No other country in the Caribbean is as multifaceted as the Dominican Republic on the island of Hispaniola. Here, where Columbus first entered the "New World" in 1492, no travel wish remains unfulfilled. In the picturesque old town of Santo Domingo, the state capital, the colonial past is still omnipresent. Along more than 2,000 miles of coastline, there are countless paradisiacal beaches and idyllic bays. The mountainous interior of the country boasts a colorful, tropical flora and fauna. This Caribbean dream come true is rounded off by the lively and warm inhabitants. They will welcome you with their very special charm and above all an incomparable hospitality in your home country. What are you waiting for?
The beach of Bávaro is one of the most beautiful and popular beaches in the whole country. On the east coast of the Dominican Republic, near Punta Cana, nine kilometers of fine white sand and turquoise Caribbean sea await you. The beach is very protected by the offshore reef and invites you to swim and snorkel. Excursions with the glass-bottom boat or canoeing are also offered here. A few kilometers from Bavaro is also the former fishing village of El Cortecito, whose public beach is just as beautiful, but a little quieter.
One of the most important national parks of the Dominican Republic is Los Haitises. On 1.500 square kilometers a variety of animals and plants are at home. There is hardly any other place in the entire Caribbean with a comparable diversity of species. You can reach the national park, which consists of mangrove swamps, tropical rainforests, lagoons, caves and hills, only by water. On site you have the choice between hikes, rides with the off-road vehicle or special cave tours.
The small island Cayo Levantado in the bay of Samaná is also known as Bacardi Island, because many of the commercials for the white rum were shot here. You can reach the island after a 15-minute boat ride. Look forward to a beautiful white coral sand beach and turquoise blue water. The island is under nature protection.
Catalina Island, which is only about nine square kilometers in size, is located in the east of the Dominican Republic. The paradisiacal beaches of the completely uninhabited island invite as a destination for day trips. Think about your snorkeling equipment! The offshore corals are perfect for underwater exploration tours. From the main beach, where all boats moor and which can therefore quickly become full, you can reach beautiful, quiet neighboring beaches on foot in a short time. Less
Since the Dominican Republic is a Catholic country, almost every town celebrates the festivities for its patron saint. Carnival is celebrated throughout the country in February: There are colorful parades with dressed up musicians and dancers. The day of independence, February 27th, marks the end of the carnival season. During the Holy Week in March/April you can also witness processions and parades. Another highlight is the Festival de Merengue at the end of July or beginning of August in Santo Domingo. Entire streets are closed to traffic and the popular Dominican dance Merengue is performed.
As diverse as the landscape of the Dominican Republic are the possibilities to fill your trip here with unforgettable moments. Besides relaxing hours at the palm-lined beach and snorkeling excursions into the fascinating underwater world, the mountain range of the Cordillera Central invites you to mountain biking and hiking. But also on horseback the country can be explored wonderfully. Through lush green landscapes and charming villages, past rivers and sugar cane plantations you will experience Caribbean flair from a new perspective.
You can get a feel for the culture by taking dance lessons in the capital, Santo Domingo. Try your hand at the popular Merengue or Bachata, for example. On a trip to the communities in the north you will learn more about the local traditions and get a better understanding of your destination. The Dominican Republic is also an important export country for chocolate. Inland, you will find a 40-hectare plantation, whose operators are also committed to teaching you more about the cocoa bean and how this sweet delicacy is made. Less
In the Dominican Republic a tropical climate awaits you. Therefore, the temperatures are subject to only very small fluctuations throughout the year. There are regional differences between the north, south and the altitudes. Since the south of the Dominican Republic borders on the Caribbean Sea, it is hotter and drier there. In the northern part, which lies on the Atlantic Ocean, it is cooler, windier and also the humidity is higher. It gets coldest in the higher elevations in the interior of the country.
In most parts of the country there is a dry season from December to April, which is why these months are generally considered the best time to travel. Those who do not have a problem with short and heavy showers can also travel to the Dominican Republic during the rainy season. However, in this case you should inform yourself about the danger of tropical cyclones beforehand.