Dominican Republic: Travel Tips

Whether your passion is golf, tennis, history, spas, snorkeling, or even mountain climbing, you can pursue it here. The second-largest country in the Caribbean and one of the most affordable, the Dominican Republic also offers diverse culture and a unique Latin flavor. Caribbean weather is generally good year round. The Caribbean high season spans Christmas and spring break and offers the driest weather of the year. To get the best rates, visit in the late spring or summer months—or get even better rates by traveling in the fall (September–October).

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Getting To Dominican Republic

If you are traveling from the west coast, plan on leaving as early as 7 a.m., or take a red-eye flight to Miami, Atlanta, or New York and connect from there. Coming from New York, you can expect to travel approximately five hours, from Atlanta or Miami it can be approximately three hours and as long as eight hours from Seattle. In any case, plan on leaving early or on a red-eye flight from the West Coast.

Flight times to Santo Domingo

  • 1 hour from Miami
  • 3 hours from New York City

Flight times to Puerto Plata

  • 1 hour from Miami
  • 2.5 hours from New York City

Staying In Dominican Republic

Christopher Columbus sailed here in 1492, and the trade winds still make this a favorite destination for boaters and water sports fans. Visitors can rent windsurfers, catamarans, and kayaks. Sunset cruises are also popular. Santo Domingo, the capital and one of the oldest cities in the hemisphere, has a well-preserved historic district where inviting shops, cafés, and restaurants line cobblestone streets lit by gas lamps.

Must-see Sights

  • Beaches: Located on the easternmost coast, Punta Cana offers a 20-mile stretch of pristine white sand.
  • Sports fans: Watch pro baseball players practice in the off-season from October to January.
  • Visit the historic district of Santo Domingo, where shops and cafés line cobblestone streets lit by gas lamps.
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Traveling In Dominican Republic

Classic can arrange convenient and comfortable transfers at the time of booking. You will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel via taxi or shared transfer. In some locations, a private car transfer can be arranged to avoid the stops. Classic can also arrange friendly and fast car-rental service on many of the Caribbean Islands; with an availability of the most popular car rentals, from convertibles to minivans to four-wheel-drive jeeps. Be prepared to drive on the left side of the road on many islands.

While traveling in the Dominican Republic we recommend:

  • Private transfers at time of booking - Private transfers include a meet-and-greet by English-speaking drivers, luggage assistance, and bottled water in modern vehicles.

Things to Know

Entry Requirements

  • A valid passport is generally required for entry into the Caribbean and return to the United States.
  • Some countries may also require you to present a return airline ticket.
  • It is the traveler’s responsibility to obtain the proper documents.

Currency

  • U.S. currency is accepted nearly everywhere you go in the Caribbean.
  • Currency can be exchanged at banks and island hotels (although for slightly more than the standard exchange rate).
  • Most major American and European credit cards are accepted throughout the islands.
  • ATMs are widely available throughout the Caribbean.

Time Difference

  • The islands that make up the Caribbean span several time zones.
  • Most Caribbean islands lie in the Atlantic Standard Time zone, but a few are in the Eastern Time Zone.
  • Many of the islands do not observe daylight savings time.

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