Dominican Republic – Complete Country Guide

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A complete guide to planning your trip to the Dominican Republic. Write down the tips and enjoy a lot!

The Dominican Republic is one of the countries that make up the Caribbean and shares territory with Haiti. One of the most economical destinations in the region that doesn't skimp on natural beauty and the comfort of luxurious resorts.

Much sought after by newly married couples and nature lovers, the Dominican Republic has the perfect combination between the calm and tranquility of the Caribbean beaches and the hustle of nightlife.



Discover some of the main cities below and find out what to do, where to stay, what to eat and more!

In this post you will read:

  • What to do in the Dominican Republic
  • Where to stay in the Dominican Republic – Our hotel recommendations
  • Where to eat in the Dominican Republic – Restaurant Tips
  • Internet chip in the Dominican Republic
  • Dominican Republic travel insurance
  • Car rental in the Dominican Republic
  • Flights to Dominican Republic
  • Read all our Dominican Republic tips and posts

What to do in the Dominican Republic

When visiting the capital in Santo Domingo, the rule is clear: get to know the colonial zone. The region is known for its old buildings, museums and historic palaces dating back to the 16th century. Quite a tour for those who enjoy history and architecture.

As for tourists who do not leave the water, an essential attraction of the country is diving in the corals and Caribbean islands to contemplate all the beauty of the marine fauna. In the months of January to March, for example, it is even possible to observe humpback whales that visit the Punta Cana region to have their babies.



And, of course, there are dozens of white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters that wind along the coast of the Dominican Republic. The best known region, with more than thirty all-inclusive resorts, is in the city of Punta Cana. Perfect for relaxing and enjoying the sea, Dominican beaches are ideal for escaping the madness of everyday life and just relaxing.

In addition, there are several activities such as rafting, canoeing, kitesurfing, windsurfing, kayaking and hiking through the country's national parks. It is worth knowing and trying each one of them!

Read all our tips:

  • Top attractions in the Dominican Republic
  • Santo Domingo – Complete City Guide
  • Punta Cana – Complete City Guide
  • Honeymoon in Punta Cana – Tips for Planning the Trip

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Where to stay in the Dominican Republic – Our hotel recommendations

The country has several all-inclusive resorts on the coastal strip of Punta Cana for both families and adults only. In Santo Domingo, capital of the Dominican Republic, there are luxurious and renowned hotels, as well as simpler and colonial lodgings, themed to the city.

We have put together some guides that can help you when choosing accommodation. Remembering that the high season of the country takes place at the end of the middle of the year.

Read all our tips:

  • Best hotels in Santo Domingo
  • Resorts in Punta Cana – The 20 best all inclusive in the destination
  • Best hotels in Punta Cana – Best accommodations in the city

Find the best accommodation in the Dominican Republic on Booking.com


Click on the photo and make your reservation at El Embajador, a Royal Hideaway Hotel “Newly Renovated” in Santo Domingo

Make your reservation at Dreams Punta Cana Resorts & Spa by clicking on the photo

Where to eat in the Dominican Republic – Restaurant Tips

The typical food of the Dominican Republic is based on seafood with many ingredients from Africa and Europe, a consequence of the colonization of the country. Some of the best-known dishes are mondongo, sancocho, chicharrón and Dominican arepa, easily found in local restaurants.


However, as the country is fully structured to receive tourists, what is not lacking in the city are restaurants with Italian, Spanish and other cuisines. So don't worry about what to eat. There is a lot of gastronomic variety.

Internet chip in the Dominican Republic

It's getting easier and cheaper to have unlimited internet throughout your trip in the Dominican Republic. Nowadays you can buy an international cell phone chip online while you're still here in España. We always use and love it!

You receive the sim card at your address and then just insert it into your cell phone to reach your destination with unlimited 4G internet working.

Also read more chip tips:

  • International Cell Phone Chip – Which is the Best and How Much Does It Cost?
  • America Chip Discount Coupon – 10% OFF on Travel Chip

Want to have unlimited internet throughout your trip?
Compare prices and buy your international travel chip in advance at America Chip.


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Dominican Republic travel insurance

Taking out travel insurance for the Dominican Republic is an excellent way to ensure a smooth trip and avoid worries. Having the assistance of insurance gives you the peace you need to enjoy your destination and know that you have support if you need it. Also enjoy our Insurance Promo discount coupon. - SEE PRICES

Read all about travel insurance:

  • What is the Cheapest Travel Insurance – Tips on How to Save
  • How to Get Travel Insurance – 5 Easy Steps [DISCOUNT]
  • Which Travel Insurance to Choose – 3 Infallible Tips to Help
  • International Travel Insurance – Step-by-step How to Hire
  • Maritime Travel Insurance – Complete National and International Guide

Santo Domingo downtown street

Car rental in the Dominican Republic

Renting a car in the Dominican Republic is a great idea. In addition to optimizing your time a lot, you will be able to enjoy it more without having to depend on public transport.


We really like Rent Cars to find the cars we use on our travels. It is the only one in Spain that compares the best rental companies in the world, but lets you pay in reais, without IOF. In addition, it is also the only one that lets you pay in 12 interest-free installments. It is worth it!

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Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana

Flights to Dominican Republic

Looking for a good deal and flight prices? When buying tickets to Republica Domincana, it is worth taking a look at the website Promo Tickets.

It is quite common to find cheaper and better flight options than on other sites. We always use and is it worth it?

Read all our Dominican Republic tips and posts

  • Santo Domingo – Complete city guide
  • Santo Domingo travel insurance – Find out how to choose the ideal plan
  • Dominican Republic travel insurance – Tips and best plans
  • Dominican Republic – Complete Country Guide
  • Punta Cana Travel Insurance – See how to find the best plan
  • Punta Cana – Complete city guide
  • Honeymoon in Punta Cana – How to prepare the perfect trip
  • Best hotels in Punta Cana – 12 places to stay at a great price
  • Resorts in Punta Cana – The 20 best all inclusive in the destination
  • The 5 best all-inclusive resorts to go with the family in summer
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