region can get downright empty, not to mention sweltering hot. Unlike Caribbean destinations farther south, the Dominican Republic is directly in the path of many tropical storms, and landfalls are common, so weigh that consideration carefully and get good travel insurance when planning for an off-season trip to Punta Cana. September and October have especially strong weather, and in fact, some resorts will close then to make improvements for the high season.
Shoulder-season travel—April and May—is the best way to beat the crowds and possibly score a deal on accommodations and flights. Weather will be a bit warmer than in the winter, though only be a few degrees.
Because it’s little more than a resort zone, Punta Cana itself doesn’t have a lot in the way of festivals and local events, but the Dominican Republic—like most Latin American countries—is very religious and therefore celebrates all major Christian holidays. Unique happenings to consider include the procession of Our Lady of Altagracia, a countrywide pilgrimage to the beautiful basilica in Higüey town, about 45 minutes from the hotel zones. Another is the Punta Cana Carnival in late February or early March.
Fare, taxes & fees: Fares include all taxes and fees, except baggage fees. Rates shown reflect fares found by other Orbitz users over the past 48 hours. Due to rapidly changing airline prices & seat availability, these fares may no longer be available.
Refunds/changes/cancellations: Itinerary changes, if permitted for the fare, will have a $30 service fee charged by Orbitz. Additional airline charges may apply.
Other conditions: Schedules, fares and rules are subject to change without notice. Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights/dates or in all markets. Lower fares may be available. Fares will not be honored retroactively or in exchange for any wholly/partially unused ticket. Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. Fare rules are provided for the selected itinerary before booking.