The Dominican Republic, commonly referred to as the D.R., is the second largest country in the Caribbean and is comprised of the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola. The western one-third of the island is occupied by the nation of Haiti making Hispaniola one of two Caribbean islands (along with Saint Martin) that is shared by two countries. It’s bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and the Caribbean Sea to the south.
Temperatures average in the 80’s throughout the year, making this destination ideal for anyone looking to soak up the sun. The landscape of the country is unique and consists of many different environments including beaches, tropical rain forests, mountains, deserts, alpine ranges, rivers, and even mangrove swamps. This allows for many opportunities for travelers to embark on excursions of all kinds. Visitors can easily get a taste of the history and culture, especially when trying the local coffees, strong rums, and fragrant cigars.
Although there are seven international airports in the Dominican Republic, the majority of visitors fly into the Punta Cana Airport (PUJ), since this is where most of the popular resorts are located. Punta Cana Airport is a well equipped modern airport and one of the Caribbean’s largest hubs. Most of the hotels in the region are in Punta Cana and Bavaro and the vast majority of the resorts are all-inclusive.
The Dominican Republic has hundreds of miles of coastline and countless beaches to explore and enjoy. The crystal blue waters are ideal for water sports of every kind. The most popular activities include scuba diving, snorkeling, boating, fishing, windsurfing, kite surfing, and whale watching.
Anyone looking for adventure on land can participate in activities such as biking, hiking, horseback riding, and ziplining. Another popular activity in the Dominican Republic is golf, and many major cities have scenic golf courses. Currently, there are six courses on the coasts and 20 located inland. The world-class golf courses have some of the best views in the world in a tropical climate that’s ideal for year-round play.
Top attractions in the D.R. include Bavaro Beach, Isla Saona, and Altos de Chavon, a re-creation of a 16th century Mediterranean village.