Whether you're looking for a romantic escape, family getaway, or cultural experience, a stay in a Dominican Republic villa offers something for everyone. From cactus-filled deserts to mountain ranges, dramatic waterfalls, lush rainforests, and more than 800 miles of coastline offering some of the Caribbean's most beautiful beaches, the Dominican Republic features a range of lovely settings for you to enjoy. Go whale watching, shop for unique local crafts, spend an afternoon at a museum, or try one of the many incredible water sports available, include surfing, diving, and snorkeling. For golf lovers, the Dominican Republic offers three world renowned courses, including the #1 rated golf resort in the Caribbean by Travel + Leisure magazine. The Dominican Republic is also home to Santo Domingo, a historic gold mining town featuring the Western Hemisphere's first cathedral, monastery, and court.
The Dominican Republic also provides for an active nightlife, as there are many bars, restaurants, and nightclubs from which to choose. The combination of Latin American, Spanish, French, and British influences provides rich and delectable recipes that you'll go home craving. And if you visit during February, you'll experience Carnival, a unique celebration including parades and other fun festivities.
No visit to the Dominican Republic is complete without touring the Brugal Rum Factory. You will get to taste the local drink of choice, dark brugal rum. Located on the Amber Coast.
The Catherdral of Santa Maria is the oldest cathedral in the Dominican Republic, built in 1523 and still in use. With rich Spanish Renaissance architecture showing in the walls of this cathedral, a great deal of history has been made here. When Sir Francis Drake captured Santo Domingo, this was his headquarters. Located in Santo Domingo.
Colonial City provides the ultimate historian experience. The city is only one square mile, although a tour of this exquisite city requires a minimum of three hours. You will explore the history and culture of the old world in palaces, forts, museums, churches, statues and monuments. Located in Santo Domingo.
Bayahibe Beach: Very secluded with white, powder-soft sand — one of the best beaches in the Dominican Republic. You can easily access a few small islands, where you'll find wildlife preserves. Golf and water sports are all available on the beach or nearby.
La Minitas: This popular beach offers something for everyone — visitors can even enjoy a massage on the sand. Keep in mind that this beach can get crowded.
Samana Peninsula: White sand and crystal-blue water make this beach a can't-miss. Between December and March, boats are available to take visitors whale watching. Use caution when entering the water; undertow can be strong.
If you're in need of a tropical vacation, any time is the right time to visit. The Dominican Republic offers warm white sandy beaches and an array of things to do while basking in the sun. Keep in mind, the summer months are May through October averaging a 87 degrees or higher with humidity.
The month of February is Carnival season, when each Dominican city throws a unique celebration with lively parades, colorful costumes, music and dancing. If you have the opportunity to experience Dominican Carnival, don't pass it up; you're bound to have an unforgettable experience!