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Dominican Republic Travel Information

Flights to the Dominican Republic's Punta Cana airport leave from major UK airports daily.

  • Currency: Dominican peso
  • Time difference: GMT -5
  • Flight time from the UK: 9 hours and 15 minutes to Punta Cana
  • Visa: No - tourist card required
  • Language: Spanish
  • National drink: Mamajuana
  • National dish: Sancocho

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Dominican Republic Activities

There's adventure aplenty in this tropical destination. Swim in waterfalls, explore the biking trails or head out to sea to go whale watching and see the incredible marine life in the surrounding waters. You'll also find ATV tours and jeep safaris available that allow you to see more of the island on four wheels. Watersports are also available along the many stretches of coastline, whether you want to try kayaking or windsurfing. If you are looking for something a little more relaxed - or just for those days off - our selection of resorts offer gorgeous swimming pools to cool off in, kids’ clubs to keep the little ones entertained and even beautiful spas for indulgent massages.

Dominican Republic Food & Drink

The Dominican Republic offers a hearty range of delicious dishes at its cafes and restaurants across the island, with a cuisine that is a blend of Caribbean, Latin American and Spanish influences. When you're feeling thirsty, try out the local favourite, mamajuana - a mixture of rum, red wine and honey brewed with bark, twigs and herbs that has a real kick! Also look out for helado de batata while on your travels, this deliciously simple ice cream is ideal for cooling down and consists of sweet potato, milk and sugar mixed and frozen together. It’s good to remember, when dining out or enjoying a drink at the nearest beach bar that it is customary to tip ten per cent of the bill in the Dominican Republic.

Dominican Republic Attractions

For nature lovers, the Haitises National Park is a wonder of mangrove forests and cave systems to discover with a guide. You can reach the park via boat from Samaná, kayak across the waters to reach it or hike to certain parts from Sabana de la Mar - but bear in mind you must be with a licensed tour guide to visit. Alternatively, plan a trip to Santa Domingo and its historic central neighbourhood that is the perfect spot to while away a day exploring and shopping in the many stores and eateries. The area is considered to be the first European Colonial district that was set up and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring stunning 16th Century architecture to discover.

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