The Dominican Republic is one of the Caribbean’s most diverse nations, with a rich history, breath-taking scenery, fabulous food and some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. No luxury holidays in Dominican Republic are complete without a visit to the vibrant capital, Santo Domingo.

Why travel to Dominican Republic

On arrival to the capital, you are guaranteed to be swept away by the city’s heritage. Not only is it home to both the first paved street in the Americas – and the first Cathedral, but most buildings date back to the 16th century and at least one of them was built by Christopher Columbus’ son. With its distinct Latin American charm, spending time in Santo Domingo is truly an unusual and rewarding experience that makes for a fabulous introduction to the rest of the country.

Across the island to the north lies the Samaná Peninsula which, from November to April, is home to hundreds of migrating humpback whales that can be spotted from the shore. Hidden under steep cliffs are virgin sands with their own coral enclosures, accessible only by sea and the perfect location for snorkelling and diving expeditions. Elsewhere on the peninsula, adventures present themselves by way of jungle hikes, ziplines that will charge you through the forest canopy and coastal horse rides along brilliant beaches.

Looking for further adrenaline on your tailor-made holiday? The towns of Cabarete and Sosua are the island’s go-to spots for surfing and kite-surfing – you don’t even need experience as we can arrange lessons with expert instructors. It’s from here that you’ll also find incredible deep-sea fishing.

For more genteel exercise, it’s worth noting that the island is home to some of the best golf courses in the world. A particular mention must go to the Teeth of the Dog links at Casa de Campo, featuring 18 stunning holes set along the jagged, lava rock shoreline of the south coast.

Then there are the beaches. The variety is staggering, with some 600 miles of them to choose from, featuring everything from quiet blue lagoons, perfect for lazy days, to surf beaches suitable for all levels. The best bit? Wherever you go in the Dominican Republic one thing is certain, you’ll be met by the friendliest people in the Caribbean.


Dominican Peso




GMT -04:00




November - April


Hello – Hola
See you later – Hasta luego
Thank you so much – Muchas gracias
Please – Por favor
Excuse me – Disculpe
I’m sorry – Lo siento
My name is - Me llamo
Nice to meet you - Encantada/o de conocerte


27°C on average


30°C on average


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Ideal Length: 10 days

The Dominican Republic: Paradise Found

A lush green island of rain forests, rivers and waterfalls, rolling mountain ranges, deserts and dramatic cliffs, beautiful coves and secret bays, rolling sand dunes and white beaches… is this paradise? Well, this is The Dominican Republic.

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Our highlights in Dominican Republic

Our Destination Expert’s top tip

One of the best places to buy amber which could be up to 20 million years old.

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Local lowdown

Mama Juana is an alcoholic drink unique to the Dominican Republic. It’s made from rum, red wine, honey, tree bark, and herbs. It’s also considered an aphrodisiac.

Did you know

Thanks to a unique quirk of gravity, in the southern city of Barahona on a particular hill you can place your car in neutral and your vehicle will actually roll uphill!

Where to stay

Best hotels in Dominican Republic

Nothing but the best. Browse our handpicked, tried-and-tested luxury Dominican Republic hotels.

Casa del XVI, Santa Domingo

This wonderful hotel consists of seven small houses in one of the oldest parts of the Colonial Zone. Most have their own pools, and all are wonderfully appointed with high ceilings and beautiful bathrooms.

Breakfast is served in your courtyard or dining room, and while there’s no restaurant in the hotel, some of the best dining options in the city are within 5-minutes’ walk. A butler is on-call 24/7, and a private chef can be booked.


Greenland Bubble Glamping, Sosuá

Greenland is a secluded paradise for anyone seeking a tranquil escape. This luxurious eco-friendly resort is nestled amidst lush tropical gardens and overlooks the azure Caribbean Sea.

With its spacious villas and suites, guests can unwind in comfort, while the resort's private beach, infinity pool and wellness centre provide added relaxation and rejuvenation. Greenland also offers fine dining experiences showcasing local flavours and produce.


Sublime Samana, Las Terrenas

Set against the stunning backdrop of Samana Bay, this resort offers spacious suites and villas with modern amenities and breathtaking ocean views.

Guests can relax on the pristine beach, indulge in spa treatments or enjoy thrilling outdoor activities such as whale watching. The resort's commitment to sustainability and local culture adds to its charm, making Sublime Samana the ideal escape for anyone looking to unwind in a tropical paradise.


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