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Punta Cana

The vibrant destination of Punta Cana lies on the Eastern coastOla from LaDon's Condo located in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic! of the Dominican Republic, complete with its own international Airport, and lined with over 40 miles of breathtaking beaches. With a great choice of world-class golf courses, endless water sports activities, and exquisite dining options. Punta Cana is one of the most popular and by far the fastest growing destination of the Caribbean.

Select your speed boat and, catch the waves at LaDon's Punta-Cana-Condo!This young destination of color and Latin flavor combines the true friendliness and professionalism of the Dominican people with an infrastructure. Local regulations are helping to preserve the natural atmosphere and tropical ambiance of its pristine white coastlines. Come and experience for yourself.

A multitude of quality activities make Punta Cana an interesting and versatile destination worth while visiting

The endless pristine white beaches with soft powdery sand frame the coastline of Bavaro, where a coral reef barrier shelters warm shallow turquoise waters. This is the perfect place forEnjoy speed boating at LaDon's Punta Cana Condo snorkeling, kayaking, sailing, racing a speedboat or just dreaming! Cruise the coastline of Bavaro on a glass-bottom boat and get a thrill of you lifetime swimming with tame shark and rays in a net. For lovers of the gentler animals of the sea, swimming with the dolphins in an ocean basin can be done, and during certain months of the year, whale watching attract people from all over the world.

Great Golfing in Punta Cana at LaDon's Punta Cana CondoPunta Cana has truly become a golfer’s paradise. There are many spectacular oceanfront golf courses, designed by names like Pete Dye, Jose ‘Pepe” Gancedo, Nick Faldo, Nick Price and Jack Nicklaus. For the Deep Sea Fishers, there are big game fish populating the Caribbean waters, Blue and White Marlin, Mahi-Mahis, Wahoo and Sailfish. International annual fishing tournaments attract big-game fishers from all over the world.

For a special evening highlight, there are several options for fine dining offsite in restaurants offering different cuisines. Usually delicious fresh seafood and catch of the day is offered in most restaurants. Afterwards, the pulsing Caribbean night beckons you with its selection of casinos and discotheques.

Punta Cana

The vibrant destination of Punta Cana lies on the Eastern coastOla from LaDon's Condo located in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic! of the Dominican Republic, complete with its own international Airport, and lined with over 40 miles of breathtaking beaches. With a great choice of world-class golf courses, endless water sports activities, and exquisite dining options. Punta Cana is one of the most popular and by far the fastest growing destination of the Caribbean.

Select your speed boat and, catch the waves at LaDon's Punta-Cana-Condo!This young destination of color and Latin flavor combines the true friendliness and professionalism of the Dominican people with an infrastructure. Local regulations are helping to preserve the natural atmosphere and tropical ambiance of its pristine white coastlines. Come and experience for yourself.

A multitude of quality activities make Punta Cana an interesting and versatile destination worth while visiting

The endless pristine white beaches with soft powdery sand frame the coastline of Bavaro, where a coral reef barrier shelters warm shallow turquoise waters. This is the perfect place forEnjoy speed boating at LaDon's Punta Cana Condo snorkeling, kayaking, sailing, racing a speedboat or just dreaming! Cruise the coastline of Bavaro on a glass-bottom boat and get a thrill of you lifetime swimming with tame shark and rays in a net. For lovers of the gentler animals of the sea, swimming with the dolphins in an ocean basin can be done, and during certain months of the year, whale watching attract people from all over the world.

Great Golfing in Punta Cana at LaDon's Punta Cana CondoPunta Cana has truly become a golfer’s paradise. There are many spectacular oceanfront golf courses, designed by names like Pete Dye, Jose ‘Pepe” Gancedo, Nick Faldo, Nick Price and Jack Nicklaus. For the Deep Sea Fishers, there are big game fish populating the Caribbean waters, Blue and White Marlin, Mahi-Mahis, Wahoo and Sailfish. International annual fishing tournaments attract big-game fishers from all over the world.

For a special evening highlight, there are several options for fine dining offsite in restaurants offering different cuisines. Usually delicious fresh seafood and catch of the day is offered in most restaurants. Afterwards, the pulsing Caribbean night beckons you with its selection of casinos and discotheques.

Punta Cana and Bavaro Country Clubs

Iberostar Bavaro Golf & Club
Enjoy Golf at the Iberostar Bavaro Golf Course
Cocotal Golf & Country Club
Enjoy Golf at Cocotal Golf and Country Club
Punta Espada Golf Course
Enjoy Punta Espada Golf & Country Club
La Cana Golf Course
Enjoy the Punta Cana Resort & Club
Punta Blanca Golf Course
Enjoy Punta Bllanca Golf Club

Punta Cana and Bavaro Country Clubs

Iberostar Bavaro Golf & Club
Enjoy Golf at the Iberostar Bavaro Golf Course
Cocotal Golf & Country Club
Enjoy Golf at Cocotal Golf and Country Club
Punta Espada Golf Course
Enjoy Punta Espada Golf & Country Club
La Cana Golf Course
Enjoy the Punta Cana Resort & Club
Punta Blanca Golf Course
Enjoy Punta Bllanca Golf Club


Negotiating with Vendors

How to negotiate:
1) Set a price in your head of what you feel the merchandice is worth. The way I look at it is, if I saw this merchandice in a store, what price tag would have to be on it to make me feel comfortable buying it.

2) Let the vendor tell you his price.

3) Laugh out loud, or make some kind of gesture to show him or her how rediculous this price is.

4) Let him make the first move downward.

5) Laugh at this price.

6) By now, the vendor will hand you a calculator.

7) Enter a price well be low your ceiling, but high enough to keep negotiations going. (If the offer from the vender is $30 and your ceiling is $15, put in a $9 offer.

 8) He or she will laugh and tell you there is no way that price will work. Give the calculator back and tell him to enter a new price closer to yours. He will come back with an offer of $23.

9) Your first move should be your largest, showing that you are willing to deal. (make an offer of $12, and any subsequent offer should be in increments of $1). Make sure that during this negotiation, you look uncomfortable with the price.

10) If he goes to talk to the manager, you know you have a deal. During this discussion with the manager, take an opportunity to get your money together.

11) The vendor's last offer will be close to your's. Hold up $1 less than your final offer. (you do this because the vendor, after you make the deal will ask for $1 tip for making this deal so sweet for you. This way you can give the dollar and not feel like you've been taken)

12) Once the offer is accepted, appear to be uncomfortable with the transaction. The vendor will feel proud that he got you to come up from your original offer, and will be happy to deal with you again later.

 

Negotiating with Vendors

How to negotiate:
1) Set a price in your head of what you feel the merchandice is worth. The way I look at it is, if I saw this merchandice in a store, what price tag would have to be on it to make me feel comfortable buying it.

2) Let the vendor tell you his price.

3) Laugh out loud, or make some kind of gesture to show him or her how rediculous this price is.

4) Let him make the first move downward.

5) Laugh at this price.

6) By now, the vendor will hand you a calculator.

7) Enter a price well be low your ceiling, but high enough to keep negotiations going. (If the offer from the vender is $30 and your ceiling is $15, put in a $9 offer.

 8) He or she will laugh and tell you there is no way that price will work. Give the calculator back and tell him to enter a new price closer to yours. He will come back with an offer of $23.

9) Your first move should be your largest, showing that you are willing to deal. (make an offer of $12, and any subsequent offer should be in increments of $1). Make sure that during this negotiation, you look uncomfortable with the price.

10) If he goes to talk to the manager, you know you have a deal. During this discussion with the manager, take an opportunity to get your money together.

11) The vendor's last offer will be close to your's. Hold up $1 less than your final offer. (you do this because the vendor, after you make the deal will ask for $1 tip for making this deal so sweet for you. This way you can give the dollar and not feel like you've been taken)

12) Once the offer is accepted, appear to be uncomfortable with the transaction. The vendor will feel proud that he got you to come up from your original offer, and will be happy to deal with you again later.

 

Nightlife In Punta Cana

MANGU: Located in the Grand Occidental Flamenco Resort , this is the world famous disco with two floors of amazing music to satisfy all your fantasies. Mangu is a dream world that is quite unforgettable. The first floor will get you moving with beautiful Merengue, Bachata, Reggaeton and Hip-Hop music. A lot of Latin and Caribbean influence on this level.  Sometimes the famous "Rollerblader" may come downstairs on the stage or do some breakdancing on the dance floor. This level of the disco is awesome! You will never stop dancing unless you need to quench your thirst with another drink ,from the sexy bar tenders. As you start to walk up the "Stairway to Heaven" you will hear some sexy House beats spinning. They also play some Trance, many other styles of House and some Techno beats. This place is a dream world with a VIP lounge with low white leather couches , a raised DJ Booth, and the bar area lit with purple neon lights, They have white cloth tied together like a swing for when the shows are put on by the dancers.  This disco is truly one to meet a million of your fantasies im one night! The dancers are so fun and love to put on a show for everyone. Once you get on the dance floor it is hard to leave beacuse it is such a fun place. Dance from dusk till dawn! There are many other surprises this disco brings to the people, so if you go to Dominican Republic  in the Bavaro area, you must go to Disco Mangu. It would be a shame if you passed this amazing opportunity by!

Ladies if you go there single you can expect to get attention from the many Dominican men who attend the disco. This bar attracts many locals and tourists. It is the # 1 disco in Punta Cana! It opens at 11 pm and doesn't close until people start clearing out.

Imagine Nightclub: Imagine Nightclub is one of the best off resort nightlife options in Punta Cana.

Located inside a cave it's about a 15-30 minute ride from most resorts.

There are 4 different caves each with their own ambiance. The club regularly holds themed events, check their website for details (google "imagine punta cana" or check out their facebook page) Imagine is popular with tourists and locals alike. I'd definitely recommend it for a great night out.

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Cost: 55$US includes free drinks/open bar for one night until 4am, one weeks free transportation to and from your hotel on their shuttle bus, one weeks free entry.

Arriving with your own transport/taxi - 20$US entry fee includes one free drink per person.

There are plenty of taxis waiting outside the club for those who have arrived independently or those who wish to leave early (you will need to pay for a taxi).

DISCO PACHA: Located in the Riu Resorts, this disco club is one of the first to become a big attraction for the ones who love the nightlife. With concerts of local famous bands and an eccentric combination of International and Caribbean rhythms, it is a guarantee for you to experience the night of your life.  Request your favorite cocktail and let yourself be driven by the rhythms. 

AREITO: Located in Caribe Club Princess this is one of the newest discos to the Punta Cana Area.  Decorated with Indigenes elements and Aborigine cultural objects and just by the name you will see why this disco is a favorite “The dance of the Gods”. In that spirit you can enjoy the most exclusive atmosphere.  With live shows and events that are organized all the time one knows that you will have a fulfilled night.  

UNA MAS: Located across from the princess tower casino this is the Newest lounge in Punta Cana. With the style of new york and glam of europe it is sure to be the next hot spot in the DR. With a special VIP area like no other, and music that is constantly updated, you will be sure to be impressed. Very close to some of the other clubs so easy access from almost anywhere you are. Try there house special shot called NO MAS you'll understand the meaning after you take one! 

Altos de Chavon and Catlina Island

Altos de Chavon

Where History and Beauty Meet

Altos de Chavon is a scenic trip within reach from LaDon's CondoIn 1976, on a verdant plateau 100 miles east of Santo Domingo--the historic capital of the Dominican Republic--an extraordinary cultural undertaking began to unfold. Dominican stonecutters, woodworkers, and iron-smiths combined their crafts to create the rich architectural landscape that would emerge as Altos de Chavon.

Today this vibrant cultural village perched high above the Chavon River embodies half a millennium of the island's finest tradition of crafts and art. The distant mountains of eastern Hispaniola merge with the sea to create the perfect setting for this celebration of the region's past. Nearby is Casa de Campo, one of the Caribbean's most complete resorts.

A walk down the cobblestone paths of Altos de Chavon reveals, at every turn, architecture reminiscent of another era. Coral block and terra cotta buildings enfold craft workshops, artists’ studios, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Complementing this tranquil evocation of the past is the exuberant artistry of today

The Altos de Chavon craft ateliers are small production centers where trained local artisans execute ceramic, silk-screen, and woven-fiber products. These works are at once respectful of the island’s history yet boldly international in design concept and quality. From the lively clay apothecary jars to the brightly colored tapestries found in traditional Dominican houses, the craft ateliers keep the richness of island myth, folklore, and handcrafted expression very much alive. The posters, note cards, and printed T-shirts produced by the silk-screen workshop are among the most authentic in the Caribbean.

Tabacalera de Garcia Cigar Factory Tour

Tabacalera de Garcia Cigar FactoryOver 4,000 workers making some of the world's most highly regarded Dominican cigars! Definitely one of the best experiences and most entertaining two hours I've spent on a tour. The staff is very friendly and helpful when picking from dozens of different cigars.

The very best cigars!

Only a cab ride away from Punta Cana, located in nearby LaCigar Manufacturing Romana. Several trip formats available, I took the 120 minute VIP tour and tasted a Seijas Signature cigar. Wonderful!!

Catamaran Cruise to Saona Island from Punta Cana

Catamaran CruiseRelax on the beach, enjoy the crystalline waters or explore the tropical surrounds on a relaxing catamaran cruise to Saona Island. White sandy beaches, coconut palms, crystal clear turquoise waters and a special Dominican touch makes for an unforgettable day of relaxation during your Caribbean vacation.

Tropical Storm Bavaro Cruise

Board the Tropical Storm to enjoy a slow and relaxing sail from Punta Cana, over the crystal clear aqua waters of the Caribbean, along the stunning, white sandy coastline of Bavaro. Start your day with a visit to the wreck of the Astron, a sunken freighter which lies in shallow water close to the shore. Here you can see large schools of blue fish, barracuda and yellowtail snapper.

Cruise to a natural swimming pool where you will have time to relax, swim or have fun on the biggest slide in Bavaro! Snorkeling equipment is available on board with instruction available for beginners if required. In the tranquil surroundings with nothing but the sound of the wind and waves in your ears, sit back and enjoy lunch onboard.

Later you can enjoy a drink while swimming in waist deep water with a floating bar on hand.

Punta Cana Half-Day Dune Buggy Adventure

Enjoy Great Dune Buggy ToursAfter being picked up from your Punta Cana hotel, you'll receive brief safety instructions and rules from your knowledgeable guide. Then, jump inside your dune buggy and get ready to start the adventure of a lifetime! With original VW engines, these vehicles are sure to impress with their speed and agility!

The adventure starts as you head out into the DominicanTo the beach! countryside, passing colorful Caribbean houses along the way. Your first stop will be for a real Dominican coffee, ensuring your energy level is high for the rest of your drive!

Following the nature path and passing by palm trees and banana plantations, you'll reach an authentic limestone mine. Next, cruise over farmland and see the seasonal fruits and vegetables before stopping at a horse stable to try one of the island's best coconuts!

What a ride!Driving on a paved road to the villages of La Caiba and Macao, you'll make a stop at a local colmado (grocery store), where you can join local people from the countryside doing their daily shopping. Enjoy snacks and drinks at the colmado then head over to Macao Beach, one of the last natural beaches in the Dominican Republic.

Drive along the white sand and enjoy breathtaking views of the beach and ocean. If there's time, you'll stop for a quick dip in the ocean before returning back to Punta Cana!

Dominican Republic Monster Truck Safari

The Monster Truck Tour is magnificent!Leave the urban centers of Punta Cana and Puerto Plata behind and visit the true Dominican Republic! Join a unique tour of the Dominican Republic on an 8x8 Monster Truck Safari and visit back country roads, sugar cane fields and an authentic Dominican school. With a delicious lunch, Dominican coffee and drinks included, all you need to bring is your sense of adventure!

Caribbean Festival Snorkel Cruise

Great snorkeling fun!Come on board for an unforgettable day of cruising, snorkeling and dancing. Sit back and relax as you cruise along the stunning Bavaro coastline. Add a little adventure to your day and snorkel in the crystal clear waters. Enjoy a Caribbean dance show and join in the dancing for an experience not to be missed.

Country Adventure Safari

Leave your Punta Cana hotel far, far behind as you head into the amazing Dominican countryside with a professional local guide. Learn about the culture and history of this wonderful while enjoying the most beautiful regions of the Dominican Republic, where you will visit a typical country house and taste the local specialties at a local cafe. You will also have the chance to mingle with the locals at the next stop, at an elementary school 'La Seiba'.

Marinarium Shark and Ray Experience

Swimming with the rays and the sharksDiscover the beauty of the underwater world as you snorkel and swim along the biggest coral reefs of Punta Cana, making friends with the giant sting rays and nurse sharks. Then its on to some natural pools where you can enjoy a beautiful cocktail as you relax in the water! With something for everyone, this family firendly excursion is a must do when visiting the Dominican Republic!

Bavaro Splash Speedboat Ride

Splash Speed BoatsThe waters surrounding Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic are a dream to explore and you'll get the chance to do just that on this adrenaline-filled water activity. Experience an aquatic adventure as you drive your own speedboat on the turquoise sea of the Caribbean on a James Bond style ride!

Punta Cana Seaquarium Undersater Adventure

Walking the sea bottomJacques Costeau eat your heart out! Walk along the ocean floor and discover the amazing corals and tropical fish of the Caribbean. This is the easiest way to explore the underwater world, its as simple as walking and breathing.
.On this Seaquarium Underwater Adventure you will discover a submarine wreck, reefs, sting rays, sharks and a great variety of colorful fishes. Imagine discovering all this without getting your hair wet, you can even do it with your prescription glasses on! Slip on the helmet, attach the air tube and you are ready to start exploring.

There is no easier way for you and your family to explore below the surface, and discover what lies beneath the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. A professional diver is on hand at all times to ensure your safety and comfort.

The Seaquarium Underwater Adventure is suitable for everyone aged 8 years and over. This is an easy and safe experience the whole family will love during your Dominican vacation.

Canopy Zipline Adventure

Adventures in the Jungle while you stay at LaDon's Condo in BavaroThis adventure is a Canopy Tour located in the jungle of Anamuya Bavaro Punta Cana. You will feel the adrenaline and enjoy the sense of flying between the trees in our super safe double cable canopy lines, available only on our tour. Enjoy our Caribbean scenery through our 8 double line cables and 15 platforms. We pick you up at your hotel and other convenient locations and take you through scenic highways and small villages to our facility in the mountains. Once at our ranch, our experienced guides train you, fit you into your safety equipment, and assist you through the entire tour. All that is left is to have fun and enjoy the magic of our Canopy adventure!  It is a great combination with all of the nearby beach resorts. It will be the highlight of your unforgetable Punta Cana vacation!

The Dominican Republic Canopy Adventure , is a half day adventure and experience in nature located in the most beautiful part of the Anamuya Tropical forest.

You may know of other zip line rides or similar tours but none offer the same adrenaline with cables that reach over 700 meters in length and a spectacular view of the rainforest from the top of the tallest trees.

Zipping in the JungleThe excitement begins as the Canopy guide begins to introduce the team to our customers and explains the safety measures we have installed to insure you have an exciting and safe adventure.

Each length of our zipline adventure is attended to by our experienced guides who inspect each harness at each of the stops in the trees along with guidance through the walking trails from point to point in the tropical jungle.

Upon your completion of this exciting adventure we return you to our tour headquarters where we offer everyone tropical fruits, water and Dominican coffee.

As an additional offering, we film each of customer's adventure and transfer this experience to DVD for a small fee.

Parasailing Adventure

Parasailing at LaDon's Condo in Punta Cana

Have you ever wanted to try parasailing?
Now is your chance! It is fun, safe and an experience of a lifetime!

LaDon's visitors take a day of ParasailingBest views of Bavaro / Punta Cana, guaranteed. 70 km of white sand, palm trees, and turquoise waters...

You'll remember it forever. We are the premier parasail company on the east coast of the Dominican Republic. With over 60,000 flights since 2001, our skilled captains and crew are among the most experienced in the business.

A look from the sky while parasailingImagine being raised 150 feet up in the air, wind hitting your face and the beautiful Caribbean ocean under your feet giving away to a spectacular tropical island view. Well stop imaging it and come enjoy this 12 minute ride of pure fun and relaxation. All you really need is a swimsuit and a camera, and to just sit back and enjoy the ride.

 

Nightlife In Punta Cana

MANGU: Located in the Grand Occidental Flamenco Resort , this is the world famous disco with two floors of amazing music to satisfy all your fantasies. Mangu is a dream world that is quite unforgettable. The first floor will get you moving with beautiful Merengue, Bachata, Reggaeton and Hip-Hop music. A lot of Latin and Caribbean influence on this level.  Sometimes the famous "Rollerblader" may come downstairs on the stage or do some breakdancing on the dance floor. This level of the disco is awesome! You will never stop dancing unless you need to quench your thirst with another drink ,from the sexy bar tenders. As you start to walk up the "Stairway to Heaven" you will hear some sexy House beats spinning. They also play some Trance, many other styles of House and some Techno beats. This place is a dream world with a VIP lounge with low white leather couches , a raised DJ Booth, and the bar area lit with purple neon lights, They have white cloth tied together like a swing for when the shows are put on by the dancers.  This disco is truly one to meet a million of your fantasies im one night! The dancers are so fun and love to put on a show for everyone. Once you get on the dance floor it is hard to leave beacuse it is such a fun place. Dance from dusk till dawn! There are many other surprises this disco brings to the people, so if you go to Dominican Republic  in the Bavaro area, you must go to Disco Mangu. It would be a shame if you passed this amazing opportunity by!

Ladies if you go there single you can expect to get attention from the many Dominican men who attend the disco. This bar attracts many locals and tourists. It is the # 1 disco in Punta Cana! It opens at 11 pm and doesn't close until people start clearing out.

Imagine Nightclub: Imagine Nightclub is one of the best off resort nightlife options in Punta Cana.

Located inside a cave it's about a 15-30 minute ride from most resorts.

There are 4 different caves each with their own ambiance. The club regularly holds themed events, check their website for details (google "imagine punta cana" or check out their facebook page) Imagine is popular with tourists and locals alike. I'd definitely recommend it for a great night out.

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Cost: 55$US includes free drinks/open bar for one night until 4am, one weeks free transportation to and from your hotel on their shuttle bus, one weeks free entry.

Arriving with your own transport/taxi - 20$US entry fee includes one free drink per person.

There are plenty of taxis waiting outside the club for those who have arrived independently or those who wish to leave early (you will need to pay for a taxi).

DISCO PACHA: Located in the Riu Resorts, this disco club is one of the first to become a big attraction for the ones who love the nightlife. With concerts of local famous bands and an eccentric combination of International and Caribbean rhythms, it is a guarantee for you to experience the night of your life.  Request your favorite cocktail and let yourself be driven by the rhythms. 

AREITO: Located in Caribe Club Princess this is one of the newest discos to the Punta Cana Area.  Decorated with Indigenes elements and Aborigine cultural objects and just by the name you will see why this disco is a favorite “The dance of the Gods”. In that spirit you can enjoy the most exclusive atmosphere.  With live shows and events that are organized all the time one knows that you will have a fulfilled night.  

UNA MAS: Located across from the princess tower casino this is the Newest lounge in Punta Cana. With the style of new york and glam of europe it is sure to be the next hot spot in the DR. With a special VIP area like no other, and music that is constantly updated, you will be sure to be impressed. Very close to some of the other clubs so easy access from almost anywhere you are. Try there house special shot called NO MAS you'll understand the meaning after you take one! 

Altos de Chavon and Catlina Island

Altos de Chavon

Where History and Beauty Meet

Altos de Chavon is a scenic trip within reach from LaDon's CondoIn 1976, on a verdant plateau 100 miles east of Santo Domingo--the historic capital of the Dominican Republic--an extraordinary cultural undertaking began to unfold. Dominican stonecutters, woodworkers, and iron-smiths combined their crafts to create the rich architectural landscape that would emerge as Altos de Chavon.

Today this vibrant cultural village perched high above the Chavon River embodies half a millennium of the island's finest tradition of crafts and art. The distant mountains of eastern Hispaniola merge with the sea to create the perfect setting for this celebration of the region's past. Nearby is Casa de Campo, one of the Caribbean's most complete resorts.

A walk down the cobblestone paths of Altos de Chavon reveals, at every turn, architecture reminiscent of another era. Coral block and terra cotta buildings enfold craft workshops, artists’ studios, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Complementing this tranquil evocation of the past is the exuberant artistry of today

The Altos de Chavon craft ateliers are small production centers where trained local artisans execute ceramic, silk-screen, and woven-fiber products. These works are at once respectful of the island’s history yet boldly international in design concept and quality. From the lively clay apothecary jars to the brightly colored tapestries found in traditional Dominican houses, the craft ateliers keep the richness of island myth, folklore, and handcrafted expression very much alive. The posters, note cards, and printed T-shirts produced by the silk-screen workshop are among the most authentic in the Caribbean.

Tabacalera de Garcia Cigar Factory Tour

Tabacalera de Garcia Cigar FactoryOver 4,000 workers making some of the world's most highly regarded Dominican cigars! Definitely one of the best experiences and most entertaining two hours I've spent on a tour. The staff is very friendly and helpful when picking from dozens of different cigars.

The very best cigars!

Only a cab ride away from Punta Cana, located in nearby LaCigar Manufacturing Romana. Several trip formats available, I took the 120 minute VIP tour and tasted a Seijas Signature cigar. Wonderful!!

Catamaran Cruise to Saona Island from Punta Cana

Catamaran CruiseRelax on the beach, enjoy the crystalline waters or explore the tropical surrounds on a relaxing catamaran cruise to Saona Island. White sandy beaches, coconut palms, crystal clear turquoise waters and a special Dominican touch makes for an unforgettable day of relaxation during your Caribbean vacation.

Tropical Storm Bavaro Cruise

Board the Tropical Storm to enjoy a slow and relaxing sail from Punta Cana, over the crystal clear aqua waters of the Caribbean, along the stunning, white sandy coastline of Bavaro. Start your day with a visit to the wreck of the Astron, a sunken freighter which lies in shallow water close to the shore. Here you can see large schools of blue fish, barracuda and yellowtail snapper.

Cruise to a natural swimming pool where you will have time to relax, swim or have fun on the biggest slide in Bavaro! Snorkeling equipment is available on board with instruction available for beginners if required. In the tranquil surroundings with nothing but the sound of the wind and waves in your ears, sit back and enjoy lunch onboard.

Later you can enjoy a drink while swimming in waist deep water with a floating bar on hand.

Punta Cana Half-Day Dune Buggy Adventure

Enjoy Great Dune Buggy ToursAfter being picked up from your Punta Cana hotel, you'll receive brief safety instructions and rules from your knowledgeable guide. Then, jump inside your dune buggy and get ready to start the adventure of a lifetime! With original VW engines, these vehicles are sure to impress with their speed and agility!

The adventure starts as you head out into the DominicanTo the beach! countryside, passing colorful Caribbean houses along the way. Your first stop will be for a real Dominican coffee, ensuring your energy level is high for the rest of your drive!

Following the nature path and passing by palm trees and banana plantations, you'll reach an authentic limestone mine. Next, cruise over farmland and see the seasonal fruits and vegetables before stopping at a horse stable to try one of the island's best coconuts!

What a ride!Driving on a paved road to the villages of La Caiba and Macao, you'll make a stop at a local colmado (grocery store), where you can join local people from the countryside doing their daily shopping. Enjoy snacks and drinks at the colmado then head over to Macao Beach, one of the last natural beaches in the Dominican Republic.

Drive along the white sand and enjoy breathtaking views of the beach and ocean. If there's time, you'll stop for a quick dip in the ocean before returning back to Punta Cana!

Dominican Republic Monster Truck Safari

The Monster Truck Tour is magnificent!Leave the urban centers of Punta Cana and Puerto Plata behind and visit the true Dominican Republic! Join a unique tour of the Dominican Republic on an 8x8 Monster Truck Safari and visit back country roads, sugar cane fields and an authentic Dominican school. With a delicious lunch, Dominican coffee and drinks included, all you need to bring is your sense of adventure!

Caribbean Festival Snorkel Cruise

Great snorkeling fun!Come on board for an unforgettable day of cruising, snorkeling and dancing. Sit back and relax as you cruise along the stunning Bavaro coastline. Add a little adventure to your day and snorkel in the crystal clear waters. Enjoy a Caribbean dance show and join in the dancing for an experience not to be missed.

Country Adventure Safari

Leave your Punta Cana hotel far, far behind as you head into the amazing Dominican countryside with a professional local guide. Learn about the culture and history of this wonderful while enjoying the most beautiful regions of the Dominican Republic, where you will visit a typical country house and taste the local specialties at a local cafe. You will also have the chance to mingle with the locals at the next stop, at an elementary school 'La Seiba'.

Marinarium Shark and Ray Experience

Swimming with the rays and the sharksDiscover the beauty of the underwater world as you snorkel and swim along the biggest coral reefs of Punta Cana, making friends with the giant sting rays and nurse sharks. Then its on to some natural pools where you can enjoy a beautiful cocktail as you relax in the water! With something for everyone, this family firendly excursion is a must do when visiting the Dominican Republic!

Bavaro Splash Speedboat Ride

Splash Speed BoatsThe waters surrounding Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic are a dream to explore and you'll get the chance to do just that on this adrenaline-filled water activity. Experience an aquatic adventure as you drive your own speedboat on the turquoise sea of the Caribbean on a James Bond style ride!

Punta Cana Seaquarium Undersater Adventure

Walking the sea bottomJacques Costeau eat your heart out! Walk along the ocean floor and discover the amazing corals and tropical fish of the Caribbean. This is the easiest way to explore the underwater world, its as simple as walking and breathing.
.On this Seaquarium Underwater Adventure you will discover a submarine wreck, reefs, sting rays, sharks and a great variety of colorful fishes. Imagine discovering all this without getting your hair wet, you can even do it with your prescription glasses on! Slip on the helmet, attach the air tube and you are ready to start exploring.

There is no easier way for you and your family to explore below the surface, and discover what lies beneath the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. A professional diver is on hand at all times to ensure your safety and comfort.

The Seaquarium Underwater Adventure is suitable for everyone aged 8 years and over. This is an easy and safe experience the whole family will love during your Dominican vacation.

Canopy Zipline Adventure

Adventures in the Jungle while you stay at LaDon's Condo in BavaroThis adventure is a Canopy Tour located in the jungle of Anamuya Bavaro Punta Cana. You will feel the adrenaline and enjoy the sense of flying between the trees in our super safe double cable canopy lines, available only on our tour. Enjoy our Caribbean scenery through our 8 double line cables and 15 platforms. We pick you up at your hotel and other convenient locations and take you through scenic highways and small villages to our facility in the mountains. Once at our ranch, our experienced guides train you, fit you into your safety equipment, and assist you through the entire tour. All that is left is to have fun and enjoy the magic of our Canopy adventure!  It is a great combination with all of the nearby beach resorts. It will be the highlight of your unforgetable Punta Cana vacation!

The Dominican Republic Canopy Adventure , is a half day adventure and experience in nature located in the most beautiful part of the Anamuya Tropical forest.

You may know of other zip line rides or similar tours but none offer the same adrenaline with cables that reach over 700 meters in length and a spectacular view of the rainforest from the top of the tallest trees.

Zipping in the JungleThe excitement begins as the Canopy guide begins to introduce the team to our customers and explains the safety measures we have installed to insure you have an exciting and safe adventure.

Each length of our zipline adventure is attended to by our experienced guides who inspect each harness at each of the stops in the trees along with guidance through the walking trails from point to point in the tropical jungle.

Upon your completion of this exciting adventure we return you to our tour headquarters where we offer everyone tropical fruits, water and Dominican coffee.

As an additional offering, we film each of customer's adventure and transfer this experience to DVD for a small fee.

Parasailing Adventure

Parasailing at LaDon's Condo in Punta Cana

Have you ever wanted to try parasailing?
Now is your chance! It is fun, safe and an experience of a lifetime!

LaDon's visitors take a day of ParasailingBest views of Bavaro / Punta Cana, guaranteed. 70 km of white sand, palm trees, and turquoise waters...

You'll remember it forever. We are the premier parasail company on the east coast of the Dominican Republic. With over 60,000 flights since 2001, our skilled captains and crew are among the most experienced in the business.

A look from the sky while parasailingImagine being raised 150 feet up in the air, wind hitting your face and the beautiful Caribbean ocean under your feet giving away to a spectacular tropical island view. Well stop imaging it and come enjoy this 12 minute ride of pure fun and relaxation. All you really need is a swimsuit and a camera, and to just sit back and enjoy the ride.

 

Restaurants in Punta Cana

Punta Cana Restaurants on the beach

The Jellyfish Restaurant in Punta Cana

Giant Lobster await you at the Captain CookCaptain Cook’s Restaurant in Punta Cana
Langosta del Caribe in El Cortecito

Bar-Lovento (seafood) in Cabeza de Toro


Punta Cana Restaurants near shopping areas

Babalou Restaurant in El Cortecito

Huracan Café in El Cortecito

Restaurant Cortecito Inn in El Cortecito

Restaurant Rincon Criollo near Bavaro Plaza

Pizzeria La Casita Restaurant Etnia Jalapeño Restaurant

Punta Cana Restaurants on a day trip

Resturante Portugal at the entrance to the Cueva Taino in the National Park

Restaurants
Captain Cook Restaurant - located on the beach in Bavaro.Vacationers in the Dominican Republic tend to make reservations and dine in resort settings.  Most resort restaurants offer the perfect blend of international cuisine that visitors are used to and local dishes for those who would like to try something new.  Still, these foods are often accused of being too bland.  Those who would like to strike out on their own andSurf N Turf - A favorite! experience real local food and culture first hand have plenty of options - in fact, the Dominican Republic has more restaurants than any other country in the Caribbean.

Roadside food stands can be found throughout the country, serving up freshly squeezed fruit juices and coffees brewed from locally harvest beans, as well as fried snacks.  From them on, restaurant styles are similar to those found in the United States:  fast food joints, bar and grills, casual dining restaurants, and formal restaurants. 

Culinary Styles
Food
Although most of the dishes on the island have been inspired by Spanish culture, the culinary style of the Dominican Republic has also been influenced by many other countries.

A day of eating in the Dominican Republic begins with a hearty breakfast.  Scrambled eggs and mangu (cassava, taro, or plantain boiled, fried, or mashed with onion, cheese, and/or fried meat) is the top choice for locals, but everything from muffins to pancakes can be found at resorts and in restaurants that cater to tourists.

Like many Hispanic nations, lunch is the biggest meal of the day in the Dominican Republic.  There are a lot of great options to choose from for this meal, including arroz con pollo (chicken with rice),  sanocho (five meat, rice, and vegetable stew), any meat or seafood alongside rice and beans, or the most popular lunchtime meal (and national dish), la bandera.  La bandera, or the Dominican Flag, is a combination of white rice, red beans, fried plantains, vegetables, and some sort of meat, usually broiled, grilled, or fried chicken.  Supper is usually a smaller portion of these meals.

If you find yourself growing hungry throughout the day, stop by a roadside vendor and try one of the local treats.  Chicharrones (pork rinds), chimichurri (hamburger), pollo frito (fried chicken), and other frituras(fried snacks) are commonly sold options.

Beverages
Fresh fruit juices and smoothies, coconut water or milk, and sodas are all widely available in the Dominican Republic, but to truly drink like a local, order a Malta Morena.  Despite its beer-like appearance and brewing syle, Malta Morena is a non-alcoholic beverage consisting of water, corn semolina, hops, sugar, and malted barely.  It is high in B-vitamins, and tastes sweet, like molasses.  This drink can be mixed with condensed or evaporated milk for a richer, creamier taste, and has even been converted into a popularly selling ice cream.  The creation of this beverage may be due to the popularity of cerveza (beer) in the Dominican Republic.  Presidente Beer is the top selling beer, but other choices include Heineken, Brahma, Bohemia, and Ambar.  Order your beer bien fria (good and cold), and it may come out with a layer of ice on the bottle.  Rum is as important in the Dominican Republic as it is elsewhere in the Caribbean, and is the second alcoholic beverage of choice.

Whatever you're in the mood for, this island has it. The Dominican Republic's diverse culinary repertoire can fulfill the appetite of most hungry travelers.

Restaurants in the Republic are unique and eclectic, serving everything from cheese pizza to the national dish of la bandera. The island's cuisine is influenced by many different international cultures, so most vacationers will be able to find a restaurant to tempt their taste buds.

Most restaurants in the Dominican Republic, especially in Santo Domingo, are somewhat formal when it comes to dinner attire. Long pants and skirts with collared shirts are normally worn to dinner, but in some fine dining establishments men are required to wear trousers and women should wear dresses. Before dining out, travelers should check with the restaurant to see if there is a dress code.

Many of the restaurants on the island suggest making reservations before your meal, and some even require it. Then again, others do not accept reservations at all. To ensure that you get a table at your restaurant of choice, call ahead to ask about reservations.

Depending on the kind of food you crave and which restaurants you visit, you will find that prices vary just as much as the cuisine. Budget travelers can find inexpensive but very tasty food for as little as $2(USD) to $10(USD). Those with more expensive tastes can dine at fine restaurants with meals ranging from $8(USD) to $50(USD).

Most restaurants add a 10 percent service charge to the check . If the server was good, most patrons give an additional 5 to 10 percent gratuity. Nothing goes farther than a little kindness on the Dominican Republic.

With the great mix of Hispanic culture and dishes influenced by international cuisine, dining out in the Dominican Republic can be a special treat.  Let your taste buds guide you in your search for island fare.

 

Restaurants in Punta Cana

Punta Cana Restaurants on the beach

The Jellyfish Restaurant in Punta Cana

Giant Lobster await you at the Captain CookCaptain Cook’s Restaurant in Punta Cana
Langosta del Caribe in El Cortecito

Bar-Lovento (seafood) in Cabeza de Toro


Punta Cana Restaurants near shopping areas

Babalou Restaurant in El Cortecito

Huracan Café in El Cortecito

Restaurant Cortecito Inn in El Cortecito

Restaurant Rincon Criollo near Bavaro Plaza

Pizzeria La Casita Restaurant Etnia Jalapeño Restaurant

Punta Cana Restaurants on a day trip

Resturante Portugal at the entrance to the Cueva Taino in the National Park

Restaurants
Captain Cook Restaurant - located on the beach in Bavaro.Vacationers in the Dominican Republic tend to make reservations and dine in resort settings.  Most resort restaurants offer the perfect blend of international cuisine that visitors are used to and local dishes for those who would like to try something new.  Still, these foods are often accused of being too bland.  Those who would like to strike out on their own andSurf N Turf - A favorite! experience real local food and culture first hand have plenty of options - in fact, the Dominican Republic has more restaurants than any other country in the Caribbean.

Roadside food stands can be found throughout the country, serving up freshly squeezed fruit juices and coffees brewed from locally harvest beans, as well as fried snacks.  From them on, restaurant styles are similar to those found in the United States:  fast food joints, bar and grills, casual dining restaurants, and formal restaurants. 

Culinary Styles
Food
Although most of the dishes on the island have been inspired by Spanish culture, the culinary style of the Dominican Republic has also been influenced by many other countries.

A day of eating in the Dominican Republic begins with a hearty breakfast.  Scrambled eggs and mangu (cassava, taro, or plantain boiled, fried, or mashed with onion, cheese, and/or fried meat) is the top choice for locals, but everything from muffins to pancakes can be found at resorts and in restaurants that cater to tourists.

Like many Hispanic nations, lunch is the biggest meal of the day in the Dominican Republic.  There are a lot of great options to choose from for this meal, including arroz con pollo (chicken with rice),  sanocho (five meat, rice, and vegetable stew), any meat or seafood alongside rice and beans, or the most popular lunchtime meal (and national dish), la bandera.  La bandera, or the Dominican Flag, is a combination of white rice, red beans, fried plantains, vegetables, and some sort of meat, usually broiled, grilled, or fried chicken.  Supper is usually a smaller portion of these meals.

If you find yourself growing hungry throughout the day, stop by a roadside vendor and try one of the local treats.  Chicharrones (pork rinds), chimichurri (hamburger), pollo frito (fried chicken), and other frituras(fried snacks) are commonly sold options.

Beverages
Fresh fruit juices and smoothies, coconut water or milk, and sodas are all widely available in the Dominican Republic, but to truly drink like a local, order a Malta Morena.  Despite its beer-like appearance and brewing syle, Malta Morena is a non-alcoholic beverage consisting of water, corn semolina, hops, sugar, and malted barely.  It is high in B-vitamins, and tastes sweet, like molasses.  This drink can be mixed with condensed or evaporated milk for a richer, creamier taste, and has even been converted into a popularly selling ice cream.  The creation of this beverage may be due to the popularity of cerveza (beer) in the Dominican Republic.  Presidente Beer is the top selling beer, but other choices include Heineken, Brahma, Bohemia, and Ambar.  Order your beer bien fria (good and cold), and it may come out with a layer of ice on the bottle.  Rum is as important in the Dominican Republic as it is elsewhere in the Caribbean, and is the second alcoholic beverage of choice.

Whatever you're in the mood for, this island has it. The Dominican Republic's diverse culinary repertoire can fulfill the appetite of most hungry travelers.

Restaurants in the Republic are unique and eclectic, serving everything from cheese pizza to the national dish of la bandera. The island's cuisine is influenced by many different international cultures, so most vacationers will be able to find a restaurant to tempt their taste buds.

Most restaurants in the Dominican Republic, especially in Santo Domingo, are somewhat formal when it comes to dinner attire. Long pants and skirts with collared shirts are normally worn to dinner, but in some fine dining establishments men are required to wear trousers and women should wear dresses. Before dining out, travelers should check with the restaurant to see if there is a dress code.

Many of the restaurants on the island suggest making reservations before your meal, and some even require it. Then again, others do not accept reservations at all. To ensure that you get a table at your restaurant of choice, call ahead to ask about reservations.

Depending on the kind of food you crave and which restaurants you visit, you will find that prices vary just as much as the cuisine. Budget travelers can find inexpensive but very tasty food for as little as $2(USD) to $10(USD). Those with more expensive tastes can dine at fine restaurants with meals ranging from $8(USD) to $50(USD).

Most restaurants add a 10 percent service charge to the check . If the server was good, most patrons give an additional 5 to 10 percent gratuity. Nothing goes farther than a little kindness on the Dominican Republic.

With the great mix of Hispanic culture and dishes influenced by international cuisine, dining out in the Dominican Republic can be a special treat.  Let your taste buds guide you in your search for island fare.

 

Shopping in Punta Cana - This is shopping

There are a few things (besides a tan) you'll want to take home with you as mementos of your trip to Punta Cana, namely cigars, rum, and the alleged aphrodisiac mamajuana, a mix of spices and bark that locals use to infuse their rum. You will enjoy the shopping at the Palma Real Shopping Village along with the new San Juan shopping mall.
 
The last item is basically the same no matter where you purchase it, but if you're a cigar or rum novice, you may want to sample a few before purchasing the brand you'll take back. There are more cigars produced in the DR than any other country in the world and some of the more famous brands include Romeo y Julieta, Cojimar (which comes in flavors ranging from vanilla to amaretto), and Arturo Fuente. You can certainly buy select stogies at your resort gift shop, but if you're an aficionado, you'll want to take an outing to see this process from start to finish. Watch a professional roll cigars at the Domenico Premium Cigar Manufactory (Bávaro, Domenico Ave. 6; free; 809/552-1414); then puff away on a free sample. As for rums, the three most popular brands are Brugal, Barcelo, and Bermudez. Tip You might get a great deal on great rum in Punta Cana, but airline restrictions limiting passengers to liquid carry-ons of less than three ounces means you'll have to pack it in your checked luggage.

If clothes are your thing, stop at the open-air Plaza Punta Cana (across from the airport), where several shops stock high-end duds to take you from the beach to the nightclub. You'll find beautiful bikinis and elegant one-piece bathing suits at Alta Mar (Plaza Punta Cana; 809/959-0069) and gorgeous sandals to go along with them at Scaviola (Plaza Punta Cana; 809/959-6393). Oscar de la Renta's influence on Punta Cana (he keeps a residence here) extends all the way to this shopping center – you can purchase his high-end, yet casual, designer clothes at the Boutique Oscar de la Renta (Plaza Punta Cana; 809/959-6002). The prices at Coco (Plaza Punta Cana; 809/959-0058) are only slightly less expensive but, if you have the means, they carry gorgeous linen-wear for both men and women.

Finally, for souvenirs of the T-shirt and coffee mug variety, stroll through the beach town of El Cortecito (see above); the shop adjacent to Captain Cook's sells fun T-shirts and Dominican-themed knick knacks.

 

Shopping in Punta Cana - This is shopping

There are a few things (besides a tan) you'll want to take home with you as mementos of your trip to Punta Cana, namely cigars, rum, and the alleged aphrodisiac mamajuana, a mix of spices and bark that locals use to infuse their rum. You will enjoy the shopping at the Palma Real Shopping Village along with the new San Juan shopping mall.
 
The last item is basically the same no matter where you purchase it, but if you're a cigar or rum novice, you may want to sample a few before purchasing the brand you'll take back. There are more cigars produced in the DR than any other country in the world and some of the more famous brands include Romeo y Julieta, Cojimar (which comes in flavors ranging from vanilla to amaretto), and Arturo Fuente. You can certainly buy select stogies at your resort gift shop, but if you're an aficionado, you'll want to take an outing to see this process from start to finish. Watch a professional roll cigars at the Domenico Premium Cigar Manufactory (Bávaro, Domenico Ave. 6; free; 809/552-1414); then puff away on a free sample. As for rums, the three most popular brands are Brugal, Barcelo, and Bermudez. Tip You might get a great deal on great rum in Punta Cana, but airline restrictions limiting passengers to liquid carry-ons of less than three ounces means you'll have to pack it in your checked luggage.

If clothes are your thing, stop at the open-air Plaza Punta Cana (across from the airport), where several shops stock high-end duds to take you from the beach to the nightclub. You'll find beautiful bikinis and elegant one-piece bathing suits at Alta Mar (Plaza Punta Cana; 809/959-0069) and gorgeous sandals to go along with them at Scaviola (Plaza Punta Cana; 809/959-6393). Oscar de la Renta's influence on Punta Cana (he keeps a residence here) extends all the way to this shopping center – you can purchase his high-end, yet casual, designer clothes at the Boutique Oscar de la Renta (Plaza Punta Cana; 809/959-6002). The prices at Coco (Plaza Punta Cana; 809/959-0058) are only slightly less expensive but, if you have the means, they carry gorgeous linen-wear for both men and women.

Finally, for souvenirs of the T-shirt and coffee mug variety, stroll through the beach town of El Cortecito (see above); the shop adjacent to Captain Cook's sells fun T-shirts and Dominican-themed knick knacks.

 

Punta Cana has gorgeous white sandy beaches

Sugary white sands and crystalline blue waters are just a few reasons to visit any of the Dominican Republic's pristine beaches. In addition to the ample sunshine and powdery sands, an assortment of watersports are available at many of the island's beaches. Also, because the Caribbean's tourism industry is mainly focused on other islands in the region, vacationers won't have to deal with heavy crowds, which gives beachgoers a truly relaxing time on the island's seashores.

The beaches of the Dominican Republic vary greatly in their individual characteristics and overall appeal. You can find beaches all along the island, but here are some of the more popular areas:

•The small colonial town of Puerto Plata is one of the island's top beach destinations. Visitors come to this area mainly for the brilliant beaches, which consist of soft white sands and aquamarine waters. These clear blue waters are home to an offshore coral reef formation that is an excellent place for snorkeling. The coastal area in Puerto Plata also has a good selection of beachfront accommodations. If you want to visit more secluded sands in this area, head over to Guarapito, which provides a wonderfully relaxing beach experience, complete with sunshine, peace, and quiet.

•Heading east from Puerto Plata, you'll find Sosúa, one of the island's small fishing villages. Though the town doesn't have a lot to offer, the beaches here are truly amazing. The locals say that the beaches at Sosúa are some of the most beautiful in the Dominican Republic.

•The northern shores of the Dominican Republic are famous for windsurfing, especially in Cabarete. These northern beaches feature steady winds, making them ideal for this sport. Located about 25 minutes from Puerto Plata, Cabarete is easy to reach, so vacationers should have no problems getting to these shores. An annual windsurfing competition is held in Cabarete every June, so you can enjoy a little competition while catching some amazing winds and waves.

•Samaná is another popular beach area on the island. Located on the Samaná Peninsula, the weather here is exceptionally good, the sands are snowy white, and the waters are crystal clear. A few small villages are situated along these shores, and this area only about an hour from Puerto Plata. From December to March, boats will take vacationers on whale watching excursions, where whales can be spotted mating and calving. Yachts from all over the world visit this harbor during the winter months, creating a colorful display against the blue Caribbean waters. While visiting the beaches at Samaná, keep in mind that there may not be a life guard on duty and the undertows here can be extremely dangerous.

•Probably the most popular beach destinations for tourists is Punta Cana, where many of the island's top beachfront resorts are located. Along with amazing oceanfront scenery, there are plenty of places for entertainment and activities along these beaches. Numerous bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and shops edge the sands here, so you can find plenty to do after spending the afternoon on the gorgeous beaches.

•The undeveloped region of Barahona, also known as the "Pearl of the South," is unique. Unlike much of the island's other coastal property, the development of beach resorts has not spoiled its beautiful beaches. In Barahona, the beaches are amazing and the waters are superb, creating the perfect beach experience without the hustle and bustle of more crowded shores.

•Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic's capital city, is also home to several popular beaches. A few of Santo Domingo's beaches feature perfectly calm shallow waters, such as at Boca Chilca, and are very popular with families. Other beaches are frequented by vacationers who enjoy bathing in the sultry island sun. Still others boast plenty of activities such as sailing, diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, and much more.

Other lovely beaches are located throughout the Dominican Republic in places such as Azua, Baní, La Altagracia, Miches, Montecrist, Pedernales, Río San Juan, San Cristóbal, and San Pedro de Macorís. All of these areas have different styles of beaches, but all have one thing in common: their breathtaking natural beauty has remained relatively unspoiled.

Whether you're looking to stay near a beach, or looking to find a beach near where you're staying, you'll have plenty of options in the Dominican Republic.

 

Punta Cana has gorgeous white sandy beaches

Sugary white sands and crystalline blue waters are just a few reasons to visit any of the Dominican Republic's pristine beaches. In addition to the ample sunshine and powdery sands, an assortment of watersports are available at many of the island's beaches. Also, because the Caribbean's tourism industry is mainly focused on other islands in the region, vacationers won't have to deal with heavy crowds, which gives beachgoers a truly relaxing time on the island's seashores.

The beaches of the Dominican Republic vary greatly in their individual characteristics and overall appeal. You can find beaches all along the island, but here are some of the more popular areas:

•The small colonial town of Puerto Plata is one of the island's top beach destinations. Visitors come to this area mainly for the brilliant beaches, which consist of soft white sands and aquamarine waters. These clear blue waters are home to an offshore coral reef formation that is an excellent place for snorkeling. The coastal area in Puerto Plata also has a good selection of beachfront accommodations. If you want to visit more secluded sands in this area, head over to Guarapito, which provides a wonderfully relaxing beach experience, complete with sunshine, peace, and quiet.

•Heading east from Puerto Plata, you'll find Sosúa, one of the island's small fishing villages. Though the town doesn't have a lot to offer, the beaches here are truly amazing. The locals say that the beaches at Sosúa are some of the most beautiful in the Dominican Republic.

•The northern shores of the Dominican Republic are famous for windsurfing, especially in Cabarete. These northern beaches feature steady winds, making them ideal for this sport. Located about 25 minutes from Puerto Plata, Cabarete is easy to reach, so vacationers should have no problems getting to these shores. An annual windsurfing competition is held in Cabarete every June, so you can enjoy a little competition while catching some amazing winds and waves.

•Samaná is another popular beach area on the island. Located on the Samaná Peninsula, the weather here is exceptionally good, the sands are snowy white, and the waters are crystal clear. A few small villages are situated along these shores, and this area only about an hour from Puerto Plata. From December to March, boats will take vacationers on whale watching excursions, where whales can be spotted mating and calving. Yachts from all over the world visit this harbor during the winter months, creating a colorful display against the blue Caribbean waters. While visiting the beaches at Samaná, keep in mind that there may not be a life guard on duty and the undertows here can be extremely dangerous.

•Probably the most popular beach destinations for tourists is Punta Cana, where many of the island's top beachfront resorts are located. Along with amazing oceanfront scenery, there are plenty of places for entertainment and activities along these beaches. Numerous bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and shops edge the sands here, so you can find plenty to do after spending the afternoon on the gorgeous beaches.

•The undeveloped region of Barahona, also known as the "Pearl of the South," is unique. Unlike much of the island's other coastal property, the development of beach resorts has not spoiled its beautiful beaches. In Barahona, the beaches are amazing and the waters are superb, creating the perfect beach experience without the hustle and bustle of more crowded shores.

•Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic's capital city, is also home to several popular beaches. A few of Santo Domingo's beaches feature perfectly calm shallow waters, such as at Boca Chilca, and are very popular with families. Other beaches are frequented by vacationers who enjoy bathing in the sultry island sun. Still others boast plenty of activities such as sailing, diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, and much more.

Other lovely beaches are located throughout the Dominican Republic in places such as Azua, Baní, La Altagracia, Miches, Montecrist, Pedernales, Río San Juan, San Cristóbal, and San Pedro de Macorís. All of these areas have different styles of beaches, but all have one thing in common: their breathtaking natural beauty has remained relatively unspoiled.

Whether you're looking to stay near a beach, or looking to find a beach near where you're staying, you'll have plenty of options in the Dominican Republic.

 

Those who fly into the Dominican Republic would be wise to arrive at an airport that is close to their first destination. With seven international and additional domestic airports, flying can also be a convenient and quick way of getting around the island, especially if you're traveling quite a distance. Charter and domestic flights can start as low as $60(USD), although travelers should remember that the Dominican Republic is not in compliance with the International Aviation Safety Assessment Program of the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States. This assessment program judges a country's ability to comply with international standards in air safety and maintenance.

Rental cars are another great option for those who want to traverse large distances of the country. Rental agencies are stationed in all major tourist destinations and offer large fleets of both sedan and four wheel drive vehicles. Although driving in any country in the Caribbean can be intimidating, rental cars remain a good option for those who are careful on the road.

Many rental companies also rent scooters and mopeds. Vacationers driving two-wheeled vehicles may experience fewer traffic and police headaches than those driving cars. However, mopeds can be dangerous due to the sometimes less than ideal road safety conditions. Vacationers should always wear helmets if choosing this method of transportation.

For those planning to do limited traveling in a smaller area, taxis and buses can be cheaper than a rental car and are often just as much of an adventure. When selecting taxis and buses, it is safer for vacationers to use the well known tourist companies to avoid becoming victims of theft or muggings. Smaller taxis will sometimes have fixed rates, and publicos resemble buses, allowing passengers to get off and on along the route as they please. The well known bus companies provide good service in and between cities for reasonable rates. Motochocos, or motorcycle taxis, are also available for small fees, although the safety of passengers may not always be certain.

Ferry and boat service is limited in the Dominican Republic, but travelers can make the journey to and from Puerto Rico on several different days during the week. A number of smaller ferries and boats offer service to destinations around the island.

Many visitors to he Dominican Republic are irresistibly drawn to explore different areas of the island. With so many transportation options by land, sea, and air, securing a suitable means of transport for your itinerary should not be a problem.

Rental cars are a great option for visitors looking for freedom and mobility while exploring the Dominican Republic. There are wide array of car rental companies to choose from in all of the major tourist locations throughout the island. These agencies rent out all kinds of vehicles, from regular sedans to four wheel drive vehicles. Rates can start as low as $35(USD) at local companies, but generally start around $70(USD) per day. The average daily rate will usually decrease as you increase the duration of the rental.

To secure a car rental in the Dominican Republic, drivers must have a valid passport and a valid driver's license from their home country. Most companies have minimum age requirements of 25, although some require drivers to be 21 or 26 years of age. You will also need a major credit card for a security deposit, usually in the range of $150(USD) to $250(USD). Travelers should make sure that this deposit is refunded. Vehicle rental insurance on your credit card is useful, and companies sell collision damage insurance from $10(USD) to $16(USD) per day. Renters should always thoroughly review insurance policies and the vehicle's condition before making a final agreement with the company. Rental companies often supply a full tank of gas, and renters should fill it up before returning the vehicle.

Driving is done on the right side of the road in the Dominican Republic. Speed limits in the country range from 30 mph to 50 mph, depending on whether you are in an urban or rural area. As in many Caribbean countries, driving can be dangerous in the Dominican Republic, and those renting a vehicle should remain alert and cautious while on the road. Roads in some areas have potholes or are poorly lit, and many locals have cars without adequate lighting and signaling devices. As a result, drivers should steer away from nighttime driving. Seat belts are required by law, as is the use of hands-free cell phone devices should you wish to talk while in the car. Child safety seats, however, are not required by law. Drivers should be watchful for overzealous pedestrians and wary of right-of-way traditions, as these are generally not obeyed. Traffic law enforcement ranges from strict to lax, and it has been said that some officers pull over drivers for ambiguous reasons to collect small fees.

 

Those who fly into the Dominican Republic would be wise to arrive at an airport that is close to their first destination. With seven international and additional domestic airports, flying can also be a convenient and quick way of getting around the island, especially if you're traveling quite a distance. Charter and domestic flights can start as low as $60(USD), although travelers should remember that the Dominican Republic is not in compliance with the International Aviation Safety Assessment Program of the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States. This assessment program judges a country's ability to comply with international standards in air safety and maintenance.

Rental cars are another great option for those who want to traverse large distances of the country. Rental agencies are stationed in all major tourist destinations and offer large fleets of both sedan and four wheel drive vehicles. Although driving in any country in the Caribbean can be intimidating, rental cars remain a good option for those who are careful on the road.

Many rental companies also rent scooters and mopeds. Vacationers driving two-wheeled vehicles may experience fewer traffic and police headaches than those driving cars. However, mopeds can be dangerous due to the sometimes less than ideal road safety conditions. Vacationers should always wear helmets if choosing this method of transportation.

For those planning to do limited traveling in a smaller area, taxis and buses can be cheaper than a rental car and are often just as much of an adventure. When selecting taxis and buses, it is safer for vacationers to use the well known tourist companies to avoid becoming victims of theft or muggings. Smaller taxis will sometimes have fixed rates, and publicos resemble buses, allowing passengers to get off and on along the route as they please. The well known bus companies provide good service in and between cities for reasonable rates. Motochocos, or motorcycle taxis, are also available for small fees, although the safety of passengers may not always be certain.

Ferry and boat service is limited in the Dominican Republic, but travelers can make the journey to and from Puerto Rico on several different days during the week. A number of smaller ferries and boats offer service to destinations around the island.

Many visitors to he Dominican Republic are irresistibly drawn to explore different areas of the island. With so many transportation options by land, sea, and air, securing a suitable means of transport for your itinerary should not be a problem.

Rental cars are a great option for visitors looking for freedom and mobility while exploring the Dominican Republic. There are wide array of car rental companies to choose from in all of the major tourist locations throughout the island. These agencies rent out all kinds of vehicles, from regular sedans to four wheel drive vehicles. Rates can start as low as $35(USD) at local companies, but generally start around $70(USD) per day. The average daily rate will usually decrease as you increase the duration of the rental.

To secure a car rental in the Dominican Republic, drivers must have a valid passport and a valid driver's license from their home country. Most companies have minimum age requirements of 25, although some require drivers to be 21 or 26 years of age. You will also need a major credit card for a security deposit, usually in the range of $150(USD) to $250(USD). Travelers should make sure that this deposit is refunded. Vehicle rental insurance on your credit card is useful, and companies sell collision damage insurance from $10(USD) to $16(USD) per day. Renters should always thoroughly review insurance policies and the vehicle's condition before making a final agreement with the company. Rental companies often supply a full tank of gas, and renters should fill it up before returning the vehicle.

Driving is done on the right side of the road in the Dominican Republic. Speed limits in the country range from 30 mph to 50 mph, depending on whether you are in an urban or rural area. As in many Caribbean countries, driving can be dangerous in the Dominican Republic, and those renting a vehicle should remain alert and cautious while on the road. Roads in some areas have potholes or are poorly lit, and many locals have cars without adequate lighting and signaling devices. As a result, drivers should steer away from nighttime driving. Seat belts are required by law, as is the use of hands-free cell phone devices should you wish to talk while in the car. Child safety seats, however, are not required by law. Drivers should be watchful for overzealous pedestrians and wary of right-of-way traditions, as these are generally not obeyed. Traffic law enforcement ranges from strict to lax, and it has been said that some officers pull over drivers for ambiguous reasons to collect small fees.

 

In order to know what to expect from your trip, sit down and develop a plan of action for your island getaway. The first step in the planning process is to research your potential vacation spot.

Because the Dominican Republic is so large, finding the part of the island that is right for you and your vacation is very important. Different regions of the island will appeal to different vacationers. For example, the southeast region is agricultural and has exciting, luxurious night life, whereas the southwest part of the island is more desert-like and less crowded. If you do not conduct the necessary research before going on your vacation, you could end up in an area of the island that may or may not be exactly what you anticipated.

Whether you want to spend your time amongst the lively hustle and bustle of the all-day happy hour bars, or you prefer a vacation of luxury away from the crowds, doing your homework about the Dominican Republic will ensure that you know just what kind of vacation is in store.

Daily Expenses
What vacation would be complete without a little sight seeing, In order to explore the island, vacationers need to find the method of transportation that best fits their budget and traveling needs.

Buses are the most inexpensive way to tour the island. There is frequent bus service throughout the Dominican Republic, and the general fare for the metro's buses is about $3(USD). Travelers can also travel between major cities. The fare from Santo Domingo to Puerto Plata is about $6(USD).

Taxi cabs are a popular way to get around. The government regulates cab fares, and the minimum cost in Santo Domingo is around $4(USD). Taxis are unmetered, and travelers should determine the price of the ride with the driver before getting into the car. To hire a taxi with unlimited stops will cost about $10(USD) per hour with a minimum of a two hour ride.

The most expensive method of travel is by rental car. Travelers must put down a $200(USD) deposit, which can be paid in cash or by credit card. The average rate for renting a car on the island is $70(USD) or more per day, depending on the kind of vehicle you get and if you choose to get insurance. The daily costs are lower if you rent by the week.

Tourists can also get around the island by air. Some aircraft providers offer charter planes, sightseeing, and excursions around the island. There is service between several of the country's major cities, including Santo Domingo and Puerto Plata. A trip on a plane or helicopter costs about $60(USD).

Visitors interested in seeing the island's attractions or participating in local celebrations should remember that these things cost extra. The Dominican Republic has a number of zoos, museums, and night clubs that are popular with vacationers, but the cost of entry will vary from place to place. If you are interested in a particular site, call ahead to find out the price of admission.

Shopping
Cigars, artwork, and jewelry are among the most popular souvenir items in the Dominican Republic. Bargaining and haggling is popular among street vendors and shop owners on the island, and they can be very tenacious when trying to persuade you to purchase their merchandise. Of course, the price of all items vary, so budget the correct amount of money for your particular tastes.

When purchasing items on the island take into consideration that you may have to pay extra on certain things when going through customs in your home country. Travelers should contact customs to find out which items can be returned duty-free and which are taxed.

Taxes
Vacationers are charged a $10(USD) departure tax when leaving the island in addition to the $10(USD) tourist card needed prior to arrival. The departure tax is usually covered in the price of your ticket to the island, but consult your airline to be sure.

Generally, hotels and restaurants add a 10 percent service charge and a 12 percent government tax to your final bill. When budgeting your vacation to the Dominican Republic, consider these additional costs along with the overall cost of the trip.

Taking the time to plan your vacation finances can alleviate many unexpected monetary stresses, allowing you to relax and enjoy your time in the Dominican Republic.

The Dominican Republic experiences some heavy rainfall throughout the year, especially from October to May. When deciding when to embark on your island retreat, you may want to consider both the weather and the crowds.

High Season
The Caribbean Islands usually experience their high season during the winter months. This is also the most popular and fashionable time to visit the Dominican Republic. Most activity occurs on the island from December 15 to April 15, and most vacationers will be thoroughly entertained when visiting during this time of year.  Festivals are a particular favorite over these months, with events ranging from music concerts to food and arts festivals.

Along with being the most popular time to visit, the high season is also the most expensive time to vacation in the Republic. Because of the crowds, hotels and resorts are heavily booked and often run out of vacancies. Travelers who want to vacation during this time of year must make their reservations two to three months in advance to get the best reservations.

Low Season
After April 15, hotel prices can drop as much as 50 percent. Cruise and airline prices also fall during this time of year. The temperature is only slightly warmer during the summer months, and the island still hosts many activities.

During the low season, the island also holds some of its most exciting celebrations and festivals. There are two Carnivals on the Dominican Republic - one in February and the other on August 15. These carnivals are a show of pride for the country's cultural heritage through parades, costumes, food, song, and dance.  Another interesting event is the Santa Domingo Meringue Festival during the last week of July and the first week of August.  The world's top meringue bands perform during the event, which also showcases a parade.

You are sure to have an unforgettable experience whenever you visit the Dominican Republic, but the timing of your trip can affect the cost of your vacation and the kind of activities you will experience.

 

In order to know what to expect from your trip, sit down and develop a plan of action for your island getaway. The first step in the planning process is to research your potential vacation spot.

Because the Dominican Republic is so large, finding the part of the island that is right for you and your vacation is very important. Different regions of the island will appeal to different vacationers. For example, the southeast region is agricultural and has exciting, luxurious night life, whereas the southwest part of the island is more desert-like and less crowded. If you do not conduct the necessary research before going on your vacation, you could end up in an area of the island that may or may not be exactly what you anticipated.

Whether you want to spend your time amongst the lively hustle and bustle of the all-day happy hour bars, or you prefer a vacation of luxury away from the crowds, doing your homework about the Dominican Republic will ensure that you know just what kind of vacation is in store.

Daily Expenses
What vacation would be complete without a little sight seeing, In order to explore the island, vacationers need to find the method of transportation that best fits their budget and traveling needs.

Buses are the most inexpensive way to tour the island. There is frequent bus service throughout the Dominican Republic, and the general fare for the metro's buses is about $3(USD). Travelers can also travel between major cities. The fare from Santo Domingo to Puerto Plata is about $6(USD).

Taxi cabs are a popular way to get around. The government regulates cab fares, and the minimum cost in Santo Domingo is around $4(USD). Taxis are unmetered, and travelers should determine the price of the ride with the driver before getting into the car. To hire a taxi with unlimited stops will cost about $10(USD) per hour with a minimum of a two hour ride.

The most expensive method of travel is by rental car. Travelers must put down a $200(USD) deposit, which can be paid in cash or by credit card. The average rate for renting a car on the island is $70(USD) or more per day, depending on the kind of vehicle you get and if you choose to get insurance. The daily costs are lower if you rent by the week.

Tourists can also get around the island by air. Some aircraft providers offer charter planes, sightseeing, and excursions around the island. There is service between several of the country's major cities, including Santo Domingo and Puerto Plata. A trip on a plane or helicopter costs about $60(USD).

Visitors interested in seeing the island's attractions or participating in local celebrations should remember that these things cost extra. The Dominican Republic has a number of zoos, museums, and night clubs that are popular with vacationers, but the cost of entry will vary from place to place. If you are interested in a particular site, call ahead to find out the price of admission.

Shopping
Cigars, artwork, and jewelry are among the most popular souvenir items in the Dominican Republic. Bargaining and haggling is popular among street vendors and shop owners on the island, and they can be very tenacious when trying to persuade you to purchase their merchandise. Of course, the price of all items vary, so budget the correct amount of money for your particular tastes.

When purchasing items on the island take into consideration that you may have to pay extra on certain things when going through customs in your home country. Travelers should contact customs to find out which items can be returned duty-free and which are taxed.

Taxes
Vacationers are charged a $10(USD) departure tax when leaving the island in addition to the $10(USD) tourist card needed prior to arrival. The departure tax is usually covered in the price of your ticket to the island, but consult your airline to be sure.

Generally, hotels and restaurants add a 10 percent service charge and a 12 percent government tax to your final bill. When budgeting your vacation to the Dominican Republic, consider these additional costs along with the overall cost of the trip.

Taking the time to plan your vacation finances can alleviate many unexpected monetary stresses, allowing you to relax and enjoy your time in the Dominican Republic.

The Dominican Republic experiences some heavy rainfall throughout the year, especially from October to May. When deciding when to embark on your island retreat, you may want to consider both the weather and the crowds.

High Season
The Caribbean Islands usually experience their high season during the winter months. This is also the most popular and fashionable time to visit the Dominican Republic. Most activity occurs on the island from December 15 to April 15, and most vacationers will be thoroughly entertained when visiting during this time of year.  Festivals are a particular favorite over these months, with events ranging from music concerts to food and arts festivals.

Along with being the most popular time to visit, the high season is also the most expensive time to vacation in the Republic. Because of the crowds, hotels and resorts are heavily booked and often run out of vacancies. Travelers who want to vacation during this time of year must make their reservations two to three months in advance to get the best reservations.

Low Season
After April 15, hotel prices can drop as much as 50 percent. Cruise and airline prices also fall during this time of year. The temperature is only slightly warmer during the summer months, and the island still hosts many activities.

During the low season, the island also holds some of its most exciting celebrations and festivals. There are two Carnivals on the Dominican Republic - one in February and the other on August 15. These carnivals are a show of pride for the country's cultural heritage through parades, costumes, food, song, and dance.  Another interesting event is the Santa Domingo Meringue Festival during the last week of July and the first week of August.  The world's top meringue bands perform during the event, which also showcases a parade.

You are sure to have an unforgettable experience whenever you visit the Dominican Republic, but the timing of your trip can affect the cost of your vacation and the kind of activities you will experience.

 

Take care of the basics for your trip

Etiquette
Travelers in a foreign country should always make every attempt to conform to local customs while also not being intrusive or over stepping bounds as an outsider. This can be the one of the greatest forms of etiquette. There are other small things that can be done in public while interacting with native citizens that will be a show of etiquette on the part of visitors.

Photography in the Dominican Republic, like in much of the Caribbean region is permitted usually after a request and a gift. Professional and amateur photographers as well as simple tourists should always kindly ask permission to take a photograph of a person or place. A small monetary sum is also usually expected. There are many compelling sights and interesting people in the Dominican Republic to photograph, but travelers should take pictures with respect.

Travelers should also make efforts to speak the native language of Spanish as well as follow customs of social etiquette. Picking up a Spanish phrase book can go a long way for this. Usted should always be used when addressing someone who holds a position of respect or who you are not familiar with. Terms of respect such as Señor, Señora, Don and Doña should also always be used. Men should offer handshakes and smiles to other men but should go on a woman's cue when meeting. Pleasantries such as buenos dias (good morning) and buenas noches (good evening) are also appreciated in social and business interactions.

Again, as with much of the Caribbean, beachware, shorts, and flip flops are not considered appropriate attire in cities and restaurants, and visitors should always have a nice set of clothing for going to cities. Besides these pieces of advice, just use common sense. If something is considered rude or disrespectful where you are from, there is a decent chance it could be considered the same in the place you visit.

Dress
Weather is one of the main factors that will play a part in what kind of clothing travelers will want to bring on their trip to the Dominican Republic. The climate on the island is generally warm with little variation. There is some heavy rainfall during certain times of year on the island so vacationers should pack some rain gear in case of rain showers.

Social setting is also important when considering what clothing items to pack. Religion is important to the every day lives of the Dominicans, who are mostly Roman Catholic. If you plan on visiting a church, or attending a religious ceremony tourists should remember that the style of dress is usually conservative.

Do not wear shorts to church, and it is respectful for women to cover their heads before entering the church building. Also, men should remove hats or any head coverings before entering the church as a sign of respect. Local women often wear long sleeves and veils when attending church services.

Most resorts are fairly informal when it comes to appropriate attire. Shorts and bathing suits under a wrap, are considered acceptable most of the time at breakfast and lunch. Dinner time is usually more formal, and long pants and skirts, and collared shirts are normally worn. Restaurants in certain places, like Santo Domingo, sometimes have a stricter dress code. At lunch and dinner, it is suggested that men wear trousers and women wear dresses.

Dominican people dress similarly to Americans. Most wear summer clothes, like sandals, T-shirts, skirt, light jackets and sweaters. For special occasions, women may wear long dresses and skirts in bright colors like orange and yellow. Spanish influence is also present in the way that people in The Dominican Republic dress.

Crime
For the most part, The Dominican republic is generally safe for tourists and visitors to the island. There are some safety issues that should be considered while vacationing in the Republic, in order to have a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

As in most places, there is crime in The Dominican Republic, but you rarely hear about violent crimes against tourists. The most common crimes that are frequently committed against vacationers are thefts and pick-pocketing. Visitors should avoid unmarked street taxis, which target tourists.

Passports are among the most popular stolen items on the island. Also, cash, credit cards, return air tickets, and driver's licenses should all be kept in safe places. Travelers should lock vehicles and make use of the hotel safe if one is available.

Tourists should be particularly aware when visiting the countries capital of Santo Domingo. When walking around the city, be ware of street hustlers who could be into black marketing currencies. Also muggers and pick-pocketing are common in this area.

Use common sense and avoid dark secluded areas where potential danger could be.

It is not recommended that vacationers travel alone at nighttime. Many tourists hire guide services from locals to show them around while on vacation. It is best to go through a tourist office and get the services of an official guide.

If you do need assistance while visiting The Dominican Republic, travelers can contact local authorities by dialing 911 for emergencies.

Currency
Dominican PesoThere is a law, that is usually unenforced, that requires visitors to change at least $100(USD) into pesos. Though this law is mostly ignored, travelers should be prepared in case it is enforced without notice. It also good to have pesos, because some independent vendors may not accept U.S. dollars. As tourists, travelers should understand which currency is to be used during a transaction.

U.S. one dollar bills are used widely on the island, and extremely popular for tipping. There are exchange offices, or cambios, in the airports and most major shopping centers on the island. Sometimes they have better exchange rates than at the banks. Vacationers can keep up to date currency rates by checking posted rates day to day.

U.S. dollar travelers checks are easily exchanged at banks and cambios, but travelers checks from other countries mostly only exchanged in banks that host citizens of that particular country on a regular basis. When making a currency exchange, always get a receipt, this will be proof that you made the exchange legally in case the issue ever arises.

To get the best exchange rates, it is recommended that travelers use credit cards whenever possible. Major credit cards are a must for some places, like hotels and rental car agencies, and are generally accepted at most major businesses around the island. Carrying a credit card is also safer than having large amounts of cash on you persons.

ATM machines are located around The Dominican Republic. Banco Popular, ATH Dominica and Red Cash have many locations in the Republic. Travelers can receive cash advances through CrediProgreso in major cities and can be reach toll free by dialing 1-200-3233 on the island.

Language
The Dominican Republic was the first Spanish settlement in the New World, and became the center of their operations in the region in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth century. As a result, it is no surprise that the official language of this region remains Spanish. Visitors will find that inhabitants of the Dominican Republic who are not in the tourism and service industries very rarely speak English.

Staff at resort hotels, however, are more likely to know at least some English, and if visitors can also learn some Spanish phrases before visiting, communication will be easier and more pleasant. As with many countries, an attempt made at speaking the local language shows inhabitants respect and a sign of effort, and most will be accommodating and friendly to those making an attempt at communication. Between Spanish, English, hand gestures, and general friendliness, most English speakers are able to communicate and conduct simple transactions with native speakers.

It is not hard to learn a few phrases before traveling to the Dominican Republic. Simple things like hola (hello), gracias / no gracias (thank you; no, thank you), and por favor (please) can ingratiate you with local citizens. Señor and Señora or Don and Doña should be used when appropriate along with the usted (the formal 'you') form as a sign of respect.

Pick up a Spanish phrase book from your local bookstore to learn more. It will serve you well as you vacation in the Dominican Republic.

 

Take care of the basics for your trip

Etiquette
Travelers in a foreign country should always make every attempt to conform to local customs while also not being intrusive or over stepping bounds as an outsider. This can be the one of the greatest forms of etiquette. There are other small things that can be done in public while interacting with native citizens that will be a show of etiquette on the part of visitors.

Photography in the Dominican Republic, like in much of the Caribbean region is permitted usually after a request and a gift. Professional and amateur photographers as well as simple tourists should always kindly ask permission to take a photograph of a person or place. A small monetary sum is also usually expected. There are many compelling sights and interesting people in the Dominican Republic to photograph, but travelers should take pictures with respect.

Travelers should also make efforts to speak the native language of Spanish as well as follow customs of social etiquette. Picking up a Spanish phrase book can go a long way for this. Usted should always be used when addressing someone who holds a position of respect or who you are not familiar with. Terms of respect such as Señor, Señora, Don and Doña should also always be used. Men should offer handshakes and smiles to other men but should go on a woman's cue when meeting. Pleasantries such as buenos dias (good morning) and buenas noches (good evening) are also appreciated in social and business interactions.

Again, as with much of the Caribbean, beachware, shorts, and flip flops are not considered appropriate attire in cities and restaurants, and visitors should always have a nice set of clothing for going to cities. Besides these pieces of advice, just use common sense. If something is considered rude or disrespectful where you are from, there is a decent chance it could be considered the same in the place you visit.

Dress
Weather is one of the main factors that will play a part in what kind of clothing travelers will want to bring on their trip to the Dominican Republic. The climate on the island is generally warm with little variation. There is some heavy rainfall during certain times of year on the island so vacationers should pack some rain gear in case of rain showers.

Social setting is also important when considering what clothing items to pack. Religion is important to the every day lives of the Dominicans, who are mostly Roman Catholic. If you plan on visiting a church, or attending a religious ceremony tourists should remember that the style of dress is usually conservative.

Do not wear shorts to church, and it is respectful for women to cover their heads before entering the church building. Also, men should remove hats or any head coverings before entering the church as a sign of respect. Local women often wear long sleeves and veils when attending church services.

Most resorts are fairly informal when it comes to appropriate attire. Shorts and bathing suits under a wrap, are considered acceptable most of the time at breakfast and lunch. Dinner time is usually more formal, and long pants and skirts, and collared shirts are normally worn. Restaurants in certain places, like Santo Domingo, sometimes have a stricter dress code. At lunch and dinner, it is suggested that men wear trousers and women wear dresses.

Dominican people dress similarly to Americans. Most wear summer clothes, like sandals, T-shirts, skirt, light jackets and sweaters. For special occasions, women may wear long dresses and skirts in bright colors like orange and yellow. Spanish influence is also present in the way that people in The Dominican Republic dress.

Crime
For the most part, The Dominican republic is generally safe for tourists and visitors to the island. There are some safety issues that should be considered while vacationing in the Republic, in order to have a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

As in most places, there is crime in The Dominican Republic, but you rarely hear about violent crimes against tourists. The most common crimes that are frequently committed against vacationers are thefts and pick-pocketing. Visitors should avoid unmarked street taxis, which target tourists.

Passports are among the most popular stolen items on the island. Also, cash, credit cards, return air tickets, and driver's licenses should all be kept in safe places. Travelers should lock vehicles and make use of the hotel safe if one is available.

Tourists should be particularly aware when visiting the countries capital of Santo Domingo. When walking around the city, be ware of street hustlers who could be into black marketing currencies. Also muggers and pick-pocketing are common in this area.

Use common sense and avoid dark secluded areas where potential danger could be.

It is not recommended that vacationers travel alone at nighttime. Many tourists hire guide services from locals to show them around while on vacation. It is best to go through a tourist office and get the services of an official guide.

If you do need assistance while visiting The Dominican Republic, travelers can contact local authorities by dialing 911 for emergencies.

Currency
Dominican PesoThere is a law, that is usually unenforced, that requires visitors to change at least $100(USD) into pesos. Though this law is mostly ignored, travelers should be prepared in case it is enforced without notice. It also good to have pesos, because some independent vendors may not accept U.S. dollars. As tourists, travelers should understand which currency is to be used during a transaction.

U.S. one dollar bills are used widely on the island, and extremely popular for tipping. There are exchange offices, or cambios, in the airports and most major shopping centers on the island. Sometimes they have better exchange rates than at the banks. Vacationers can keep up to date currency rates by checking posted rates day to day.

U.S. dollar travelers checks are easily exchanged at banks and cambios, but travelers checks from other countries mostly only exchanged in banks that host citizens of that particular country on a regular basis. When making a currency exchange, always get a receipt, this will be proof that you made the exchange legally in case the issue ever arises.

To get the best exchange rates, it is recommended that travelers use credit cards whenever possible. Major credit cards are a must for some places, like hotels and rental car agencies, and are generally accepted at most major businesses around the island. Carrying a credit card is also safer than having large amounts of cash on you persons.

ATM machines are located around The Dominican Republic. Banco Popular, ATH Dominica and Red Cash have many locations in the Republic. Travelers can receive cash advances through CrediProgreso in major cities and can be reach toll free by dialing 1-200-3233 on the island.

Language
The Dominican Republic was the first Spanish settlement in the New World, and became the center of their operations in the region in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth century. As a result, it is no surprise that the official language of this region remains Spanish. Visitors will find that inhabitants of the Dominican Republic who are not in the tourism and service industries very rarely speak English.

Staff at resort hotels, however, are more likely to know at least some English, and if visitors can also learn some Spanish phrases before visiting, communication will be easier and more pleasant. As with many countries, an attempt made at speaking the local language shows inhabitants respect and a sign of effort, and most will be accommodating and friendly to those making an attempt at communication. Between Spanish, English, hand gestures, and general friendliness, most English speakers are able to communicate and conduct simple transactions with native speakers.

It is not hard to learn a few phrases before traveling to the Dominican Republic. Simple things like hola (hello), gracias / no gracias (thank you; no, thank you), and por favor (please) can ingratiate you with local citizens. Señor and Señora or Don and Doña should be used when appropriate along with the usted (the formal 'you') form as a sign of respect.

Pick up a Spanish phrase book from your local bookstore to learn more. It will serve you well as you vacation in the Dominican Republic.

 


Learn Spanish Basics before you visit Punta Cana.
Lesson 1.1: Greetings & Introductions

 Lesson 1.2: Personal Descriptions

 

Learn Spanish Basics before you visit Punta Cana.
Lesson 1.1: Greetings & Introductions

 Lesson 1.2: Personal Descriptions

 


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