Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

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It’s just a few hours to one of our Caribbean favorites.

People. Places. Culture. Climate. Embrace the warmth of the Dominican Republic.

The Dominican Republic is just a two-hour flight from Miami. It’s less than four hours from New York. It’s easy to reach from most European cities, too. However, the moment you land, you’ll feel a million miles away.

Legendary explorer, Christopher Columbus, discovered the island during his epic voyage in 1492. Little did he know it would one day become one of the Caribbean’s crown jewels. The Dominican Republic has everything you need to create the perfect tropical escape. You even get two oceans - the Atlantic to the north and the Caribbean to the south. Here are just few reasons to choose a Dominican Republic vacation with VIVA Travel:

  • Nearly 1,000 miles of breathtaking coastline
  • 250 miles of the world’s best beaches
  • Award-winning oceanfront hotels and resorts
  • 25 designer golf courses - #1 golf destination in the Caribbean and Latin America
  • National parks, jungle waterfalls, forested mountains, shimmering rivers and more
  • Great museums, music & arts festivals, and other cultural attractions

Fire up a great Dominican cigar. Sip a pour of Dominican rum, some of the world’s best. Discover one of the best places to unwind and live it up in the Caribbean. Let VIVA Travel take care of every aspect of your perfect getaway from A-Z.

 

Dominican Republic Vacation Hot Spots

 

Punta Cana

Visit the land of rest, relaxation and tee boxes on a VIVA Vacation

Set at the point where the Atlantic and Caribbean meet, the beaches of Punta Cana are lined with great resorts. There are also 11 golf courses where you can tee it up island style.

Many resorts are all-inclusive with amenities, food and cocktails included in one convenient price. The sand is silky fine and brilliantly white. Coconut palms sway gently in the balmy tropical breezes. Service here is famous for being ultra-attentive and island-style friendly.

Punta Cana vacations and Punta Cana cruises are some of our most popular VIVA vacations. Our long-standing relationships with the area’s top hotels and resorts allow us to plan the perfect escape for you at the best possible price.

From family paradises that feature parks and entertainment for the kids, to romantic hideaways perfect for dream weddings or kid-free escapes, Punta Cana has it all & nobody can take you there like VIVA Travel. Let us work our magic for you.

Be sure to ask about our 0% interest-free financing options when planning your Punta Cana Vacation or Punta Cana Cruise!

Punta Cana International Airport is the best connected in the Caribbean and Central America with daily flights from 26 countries. By car, you’re just an hour from La Romana and 2.5 hours from Santo Domingo.

 

Samaná

Welcome to the wild side of the Dominican Republic.

Samaná is a natural treasure with quiet coves, cascading waterfalls, soaring mountains and awe-inspiring views. If you love the outdoors, you’ll love this VIVA vacation.

There’s also a cosmopolitan vibe to this slice of paradise. Samaná City is the bustling provincial capital. Las Galeras is the jumping off point for popular Playa Rincón Beach and the easy-going tourist area of Las Terrenas.

Samaná has its own international airport. It’s also a popular port for cruises in the winter months.

 

Santo Domingo

Explore the largest, friendliest and most exciting Caribbean city.

There’s always something fun and exciting to do in Santo Domingo. Let VIVA Travel take you there.

History lovers will definitely want to visit the Colonial City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll along cobblestone streets that wind past 16th-century buildings and feel as though you’ve stepped back in time. You’ll find all sorts of shops, museums and cafés lining these pedestrian lanes. Hop on the Chu Chu Colonial for a 45-minute tour of the old town.

Shopping is another must in Santo Domingo. Major malls to charming shops, the options are endless. Guys pick up a genuine Dominican guayabera. Ladies, shop for leather handbags and local designer fashions.

Take a break at one of the many open-terraced restaurants dotting the Plaza de España. Enjoy a great meal, cool cocktail, or just sit back and puff on a hand-rolled cigar.

Las Americas International Airport is the island’s main hub, located just 30 minutes from the city. Cruise passengers arriving in port are just 10 minutes from the heart of the Colonial City.

 

Puerto Plata

Discover the first European settlement in the Americas.

Puerto Plata is named for the silver clouds that cover Mt. Isabel de Torres, which towers behind the port. This is also the spot where Christopher Columbus made landfall in 1492, creating the first European settlement in the Americas.

Today, history still can be discovered in Puerto Plata. The city boasts the largest collection of 19th-century Victorian homes in the Caribbean. The San Felipe Fort dates back to 1577 and exploring the stronghold is a thrilling adventure for all ages.

These days, most people come for the 62 miles of pristine Atlantic beaches dotted with charming seaside towns. Families will love a day at Ocean World Adventure Park, just outside of town. Ride the rapids at Damajagua Falls for a little eco-adventure excitement.
Ask about our VIVA Travel value-priced tour packages!

The Gregoria Luperón Airport (POP) is the main gateway to Puerto Plata. The Ocean World Marina is a full-service facility welcoming yachts and other vessels.

 

La Romana

Follow the sugar cane fields that lead to paradise.

A scenic drive along Dominica’s sweeping sugar cane fields leads to La Romana, a paradise made for golfers, scuba divers and beachcombers.

It all began in the 1970s, when the largest sugar mill in the Americas diversified and opened the Casa de Campo resort. Soon, the resort became recognized worldwide for its championship golf and charming artisan village, Altos de Chavón.

Today, the beaches of La Romana are lined with a variety of resorts. Dive shops have popped up to guide trips to the pristine coral reefs. Boats venture to nearby Saona Island to see the exotic Bayahibe Rose, the national flower of The Dominican Republic.

The Casa de Campo International Airport and Casa de Campo Tourist Port serve as the gateways to La Romana. VIVA Travel serves as your ticket to paradise. 

Climate: 

Temperatures range from 65°F (18°C) to 90°F (32°C). In the mountainous regions, expect cooler weather.

Time Zone: 

Atlantic Standard Time, GMT -4

Language: 

The official language is Spanish. English is widely spoken and many tourism professionals are fluent in Italian, French, German, and Russian.

Currency: 

Dominican Peso (RD$)

Electricity: 

110 volts. This is the same as in the US and Canada. Those traveling from other countries should bring adapters.

Tipping Customs: 

Restaurant bills include a 10% tip, but it’s customary to give an additional 10% for good service. Tipping taxi drivers is optional.

Safety: 

The Dominican Republic is one of the safest countries in the Caribbean. Still, take precautions: use hotel safes to store your passport, money and valuables, and keep a photocopy of your passport with you. When going out at night, ask the hotel or resort to arrange a taxi.

Communication & Technology: 

Wi-Fi is available at most resorts. Mobile operators include Orange.

Smoking: 

Smoking is not permitted in restaurants or clubs.

Travel Documentation: 

Citizens of the US and Canada may enter without a passport but other approved identification is required. However, all US citizens need to have a US passport (including children) to re-enter the US when coming from the Dominican Republic.

Citizens and legal residents of the US, Canada and most European countries can enter the Dominican Republic with a 30-day tourist card, which can be bought upon arrival for $10 USD or €10.

An exit tax of $20 USD is usually included with the purchase of an airline ticket. 

Airport: 

Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ/MDPC), Las Americas International Airport (SDQ)

Car Rental: 

International car rental companies operate at the main airports, tourist destinations and towns.

Public Transportation: 

The Santo Domingo Metro offers two lines that reach the city’s top destinations. Try to avoid peak hours, as it can get quite crowded. Taxis and city buses are also readily available. “Conchos,” cars shared by up to six passengers, and “Motoconchos,” motorbike taxis, are also popular ways to get around.