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    Dominican Republic Hotel Travel Guide

    Welcome to Dominican Republic

    Dominican Republic is often overlooked as a vacation destination, but those who have visited it have loved it. Experience it for yourself by booking a trip today using Expedia. Take a tour of the capital, Santo Domingo, or enjoy a serene visit somewhere quieter. Expedia will help you find the right trip for you. See just how simple it is to visit the country of your dreams, begin your search right now.

    Eager to reserve a room at an exquisite retreat in Dominican Republic? Take your pick. We've got a massive range of budget lodges also. And there are a wealth of choices in between. It's simply based on what you're in the mood for and how much you'd like to spend. And as far as location is concerned, you can choose a room in any part of the country you'd like. You'll locate an assortment of accommodation options at the center of the action, as well as private lodges on the border of Dominican Republic. When you browse our catalog of accommodations in Dominican Republic, you're certain to find cheap rates and shocking packages on any type of lodge around.

    Quick facts about Dominican Republic:

    • With 10.1 million denizens, Dominican Republic ranks 132nd in population compared to other countries
    • The currency in Dominican Republic is the Dominican Peso
    • Don't forget to stop in Punta Cana , Puerto Plata , and Santo Domingo while you're in the country
    • Haiti is right next to Dominican Republic, so you can easily add a second country to your trip

    Looking to educate yourself about the nearby hotels in Dominican Republic? Here are a few stats you should know:

    • 18 people have reviewed this country on Expedia, and 15 of them wholeheartedly recommend taking a trip here.
    • Average hotels here receive a ranking of 4 on a scale from 1 to 5.
    • The average room has a cleanliness rating of 4.
    • Service at local hotels have received a rating of 4 on average.
    • Comfort levels at local lodges garnered a score of 4.

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    Geography

    The Dominican Republic is a slice of paradise that features a little bit of everything: mountains, rainforests, deserts, and beaches. Four mountain ranges sprawl across the island, one of which is the Cordillera Central, the highest range in the West Indies. In some areas, rainforests cover these mountains, while drier, more desert regions are located in the valleys. As for the coast, the Atlantic Ocean borders the northern shores, and the Caribbean Sea lies to the south.

    Best and Worst Times to Visit

    The Dominican Republic is blessed with warm weather year round, making any month a pleasant time to visit. The temperature usually lingers in the 80s F during the day and only slightly dips in the evenings. Although the weather barely changes throughout the year, vacationers often flock to the island during high season, from December to April. It’s drier during this time, and even warmer weather tends to roll in around May.

    The rainy season differs depending on the region, but the eastern and southern regions usually see rainfall in September, October, and May. This doesn’t mean it will be wet all season though as there is still plenty of sunshine during these months. When planning your trip, keep in mind that hurricane season spans June to the end of November, but satellites can predict these storms in advance.

    Lodging

    Whether you’re venturing to the island for a destination wedding or a family reunion, you’re certain to find lodging that matches your preferences.

    All-inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic are a popular option on this island, especially in Punta Cana. Many of these feature several on-site restaurants and bars, along with private beach access, full-spa services, and activities. Some provide multiple pool areas, while others boast casinos. With so much taken care of, it’s tempting not to the leave the resort’s premises.

    The island also provides more traditional Dominican Republic hotels with standard amenities, such as pools, fitness centers, and lounges. These hotels may have fewer on-site services than resorts, but they still cover your basic needs.

    Things to Do

    Punta Cana is the hot spot on this island. Known as the Tip of the White Palms, it sits on the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic and is home to some of the most picturesque beaches. Bundle up all your travel needs with one of the Punta Cana vacation packages, and then bask on the shores of this resort area. Soak up the beach life as you snorkel just off the coast in the Marinarium, kayak around Playa Juanillo, and take surf lessons at Playa del Macao. The island also flaunts a number of tranquil beaches on other sides of the coast, including Boca Chica in the west and La Romana to the south.

    The Dominican’s diverse terrain offers endless opportunities for excursions and extreme adventures. Raft along the country’s only whitewater river, Rio Yaque del Norte, go caving in the caverns at Fun Fun Cave, or soar through the country’s largest zip line in Samana. Hike to the waterfalls at Jarabacoa and mountain bike the trails at Cabarete.

    After bumming it at the beach and hitting the trails, get a sense of the past in the Zona Colonial of Santo Domingo. This historical district in the heart of the capital dates back to the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492. Officially founded in 1498, the city features some of the oldest buildings in the New World. Take a walking tour through the cobblestone streets and discover the Catedral Primada de America, or visit the Alcazar de Colon, which was once a palace belonging to Columbus’ son. You may even find travel guides who will give tours and provide you with the insider scoop on these destinations.

    Culture

    The Dominican is more than just inviting shorelines and swaying palm trees. This island was home to the original Spanish colony in the New World, and it still maintains much of that history. The first hospital and Catholic church still stand today amongst other ancient attractions and museums dedicated to the country’s history, art, and culture.

    When it comes to culture, the Dominican people dance to the moves of their own choreography. They take pride in the merengue, a fast-paced dance they created, along with the bachata, which originated in the rural areas of the country. As for music, Palo is a genre usually reserved for religious ceremonies, while salsa music and Dominican rock are everyday go-to beats.

    Baseball is also deeply rooted in the culture. America’s favorite pastime was taught on the island in the late 19th century, and by the early 20th century, four teams were formed that still exist today: The Tigers, Eastern Stars, The Eagles, and The Lions of the Chosen One. The island takes the game seriously as there are baseball fields scattered around almost every town.

    Food

    Prep your taste buds for the Spanish-, African-, and Caribbean-infused concoctions served up on this island. La Bandera is the most common meal, which is a plate of rice, beans, and meat, while plantains are another staple often incorporated in meals or served on the side. Sancocho is a meat stew that will warm your heart and soul, and mangu is a combination of boiled plantains, red onions, and fried cheese. When it comes to quenching your thirst, jugo de chinola is a popular passion fruit juice, and Presidente is the cerveza of choice.

    From tasty stews to serene beaches, you won’t want to miss this tropical destination. Sort through our vast selection of lodging to find cheap deals on resorts and hotels in the Dominican Republic for your next trip to the Caribbean.

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    Hotels in Puerto Plata (and vicinity)

    VH Gran Ventana Beach Resort - All Inclusive - Puerto Plata Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    VH Gran Ventana Beach Resort - All Inclusive

    Playa Dorado, Puerto Plata - Map
     
     
    "Tremendous staff, always smiling, great food!"
    This was our 5th year at GV and the reasons we come back are the same, we love the staff, the food and the beach! It's a smaller resort (about 500 rooms) and even though it was sold out while we were staying there it never felt crowded. The renovations to the restaurants are fantastic and our only complaint is we wish the pool lounge chairs were more comfortable.
    A Traveller
    Located in Puerto Plata, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within a 15-minute walk of Playa Dorada Golf …More
    Blue Bay Villas Doradas - Adults Only - All Inclusive - Puerto Plata Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Blue Bay Villas Doradas - Adults Only - All Inclusive

    Playa Dorada 538, Puerto Plata - Map
     
     
    "You get what you pay for. "
    Overall, it was a good experience. Rooms were clean. Beach and pools were nice. Spa was basic but good. Food was terrible.
    Traveller from W
    Located in Puerto Plata, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within a 10-minute walk of Playa Dorada Golf …More
    Iberostar Costa Dorada All Inclusive - Puerto Plata Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Iberostar Costa Dorada All Inclusive

    Carretera Luperon, Km 4, Puerto Plata - Map
     
     
    "Wonderful all-inclusive resort"
    Our first IBEROSTAR experience was wonderful. Staff are all friendly; service and entertainment is excellent. Layout of resort is perfect; no matter what room you have, close to either pool or beach. Not many dining options but fairly easy to get reservations and all the restaurants have great food, including buffet. If you want to eat or drink, no matter what time of day or night, there is at least one place open for food/drink! Beach and water are beautiful. Pool is large with swim up bar. Plenty of beach and pool chairs, just may have to get up a little early to throw a towel down. Cannot wait to go back!!
    A Traveller
    Overlooking the Costa Dorada Beach, an ideal place for water sports, just 20 minutes from the airport and the bustling city …More

    Hotels in Santo Domingo (and vicinity)

    Be Live Experience Hamaca Garden - All Inclusive - Boca Chica Hotels
    Rating: 3.0 Stars

    Be Live Experience Hamaca Garden - All Inclusive

    Calle Duarte #1-A, Esq. Caracol, Boca Chica - Map
     
     
    "Best Staff ever at any place"
    This hotel have a really friendly staff, (special mention to William), the hotel facility is close to the beach, have a nice pool, offers an interactive show for entertainment and you can enjoy a great buffet and delicious drinks. We were a party of 9 and everyone think the same way.
    Traveller from New York, USA
    Nestled on the beach, this Boca Chica resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Caribbean Divers and Boca Chica. Coral Hamaca Resort …More
    Be Live Experience Hamaca Beach - All Inclusive - Boca Chica Hotels
    Rating: 3.5 Stars

    Be Live Experience Hamaca Beach - All Inclusive

    Calle Duarte #1-B Esq. Caracol, Boca Chica - Map
     
     
    "Second Visit!"
    My friend and I have enjoyed our stay both times at Be Alive. It was only marred on the first night of our arrival as we could not have our deluxe room and had to go to a nearby hotel called the Belle Vue Dominican Bay. The food and entertainment were good at the Belle Vue but the room was inferior. Be Alive were apologetic for this and the inconvenience caused and recompensed us accordingly and next day we returned to our hotel and our deluxe room which we had ordered and all was well. A feature of the Be Alive Hotel are the different restaurants to go to but you must book well beforehand. We particularly liked the French and Italian restaurants.
    Traveller from London
    The hotel has an oceanfront location at Boca Chica, beach with crystal clear waters and white sands, and is located only 30 …More
    Barceló Santo Domingo - Santo Domingo Hotels
    Rating: 3.5 Stars

    Barceló Santo Domingo

    Maximo Gomez-Esq 27 de Febrero, Santo Domingo - Map
     
     
    "Good hotel"
    Staff are very kind and the breakfast is great! What I didn't like was that the bathroom wasn't very clean when I arrived.
    A Traveller
    Located in Downtown Santo Domingo, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum of the Dominican Man and National Palace …More

    Hotels in Punta Cana

    Majestic Elegance Punta Cana - All Inclusive - Punta Cana Hotels
    Rating: 4.5 Stars

    Majestic Elegance Punta Cana - All Inclusive

    Playa Bavaro - Punta Cana, Punta Cana - Map
     
     
    "Amazing resort."
    Everything about this resort was great. I had the best experience ever. Cleanliness of my room was excellent, staff members were professional and friendly, food for every taste were great, and be prepare to laugh at all times with the animation team. Their energy and happiness are contagious. I highly recommend this beautiful resort.
    Traveller from New Jersey
    This beachfront property is located in Punta Cana a white sandy beach surrounded by astonishing landscapes all Jr Suites & …More
    Meliá Caribe Tropical - All Inclusive - Punta Cana Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Meliá Caribe Tropical - All Inclusive

    Playas De Bavaro, Punta Cana - Map
     
     
    "Wonderful resort"
    This was our 1st trip to punta cana and the melia caribe tropical. When we return it will be back to the melia caribe. The resort met and exceeded our every expectation and i could not imagine staying anywhere else when we return. Absolutely beautiful grounds, very peaceful and quiet. Pools were kept extremely clean, beach was wonderful to stay on, alot of fun to be had. Great job everyone at Melia Caribe Tropical.
    Traveller from Atlanta, Ga
    Located on the island's eastern tip, the Melia Tropical All Inclusive faces Bavaro Beach, famed for its white sands and …More
    Excellence Punta Cana - Adults Only - All Inclusive - Punta Cana Hotels
    Rating: 4.5 Stars

    Excellence Punta Cana - Adults Only - All Inclusive

    Playas Uvero Alto - Punta Cana, Punta Cana - Map
     
     
    "Amazing vacation"
    This was our 2nd time to visit Excellence and this time was just as amazing as last year. The place is clean, the rooms are comfortable, although we didn't spend much time in our room, the staff is very friendly and attentive. We especially loved Renaldo, at the front desk, took care of our every need, our server, Familia, and our recreation people LG and Junior. Thank you so much for an amazing vacation. Looking forward to next time.
    A Traveller
    This all-inclusive retreat is surrounded by a lush canopy of coconut palms, vast grasslands, pristine beach, and the …More