• Dominican Republic, Saona Island
  • Overview

    Hundreds of kilometres of coastline, stunning mountain scenery, and evocative colonial architecture; everything symptomatic of an island paradise can be found in the Dominican Republic. With myriad watersports, championship golf courses, great spas and luxury resorts, a holiday here is about as relaxing and undemanding as you can get.

    The island

    Famed for baseball, beaches and a rich heritage of African, Spanish and Taíno Indian culture, the Dominican Republic is vibrant, exquisite and unhurried. This is an island that knows how to party, as can be seen at Carnival celebrations held throughout the country and at each town's own distinctive fiesta. Beyond the capital, much of the Dominican Republic is distinctly rural, with vistas reminiscent of the Alps, and lush rainforests that conceal stunning waterfalls and sparkling spring-fed pools. With 1,000 miles of stunning coastline, the beaches are, of course, the defining feature of the island; white-sand beaches are shaded by rows of palm trees, lined with dramatic rocky cliffs and wind-swept dunes, or even serene mangrove lagoons.

    Activities

    Thanks to its size, Dominican Republic offers more variety of activities than perhaps any other Caribbean country. Renowned as a leading golf destination in the region, it has many world-renowned courses. On the water, surfing, kite surfing and windsurfing opportunities abound as well as a variety of motorised and non-motorised watersports. Divers and snorkellers will find excellent sites teeming with marine life. Inland, adventure sports enthusiasts can try canyoning, mountain biking and caving or explore the landscape on guided hikes. From December to March, hop on a boat to spot humpback whales.

    Dining

    Lunch is the main meal of the day for Dominicans; La Bandera Dominicana, a heaping plate of rice and beans, served with meat and a side salad, is the traditional favourite. A unique local drink, known as Mama Juana, is a staple of the island. This concoction of rum, red wine, and honey, soaked with tree bark and herbs, is said to taste similar to port or Amaro, and locals even make claims of its near-mystical healing abilities.

    When to visit

    The Dominican Republic has a tropical climate that enjoys high temperatures throughout the year. As with most tropical destinations, rainy seasons are inevitable, though rainfall usually comes in heavy showers which clear quickly, giving way to hot sunny days. Sunshine and temperatures are at their best between December and March. The hurricane and storm season is June to November with the most risk from August to September.

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Hundreds of kilometres of coastline, stunning mountain scenery, and evocative colonial architecture; everything symptomatic of an island paradise can be found in the Dominican Republic. With myriad watersports, championship golf courses, great spas and luxury resorts, a holiday here is about as relaxing and undemanding as you can get.

The island

Famed for baseball, beaches and a rich heritage of African, Spanish and Taíno Indian culture, the Dominican Republic is vibrant, exquisite and unhurried. This is an island that knows how to party, as can be seen at Carnival celebrations held throughout the country and at each town's own distinctive fiesta. Beyond the capital, much of the Dominican Republic is distinctly rural, with vistas reminiscent of the Alps, and lush rainforests that conceal stunning waterfalls and sparkling spring-fed pools. With 1,000 miles of stunning coastline, the beaches are, of course, the defining feature of the island; white-sand beaches are shaded by rows of palm trees, lined with dramatic rocky cliffs and wind-swept dunes, or even serene mangrove lagoons.

Activities

Thanks to its size, Dominican Republic offers more variety of activities than perhaps any other Caribbean country. Renowned as a leading golf destination in the region, it has many world-renowned courses. On the water, surfing, kite surfing and windsurfing opportunities abound as well as a variety of motorised and non-motorised watersports. Divers and snorkellers will find excellent sites teeming with marine life. Inland, adventure sports enthusiasts can try canyoning, mountain biking and caving or explore the landscape on guided hikes. From December to March, hop on a boat to spot humpback whales.

Dining

Lunch is the main meal of the day for Dominicans; La Bandera Dominicana, a heaping plate of rice and beans, served with meat and a side salad, is the traditional favourite. A unique local drink, known as Mama Juana, is a staple of the island. This concoction of rum, red wine, and honey, soaked with tree bark and herbs, is said to taste similar to port or Amaro, and locals even make claims of its near-mystical healing abilities.

When to visit

The Dominican Republic has a tropical climate that enjoys high temperatures throughout the year. As with most tropical destinations, rainy seasons are inevitable, though rainfall usually comes in heavy showers which clear quickly, giving way to hot sunny days. Sunshine and temperatures are at their best between December and March. The hurricane and storm season is June to November with the most risk from August to September.

Featured hotels

Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa

5 star

Adult only Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa offers a luxurious hideaway where the Unlimited-Luxury® concept provides limitless access to gourmet dining and an almost endless choice of daytime activities and nightly entertainment.

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Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana

5 star

On a long stretch of palm-lined white sand beach, adult only Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana offers luxurious accommodation and attentive service together with unlimited gourmet dining and an excellent choice of activities as part of its Unlimited-Luxury® concept.

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Zoetry Agua Punta Cana

5 star boutique

On a stunning stretch of pristine beach Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana nestles amidst lush, beautifully landscaped grounds in Uvero Alto and offers a tranquil and peaceful ambience, a stylishly elegant design and attentive, personal service.

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Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana

5 star

On the pristine golden sands of Macao, Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana enjoys an idyllic setting and offers a fabulous range of impressive restaurants, fun-filled activities and nightly entertainment for both families and couples.

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Featured hotels

Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa

5 star

Adult only Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa offers a luxurious hideaway where the Unlimited-Luxury® concept provides limitless access to gourmet dining and an almost endless choice of daytime activities and nightly entertainment.

Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana

5 star

On a long stretch of palm-lined white sand beach, adult only Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana offers luxurious accommodation and attentive service together with unlimited gourmet dining and an excellent choice of activities as part of its Unlimited-Luxury® concept.

Zoetry Agua Punta Cana

5 star boutique

On a stunning stretch of pristine beach Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana nestles amidst lush, beautifully landscaped grounds in Uvero Alto and offers a tranquil and peaceful ambience, a stylishly elegant design and attentive, personal service.

Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana

5 star

On the pristine golden sands of Macao, Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana enjoys an idyllic setting and offers a fabulous range of impressive restaurants, fun-filled activities and nightly entertainment for both families and couples.

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