- Dominican Republic Family holidays
With the exception of Cuba, the Dominican Republic is the largest nation in the Caribbean, both in terms of its geographic size and its population. This is despite the fact that it only occupies part of the island of Hispaniola, with Haiti taking up about a third of the island in the west. Brits who take family holidays in the Dominican Republic are in good company, as it also has the Caribbean's largest tourism market, with high numbers of international visitors from the US, Canada, Spain, Italy, Germany and the UK.
A place like no other
Those unusual features - the land border with Haiti, the overall size of the nation and its island - make cheap family holidays in the Dominican Republic something quite special within the wider context of the Caribbean. Whereas some of the smaller islands might feel like they have less to offer, that is not an accusation you could make of the Dominican Republic, which has history, heritage, architecture and culture, all in strong supply.
A choice of coasts
Again unlike many of the Caribbean islands, which often have one sheltered coast on the Caribbean and one exposed to the stronger currents of the Atlantic Ocean, you actually have a choice of two great quality coasts for your family holiday to the Dominican Republic. The north is probably the first place most people think about going to, but the south-eastern shore offers some great holiday resorts too, so make sure to consider all the options before booking - the local climate might differ depending on the time of year, so it's a good idea to check the weather forecast too.
Keep the kids cool
As with any hot holiday destination, it's important to keep young children cool and hydrated during the hottest part of the summer. During family holidays in the Dominican Republic, you are likely to experience temperatures at or above the 30°C mark, so make sure you have plenty of cool drinks on hand for the children and keep them from getting too thirsty throughout the day. Remember, if they go in the pool or into the sea to cool off, it's important to apply a fresh layer of sun cream once they get out again, or even to cover up with some light cotton clothes to avoid burning.
Why the Dominican Republic is so great for families
Fancy a family holiday with a difference? Then why not give the Dominican Republic a go. It may be in the Caribbean and have a distinct regional flavour, but it's also a unique destination with a Latin spirit. As you'd expect, there are world-class beaches, with sheltered and calm waters where the kids can play safely. Then there's the food, the music and the culture, which offer a once in a lifetime opportunity for the little ones. Create memories that last a lifetime on Dominican family holidays.