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    Dominican Republic Hotel Travel Guide

    Get on island time in the Dominican Republic. This tropical destination shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti and offers year-round balmy weather for the ultimate retreat. Whether you’re craving warm temperatures or searching for adventure, the Dominican Republic belongs at the top of your list. Book cheap flights to the Dominican Republic today to kick start your getaway in the Caribbean.

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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
     
     
    "Perfect "
    If you are considering a hotel in Punta Cana, you cant go wrong here. We just got back from our honeymoon and we absolutely loved it. Besides being right on the beach and a huge hotel, the staff is extremely friendly and everyone remembers your name. The best part about this hotel is the butler service. We had Arling who I can not say enough good things about. He is hands down the best. We have been to the hotel previously and had other butlers and he blew them all away. He is takes great pride in making sure everything you need and want is taken care of it. He is by far the best part of the hotel. Anyone who goes here needs to request him and I promise you that it will be the best service and vacation you have ever had.
    A Traveller
    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
     
     
    "Great Stay, Small Improvements"
    Booked 2 rooms, both were spacious and clean. the grounds are well maintained and clean, staff is always helpful. only once was there a language problem in one of the restaurants which lead to orders being slightly off but otherwise a great vacatrion
    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
     
     
    "Nice resort and beach"
    The resort was nice and clean and had great views. The beach was excellent and not too busy like other beaches we have been too. The food was not very good and the entertainment was just ok. Prices are high on snacks and souvenirs. Overall, it is a nice place to relax and spend the week.
    Traveller from Ohio
    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
     
     
    "Could be better but we enjoyed our stay!"
    Hotel is beautiful upon arrival. I would suggest asking for one of the renovated rooms as I've heard poor reviews about the rooms otherwise. We did opt for the premium package which gave us a couple more perks such as the private beach. Probably our favorite part of the whole experience. Our waiter which I forgot his name was amazing and absolutely did a great job keeping us comfortable and happy! Unfortunately, the food gave us food poisoning on our second day after breakfast. Buffet food absolutely needs more work. I would of loved to see some more cultural foods instead of trying to replicate Americanized breakfast and lunches. Towards the end of our stay we were buying snacks at a local store in order to keep us full until we were able to make a reservation for dinner at one of the restaurants. Restaurants book fast so be sure to reserve early on. Staff was good for the most part. Some of the male staff were rude towards women. Eyeballing and comments are a regular. Probably part of the culture as well. But other than that everyone was very friendly and if you needed anything all you had to do was call concierge or front desk. Beach vendors are out of control. For the most part they will leave if you tell them you aren't interested but after a while it gets difficult to relax with so many people constantly walking by trying to pursue you into buying things. Excursions can be purchased through the hotel which is ABSOLUTELY recommend vs. beach vendors.
    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
    Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort & Spa All Inclusive - Puerto Plata Hotels
    Rating: 3.0 Stars

    Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort & Spa All Inclusive

    Confresi Beach, Puerto Plata - Map
     
     
    "10 out of 10. "
    Love the place, great food, people. Bathroom needs repair.
    Traveller from New York
    Popular with budget-minded European and American vacationers, this beachfront all-inclusive resort in Puerto Plata is on …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
     
     
    "Nice hotel & Beach"
    My husband an I had a 6 day 5 night stay .Very nice hotel food was good , we had the same waiter every day his name was Generoso, very nice man . Every morning he had our table ready with coffee. He catered to our every need. The beach was beautiful but had so much seaweed. The room was spotless ,we will definitely stay at this resort again.
    Traveller from New York
    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)

    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
     
     
    "Very relaxing feeling, but needs improvement "
    The stay is delightful, staff friendly, but rooms need better filtering for the Ac, and meal menus selection be more exciting and better tasting.
    A Traveller
    This family-friendly Boca Chica resort is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Nautical Club of Santo Domingo and …More
    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
     
     
    "Very good"
    Wondelful experience. The rooms where nice and tidy evey day. Food tasted really good. The beach and the pool was beautiful. It was everything and more then I expected.
    A Traveller
    Nestled on the beach, this Boca Chica resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Boca Chica, Caucedo Port, and Nautical Club of Santo …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
     
     
    "Nice hotel, excellent staffs and food."
    Everything is good. See you my next vacation. I love this hotel.
    Traveller from Norwich, CT
    Set along a white-sand beach fringing Boca Chica Bay on the island's south shore, this hotel is 30 km (19 mi) from both Metro …More