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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Boulevard Turístico Del Este Km 28, #74, Macao, Punta Cana, La Altagracia
The price is AU$395 per night from 24 Sep. to 25 Sep.
4.1/5Very Good! (1,125 reviews)

"Great hotel with lots of pools. But no social distancing and they don't require mask which made me uncomfortable . The rooms are awesome and spacious."…"

Reviewed on 20 Sep. 2020

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana All Inclusive
Bahia Principe Luxury Ambar - Adults Only - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Carettera Arena Gorda, Playa Bavero Higuey, Punta Cana, La Altagracia
The price is AU$699 per night from 29 Sep. to 30 Sep.
4.1/5Very Good! (985 reviews)

"Good place to spend a beautiful time and have fun the service is outstanding,, some modifications can be done to improve the foods including restaurants and buffet,"…"

Reviewed on 21 Sep. 2020

Bahia Principe Luxury Ambar - Adults Only - All Inclusive
Bahia Principe Fantasia Punta Cana - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Carretera Arena Gorda, Punta Cana
The price is AU$641 per night from 4 Oct. to 5 Oct.
4.3/5Excellent! (593 reviews)

"My family and I love this hotel! Hotel’s staff are very friendly. Public area and room is clean. I understand that all restaurants are not open due to COVID-19. If you want to go to restaurant( not buffet), you need to make reservations online or computer by the front desk as soon as possible because ..."…"

Reviewed on 21 Sep. 2020

Bahia Principe Fantasia Punta Cana - All Inclusive

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Riu Palace Bavaro All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Playa de Arena Gorda, Higuey Riu Complex, Punta Cana, La Altagracia
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4.1/5Very Good! (979 reviews)

"Muy buen servicio excelente equipo de trabajadores"…"

Reviewed on 21 Sep. 2020

Riu Palace Bavaro All Inclusive
Catalonia Punta Cana - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Playa Bavaro, Cabeza de Toro, Punta Cana, La Altagracia
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$175 per night from 6 Oct. to 7 Oct.
3.8/5Good! (989 reviews)

"La persona son muy amable, cariñosa y simpática. La comida es muy variada y deliciosa. La playa estuvo muy bien, y el clima nos ayudó a pasar un momento agradable. Volvería otra vez."…"

Reviewed on 18 Sep. 2020

Catalonia Punta Cana - All Inclusive
Playabachata Resort - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Bahia de Maimon, Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$265 per night from 24 Sep. to 25 Sep.
3.5/5Good! (803 reviews)

"Enjoyed my stay even with the obvious restrictions as a result Of pandemic. Shout out to night entertainment including The singers Alex and Arelis did amazing. Dj banana did an awesome job as well As the night animation."…"

Reviewed on 19 Sep. 2020

Playabachata Resort - All Inclusive
Riu Bambu All Inclusive
3.5 out of 5
Playa Arena Gorda, Punta Cana, La Altagracia
The price is AU$191 per night from 27 Sep. to 28 Sep.
3.7/5Good! (967 reviews)

"Definitely would be coming back. Me and my girlfriend loved it"…"

Reviewed on 16 Sep. 2020

Riu Bambu All Inclusive
Catalonia Royal Bavaro - Adults Only - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Cabeza De Toro 1 Playas De Bavaro, Punta Cana, La Altagracia
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$233 per night from 28 Sep. to 29 Sep.
4.2/5Very Good! (1,077 reviews)

"It’s really a fun resort to hangout and i really enjoyed the setup. The rooms are massive and it felt like I was at home. The service is excellent and staff very friendly. The beach bar was real nice. I definitely would go back."…"

Reviewed on 8 Sep. 2020

Catalonia Royal Bavaro - Adults Only - All Inclusive
Barceló Bávaro Palace - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Carretera Bávaro Km. 1, Playa Bávaro, Punta Cana, La Altagracia
The price is AU$262 per night from 28 Sep. to 29 Sep.
4.1/5Very Good! (3,029 reviews)

"The hotel took care of us since we entered the gate, all pools we open and available, the beach was clean and the restaurants were really nice."…"

Reviewed on 20 Sep. 2020

Barceló Bávaro Palace - All Inclusive
El Embajador, a Royal Hideaway Hotel
5 out of 5
Ave Sarasota 65, Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional
The price is AU$206 per night from 25 Sep. to 26 Sep.
4.4/5Wonderful! (985 reviews)

"Luxurious rooms, great amenities..excellent overall hotel!!"…"

Reviewed on 21 Sep. 2020

El Embajador, a Royal Hideaway Hotel
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Accommodation in Dominican Republic

Get on island time in the Dominican Republic. This tropical destination shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti and offers year-round balmy weather for the ultimate retreat. Whether you’re craving warm temperatures or searching for adventure, the Dominican Republic belongs at the top of your list. Book cheap flights to the Dominican Republic today to kick start your getaway in the Caribbean.

Geography

The Dominican Republic is a slice of paradise that features a little bit of everything: mountains, rainforests, deserts, and beaches. Four mountain ranges sprawl across the island, one of which is the Cordillera Central, the highest range in the West Indies. In some areas, rainforests cover these mountains, while drier, more desert regions are located in the valleys. As for the coast, the Atlantic Ocean borders the northern shores, and the Caribbean Sea lies to the south.

Best and Worst Times to Visit

The Dominican Republic is blessed with warm weather year round, making any month a pleasant time to visit. The temperature usually lingers in the 80s F during the day and only slightly dips in the evenings. Although the weather barely changes throughout the year, vacationers often flock to the island during high season, from December to April. It’s drier during this time, and even warmer weather tends to roll in around May.

The rainy season differs depending on the region, but the eastern and southern regions usually see rainfall in September, October, and May. This doesn’t mean it will be wet all season though as there is still plenty of sunshine during these months. When planning your trip, keep in mind that hurricane season spans June to the end of November, but satellites can predict these storms in advance.

Lodging

Whether you’re venturing to the island for a destination wedding or a family reunion, you’re certain to find lodging that matches your preferences.

All-inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic are a popular option on this island, especially in Punta Cana. Many of these feature several on-site restaurants and bars, along with private beach access, full-spa services, and activities. Some provide multiple pool areas, while others boast casinos. With so much taken care of, it’s tempting not to the leave the resort’s premises.

The island also provides more traditional Dominican Republic hotels with standard amenities, such as pools, fitness centers, and lounges. These hotels may have fewer on-site services than resorts, but they still cover your basic needs.

Things to Do

Punta Cana is the hot spot on this island. Known as the Tip of the White Palms, it sits on the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic and is home to some of the most picturesque beaches. Bundle up all your travel needs with one of the Punta Cana vacation packages, and then bask on the shores of this resort area. Soak up the beach life as you snorkel just off the coast in the Marinarium, kayak around Playa Juanillo, and take surf lessons at Playa del Macao. The island also flaunts a number of tranquil beaches on other sides of the coast, including Boca Chica in the west and La Romana to the south.

The Dominican’s diverse terrain offers endless opportunities for excursions and extreme adventures. Raft along the country’s only whitewater river, Rio Yaque del Norte, go caving in the caverns at Fun Fun Cave, or soar through the country’s largest zip line in Samana. Hike to the waterfalls at Jarabacoa and mountain bike the trails at Cabarete.

After bumming it at the beach and hitting the trails, get a sense of the past in the Zona Colonial of Santo Domingo. This historical district in the heart of the capital dates back to the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492. Officially founded in 1498, the city features some of the oldest buildings in the New World. Take a walking tour through the cobblestone streets and discover the Catedral Primada de America, or visit the Alcazar de Colon, which was once a palace belonging to Columbus’ son. You may even find travel guides who will give tours and provide you with the insider scoop on these destinations.

Culture

The Dominican is more than just inviting shorelines and swaying palm trees. This island was home to the original Spanish colony in the New World, and it still maintains much of that history. The first hospital and Catholic church still stand today amongst other ancient attractions and museums dedicated to the country’s history, art, and culture.

When it comes to culture, the Dominican people dance to the moves of their own choreography. They take pride in the merengue, a fast-paced dance they created, along with the bachata, which originated in the rural areas of the country. As for music, Palo is a genre usually reserved for religious ceremonies, while salsa music and Dominican rock are everyday go-to beats.

Baseball is also deeply rooted in the culture. America’s favorite pastime was taught on the island in the late 19th century, and by the early 20th century, four teams were formed that still exist today: The Tigers, Eastern Stars, The Eagles, and The Lions of the Chosen One. The island takes the game seriously as there are baseball fields scattered around almost every town.

Food

Prep your taste buds for the Spanish-, African-, and Caribbean-infused concoctions served up on this island. La Bandera is the most common meal, which is a plate of rice, beans, and meat, while plantains are another staple often incorporated in meals or served on the side. Sancocho is a meat stew that will warm your heart and soul, and mangu is a combination of boiled plantains, red onions, and fried cheese. When it comes to quenching your thirst, jugo de chinola is a popular passion fruit juice, and Presidente is the cerveza of choice.

From tasty stews to serene beaches, you won’t want to miss this tropical destination. Sort through our vast selection of lodging to find cheap deals on resorts and hotels in the Dominican Republic for your next trip to the Caribbean.