Dazzling Holidays to Dominican Republic
Occupying the eastern half of dazzlingly beautiful Hispaniola – the island where Christopher Colombus first made land in the 15th century – it’s no surprise to learn that this gorgeous, vibrantly colourful nation is the most popular holiday destination in the Caribbean. It’s also home to staggering natural diversity, with its mangrove swamps, steaming rainforests, sweeping deserts and wildlife-prowled savannahs. Head into its towns and cities to soak up the island’s culture and enjoy kicking back with the locals with a rum. On holidays in Dominican Republic, you can be sure of a thoroughly warm welcome and sights and sounds that you’ll remember for years to come.
Taking in the views is one of the most first things to do in the Dominican Republic, but it’s also one of the most enjoyable.
When it comes to kicking back and relaxing, you’ll have miles of sugar white sand and turquoise blue water on your doorstep, however another popular place to head is Playa Rincón. Fringed by a dense palm forest and lapped by terrifically turquoise ocean, it’s one of the loveliest, most raved-about beaches in the Caribbean. Kick back and lounge on the sand as you take in the island paradise that surrounds you. It’s also big enough for everyone to find their perfect tranquil spot, so you won’t have to worry about crowd control!
The Republic’s beaches are almost as gorgeous at the height of winter as they are when the summer sun is at its warmest, but visit in the colder months and you can have some amazing encounters with nature. Thousands of hump-back whales congregate just south of Hispaniola’s Peninsula de Samana, and one of the most popular things to do in the Dominican Republic is to hop on a boat and see them.
Head into the Republic’s little-explored highlands and you’ll be amazed at how the scenery changes. It’s understandable that many visitors can’t be tempted away from the gorgeousness of the glorious beaches, but take a short drive from the popular coastal hubs and you can be gawping at the kind of natural beauty you’d never have thought existed in the Caribbean. Mountain peaks wreathed in clouds, deep forested valleys and stunning coastline views that are sure to take your breath away lie in wait of discovery.
Dominican Republic holidays can be tailored to a variety of budgets. Check in to one of the brilliantly located hotels in the heart of Santo Domingo, the Republic’s capital, and the biggest, most buzzing settlement on the whole of Hispaniola. Those who are looking for history will find it in Zona Colonial, an oasis of colonial-era district now known for its stunning architecture, excellent restaurants and great nightlife. Arguably the best beaches on the island are found in Punta Cana and it is a real couples paradise.
There’s one obvious draw that entices visitors to chose Dominican Republic holidays and that’s the island’s natural beauty. In a region filled with natural gorgeousness, the Dominican still stands out as a place home to exceptional views, heavenly beaches and enough sea, sand and surf to satisfy the most devoted of sun worshippers.
As night falls, head to Santo Domingo where there’s a great nightlife on offer, particularly in Malecon, the city’s after-sundown hub. From 10pm onwards, the district is ablaze with lights, voices and the irresistible smell of cooking made from the impressive array of cuisine available. From gastronomic fare at the classiest of bistros to food shacks serving up local dishes, and everything from Japanese to Basque and North African menus on offer, there’s something for every taste. Dive down Avenida Venezuela to find the bars, clubs and restaurants that locals love.