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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 Punta Cana (and vicinity)

    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
     
     
    "Beautiful Place! Most everyone spoke English. "
    The hotel was a bit confusing until you got to know your way around. A bit of a hike to get to where you wanted to go. We are in our 60s but I would NOT want to stay in a hotel ANY BIGGER! The food was absolutely FANTASTIC. Our experience was like being on a cruise; everything was PERFECT.
    Traveller from North Dakota
    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
     
     
    Bartenders litlle to greedy And hotel stuff really helpful Hotel grounds very clean and neat
    A Traveller
    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
     
     
    "Wonderful staff"
    Great resort. Good beach area and easy to access. Exceptional staff, very accommodating. However door in our bedroom to outside deck leaked every night when it rained. We woke up every morning to a giant puddle.
    Traveller from cmch, nj
    This all-inclusive retreat is surrounded by a lush canopy of coconut palms, vast grasslands, pristine beach, and the …More

    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
     
     
    "OK resort with good food but small rooms."
    Our family stayed at The Gran Ventana resort for a week. The resort had a few good things about it and many poor. First the Good: The food choices were above average especially for lunch where other typical resorts I have been at usually had hamburgers and hotdogs as the main focus. At the Gran Ventana they had lunch food choices that would normally be reserved at other resorts for dinner. The beach area under management was kept clean of seaweed and trash. There were always plenty of deck chairs for the beach. We always had hot water at the resort and the pool was kept clean of any debris. The staff was very friendly and patient. Now the bad: The internet was poor to none with a rather convoluted method to longin requiring a series of links to get connected and when you finally did there was not enough band width to do anything. The rooms were old and were very small with practically no space or furniture to store folded cloths.We basically lived out of opened suitcases. The tub liner was peeling and the balcony door was very difficult to open (very old and needed replacing).
    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
    Casa Colonial Beach & Spa - Puerto Plata Hotels
    Rating: 5.0 Stars

    Casa Colonial Beach & Spa

    57000 Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata - Map
     
     
    "Excellent couples retreat"
    Extremely impressed and satisfied with this stay, in a lovely and beautiful place, worthy of 5 stars.
    A Traveller
    Located in Puerto Plata, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within a 15-minute walk of Playa Dorada Golf Club …More
    Grand Bahia Principe San Juan Resort All Inclusive - Rio San Juan Hotels
    Rating: 3.5 Stars

    Grand Bahia Principe San Juan Resort All Inclusive

    Ctra. Gaspar Hernández -Rio San Juan, Rio San Juan - Map
     
     
    "Country - style Hotel at the beach"
    The hotel need some renovations but is super clean and the stuff are really outstanding, friendly, attentive and at the beach where you find watersport activities. Food and drinks you are going to find everywhere!!! Also you can book your adventure trips.... for example ocean world swimming with dolphins & sharks (great place), Paradies Island makes your eyes wet... (heavenly).... it was a super nice vacation.
    Traveller from Virginia
    This resort is located in Puerto Plata, between a spectacular calm-water beach and a tropical forest; just inside the …More

    Hotels in Santo Domingo (and vicinity)

    BelleVue Dominican Bay - All Inclusive - Boca Chica Hotels
    Rating: 3.0 Stars

    BelleVue Dominican Bay - All Inclusive

    Juan Bautista Vicini s/n, Boca Chica - Map
     
     
    "Nice Resort"
    Wonderfull experience excellent service and attention from the staff nice food and drinks. It is the second time i stayed at this hotel and will come back again
    A Traveller
    This family-friendly Boca Chica resort is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Caribbean Divers and Boca Chica …More
    Renaissance Santo Domingo Jaragua Hotel & Casino - Santo Domingo Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Renaissance Santo Domingo Jaragua Hotel & Casino

    Avenida George Washington 367, Santo Domingo - Map
     
     
    "Will never stay anywhere else in Sto Dom."
    This is my third time staying at this hotel, in a matter of 8 months. I love it!
    Traveller from New York
    Located on Santo Domingo's grand waterfront boulevard, this entertainment-packed hotel is steps from shopping, nightlife, and …More
    Barceló Santo Domingo - Santo Domingo Hotels
    Rating: 3.5 Stars

    Barceló Santo Domingo

    Maximo Gomez-Esq 27 de Febrero, Santo Domingo - Map
     
     
    Overall a fine experience. A/C didn't work, fixed in a promptly manner. Piano bar service wasn't great, two bartenders were talking and didn't acknowledge our presence for several minutes so we left. Pool bar service was great.
    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