The Dominican Republic is one of the larger countries in the Caribbean, though it shares its island with Haiti. Being such a big place, the country has a lot more space for a varied landscape, featuring the typical staples of white-sand beaches and laidback cities as well as stunning mountains, desert scrublands, mangrove lagoons and more. With lovely weather and lots to do, it’s ranked among the most popular destinations in the Americas. 

    The main tourist destination in the Dominican Republic is the eastern coastal region of Punta Cana, where you’ll find some of the island’s best beaches and, therefore, the best beach hotels. However, the rest of the country features small local towns and villages, beautiful national parks, secret shorelines and fascinating culture. These make it worth occasionally stepping outside of your resort. Among the highlights is the oldest cathedral in the Americas, as well as the region’s oldest castle, monastery and fortress, all of which are found in Santo Domingo’s UNESCO-rated Colonial Zone. 

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    • Punta Cana is probably the first place that comes to mind when you think about taking a trip to the Dominican Republic. The town on the far eastern shore of the Caribbean island is famous for the many beautiful beaches around it, most of which are lined with luxurious beachfront hotels and resorts. It’s so popular that, despite its comparatively...

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    Where & what to eat in Dominican Republic

    • 10 Great Restaurants in Punta Cana

      These great restaurants in Punta Cana include some of the best dining experiences for those wishing to explore beyond their hotel. Find a range of Caribbean and international cuisine in spots set along the area’s spectacular white-sand beaches, or in cosy and chic dining spots in Punta Cana’s shopping areas. Sample the freshest seafood offerings while basking in the...

    Where to shop & what to buy in Dominican Republic

    • 10 Best Places to Go Shopping in Punta Cana

      The best places to go shopping in Punta Cana include some of the region’s modern malls, quaint boutiques, and family-friendly dining and retail complexes. Most of the shops in the tourist areas sell a variety of Dominican coffee, rum, and cigars. The artisan markets and boutiques are the best places to buy jewellery made with Larimar – a precious stone...

    Where to go & what to do at night in Dominican Republic

    • 10 Best Things to Do After Dinner in Punta Cana

      The best things to do after dinner in Punta Cana can satisfy a wide range of tastes. Whether you want to dance all night or chill with cocktails on the beach, Punta Cana has a setting for everyone. While the Dominican resort town is among the Caribbean’s most desirable destinations for its pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters, its nightlife...

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