Dominican Republic Highlights

Get a new lease of life on the sunny shores and colourful streets of the Dominican Republic

• Lively Caribbean island with a big heart and colourful culture
• Home of the Merengue and the Bachata dance styles
• Relax in luxury tropical gardens, zen pools and dedicated boutique areas
• Go whale spotting off the Samana Peninsula
• Fly through the Dominican jungle on a zip line
• Visit in February to celebrate Carnival

Vibrant culture

The Dominican Republic is fantastic for family holidays and Caribbean getaways, thanks to its colourful culture, idyllic beaches and year-round tropical climate. For a real taste of the island, visit the colonial buildings of Santo Domingo, catch a baseball game at Estadio Quisqueya, then dance the Merengue at an authentic Dominican dance hall.

Tropical adventures

Venture outside the resorts and you’ll discover a picture-perfect tropical paradise, from the hidden forests and caves of the Three Eyes national park to the magical blue waters of Hoyo Azul. Hike up the majestic Mt. Pico Duarte, fly through the jungle on a zipline, or explore the caverns of Cueva de las Maravillas or “Cave of Wonders”.

Golden beaches

After exploring cities and jungles, there’s nothing like a lazy day on the beach at your all-inclusive resort – though how lazy is up to you. The warm clear waters of the Caribbean Sea are perfect for water sports from surfing to stand-up paddle boards. For something different, enjoy a crayfish cruise, explore a coral reef or go on a family-friendly whale watching!

Facts about the Dominican Republic

Direct Flying Time: 9 hours
Airport: Punta Cana International Airport
Time Difference: -5 Hours
Currency: Dominican Peso and US dollar
Best months to visit: Dec - May
Well Known for: Tropical paradise & Beautiful beaches
Languages: Spanish & English

Our resorts in the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is famous for beautiful beaches, tropical forests and the majestic Mt. Pico Duarte. You can learn the merengue in the dance halls of Santa Domingo, explore a piece of the country’s history at La Aurora Cigar Factory, or savour some delicious Dominican rum at one of the many distilleries. Venture outside the cities, however, and you’ll discover a picture-perfect tropical paradise, from the 27 waterfalls of Damajagua, to the hidden forests and caves of the Three Eyes national park, to the magical blue waters of Hoyo Azul.

Enjoy true luxury when staying in this Caribbean nirvana. When you’re not on our family dolphin adventure or enjoying the luxuries of our crayfish cruise, you’ll enjoy exquisite cuisine, world-class sports and sea activities, and excellent kids and teens’ clubs packed with fun. All this in the beautiful and serene surroundings of our family holiday resort where you’ll be treated like a Caribbean Queen or King!

Michès Playa Esmeralda

First of its kind and first class in what it has to offer, Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda is a luxury eco-chic resort specially designed to be environmentally-friendly and sustainable. Set along a pristine beach, the resort is split into four boutique-villages catering for unique, stylish all-inclusive family holidays, wellness retreats, active breaks and romantic getaways in the Dominican Republic.

Punta Cana

Club Med Punta Cana has the perfect festival atmosphere for an all-inclusive holiday in the Dominican Republic where every experience has been carefully crafted for your pleasure. With a Zen Oasis and smoothie & cocktail bar for adults and a family pool and CREACTIVE acrobatics playground for the kids, this Caribbean resort has the best of both worlds.

Dominican Republic Weather

Monthly weather averages in the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic has a beautiful tropical climate and enjoys glorious warm temperatures all year round. Even January, the coldest month, only experiences average lows of about 21°C, so you can safely leave your sweaters at home.

Summer and autumn can be wet and stormy, so the best time to visit the Dominican Republic is between December and May when the weather is drier and you can expect average highs between 29°C and 31°C.

Discover the Dominican Republic

Caribbean charm comes as standard during your stay in the Dominican Republic

CATEDRAL METROPOLITANA SANTA MARÍA DE LA ENCARNACIÓN

As you look up at this imposing building, you’re standing in front of the oldest cathedral in the New World, where Christopher Columbus lay until 1992. Built in the 16th century, the site’s architecture takes you to the heart of the Spanish Renaissance, and is just a 2-hour drive from your Punta Cana Club Med resort, or a place to stop off during a relaxing cruise. Once inside, in the cool of the nave, there are statues, stained glass windows and impressive vaulted arches to marvel at.

EL LIMON WATERFALL

A horseback excursion to this natural site takes you into the heart of the rainforest, 300km from your Punta Cana Club Med resort. At the end of your hike, you reach a lush setting where the cascade flows in a truly spectacular curtain of water: a unique place to admire this pair of falls, one 10m, the other 50m high. Dive into this pure, refreshing water and leave the rest of the world behind...

CORALES GOLF COURSE

The Dominican Republic is one of the most popular destinations for golf enthusiasts. On site, close to your Punta Cana Club Med resort, put your skills to the test on this technically demanding course. In the kind of setting only the island can offer, take on this challenging 18-hole course while enjoying views of the Caribbean Sea from up on the cliff tops. Will you make it past the "devil's elbow"?

CHINESE FARMER’S MARKETS

Gourmets and food lovers from the Dominican Republic are familiar with Avenida Duarte of Santo Domingo, just 2 hr 15 from your Punta Cana Club Med resort. In the heart of Chinatown, you’re transported into the middle of teeming Asian life. It’s an opportunity to get off the beaten track and treat yourself to some steamed ravioli before heading to the Mercado Modelo, the town’s other must-see market.

Resorts in Dominican Republic

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