Dominican Republic

With charms like more than 1,000 miles of coastline and 250 miles of unblemished beaches; ample lodging options; and rich historical diversions, it’s difficult to pinpoint what makes the Dominican Republic so special. Families, honeymooners, and singles can all be sated here.

Easily accessible and relatively affordable, it’s no surprise that the Dominican Republic is the most visited destination in the Caribbean. After one stay, you’ll understand why there’s more to this enchanting island than snorkeling and suntans.

Positioned on the island of Hispaniola, Dominican Republic is the second largest Caribbean nation (Cuba is the largest). Ideal weather and cheaper airfare make a visit during the high season of January through March appealing. Hotel rates are a bit higher, but quite manageable considering the payoff.

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The island’s diverse geography makes for a stunning backdrop for any number of diversions. With more than 25 courses to choose from – each with Instagram worthy views – it’s no wonder the Dominican Republic is the premiere golf destination in the Caribbean and Latin America. However, with dramatic mountains, cerulean coastlines, and stunning fairways surrounding you, it may be difficult to concentrate on your shot.

The Dominican Republic is home to the Caribbean’s highest mountain peak, Pico Duarte; as well as the Caribbean’s largest lake, Lake Enriquillo. From whale watching in Semana to a dune buggy adventure in Punta Cana, excursions are as varied as the island’s topography. The metropolitan hub of Santo Domingo is a unique blend of urban attractions and Old World firsts. Tour historic forts and cathedrals by day, and explore dining and nightclubs in the evening.

Beaches of note are plentiful. Thanks to protective coral reefs, Playa Boca Chica’s calm waters make it extremely family friendly. However, its proximity to bustling Santo Domingo make it somewhat crowded at times. Located off the eastern shoreline of the Peninsula Samana, Playa Rincon’s bleached white sands and multi-hued water earn it consistent ranking on Conde Naste Traveler’s Top 10 Beaches list. It’s tricky to get to, but the tranquil swimming and snorkeling available here makes it so worth the effort. On the eastern coast, the good amount of all-inclusive hotels and calm swimming along the Punta Cana / Bavaro Beach area make it a popular choice for families.

Boasting the highest number of hotel rooms in the entire Caribbean, the Dominican Republic has an accommodation to fit any budget or whim. A good selection of well-known brands like the Occidental and Westin have a presence here. There are also boutique resorts, smaller hotels and eco-lodges from which to choose.

Whether you thrive in a bustling and tropical environment or prefer a laid-back and quiet getaway, the Dominican Republic has you covered. Romantic travelers, families and singles can all find their vacation niche here – especially if you like to golf or shop.