All-inclusive vacations, Beach trips, Sightseeing, Grad trip, Destination Weddings, Honeymoons, Beach Party, Nightlife, Dominican Republic has something for all travelers young and old, Great food, accommodations and resorts, plus pro level golf courses.
Jet skies, speed boats, catamarans, snorkeling, scuba diving, para sailing, swim with dolphins, beach volleyball, the list continues to historical and educational tours, plus many more fun and exciting options.
What does Dominican Republic have to offer?
Festivals, Events, Shows, Tours, Games and Activities perfect to suite interests of all your guests. This variety of available options, gets you access to the activity that can make your trip fun and exciting.
- Watercraft Rentals
- Golf courses
- Local Events
With 6 airports to choose from in Dominican Republic, there are many options for flights into Dominican Republic as well as flights from Dominican Republic.
- Santo Domingo (SDQ)
- Punta Cana (PUJ)
- Puerto Plata (POP)
- Santiago (STI)
- Samaná (AZS)
- La Romana (LRM)
Depending on your need we have a variety of options to suit your land and water activities that will make your trip fun and exciting.
- Speed Boat
brands of hotel & resorts
The main currency used is the Dominican Republic Peso but the United States Dollar is also accepted.
The Dominican Republic enjoys a tropical climate year round, with average temperatures ranging from 66° to 93° F (19° to 34° C). The coldest season is between November and April, and the hottest season is between May and October. August is the hottest month.
The voltage used is 110V.
The language spoken in Dominican Republic is Spanish but English is also used.
The time zone in Dominican Republic is GMT (UTC)-4.
Documents required to visit Dominican Republic
Canadian Citizens please click here
Non-Canadian citizens please contact the consulate or embassy for information.
A Brief View of Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is a Caribbean nation that shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti to the west. It’s known for its beaches, resorts and golfing. Its terrain comprises rainforest, savannah and highlands, including Pico Duarte, the Caribbean’s tallest mountain. Capital city Santo Domingo has Spanish landmarks like the Gothic Catedral Primada de America dating back 5 centuries in its Zona Colonial district. The capital of the Dominican Republic is Santo Domingo, the oldest city in the New World. Greater Santo Domingo has a population of around three million people.
For a small nation there are six international airports to pick from, starting with Santo Domingo (SDQ), Punta Cana (PUJ), Puerto Plata (POP), Santiago (STI), Samaná (AZS) and La Romana (LRM). Many airlines such as Air Canada, Sunwing, Air Transat, WestJet, American Airlines, Continental, Delta, US Air, Jet Blue, Lufthansa and others frequent the local airports, bringing travellers from all around the world.
* Note: An entry charge for a Tourist Card is applicable as well as a departure tax. This is not usually included in airfares so remember to save some money to get to your flight home.
Things to Do
The Dominican Republic is a small country that is rich in global attractions. For lists of attractions, events calendars and travel safety information click here.
Good to know about Dominican Republic
Local time is GMT -4. It is an hour ahead of Atlantic Standard Time in the United States in the winter. Unlike the United States and Europe, the Dominican Republic does not observe daylight saving time.
Spanish is the official language of the Dominican Republic. However, you’ll be surprised how many hotel and tourist destination employees speak English, French, German and Italian. If you decide to venture out of the tourist areas, it is helpful to learn some basic phrases in Spanish.
The Dominican Peso (RD$) is the official currency of the Dominican Republic. You can find the peso exchange rate for several international currencies at www.bancentral.gov.do/tasas_cambio/TMC4001.PDF
Major credit cards are accepted at most tourist locations, but it is best to check in advance at small hotels, restaurants and shops.
ATMs are located in almost all of the Dominican Republic’s cities, as well as at most resorts. Large supermarkets have ATMs that are open until late.
Sugar processing is one of the country’s main industries. Coffee, sugar and tobacco are the island’s main sources of income. Tourism is also playing an important part in supporting the economy now.
Official Government Website
The Dominican Republic is a representative democracy. There are three branches of government: Executive, Legislative and Judicial. Every four years the country elects its president, vice president, legislators and city government officials. President Danilo Medina and Vice President Margarita Cedeño were elected for a four-year term that began on 16 August 2012 and ends on 16 August 2016.
Country Tourism Dominican Republic
5,959,347 non-resident visitors flew to the Dominican Republic in 2016. Among these visitors, 825,237 non-resident Dominicans chose to visit the country in 2016.
Most air arrivals landed at the Punta Cana airport, 52.74% of all air traffic. Santo Domingo was the second destination of arrivals with 27.57%, followed by Santiago 10.26%, Puerto Plata 6.69%, La Romana 1.59% and Samaná 0.97%.
In 2016, most tourists visiting the country by air came from:
United States 41.6%
United Kingdom 3.2%
Puerto Rico 2.6%
In 2016, seaport activity was 832,916 passengers:
La Romana 357,952 passengers
Puerto Plata 349,092 passengers
Santo Domingo 77,581 passengers
Samaná 48,291 passengers
The Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism reports there are 737 hotels with a total of 75,030 hotel rooms in the Dominican Republic as of December 2016.
Detailed Country Information
The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with the Republic of Haiti. The country is the second largest in the Caribbean region, with a surface area of 18,704 square miles (48,442 square kilometers). Located in the heart of the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and to the south by the Caribbean Sea.
Dominican Republic Weather Reports
For updated lists of current weather warnings for Dominican Republic, click here.
Destination Related FAQ’s
Some have asked, so here are the answers.
What is the Dominican Republic best known for?
Which drink is the Dominican Republic best known for?
Pina Colada one of the top of drinks you need to try while you are in the Dominican Republic but the one most known in D.R. is Mamajuana.
Mama Juana – Wikipedia
Do you need shots to go to Dominican Republic?
Hepatitis A vaccine is recommended for all travelers to the Dominican Republic. You may want to consider typhoid vaccine if you will be leaving the resorts for more rustic eateries or visiting local residents. Hepatitis B is recommend for prolonged stays, those who may need health care while in the Dominican Republic.