Imagine a light ocean breeze dancing in your hair, the softest sand between your toes, and miles of serene blue water before your eyes. The jewel of the Caribbean, the DR has some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, but there’s so much more to this island nation than the popular haven of Punta Cana. Plus, with recently expanded airfare offerings, it’s easier than ever to fly nonstop from Toronto! Read on for our favorite reasons to travel to the Dominican Republic.
History & Heritage
It’s worth a trip to Santo Domingo, capital city of the DR and oldest permanent European settlement in the Americas. Its central neighborhood of Ciudad Colonial (“Colonial City” in Spanish) has even been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site! More than three hundred historical spots exist in Santo Domingo, and they help explain the captivating history of this beautiful country.
There are some amazing resorts for multi-generational travel located in the Dominican Republic. In the Bávaro beach area, north of Punta Cana, you’ll find the Barceló Bávaro Palace resort. There’s so much for kids to do, besides numerous pools, expansive beach, and a bowling alley, plus tons of activities and excursions. There’s even an adults-only section of the property, called Bávaro Beach. This extensive all-inclusive makes it so easy for every age to enjoy their dream vacation.
On the DR’s Northeastern Coast, the narrow peninsula of Samaná offers a more adventurous and secluded twist on a classic beach getaway. Horseback riding, hiking to hidden waterfalls, yoga retreats, whale watching, and zip lining are just a sample of the active ventures for which the area is renowned.
For those seeking a custom, perfectly tailored holiday, there’s one resort that will blow you away. Tortuga Bay, part of the Puntacana Resort & Club, is an ultra luxury, boutique property. Designed by Oscar de la Renta, there’s a reason it’s the only five diamond resort in the entire country. Chef-driven cuisine, VIP airport experience, private villas, and a personal butler service are just a few of the over-the-top luxury amenities that will surely make for a memorable respite.
All of these elements woven together represent the beautiful tapestry of the Dominican Republic. The DR truly offers a variety of options for any type of traveler, and needs to be on your bucket list!