Enjoy Great Holidays to Dominican Republic This Season
Over the years, our family travels to the Dominican Republic have to be one of our all-time favorite vacation destinations. In this article, I hope to offer a few tips and suggestions to help you get started with your holiday planning or perhaps to think further about visiting this beautiful island in the Caribbean.
In fact, over the last 25 years, we have had the pleasure of visiting this wonderful Caribbean Island four times, and certainly intend on returning once again, for a number of reasons.
Pristine beaches, white powdery sand, crystal clear water, swaying palm trees in a warm Caribbean breeze make this destination …. Perfect!
Combine all the above together for an absolutely perfect holiday in the Dominican Republic. First, check out this short video to get you thinking of a tropical vacation to the Dominican!
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The Dominican Republic is one of the three island groups located in the Greater Antilles and comprising of the many islands of the Caribbean Sea. The south part of the island borders the beautiful blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, while to the north you will find the warm clear emerald colors of the Atlantic Ocean.
There are four main areas of the island that tourists from all over the world flock to each year. Our family have been to all over the years, and I will try to touch on each in this article to give you an idea of what this beautiful island has to offer.
Choose from the Many Dominican Island Resorts
With the Island being the second largest in the Caribbean, next to Cuba, choices are abundant when it comes to where you and your family would like to stay and on what part. You can take advantage of wonderful travel deals here and enjoy all inclusive family vacations at some of the most beautiful resorts to be found anywhere in the Caribbean!
Many of the major hotel resort chains can be found in the Dominican.
Let’s have a look at some of the more popular tourist areas of the island and where you and your family might like to spend your next vacation!
Beautiful All Inclusive Resorts in Punta Cana
Without a doubt and the most popular area for tourists taking their holidays here is to the area called … Punta Cana. There are numerous beautiful resorts to choose from in Punta Cana when selecting your all inclusive holiday. 🙂 This beautiful stretch of land is located on the eastern portion of the island bordering the Atlantic Ocean to the north and the Caribbean Sea to the south.
Crystal Clear Waters of the Dominican
Punta Cana’s beaches stretch for nearly 30 miles. You can literally walk for miles along the shoreline! Bavaro Beach in this region is one of the most popular and surrounded by magnificent resorts. A perfect location for taking the family on tropical vacation! 😆 Some very popular inclusive resorts in Punta Cana are …
Occidental Grand Punta Cana
Caribe Club Princess Beach Resort & Spa
Barcelo Punta Cana
Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana
… and the list goes on and on!
An honorable mention should be given to one of this Caribbean Islands more luxurious resorts and where many tourists choose to stay when visiting is …
Iberostar Grand Bavaro Hotel – Voted Top 10 all-inclusive resorts in the world! (by Trip Advisor)
The Dominican is the Caribbean’s undeniable front runner when it comes to all inclusive resorts. There are presently well over 24 properties on its shores at last count, ranging from luxury hotels to budget priced accommodations.
Our family have always managed to find great deals to the Dominican most any time of the year, making for excellent affordable family vacations!
Be Sure to Visit the City of Higuey
The Historic City of Higuey is located within a just a few kilometers of the resort area of Punta Cana and where the airport is located. The Punta Cana International Airport is convenient to the fine resorts on the coastline and is also one of the busiest in the Caribbean Islands.
Higuey is famous for its 500 year old Cathedral, La Basilica de Higuey, La Altagracia where you will find the famous painting of the … ” Virgen de la Altagracia.”
La Basilica de Higuey, La Altagracia
For more information on Punta Cana, be sure to visit:
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Puerto Plata is an Excellent Choice for Golfers
One of the many beautiful beaches found in the Dominican
Located on the north you will find the City of Puerto Plata and the Village of Sosua. Another historic city filled with and oozing with history! Puerto Plata is another favorite region for your Dominican holiday. Although this resort area is now older than Punta Cana, it is still favored among many, especially those looking to hit the links and do some serious golfing while on vacation.
There are a number of wonderful golf resorts located in Puerto Plata to choose from.
Numerous championship golf courses can be found in the Dominican, including the outstanding Playa Grande Golf Course which has secured the nickname the … Pebble Beach of the Caribbean.
Spectacular Sunsets in the Dominican
Golf – Beaches – Resorts and History All in Puerto Plata
The City is serviced with a major international airport serving tourists from all over, making it very convenient to fly directly to the north end of the island. Booking flights to the Dominican Republic is easy and most major carriers fly to this popular island.
Two major attractions in the City and that we as a family have seen first hand on our visit to the Dominican are;
- Aerial Tramway … the only aerial tramway to be found in the Caribbean. Located right in the city you can enjoy a ride up to ‘Pico Isabel de Torres’, a 793 meter high mountain. At the top of the mountain you can enjoy a beautiful botanical garden and a replica of Christ the Redeemer, the famous statue seen in Rio de Janeiro.
- Fort San Felipe … a landmark of the City, this fort built in 1577 still stands for visitors to enjoy. Originally built to protect citizens from English & French Pirates who routinely arrived and terrorized locals.
I highly recommend taking in these 2 sites on your visit to the Island. For more information on Puerto Plata and Dominican Republic holidays, I have included a helpful link to an informative website for your convenience …
Some well known and favorite area resorts in this region are …
Viva Wyndham Tangerine Resort
Iberostar Costa Dorada
Casa Colonial Beach & Spa
Barcelo Puerto Plata
Again, just a few listed of the many resort complexes in this area.
Visit Sosua for a Touch of the Old Dominican
Vendor on the Beach in Sosua
Many years ago, 1987 for that matter, my wife and I took our first holiday together to the Dominican Republic and at that time, Puerto Plata and the quaint village of Sosua were the places to go on the island.
Sosua is commonly referred to as the Acapulco of the Dominican Republic This area really is where tourism first began for the island in the 1980’s. We have since returned with our children and although not as popular now as the newer resorts of Punta Cana, for those seeking a quieter more laid back location, Sosua still is a nice place to spend your family vacation.
Sosua Bay is Perfect for the Entire Family
Beautiful Sosua Bay
Sosua Bay is a lovely protected beach that stretches over one kilometer. Soft sand, clear water and protected waters make this area very safe for swimming for the entire family. Sosua is a perfect family holiday destination! There are some lovely smaller resorts in the area, including all inclusive and offering very good value in comparison to the higher end resorts in Punta Cana.
Two such resorts that we have had the pleasure of staying at are …
We chose the Casa Marina Beach Hotel on our last visit and enjoyed our stay at this property. Both are very nice resorts, easy beach front access, clean and comfortable.
Explore Cayo Levantado with Its Amazing White Sand and Turquoise Waters
One enjoyable day trip adventure worth exploring and that our family thoroughly enjoyed, was an excursion to a small island called … Cayo Levantado.
A City of over 52,000, is in north eastern part of the Dominican Republic. This is the main cruise ship port for the island. Cayo Levantadoor commonly referred to as … Bacardi Island is a tiny island located in Samana Bay.
A very enjoyable day trip, with a lunch stop at a local café, boat ride and pleasant safe swimming in crystal clear waters and BBQ buffet on the island.’
Tours to Cayo Levantado can be easily booked from any one of the hotels you may be staying at. For those looking for a quiet get a way, without the crowds, there are a few lovely resorts in Samana.
Dominican Kids Sailing Homemade Rafts
A couple of the better known resorts in Samana are …
Gran Bahia Principe
Just a few to check out when planning your tropical escape!
Do Not Forget La Romana and Bayahibe
It was while on one of our family holidays that we discovered this beautiful part of the Island bordering the spectacular Caribbean Sea!
Without a doubt … my most favorite part of the Island!
Bayahibe is a very small fishing village on the south end of the island and located approximately ten miles from the City of La Romana. La Romana is the third largest City in the Dominican with a population well over 250,000. A very popular tourist destination as well, also serviced with an international airport for travelers. La Romana Dominican Republic resorts are among the finest found on the island as well.
Bayahibe is quiet, away from the hustle and bustle, yet still has a few lovely all – inclusive resorts to choose from located on the shores of the blue waters of the Caribbean Sea.
Soft sand, crystal clear water, great swimming and relaxation are found in Bayahibe!
We found this beautiful hide a way as a result of a day snorkeling excursion we embarked on while vacationing in Punta Cana.
Our Beautiful Resort in Bayahibe – Dominican Republic
Discover Beautiful Saona Island
Our snorkeling adventure was to the beautiful tropical island called … Saona. This truly is a tropical paradise that would be hard to find anywhere else in the Caribbean! This is a fantastic day trip adventure for the whole family if you love snorkeling, white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and solitude!
There are a few resorts located in Bayahibe, but not like that of Punta Cana. For example, here you can find resorts such as …
Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach ( We stayed at this resort! )
Enjoy a 30 Minute Boat Ride to this Tiny Caribbean Paradise
From the shores of our resort, we enjoyed a high speed boat ride, passing thru a lovely National Park ending up on the shores of this majestic tiny island in paradise. Spend your leisure time on the island swimming, snorkeling and later enjoy Cuba Libre’s and a lovely BBQ lunch on the beach.
A wonderful tropical excursion for the entire family!
Crystal Clear Waters of Saona
Choose Catalina Island for Another Piece of Paradise
As well, one other day excursion from this area is to … Catalina Island.
This is a similar island to Saona, but in the opposite direction. If you happen to book one of those all inclusive cruise deals and sail to this part of the Caribbean, you could end up enjoying a stop – over at Catalina Island and the Port of La Romana.
Another lovely little tropical island to escape to when enjoying the Dominican. I could go on and on writing about this lovely Island in Paradise. The Dominican Republic is one of my absolute favorite holiday destinations!
Brave Helicopter Pilot as we watch Utterly Amazed!
Great Weather, Beaches, Food and People in a Tropical Paradise!
I have listed a couple of helpful websites below for you check out, offering more great information on this spectacular island.
There are affordable vacation packages to Dominican Republic all year long, so why not think about a family vacation to this beautiful Island in the Caribbean!
Update January 2014
Top Tourism Honors Awarded to the Dominican Republic for 2013
Some major players in the Tourist Industry have ranked this beautiful island as one of the top places to travel and holiday in the world! So what are you waiting for? Start planning your holiday to the Dominican Republic today! 🙂
AAA Punta Cana Travel Recognition
The American Automobile Association recently named Punta Cana a Top International Vacation Destination for both affordable and luxury all-inclusive vacations. With many factors including beautiful beaches, family holiday destinations, wedding locations and much more!
Domincian Republic Recognition by USA Today
USA Today honored the Dominican Republic in numerous categories for top travel destinations in 2016. Some of these accolades included;
Best Destination in the Caribbean
Best Adventure Destination
Best in Food Category in the Caribbean
and many more!
Isn’t it time you visited the Dominican Republic? 🙂
Have you visited the Dominican Republic? If so, where did you stay on the island and what did you enjoy most about your stay in the DR?
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