Thanks to its beautiful beaches, rich culture, and huge number of all-inclusive resorts, the Dominican Republic is a great vacation destination.
But now it’s one of the most popular destinations too!
Between January and September, the Dominican Republic welcomed 7.6 million tourists. That’s the highest in the history of Dominican tourism.
Here’s why this tropical island is one of the most popular destinations right now:
Punta Cana is the most popular destination in the Dominican Republic for American travelers. You’ll find beaches, world-class golf courses, and all-inclusive resorts here.
Punta Cana is often referred to as the crown jewel of the Dominican Republic and it has also registered a record increase in tourist numbers this year.
But it is not the only fascinating and appealing location in the country.
Santo Domingo is the historical heart of the Dominican Republic and the nation’s capital. It is considered the best place on the island to explore the unique Dominican culture.
The most important site in Santo Domingo is the Zona Colonia. This is a UNESCO world heritage site that was founded in 1498 and includes more than 300 unique heritage attractions within its parameters.
Santiago de los Caballeros is the Dominican Republic’s second city and a great place to visit if you want to explore the urban lifestyles of everyday Dominicans.
Meanwhile Cabarete is considered the best place to stay in the Dominican Republic for water sports enthusiasts.
If you want to explore more than one destination in a single vacation then there will soon be a new train linking Punta Cana and Santo Domingo making multi-center trips an easy and exciting possibility in the Dominican Republic.
The Dominican Republic is located in the heart of the Caribbean meaning that it enjoys year-round warm weather.
This is important because the beautiful and pristine white-sand beaches are one of the main highlights of a trip to the Dominican Republic.
Away from the beaches the Dominican Republic boasts a large lush and green rainforest as well as the tallest mountain in the Caribbean. Pico Duarte attracts adventure enthusiasts such as climbers and hikers.
Like most of the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic is also a great year-round diving destination. Many of the dive sites in the country are suitable for beginners but if you’re new to the sport then head to the southern coast where currents are calmer.
With so many outdoor activities to enjoy guaranteed good weather is important, and a key attractor of this beautiful Caribbean destination.
The best weather in the Dominican Republic coincides with peak travel season. This is typically from December to April and as well as having the best weather prices for accommodation and activities may be higher too.
Travelers on a budget might want to consider traveling during the quieter period between May and November if they’re looking for a better deal and cheaper prices.
A Safe Destination
The Dominican Republic is considered a safe country to visit. The people are warm and generous, and the country relies on tourism financially which means that tourists are welcomed here.
The U.S. State Department considers the Dominican Republic a safe destination and has awarded it a Level 2 travel advisory.
This is the second lowest advisory level and means that the country is considered safe but that U.S. travelers should exercise increased caution.
U.S. Travelers should exercise increased caution in the Dominican Republic due to crime.
The vast majority of visits to the Dominican Republic are trouble free but it is important to be aware that there is a high crime rate in the country.
This ranges from opportunistic crime like bag snatching and pickpocketing to violent crime.
Travelers are advised to be aware of their surroundings and to take the usual precautions they would when traveling overseas. This means remaining aware of your surroundings, avoiding any open displays of wealth, and following the advice of your resort team or tour operator.
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