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For nation of such diminutive size, the Dominican Republic packs a lot in. Sharing an island with Haiti in the blissful Caribbean, the Dominican Republic is packed with white beaches, balmy waters and a mixture of rugged terrain and sprawling plains. Of course, let’s not forget the Spanish influence, infused in everything from the nation’s architecture to its delectable cuisine.
Since the Caribbean enjoys a tropical climate it offers a mainly year-round destination, so booking as far ahead as possible offers you the best chance for a cut-price air fare.
Most visitors come from December to early springtime, when the weather is at a tolerable temperature. While the country doesn’t really have a definitive low season, the increased chance of hurricanes from mid-summer to late November means this can be a better time secure a good deal on your flight.
Although you’ll easily find flights available from London to Dominican Republic, be aware that any from outside the capital will require a stopover. By selecting ‘All London Airports’ from the dropdown menu, you’ll be shown flights from across the capital so you can compare options like for like.
Another way to secure a good deal is to be flexible on dates. You can use the ‘Show Flexible Dates’ option, which you should find just above the search results after running your initial query.
Optimal travel times from London to Dominican Republic are as follows:
Dominican Republic has eight international airports, although some of these serve only the Americas. With nearly 6 million passengers passing through each year, the largest is Punta Cana International Airport, situated on the eastern tip of the island.
Other major airports you can fly to with Expedia are Gregorio Luperon International Airport in Puerto Plata, Las Americas International Airport in Santo Domingo and Samana El Catey International Airport, which is located on the northern coast.
You’ll find an excellent metro service in Santo Domingo, the capital. However, if you’re staying somewhere more remote, there are a few other options. Travelling along set routes, you will find small cars and vans known as ‘publicos’. While these can be rather quirky and a squeeze to get into, they are generally a reliable way of getting about. You’ll often find taxi ranks dotted about too, although be sure to agree a fare before getting in. In some places, motorcycle taxis are the primary form of transport, but the safety conscious may prefer to avoid them.
While the Dominican Republic’s beaches are not to be missed, they can be very busy. Travelling a little outside the main cities means you can benefit from a little more seclusion. Punta Rucia is one example. Located on the north coast, this beautiful bay avoids both crowds and excess wind. It is perfect for snorkelling.
For thrill seekers, the island offers many adventure sports too, from tree top zip lines to paragliding.
Of course, Dominican Republic is also a haven of wildlife, and Los Haitises National Park is a must-see for any outdoor enthusiast keen on exploring the island’s sinkholes, caverns and other rare habitats.
While British visitors don’t require a visa, you will need to purchase a tourist card. You can either apply for this from the Dominican embassy in London, or purchase one upon arrival. It should only set you back a few pounds.
Finally, if while here you’re tempted to pay a visit to neighbouring Haiti, we advise travelling by air as there are occasional armed robberies on roads close to the border.