Holidays in the Dominican Republic get more popular every year. From the sweeping, golden beaches of the Atlantic coast in the north, to the calm Caribbean shores in the south, this tropical island offers all the ingredients needed for a fun holiday in the sun. Most accommodation here is in great value all inclusive hotels. With budget options, family-friendly properties and luxury spa retreats, there's a wide choice of places to stay. Away from the beach, the Dominican Republic has plenty to offer in the way of sports and interesting day trips. And because it's tropical, the weather in the Dominican Republic is brilliant almost all year round. It's no wonder holidays in the Dominican Republic are such a hit with families, single travellers, couples and groups of friends.
Water sports, swimming with dolphins, white water rafting, Jeep safaris, horse riding, fishing, golf and diving there's no shortage of things to do on holidays in the Dominican Republic. When it comes to excursions, you're spoilt for choice too. Visit the capital city of Santa Domingo to find out more about this country's fascinating history. Take a shopping trip to cigar shop and markets laden with colourful crafts. Don't miss the chance to rush through the jungle treetops on a zip wire, or a lazy boat trip to one of the surrounding paradise islands.
In the north of the island, purposebuilt Playa Dorada offers an array of allinclusive hotels with buzzing nightlife options, including clubs, casinos and cocktail bars. You'll find a similar choice of places to head in the allinclusive resorts of Bahia Maimon and Sosua. Down south, near La Romana and Punta Cana, the pace of life is a little more chilled out, with local Merengue shows and cold drinks at sunset the order of the day (or night.)
Local food in the Dominican Republic is a tasty mix of Caribbean, African and Spanish flavours. In larger resorts and hotels, you'll find an enormous choice of international restaurants covering cuisines from Italian to Chinese and old fast food favourites. Don't miss a taste of the locallyproduced rum.
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