Dominican Republic is well known for off-the-beaten-track adventure, rich culture, generous hospitality and a balmy year-round climate. Accessible via direct flights from UK, it is appealing to solo travellers, couples and families. From hiking trails, kayaking and whale-watching to miles of undiscovered beaches and 27 world-class golf courses, visitors can explore ancient Taino relics, savour the local Dominican fare, or experience ecotourism adventures in one of over 25 national parks, mountain ranges and rivers.
A distinctive array of accommodation includes everything from tree houses, eco-lodges and yoga retreats to boutique hotels in restored historic buildings and luxury resorts. Traditions run deep and visitors can enjoy dancing to the local sounds of merengue and bachata music or joining the carnival festivities in February. There are many opportunities to explore Dominican cultural specialties such as cigars, rum, chocolate, coffee, amber and larimar. Between adventurous Puerto Plata, lush Samaná, historic Santo Domingo, relaxing Punta Cana, luxe La Romana and bustling Barahona, each area has something for all travellers and budgets.
Dominican Republic is known for its warm hospitable people and is the second largest, and most diverse, country in the Caribbean.
With the Atlantic Ocean to the north and the Caribbean Sea to the south the lush island boasts 1,600 kilometres of coastline and nine distinct ecological zones. The capital city of Santo Domingo was declared a Heritage of Humanity Site by UNESCO in 1990 owing to its historical and cultural collection of museums and art galleries.