The Dominican Republic has one of the Caribbean’s most diverse landscapes. Not only is it the most visited destination in the Caribbean, it is filled with warm and hospitable locals. Located on the island of Hispaniola (which it shares with Haiti) it offers year-round golf courses, luxurious all-inclusive packages, a beautiful warm climate and rich wildlife. Surrounded by the Atlantic on its north coast and the Caribbean Sea on the south, a tropical paradise awaits complete with gastronomic delights.
Santo Domingo is the oldest city of the Americas, ‘La Capital’ has UNESCO World Heritage Site status applying to its colonial zone, home to the first cathedral, forts and other key buildings of all the Americas. The grand architecture combines European and native influences. It offers a true immersion into local life, with the streets alive with Caribbean sounds and bustling stalls. Santo Domingo is a vibrant city where culture, politics, business and the coast meet.
Glossy photos of picture-perfect beaches mean it sometimes is all too easy to forget about the rich tapestry of the Dominican Republic. This alluring country has glistening waterfalls, tropical canopies, national parks, wildlife and divine dining fusing Spanish, Taíno and African together. Flora and fauna are found in their hundreds across the many national parks of the Dominican Republic, but not just on land. The Parque Nacional Submarino La Caleta is the country’s first underwater park, an ecotourist park offering some of the best scuba diving found across the entire Caribbean. At the Parque Nacional Del Este and Samana bay, ecotourism again is at the forefront where you can view humpback whales, bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic spotted dolphins.
Beaches are easily found wherever you are when near the coast of the Dominican Republic, providing an idyllic backdrop lined with palm trees and with clear blue skies. Many claim Punta Cana and La Romana offer the most stunning beaches on the island. We recommend taking a morning to explore Santo Domingo and to stop off at Boca Chica, sometimes known as the locals beach, and to finish your day with a cocktail in hand in Punta Cana.