The Dominican Republic is a country located in the island of Hispaniola, in the Greater Antilles archipelago of the Caribbean region. It occupies the eastern five-eighths of the island, which it shares with the nation of Haiti, making Hispaniola one of two Caribbean islands, along with Saint Martin, that are shared by two sovereign states. The Dominican Republic is the second-largest Caribbean nation by area (after Cuba) at 48,671 square kilometers (18,792 sq mi), and third by population with approximately 10 million people, of which approximately three million live in the metropolitan area of Santo Domingo, the capital city.
The Dominican Republic is the most visited destination in the Caribbean. The year-round golf courses are major attractions. A geographically diverse nation, the Dominican Republic is home to both the Caribbean’s tallest mountain peak, Pico Duarte, and the Caribbean’s largest lake and point of lowest elevation, Lake Enriquillo.
Beaches – White sand beaches that seem to endlessly run into the horizon, punctuated with slim coconut trees reaching the skies: it’s what the Dominican Republic is best known for. South to east, and north, you will keep busy finding your favorite plot of sand along our 1,600-kilometer (1,000-mile) sandy coastline. Over 200 beaches—many of which remain uncrowded and undeveloped—line the Caribbean and the Atlantic coastlines, ranging from a brilliant white to a handful of black sand stretching southwest.
Islands and Cayes – Hop on a catamaran sail to breathtaking Saona or Catalina islands, home to the Caribbean’s longest natural pool, and beaches stretching as far as the eye can see against iridescent turquoise waters. Cayo Arena, off the coast of Puerto Plata, is ideal for a snorkeling trip. Off the coast of Samaná, Cayo Levantado is a perfect lunch and swim escape.
Surf & Kitesurfing – A top Caribbean destination for wind sports, the DR is ground zero for surfing, kitesurfing, and windsurfing. Whether novice or expert, there’s a Dominican coastline ideal for your preferred activity.
Scuba Diving – In addition to discovering exceptional beaches along the DR’s thousand-mile long coastline, you’ll soon realize that the DR’s underwater world—a handful of which is protected as a national park—is equally fascinating, revealing features such as coral reefs, caves, remains of galleons, shipwrecks, and a world of multicolored marine life.
Golf – Renowned for having the most magnificent golf courses in the Caribbean region, and Latin America, the Dominican Republic is the undisputed leader of golf in the tropics.
Ziplines – Gushing rivers, high altitudes, and tropical rainforests overlooking coastlines: ziplining takes on new meaning in the DR.
National Parks – The Dominican Republic’s diverse topography and varying climates combine to create the perfect environment for over 6,000 species of thriving flora and fauna, including a high number of endemic species.
Waterfalls – Abundant rivers lead to numerous waterfalls, some of which offer adrenaline-packed hiking adventures. Puerto Plata’s 27 Charcos de Damajagua waterfall park presents a series of cascades to conquer with jumps or slides, while Salto El Limón waterfall in Samaná is ranked among the highest, tumbling down 30 meters (100 feet).
Wildlife Spotting – Hop on whale-watching boat tours from Samaná during the mating season, and watch the world’s largest mammals mating and birthing in our bay. In the north, watch manatees surface at Estero Hondo Marine Reserve, or dolphins flipping in the bay waters of Los Haitises National Park.
Casa de Campo® Resort is located on the south eastern shore of the Dominican Republic, next to the town of La Romana and just 70 miles from the capital city of Santo Domingo, the oldest city in the new world. A luxurious 7,000 acre ocean front community offering world class golf courses which include the famous Teeth of the Dog Golf Course, Dye Fore and The Links Golf Course plus polo fields, skeet shooting centre, tennis centre, equestrian centre, water sports, spa treatment centre, fitness centre, business centre, private beach, a la carte restaurants, Altos de Chavon (artist village) and The Marina, all of which will please almost any visitor.
It is a master-planned, gated, multi-use luxury resort and real estate community located adjacent to the Punta Cana International Airport on the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean. This exclusive gated community is a truly ecological wonderland that includes three miles of beautiful white sand beaches, protected harbour marina only minutes away from one of the best fisheries of the world, the Punta Espada an award winning golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus, school district with the Cap Cana Heritage School bilingual school. This destination has also first class spas, five star hotels such as the Relais & Chateau Eden Roc at Cap Cana hotel, the Sanctuary Cap Cana, gourmet restaurants including four diamond awarded AAA restaurant, fitness center, convention centers and an Adventure park.
PuntaCana Resort & Club® is home to the Caribbean’s ultimate beach and golfing experience, with 3 miles of magnificent white sand beaches and 45 holes of championship golf, set on 15,000 acres of land. Accessibility, via our very own Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ), privacy, unparalleled personal service, the understated elegance and timeless vision of Oscar de la Renta, which defines the uniquely Dominican experience of staying at PuntaCana Resort & Club® makes it a favorite among international leaders and world renowned personalities. Our hotels in Dominican Republic include the AAA Five Diamond Award winning boutique hotel Tortuga Bay, The Westin PuntaCana Resort & Club®, and Four Points by Sheraton at Puntacana Village.
Discover Unique experiences throughout the Dominican Republic
Macao Surf Camp offers a surf program in Punta Cana to meet everyone’s needs. Whether you have never surfed before and always dreamed of learning, or if you just want to improve your existing skills, we have the coaching to enable you to reach your goals.
Explore our zip line course with 18 platforms and 12 lines! We have two of the longest lines in the Caribbean right here on the Dominican Republic! Just enjoy the fun of zip lining as we focus on your safety and attaching your climbing gear to the double line cables.
Your day will begin in the majestic mountain of Anamuya, this is where the Jungles Buggies fun begin. Our specialized guides will teach you everything related to the safety and driving of the buggie, which are very easy to drive. Discover the landscapes and explore an incredible journey through unusual terrain, you can come with your friends and family to share these unique sensations that you will get at the wheel at 4×4 speeds.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, everyone is required to present a valid passport to enter the Dominican Republic. When traveling to the island it’s important to travel with the details of your accommodation including the address of the villa. This is required for the Customs and Immigration forms.
Visas are not needed by U.S., Canadian, Irish, Australian, New Zealand, or British citizens for visits of less than 90 days
Atlantic Standard Time is observed year-round. Between November and March, when it’s noon in New York and Miami, it’s 1pm in Santo Domingo. However, during U.S. daylight saving time, it’s the same time in the Dominican Republic and the U.S. East Coast.
Just before you leave home, check with your country’s Customs or Foreign Affairs department for the latest guidelines including information on items that are not allowed to be brought into your home country, since the rules are subject to change and often contain some surprising oddities.
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