Scenic, vibrant, verdant, fun, family-friendly, and affordable are just a few ways to describe the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic is Haiti’s neighbor to the east, comprising two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola that they share.

The Atlantic Ocean lies north, and the Caribbean Sea to the south. This fortuitous location means that the Dominican Republic is a veritable tropical paradise, studded with palm trees and mountainscapes, and enjoying 900 miles of coastline. The beaches are legendary, featuring a sun-baked rainbow of colors, from black volcanic sands to sands gleaming gold in the sunlight to pure white silk beneath your feet.

It is topographically diverse, with picturesque mountains mingling with verdant valleys and mysterious caves. Friendly local residents and a large variety of activities make the Dominican Republic pretty close to a perfect holiday destination.

A wealth of lodging options are available in the Dominican Republic. Visitors can choose from high-priced and high-luxury resorts, family-friendly all-inclusive resorts, friendly bed and breakfast inns and boutique hotels, and even vacation rental homes.

Casa Veintiuno in Sosua gets rave reviews for its excellent service. This tiny hotel – it has only three rooms – is kept in pristine condition by the owners, and no detail wasn’t thought of. The grounds are beautiful, the food is excellent, and the surroundings are serene and relaxing.

Casa Colonial Beach and Spa is, in a word, perfection. This world-class resort and spa features spacious and comfortable guest rooms, access to the beautiful beaches, swimming pool, fitness centre, restaurant, and more. The service is impeccable, and the surroundings are relaxing.

The best feature of Hotel Tropix isn’t its bargain rates, or its proximity to the Sousa city centre. It’s undoubtedly the service you receive from the moment you walk through the doors of this beautiful and charming hidden gem of a hotel. With only ten rooms, you will feel more like you are staying with family than renting an hotel room. The guest rooms are light and bright, comfortable, and well-appointed. Sousa Beach is a very short walk away, and other local attractions are also in close proximity.

The fertile lands of the Dominican Republic provide a bounty of ingredients that local chefs have at their disposal.
Fruits, grains, herbs, and seafood abound there, and the many dining options are ripe with the flavors of not only the Caribbean, but also of Mexico, France, and Spain. The international menu available makes your choices difficult, but there are very few bad choices when it comes to dining in the Dominican Republic.Las Palmas, located in Bayahibe, serves up perfectly cooked steaks and succulent fresh seafood amid a lively and friendly atmosphere. With views of the beach, your food will taste that much fresher, and with the excellent service you receive, you won’t want to eat anywhere else on your trip.

For something a little more casual, Chichigua in Cabarete is the place to go. They serve up the Caribbean’s version of fast food: empanadas and pastelitos. The food is fresh and healthy, the service is warm and friendly, and the price is right.

There is more to the Dominican Republic than meets the eye. There are fantastic beaches, of course, but there are also mountains to climb, valleys to explore, and a rich culture to experience. The Dominican people are friendly and warm, and they will provide you with an experience that you won’t soon forget.

Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy all of what the Dominican Republic has to offer. Relax on the gorgeous beaches. Swim, surf, snorkel, and dive in the azure blue waters. Experience the rush kitesurfing and windsurfing.

Take an exciting whale watching cruise or go on a deep sea fishing expedition. Take the plunge and try whitewater rafting in the Dominican Alps, and experience the thrill of facing Class III rapids and dramatic waterfalls.

Play golf on world-class courses amid incredible tropical backdrops. Explore one of the many national parks.

Visit the many museums and get to know the colourful and storied Dominican history. The kids (and parents) will love the National Aquarium and the National Zoo.

Due to hurricane season, which lasts from June through November of each year, the best time to visit the Dominican Republic is December – May. During this time, light winds keep it comfortably temperate, and there is little rainfall.

Hurricane season can be unpredictable, but that doesn’t mean you should avoid the region altogether. Plan your trip in advance, and keep abreast of the Dominican weather forecasts before you go.