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Dominican Republic holidays

Holidays in Dominican Republic

Republic of R&R

The large and lively Dominican Republic is an enthralling land of modern attractions alongside an authentic and fascinating island culture. Zip lining, water sports and diving around the Punta Cana Reef please the avid adventurer, while stunning beaches offer the perfect slice of R&R. For the perfect break away from the hustle and bustle, a Dominican Republic holiday is the perfect choice.

Dominican Republic

Where to stay in Dominican Republic

Hotels in Dominican Republic

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Scarlet Lady by Virgin Voyages

Explore the Dominican Republic with Virgin Voyages

Sail from Miami to the snow-white shores of the Dominican Republic, arriving at Puerto Plata by 9:00am. Spend the day lazing by the beach, or if excitement calls take a cable car to the peak of Mount Isabel de Torres for an Insta-worthy picture.

Essential information for Dominican Republic

Local Time
-5hrs
Currently
Language
Dominican Republic flag
Spanish
Currency
Dominican Peso
Official currency
Flight information
13h
Punta Cana (PUJ)
Indirect flight
Flight schedule
Fly to Atlanta with Virgin Atlantic and connect onwards to Punta Cana with Delta Air Lines.

Do I need a visa?

YesTourist visas are required for British citizens. They cost US$10pp and can be obtained pre-departure or on arrival.

Departure Tax: US$20

Find out more about Travel Visas here »

Departure tax

Departure tax is US$20. Scheduled airlines sometimes include this charge in the price of the ticket. Please check at time of booking.

Sun-soaked Dominican Republic holidays

You know the scrunchy feeling you get when you curl your toes in fine white powdered sand? That tingle when you run splashing into the most beautiful warm water you’ve ever seen? The deep relaxation that comes from simply soaking up the tropical sun? That’s what our Dominican Republic holidays have to offer. Ultimate. Beach. Holiday. And the area has so much more to give – astonishing culture, sumptuous food and scintillating music. But best of all it’s still a bit of a secret.

Holidays to the Dominican Republic feature more than their fair share of superb, sun-drenched beaches, sympathetically-designed resorts and stunning golf courses. Resorts pulse to a syncopated beat that’s made up of a mix of the most extraordinary diversity of cultures; Spanish, African, American, French and the native Taino all thrown together like a rainbow clay. And what emerges is some of the freshest, most vibrant and exotic cultural forms you will ever experience. We’re talking great food, wonderful music and super-friendly people. One of the most popular Dominican Republic resorts, Punta Cana, won the 2016 TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards as the number one place to go in the Caribbean. It’s also a favourite Dominican Republic honeymoon destination. Will you be the next to discover this stunning destination?

What amazing things can you do on Dominican Republic holidays?

  • Dine in Michelin-starred restaurants
  • Dance the night away in world famous nightclubs
  • Explore the coast in a dune buggy
  • Zipline through lush green forests
  • Sample amazing new food you’ve never even heard of before
  • Visit Santo Domingo, one of the world’s most buzzing cities
  • Go power-snorkelling among stunning sealife
  • Put on a tux and have a flutter at a world-class casino

For the ultimate luxury experiences try the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino or The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real. The Hard Rock Hotel brings swagger in the form of double hydro tubs throughout, 13 swimming pools with distinct vibes, epically entertaining bars and the magnificent Rock Spa. The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real, meanwhile, features an exclusive beach club, a concierge service and adults-only restaurant headed by Spanish chef supreme, Martin Berasategui, holder of no less than eight Michelin stars. Whether the Hard Rock Hotel or Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real or is for you, both offer an unforgettable all-inclusive Dominican Republic experience.

If you love golf then you’re going to be very happy in the Dominican Republic as the country is a stick and bag heaven on Earth. Designed by heavyweights such as Tom Fazio, PB Dye and Jack Nicklaus, the golf courses here are out of this world. They’re big, they’re open and they rank consistently among the top golf courses anywhere. Punta Cana itself has three amazing oceanside courses plus the 27 holes of La Cana Golf club. Find out why the Dominican Republic is such a buzz among golfers. Try staying at the Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa hotel with two Jack Nicklaus-designed golf courses just a stroll away.

Water Sports

Dominican Republic is home to some of the most exhilarating, absorbing and spectacular water sports opportunities anywhere in the world. Kite surfing is the latest adrenaline-surging craze, and is available on most beaches, as are opportunities to snorkel and swim with the fishes on spooky sunken wrecks and stunning coral reefs. For the more adventurous, deep-sea fishing trips can easily be arranged where tuna, shark and marlin are all potential catches of the day that will take some wrestling on to the deck. For those just looking to take it easy, cruises offer romantic views of sunsets, while wining and dining you. The Barcelo Bavaro Grand Resort is situated on Bavaro Bay where shimmering tropical waters are calmed by a large coral reef offshore, making it ideal for water sports enthusiasts, and anyone seeking an all-inclusive Dominican Republic holiday.

You may never get enough of the beach, but if you want to be adventurous the Dominican Republic has so much more to offer. You can explore majestic mountains, amazing beaches, the bustling, thriving metropolis of Santo Domingo and some sublimely beautiful national parks. There’s the coral reef to dive on, and the lucky may even get to catch a glimpse of a manatee or whale.

Just like all the other Caribbean islands, the people of the Dominican Republic like nothing better than a party. Wherever you go music and good times will be happening all around you. But the Dominican Republic has more in common with Latin America than with England, so instead of calypso or plodding reggae, you’ll find your booty vibrating to the sophisticated rhythms of merengue and bachata, as you discover a whole new kind of music. Suavemente!

The Dominican Republic is rightly famous for its amazing food. Influenced by French, Spanish and local cuisines, the food is like nothing else in the world. Sure, there’s incredible grilled fish to be had everywhere, but you’ll also discover:

  • passion fruit juice
  • papaya smoothies
  • meat and bean stews
  • pastelitos (buttery, flaky pastries stuffed with meat)
  • memelos (like a coconut toffee apple)
  • pica pollo (fried chicken flavoured with the unique ‘Dominican Republic oregano’)
  • and literally hundreds more dishes that are super tasty

While the rest of the Caribbean may flip its lid for cricket, baseball (béisbol) is the national sport of the Dominican Republic. You’ll see it played on every street corner, on the beach and in a national league that runs from October to December. If you’ve never experienced a match, and happen to be in the right place at the right time it’s a richly rewarding experience, and a great way of getting right under the skin of local life.

Ready to book your dream Dominican Republic holiday? Browse our range of hotels in the Dominican Republic now.

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For extra piece of mind, new bookings made before 31 August 2020 for travel up 30 April 2021 also have the flexibility to amend free of charge. If you need to change don’t worry, you can move your holiday as far out as 31 December 2021 subject to availability.

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We are prioritising those customers due to travel before 06 October 2020. Log in to Manage my booking where you can message us about your options or you can give us a call. Bear in mind you may have to wait longer than expected. We continue to review this and working to open up these options to more customers. In the meantime check out our FAQs to see if this can help answer any immediate questions.

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