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Introducing the Dominican Republic

Discover the best of the Dominican Republic.
The Dominican Republic is known for its beautiful beaches and a multitude of resorts, but it's also one of the most diverse destinations you can visit and one that remains culturally rich. You'll want to dance the bachata and merengue, listen to live music, and speak with its hospitable people. Head outdoors for a land brimming with cacao and coffee trails, national parks with hiking trails and mountains, and tropical forests. From colonial cities to beach towns, offshore islands to lagoons, there's more to see and do than you can fit into one trip. 

When is the best time to visit?
The Dominican Republic enjoys a tropical climate with high temperatures throughout the year. There is a dry and a rainy season, although even the wetter months see plenty of hot sunny days and rainfall usually comes in heavy showers that clear quickly. Generally, the best time to visit is between December and April when sunshine and temperatures are milder and rainfall is lowest. 

How many days do you need?
While it's possible to have a fun trip to one of the Dominican Republic's cities over a long weekend, we recommend at least 5 days if you really want to experience much of what the country has to offer. 

If you have 10 days, you could almost see the entire island from north to south on an adventurous trip that includes visiting the Las Terrenas beach area, Los Haitises National Park, the colonial city of Santiago, and Santo Domingo. 

Getting Around the Dominican Republic
Most travelers fly into Santo Domingo and then travel around the island by private transfer. If you're up for it, you could also rent a car and discover the island in a more personalized way.  

Ready to start planning your trip to the Dominican Republic? Get started by telling us a bit about your ideal trip, and we will connect you to a local specialist to work out all the details.

the Dominican Republic Travel Insights

Beautiful Sunny Beaches
Map of Dominican Republic Adventure: Santo Domingo & Samana - 7 Days
Dominican Republic Adventure: Santo Domingo & Samana - 7 Days

If you are looking for an adventurous trip to the Dominican Republic, this itinerary is for you! Visit Santo Domingo on a bike tour and explore Santiago de los Caballeros. Finish your trip in Las Terrenas with its enchanting white sand beaches and crystal clear turquoise waters.

Palms and white sand beach, Punta Cana
How Many Days Should You Spend in the Dominican Republic?

You can have a great getaway in the Dominican Republic in as short as a long weekend if you stick to either Santo Domingo or Punta Cana. However, it’s recommended to spend at least a week to discover a more meaningful section of this Caribbean nation. Lucky travelers who have 10 to 14 days can comfortably explore most of the DR’s diverse regions, experiencing the best colonial cities, coastal venues, Taíno archeological sites, cultural highlights, fun activities, and even the mist-shrouded Cordillera Central and/or cactus-studded southwest. Read on for a breakdown of optimal itineraries, from short (4 days) to long (up to 2 weeks).

The white sands of Playa Rincón
Ultimate Dominican Republic: Samaná, Cabarete, Jarabacoa & Santo Domingo -10 Days

This exhilarating 10-day itinerary takes you beyond the Dominican Republic's famous beaches to discover an island of diverse landscapes and unforgettable adventures. Hike to waterfalls on the Samaná Peninsula, take your pick of world-class watersports in Cabarete, then head to the mountains to discover the rushing rivers and rugged canyons of Jarabacoa. Your journey ends in the historic capital of Santo Domingo, where you'll tour the Americas' oldest European settlement and visit the ancient caverns of Los Tres Ojos.

The beauty of the Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic Adventure: Santo Domingo to Punta Cana – 15 Days

Escape to a paradise of turquoise waters and white sand beaches on this unforgettable 15-day journey through the Dominican Republic. Tour the oldest colonial city in the Americas at Santo Domingo, explore underwater worlds in Sosúa, and head to the pristine Samana Peninsula to discover towering waterfalls, hidden beaches, and the spectacular Los Haitises National Park. End your trip in the tropical haven of Punta Cana, where you'll unwind at the beach in between adventurous excursions.

Palm-lined beaches surround Las Terrenas
Dominican Republic Self-Drive Adventure – 12 Days

This relaxed 12-day road trip checks off the best of the Dominican Republic's historic cities, idyllic beaches, and stunning national parks. Cycle through colonial history in Santo Domingo, explore breathtaking dive sites in Sosúa, discover the pristine beaches of the Samaná Peninsula, and kayak through the mangroves and islands of Los Haitises National Park.

Bavaro Beach, Dominican Republic
Best Time of Year to Visit the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is a great destination at any time of year, but the best season to visit depends on your travel priorities. Whether you plan to bask in the year-round warmth of a beach vacation, immerse yourself in the annual four-day jazz festival hosted in Cabarete, Puerto Plata and Sosúa, or trek to the summit of Pico Duarte, you'll want to learn more about the country's seasonal and regional variations before planning your trip.

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Trip Reviews for the Dominican Republic

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim
farah

Marta was an absolute pleasure to work with. ... · the Dominican Republic - Jul 8 - Jul 17, 2021

Traveler: farah a. - Local specialist: Marta Bermejo Acosta

Marta was an absolute pleasure to work with. She planned everything from the stays, to excursions, to any last minute changes we needed and was always easily accessible and available to help. She was very adaptable to our requests and worked her hardest to make sure we had everything we needed! We had an absolutely wonderful time in the Dominican and would love to go again!

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Marta Bermejo Acosta, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Farah,
Thank you so much for your kind words!
It was my pleasure helping you plan your Honeymoon to the Dominican Republic and I am happy to hear you enjoyed your trip and that you would like to visit the island again!
I wish you the best and I look forward to working with you again in the future.
Warm regards,
Marta

Lindsey

Fantastic Trip to Dominican Republic During Uncertain Times! · the Dominican Republic - Mar 27 - Apr 3, 2021

Traveler: Lindsey F. - Local specialist: Marta Bermejo Acosta

We can’t say enough good things about Marta. She helped plan an unforgettable trip to the Dominican Republic in March/April 2021. We had a mix of adventure and beach relaxation! Marta set us up with Johnny who was our driver for the whole trip and Johnny was incredible as well! Marta made the trip easy and stress free. All rides and tours were
coordinated through Marta and we had zero issues. Marta’s communication and accessibility is awesome! She was constantly checking in with us and... read more

We can’t say enough good things about Marta. She helped plan an unforgettable trip to the Dominican Republic in March/April 2021. We had a mix of adventure and beach relaxation! Marta set us up with Johnny who was our driver for the whole trip and Johnny was incredible as well! Marta made the trip easy and stress free. All rides and tours were
coordinated through Marta and we had zero issues. Marta’s communication and accessibility is awesome! She was constantly checking in with us and Johnny to make sure we were doing well! We stayed at some incredible hotels including the Dominican Treehouse Village in Samana and the Bahia Principe in Punta Cana. Tours included horseback riding to El Limon waterfall, Scuba Doo in Punta Cana, hiking and jumping off the 27 waterfalls, a day trip to Playa Rincon and a bike tour in the Zona Colonial in Santo Domingo! I can’t wait to use Marta again for when I go to Portugal!

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Marta Bermejo Acosta, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Lindsey!

It has been a pleasure helping you plan this fantastic trip to the Dominican Republic. I am happy to hear you had a great time and you liked all your activities. The Dominican Republic is truly a unique destination and I am happy you got to see and experience the true essence of the island. Thank you very much for your kind words. I am looking forward to helping you plan your perfect trip to Portugal!

Marta