Dominican Republic Travel Guide
The Dominican Republic is spectacular with a tropical climate, beautiful beaches and lots of activities. View our comprehensive travel and backpacking guide with tips, ideas for the best things to see and do and information about itineraries, costs, how to save money, and more!
Activities, Tours & Volunteer Programs in Dominican Republic
Get inspiration for the best things to do if you would like to go travelling, backpacking or take a gap year in Dominican Republic.
Travel to Dominican Republic
Our destination guide aims to give you all the information you need to have an amazing experience in this amazing country. Find affordable travel and backpacking ideas with advice for amazing things to do and how you can be more than just your average traveller. You can also get recommendations for budget travel tips, where to stay and advice how to stay safe.
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- Capital: Santo Domingo
- Population: 9.4 million
- Currency: Peso
Top Reasons to Visit the Dominican Republic
- Have you seen any pictures?
- Warm climate
- Vibrant Caribbean atmosphere
- Incredible beaches with white sandy beaches and palm trees
- Great value for money
- Amazing resorts
- Go off the beaten track to see nature, wildlife and beautiful waterfalls
- Reasonable priced accommodation and packages available
- Enjoy local activities like snorkelling, sailing and kayaking
Weather & Best Time to Go
You can book a trip to the Dominican Republic all year round due to the warm climate. In July and August which are consider peak high season temperatures can reach 80 degrees so beaware of this. Hurricane season lasts from June to November but the Dominican Republic is rarely affected by this.
Travelling in Dominican Republic
There are so many different experiences in the Dominican Republic, you could go in search on the best beach, see breathtaking architecture in Santo Domingo or visit the highest peak in the Caribbean. If you have a passion for wildlife you could go whale watching in Península de Samaná and enjoy dancing in La Vega. There are lots of land and water sports available to book like horseback riding, white water rafting, learning to surf, going canyoning and rappeling, cliff-jumping, visiting remote waterfalls, exploring caves or trying one of the local passions - salsa dancing.
Best Places to Visit in Dominican Republic
Here are some of the most popular places and attractions to add to your Dominican Republic itinerary:
- Punta Cana
- Eastern National Park
- Bahia de Las Aguilas & Jaragua National Park
- La Romana
- Playa Dorada
- Lago Enriquillo (Lake Enriquillo)
- Samana Peninsula and Bay
- Basilica of Our Lady
- Santo Domingo
Amazing Resorts in Dominican Republic
Here are some of the top rated resorts located throughout the country:
- Tortuga Bay Hotel at Puntacana Resort & Club
- Paradius Palma Real Resort
- Secrets Royal Beach, Punta Cana
- Casa de Campo, La Romana
- Sublime Samana, Las Terrenas
Dominican Republic Travel Tips
July and August are generally the most expensive times to visit due to the summer holidays in the UK and USA which make visitor numbers during this period very high. Accommodation can be booked up and very expensive during this period so avoid if you would like to not break the bank.
You can get discounted and great deals on flights to the DR throughout the year, you just need to keep an eye out on deals.
Health & Safety:
You might need to visit your local healthcare facility to check vaccinations, you might want to consider getting jabs for hepatitis A/B, typhoid and rabies. The Dominican Republic is a very safe destination for travelers and crimes against tourists are very low but you should always keep your wits about you e.g. walking in a group and letting people know where you are going