Discovering the Dominican Republic

When it comes to researching the holidays 2011 options available, you may want to consider booking a break to the Dominican Republic.

Located on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola – a landmass it shares with Haiti – the Dominican Republic offers a unique range of attractions, so there should be something for everyone, whether you are on honeymoon or travelling with friends.

Dominican Republic holidays are also the perfect place for a family vacation, as it is awash with sights sure to please young children and older people alike.

Visiting the northern region of the country allows you to stop off at a number of adventure parks – including the Columbus Water Park

- which offer thrilling rollercoaster rides and captivating stage shows. However, if you want to learn something during the course of your Dominican Republic holiday stop by the 16th century Fort San Felipe, located in San Juan – the nation’s capital.

Alternatively, the Trampolin Children’s Museum and the National Zoo in Santo Domingo can make for a great family day out, while you can see a range of colourful birds and reptiles at Manati Park.

Dominican Republic holidays can also be fantastic for enjoying a special break with your partner. With its tropical temperatures and romantic atmosphere, it is perhaps unsurprising that the country is a popular place among those keen to get married abroad.

Many of the resorts offer wedding packages – you could even get married on the beach – and you’ll be in the perfect place to enjoy an unforgettable honeymoon.

For a holiday in the Dominican Republic more orientated towards grown-ups, head to Santo Domingo where you will find a variety of casinos where you may be able to strike it lucky. The city also contains a range of restaurants, bars and clubs, including several well-known chains such as TGI Friday’s and the Hard Rock CafĂ©, so there should be plenty of options if you want to spend a night on the town.

However, if you’re keen to get back to nature during a holiday in the Dominican Republic, you’ll be glad to know that more than 25 per cent of the country is protected through nature reserves, marine sanctuaries and national parks, providing plenty of room to take in some stunning natural sights.

Duarte Peak is the highest point above sea level in the entire Caribbean, so ascending this could afford you magnificent vistas of the land below.

Meanwhile, a trip to the Jarabacoa and Constanza regions of the country offers the chance to go hiking and rafting.

But if you’re seeking a slightly more sedate holiday to the Dominican Republic you can try and perfect your golf game at one of the championship-standard courses designed by some of the sport’s biggest names such as Nick Faldo and Jack Nicklaus.

Of course, the island is well-known for its tropical climate so you may want to spend at least a portion of your break sunbathing on some of the 250 miles of sand.

Its location in the heart of the Caribbean means that whenever you visit you can experience pleasant weather. While the hottest months tend to be between June and September, the average temperature in the winter is about 19 C, making it far warmer than the UK! However, you should be aware that the country experiences its wet season between May and November, where short, sharp bursts of rain may take place.

But no matter when you go or what you do, a holiday to the Dominican Republic could soon leave you feeling suitably relaxed and refreshed.

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  1. Bluegreen Kirk Said,

    This is such a wonderful place to visit the people are nice and the beaches are great. I have been several times and plan visiting again this August.

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