Sweeping white beaches, sparkling blue water and a hammock with your name on it. Your Caribbean adventure in the stunning Dominican Republic offers a holiday like no other. So pick your spot on the sand, grab a Cuba Libre cocktail, and kick back as the strains of Latin beats fill the air.
Where to stay
There are a variety of resorts across the Dominican Republic to suit all tastes. Known as the Amber Coast and bordered by the Atlantic, the north of the island is home to locations such as Puerto Plata. Opting to stay here will allow you to experience a traditional Dominican town with its rum factory, colourful old quarter and opportunity to take a cable car up the stunning Mount Isabel de Torres. Further resorts in the north include Cabarete, Punta Cana, Sosua and Costa Dorada.
The south of the island has the sparkling and stunning Caribbean ocean on its doorstep. It is also home to the vibrant and chaotic capital Santa Domingo where you can admire fascinating colonial architecture and visit museums, shops and restaurants.
Punta Cana offers luxurious hotel complexes, golf opportunities, beaches and shopping, while La Romana is characterised by sugar cane, great diving and sandy stretches. Boca Chica and Bayahibe are other great options in the south.
Things to see and do
If you can bear to tear yourself away from the dreamy beaches, you will find plenty to do across the Dominican Republic. Walkers will be in their element with lush rainforests and soaring mountains offering beautiful landscapes to explore.
Highlights include Los Haitises National Park in Samana and Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve. Here you can wander among sugarcane, see an iguana habitat and explore the subtropical forest. Parque Nacional del Este is a further option which showcases more than 400 caves where you can admire the mysterious rock carvings and cave paintings.
Those looking for something a little more adrenaline-fuelled could try white water rafting, diving, or how about a dune buggy adventure? Departing from Punta Cana, this trip will see you hurtling past banana plantations, colourful villages and a variety of landscapes.
Meanwhile peaceful boat trips can be taken to paradise islands such as Catalina and Saona as well as Gri Gri lagoon.
Puerto Plata is home to Ocean World – a fantastic attraction that encompasses an adventure park, marina and casino, or if you’re looking for an attraction from the natural world then head for Salto del Limon waterfall and bathe in the turquoise pools.
When to travel
The best time of year to travel is the dry season, which falls between December and April – and what better time to get away from the dreary weather of the UK and on to a tropical beach!
You will find cheaper deals in the wet season between May and November, but be aware that this time of year can be sticky, hot and humid.