As one of the strongest economies in Latin America, it is no wonder the Dominican Republic is the main tourist destination island in the Caribbean. Its capital city Santo Domingo is a buzz with activity and life. The country is full of culture being a mix of a number of cultures from across the world over the years. The official language Spanish though most Santo Domingo locals are Spanish-English bilingual.
With multiple attractions, as a tourist in Dominican Republic, you can never run out of activities, only out of time! The best times to visit are usually in August since the water temperatures are around 29°c (84°F), perfect for swimming! The coldest month being January at 77°F and the hottest, June at 82°F.
With its many magnificent sandy beaches, tropical climate, turquoise waters and game parks, Dominican Republic is a destination you will remember for a lifetime.
Some of the most popular National parks include:
- Los Haitises National Park
- Parque Historico La Romana
- Jaragua National Park
- Monte Cristi National Park
- Armando Bermudez National Park
- Parque Nacional Del Este
- National Park Isla Cabritos
- Jose Del Carmen Ramirez National Park
- Sierra Del Bahoruco National Park
Also here is a list of some of the famed tourist beaches and activities:
- Rincon Beach, Samana Perfect for those looking for a private feel on the beach.
- Samana Bay. Popular for its humpback whales which are seen in the winter calving season and during mating.
- Juanillo Beach, Punta Cana. A secluded beach in the East of the country.
- Saona Island. Known for its many coconut trees, blue waters and pristine beaches.
- Punta Cana. This is among the most visited beaches. Activities available range from diving and para-sailing to snorkeling and fishing.
- Puerto Plata. It’s best known for the 27 waterfalls of Damajagua in addition to its numerous beach resorts and markets.
- Catalina Island. It’s the smallest beach, approximately 10km squared. Popular for its diverse bird, marine and plant life plus activities like snorkeling and diving
- It is loved for its majestic landscape sceneries. Moreover, it is home to 3 national parks.
- Bayahibe. This is a fishing village popular for activities like kayaking, snorkeling paddle-boarding, scuba diving and fishing.
- Playa Caribe. This is a small simple beach that just has umbrellas and rental chairs and no bars or restaurants along the b
Among the things you need not worry about in the Caribbean Island is accommodation. Whatever your price range, there is definitely an all-inclusive resorts/hotel just for you. Most of them are found scattered along the coasts and some in the cities. Note that most hotels charge a room tax of 25%. For more information on prices and rates, you can check popular sites like https://www.tripadvisor.com.
Here are some of the well-known all-inclusive resorts:
- Majestic Elegance Punta Cana
- Now Larimar Punta Cana
- Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe
- Majestic Colonial Punta Cana
- Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Don Pablo Collection
- Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana
Due to the nation’s touristic history, there are multiple highly rated food restaurants which food of a varied cost range. Examples of the 10 most favored locations are:
- Santo Domingo
- Chef Pepper
- Outback Steak House
- Tony Roma’s
- Denny’s Rd
- Carl’s Jr
- Meatball Urban Kitchen
- Cultura Cervecera
- La Markenisa
- Brau Marketbar
Here you can find local cuisines which are typically Caribbean fare (mostly tropical fruits), beans, rice and seafood. The most popular drinks are beer, rum and local drink mama Juana which is a mixture of herbs and bark soaked in red wine, rum and honey.
Moneywise, the currency is the Dominican Peso. Most American credit cards are accepted but confirm the international exchange rates before your trip. Exchange rates vary but here are some estimations.
1 USD = 45.87 DOP
1 CAD= 35.53 DOP
1 EURO= 51.56 DOP
1 POUND= 65.11 DOP
Finally, the island can generally be regarded as safe. Special precaution should however be taken such as avoiding night walks and being weary of pickpockets.