Miles of turquoise beaches in Punta Cana, Santo Domingo and its charming colonial centre, top-of-the-range hotels, scrupulously maintained golf courses, starred restaurants... These are the postcard images that come to mind when you leaf through a tourist guide on the Dominican Republic but the island of Hispaniola has many other wonders... Try the ascent of Pico Duarte, the highest peak in the Caribbean in the centre of the country. Watch for the humpback whale love ballet in Samana. Find flamingos on a leg in a salt lake. Ecotourism is developing, with a strong emphasis on preserved and magnificent regions such as the Southwest and Centre. The other strength of the Dominican Republic is also its mixed population and its music, of course, which resonates everywhere and at all times. The fiery dances, from merengue to bachata, punctuate national evenings and celebrations. And it's only a taste of the many facets you can discover about the Dominican Republic!

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When to go to Dominican Republic?

You can travel all year round in the Dominican Republic. The high tourist seasons are between November and February, Holy Week before Easter, then in July and August. Two seasons are popular with tourists, from mid-December to March and from July to August, with a clear preference for the first. Holy Week before Easter with its famous red bean dish in April is also very popular. Of course, the rates of hoteliers and car rental companies take this into account. In low season, on the other hand, a reduction of about 20% to 25% on the rates is required. And you can negotiate! If you go to the Dominican Republic in January, go to Higüey on January 21 for the great procession for the feast of the Virgin of Altagracia, spiritual mother of the Dominican people. If you are going to the Dominican Republic in February, don't miss the carnival on the 27th

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  • Going alone
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Most tour operators offer trips to the Dominican Republic with all-inclusive stays of 10 to 15 days. These trips are generally excellent value for money if you intend to stay in a hotel with your feet in the water. But if you intend to visit the country, you will have to make excursions and prices are not usually given so be sure to check in in advance to avoid unpleasant surprises.

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Santo Domingo's Las Américas International Airport is located 25 km east of the city (30 min by taxi). The usual precautions are obviously recommended for people travelling alone (going out with a minimal amount of money, not getting into a taxi on the run, not changing money on the street...), but the Dominican Republic is a generally safe country. However, in the southwest, mainly in the Barahona region, it is strongly advised not to drive after dark.

Domestic flights are quite expensive but useful for such a short period of time. The bus network is dense with good frequency, comfort and prices. For more mobility, you can rent a car. The only shipping line providing regular services is the ferry between Samaná and Sabana de la Mar, but cancellations are not uncommon due to bad weather conditions.

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When to travel?

You can travel all year round in the Dominican Republic. The high tourist seasons are between November and February,...
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Weather forecast

The Dominican climate is subtropical and humid with a warm season from May to October and a cool season from November...
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Budget

Contrary to popular belief, the Dominican Republic is not a cheap country. Products and services for tourists displa...
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Formalities

No visa is required for French, Belgian, Swiss or Canadian nationals. Since January 2012, a passport valid for more t...
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Health

No vaccine is required, but some are conseillés : DT-polio, typhoid fever, viral hepatitis A and B, rabies. Bewa...
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How to travel by yourself?

Santo Domingo's Las Américas International Airport is located 25 km east of the city (30 min by taxi). The usual pre...
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How to get organized?

Most tour operators offer trips to the Dominican Republic with all-inclusive stays of 10 to 15 days. These tri...
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Getting around

Domestic flights are quite expensive but useful for such a short period of time. The bus network is dense with good f...
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