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Dominican Republic Holidays

The Dominican Republic is a beautiful island state forming part of the Greater Antilles, and is a nature lover’s haven; 25% of its land is occupied by national parks and reserves with tropical rainforests, mountains, lakes, and valleys. Then there’s the Dominican Republic beaches; pristine white sands and exotic palms line the nation’s coastline, and some of the beaches here are considered the finest in the world.  

There are many exciting adventures to get up to in the Dominican Republic which is particularly renowned for its incredible water sports and surfing adventures. These activities will certainly work up an appetite, and luckily enough there is plenty of delicious seasonal fruit to sample such as mango, papaya, passion fruit, and lychee, not to mention coffee and cocoa, both of which the Caribbean nation is famous for. 

Away from its beaches and nature, the Dominican Republic is of immense historical significance. There are UNESCO World Heritage sights and colonial-era to explore across the country, especially in the capital of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo. 

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Helpful Information about Dominican Republic 

Dominican Republic Currency: You’ll be spending Dominican pesos, though USD is also widely used.  

Dominican Republic Language:  Spanish  

Local Time in Dominican Republic: Four hours behind GMT. 

Flight Time from the UK: Approximately 9hrs 15mins  

Tourist Information: Visit the official Dominican Republic tourist information site for lots of helpful information regarding upcoming events, where to go, what to do, and how to get around. 

Health/Travel Restrictions: To travel to Dominican Republic, British citizens need a valid passport. A travel visa is not required for visits shorter than 30 days, however all visitors to the Dominican Republic will be charged a tourist card fee of $10. For up-to-date travel advice and health recommendations visit the government’s travel advice for Dominican Republic.  

Other FAQs:

Q: Is Dominican Republic expensive?

A: The Dominican Republic is one of the more affordable Caribbean holiday destinations and is therefore a popular holiday choice. We recommend booking an all-inclusive package holiday to Dominican Republic as they are great value with everything you need included.  

Q: Is Dominica the same as Dominican Republic?

A: No, Dominica and Dominican Republic are two separate island nations. Dominica is located in the Windward Islands, whereas the Dominican Republic is located on the island of Hispaniola. 

Q: Where is the Dominican Republic?

A:  The Dominican Republic is located on the island of Hispaniola, between Cuba and Puerto Rico. The country neighbours Haiti, which is also located on Hispaniola island. To the north of Dominican Republic is the Atlantic Ocean, and to the country’s south is the Caribbean Sea.  

Q: What plugs are used in Dominican Republic?

A:  There are two plug types for Dominican Republic: types A (two flat parallel pins) and B (two flat parallel pins and a grounding pin). The country operates on 120V voltage.  

Q: Are there sharks in Dominican Republic?

A: There are a number of shark species that swim the waters of the Dominican Republic, however shark sightings are very rare, and there haven’t been any recent shark attacks. The whale shark is a common species living in the waters that may occasionally be spotted on the beaches, and this shark is harmless.  

Top Things to do in Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo is a city with a rich past; it was the first European settlement of the Americas with a number of ancient architectural wonders that have been transformed into museums, hotels, shops, and restaurants. Visitors can experience the Chu Chu Colonial train for a tour around the city’s landmarks including Parque Colón and the Catedral Primada de América, which is the first ever cathedral built in the Americas. 

Santo Domingo also boasts the Dr. Rafael María Moscoso Botanic Garden which is the largest of its kind in the Caribbean; here visitors can admire beautiful exotic plant life and themed gardens. 15 minutes from the city lies the beautiful Three Eyes National Park; this limestone cavern is home to beautiful, crystal-clear lakes that are worth exploring.  

Dominican Republic Weather

The Dominican Republic has a semi-tropical climate with a dry season between December and April, and a rainy hurricane season between June and November with hotter weather; the hurricane and rainfall risks peak in August / September. The best time to go to Dominican Republic would be late winter during the shoulder season either in February, March, or April, when daily average temperatures are around 28-30 degrees Celsius with more sunshine and less rainfall.  

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