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Cheap flights to the Dominican Republic

This Caribbean country is everything one would expect and more. Mangroves swamps give way to vast deserts while the rainforests and mountain ranges provide a natural habitat for the avid hiker, trekker and mountain biker. The beaches are like something from a postcard with dazzling soft white sand lapped by warm blue waters.

The stunning natural beauty is enjoyed by islanders through a haze of rum and Caribbean beats while the coastal and mountain resorts in the east offer luxury and tranquillity for that perfect holiday in the sun. Punta Cana is home to some of the most romantic and indulgent of these.

First to the metropolitan capital, Santa Domingo, where dancing is most definitely the order of the day...and night! From the meringue to calypso, Santa Dominicans know how to party. Music booms from ramshackle Colmadon’s where locals drink cuba libras by day. By night the clubs along the Malecon take over where the Colmadon’s left off.

Before the sun goes down, be sure to visit the wonderful Museo del Hombre Dominicano, the Museum of Modern Art and the Palace of Fine Arts. The Colonial Zone has a lot of impressive architecture to admire, including the home of Columbus’ son. Chic Boca Chica is where the trendy restaurants are hiding while Sosua boasts a bunch of lively beach bars.

Kick back with a game of golf in the Caribbean sun at the famous course on the Casa de Campo resort or hop on a trusty steed and see the country on horseback. Visit the colossal cross shaped lighthouse that is a memorial to Christopher Columbus where the explorer’s remains lie to this day.

Birdwatchers should head to Lago Enriqillo in the unspoilt south, almost untouched by humans, to see the huge flocks of tropical birds as they parade their colours on the beautiful salt water lake. Mount Isabela de Torres is the perfect vantage point to see views across the island and can be reached by hikers on foot, or by cable car for a more leisurely experience. Those with a penchant for mountain biking will find wonderful tracks in the Cordillera Septentrionl mountain range. 

Samana Bay is often described as ‘paradise on earth’ while

 

The Samana headland is the perfect place for a spot of whale watching. Those eagerly eyeing the wild waves should try their hand at windsurfing in the waters around Cabarate.

Pay a visit to San Felipe; Puerto Plata’s 15th century fort before exploring the local shops and markets for locally harvested amber. Set into all kinds of beautiful jewellery, this is one authentic island souvenir that will serve as a reminder of a holiday in paradise.

The following information is correct as of February 2015 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.

Fly In

Puerto Plata Gregorio Luperon International Airport is located 11 miles from Puerto Plata in the north of the Dominican Republic. The city centre can be reached by car in approximately 25 minutes. Local buses and minibuses run regularly between the city centre and the airport. Taxis are also available for hire outside the terminal building.

Punta Cana International Airport is on the eastern tip of the island and a two hour drive to the capital Santa Domingo. There is no public transport available apart from shuttle buses, car hire and taxis.

 

What you need to know

Currency: The Dominican Peso

Visas: UK nationals require a visa to enter the Dominican Republic. A passport valid for six months is required to enter the Dominican Republic. Tourists ‘cards’ or visas can be obtained at the airport on arrival and are valid for a stay of up to 30 days.

Laws: 18 is the legal drinking age in the Dominican Republic but this law is not very strictly adhered to. There is a smoking ban but again is loosely implemented on this laid back island. However, possession of drugs is taken more seriously with long prison sentences given even for relatively small amounts.


Best Time to Visit

The Dominican Republic is hot and tropical all year round. There are two rainy seasons, one from May to August and the other from November to December. The best time to visit the island is between January and May for some winter and spring sunshine, or from August to November when temperatures are even hotter!

January celebrates New Year’s even in Caribbean style with celebrations occurring throughout the month. February is carnival month in the Dominican calendar. Street food, music, dance and processions are a regular sight all over the island. April brings with it Semana Santa, the widely celebrated Holy Week while July sees plenty of dancing with the Merengue festival in Santo Domingo. Puerto Plata’s festival takes place in October and is the main cultural event of the north with music, dance, parades, food and much more besides. 

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