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    Dominican Republic Hotel & Resort 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

    Catalonia Royal Bavaro - Adults Only - All Inclusive - Punta Cana Hotels
    Rating: 4.5 Stars

    Catalonia Royal Bavaro - Adults Only - All Inclusive

    Cabeza De Toro 1 Playas De Bavaro, Punta Cana - Map
     
     
    It was a nice experience, the staff was friendly and the Hotel overall was great, the only down side was the beach, but that its just nature, although the pool, bars and entretaiment was really good
    A Traveller
    This all-inclusive property is situated in Punta Cana, near Catalonia Caribe Golf Club. Another area point of interest is …More
    Majestic Elegance Punta Cana - Luxury All Inclusive - Punta Cana Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars
    $377

    Majestic Elegance Punta Cana - Luxury All Inclusive

    Playa Bavaro - Punta Cana, Punta Cana - Map
     
     
    "Excellent "
    Pro Excellent hotel great staff. Cons Pool closes too early. Room is impeccable but it looks like designed by a man. It needs a long whole body mirror
    A Traveller
    This beachfront property is located in Punta Cana a white sandy beach surrounded by astonishing landscapes all Jr Suites & …More
    Catalonia Punta Cana - All Inclusive - Punta Cana Hotels
    Rating: 3.5 Stars

    Catalonia Punta Cana - All Inclusive

    Playa Bavaro, Punta Cana - Map
     
     
    "Nice Stay"
    My stay at this resort was worth the price without a doubt but it was not without negative marks. Here were my negatives: The Italian restaurant La Tascana was horrendous. The service was just fine but the food quality was terrible, almost as if it was served out of a can. The other restaurants were better with Yuca (Caribbean style) being my favorite. The beach was excellent. Only concern I had was the amount of bottom seaweed washing up which requires significant raking from workers to clean the beach. I actually got a rash on my leg from walking through it. The rest of the experience was a great. If you want to pay more, there are other resorts with smaller extras not featured at this resort such as slides into the pool for kids, waterfalls into the pool and so on. But for the cost, very good visit.
    Traveller from Kansas City
    Situated on the Dominican Republic's easternmost beach just north of where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea, this …More

    Hotels in Santo Domingo

    BelleVue Dominican Bay - All Inclusive - Boca Chica Hotels
    Rating: 3.0 Stars
    $141

    BelleVue Dominican Bay - All Inclusive

    Calle Juan Bautista Vicini 1, Boca Chica - Map
     
     
    "For what you pay"
    Ok here's the ins and out. This hotel is not as terrible as some reviewer made it seem. Iran I wasn't in their rooms so maybe I'm wrong. As soo as I arrived I was greeted with a warm smile and a glass of juice. Which I thought was a nice jest ute considering the headache it took to get there. The bellman showed us to the room which was on the 3rd floor (wouldn't consider 20 45 degree angle stairs the third floor). I walked into the room it smelled clean. But I decided to strip the bed to check for bedbugs just in case. No bedbugs, shower was clean. There were some non appealing aspects though. For instance I tried to find the remote only to find out I have to go to the reception area with a $10 deposit for the remote. The TV was a mixture of Spanish and English. My son watched Spanish Disney channel commercials but the shows were in English (weird!). The complimentary soap they give you does not lather, heck it doesn't even melt! It was more like pool tablets. There was no lotion or hair dryer (I found out later I had to go to the reception desk for the hairdryer). My tub did not drain well 😒. The pool wasn't all that clean but it was doable! The power did go out a few times but again I didn't mind it was all not a new experience to me. The breakfast lunch and dinner service was great! I'm not a huge eater that require a 4 course 5 star meal! What they had was good. You had your basic Dominican dishes, as well as a few American options! But there was always selections!
    Traveller from New York
    This family-friendly Boca Chica resort is located near the beach, 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
    $238

    Be Live Experience Hamaca Garden - All Inclusive

    Calle Duarte #1-A, Esq. Caracol, Boca Chica - Map
     
     
    "Good Potencial Resort; But Poor Investement"
    This last trip to Be Live Hamaca Garden - All Inclusive was the # 4 visit to this resort, why? because is the most convenient Resort to go everywhere, to the City, to visit friends and relatives, to go Amable and eat Pasteles, etc, etc. Every place my Husband and I goes it's excellent for Us, because we make good out off any bad, without comments, Be Live Hamaca the only, only things good you have it's "THE FOOD" nothing to complaing about this, but staff members, except for 2 nice people, out of I don't know how many employees you have. And I do undertand, for the money they got pay, but nobody is responsable for your personal choises in life, your Guesst Services, sucks, unprofessional, uncapable to solve anythings, if it wasn't for your good food you guys never see us coming back to your place, your Resort have POTENCIAL, work harder to brings out all of that, (We saw that this time), please, bring more Vegas, colorfull shows, not only for the Natives, on weekend, but for the Domincan and International Visitor who come for vacation, can you make that happen for Our next vacation, please, thanks, sorry, but we're a honest couple.
    Traveller from New Yor, N.Y
    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
    $266

    Be Live Experience Hamaca Beach - All Inclusive

    Calle Duarte #1-B Esq. Caracol, Boca Chica - Map
     
     
    Very nice staff! The hotel sure needs some renovations!
    A Traveller
    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