Dominican Republic Guide

Know Before You Go...®

Savvy travelers who are looking for an affordable Caribbean vacation have made a wise choice in the Dominican Republic. Renting a villa here will put you in the middle of paradise, complete with miles of beaches, rainforests, lakes, mountains, and more. Outdoor activities combined with shopping and entertainment make for a great vacation, and you'll find all the information you need to know about the Dominican Republic here.

Why Dominican Republic?

  • Lake Enriquillo
  • Jimenoa River Rafting
  • Jardin Botanico Nacional - Caribbean's largest botanical garden, 445 acres
  • Altos de Chavón - artist community and shops
  • Beaches

Dominican Republic Weather/Climate

Average Temperatures

January
84 ° F
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February
84 ° F
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March
84 ° F
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April
84 ° F
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May
86 ° F
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June
91 ° F
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July
88 ° F
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August
88 ° F
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September
88 ° F
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October
88 ° F
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November
86 ° F
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December
84 ° F
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Average Rainfall

January
2.4 inches
February
1.4 inches
March
1.9 inches
April
3.9 inches
May
6.8 inches
June
6.1 inches
July
6.4 inches
August
6.3 inches
September
7.3 inches
October
6 inches
November
4.8 inches
December
2.4 inches
Whale-Watching in Samana Bay

Whale-Watching -- Get your camera ready!

The Dominican Republic is one of the best places in the world to whale-watch. Thousands of humpbacks migrate here during mating season, which runs mid-January through mid-March. Catch a boat to Samana Bay and you may see as many as 300 whales frolicking just a few yards away. Whales race underwater, then launch into the air, and crash back into the water. It's a site you'll never forget. Cheering for more you may also see whales roll onto their backs and sides raising their tail and flippers high into the air and then slapping down on the water. Bring your camera. It's fun for the whole family!

Kitesurfing at Cabarete Beach

Dominican Republic is the kiteboarding capital of the world.

Dominican Republic's north coast offers the perfect mix of water, waves and wind making this the kiteboarding capital of the world. Using a board and the power of a large controllable kite, the surfer relies on wind and heavy gusts to propel him over the water and waves. This is one of the fastest growing water sports. If you're a beginner, you won't have any trouble finding experienced kitesurfers offering instruction. Die-hard kitesurfers from around the world meet annually at Cabarete Beach to compete in the World Cup Windsurfing Championship, the largest kitesurfing event in the world.

Waterfalls

Exploring D.R's Many Waterfalls

Hike through Dominican Republic's lush, tropical jungles to one of its many waterfall oasis. Swim in the crystal-clear lagoon pools and bathe in the cascading water falling overhead. The highest waterfall in the Caribbean is the Salto Aqua Blanca at 492 feet. Tours and hikes to this stunning site are offered in the city of Constanza. The Salto de Jimenoa, located in Jarabacoa National Park, is 131-foot. To get there you'll take a hiking trail through the jungle and over a narrow suspension bridge. There is a snack bar that's open on the weekends. El Limon is picturesque waterfall accessible only by horseback. Rides are around $15 and take 2 ½ hours round-trip. Bring a little extra cash for lunch. Near Puerto Plata, Damajagua Falls, also known as Cascades of Imbert and Seven Fallas, is a series of 27 waterfalls. Visitors climb up limestone boulders then jump or slide into the grottoes. The water can be swift so this excursion isn't for weak or young swimmers and water shoes are recommended.

Transportation on Dominican Republic

Getting to Dominican Republic and getting around. Our transportation tips will help make your trip smoother. More good sand advice.

Entry Documents

A passport is required for U.S. visitors as well as other countries.

Airlines Flying Here

American, Continental, Delta, Jet Blue, LAN Airlines, Northwest, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country, US Airways

Airport

Punta Cana Intl near Higuey, PUJ La Romana Intl near La Romana, LRM Gregorio Luperon Intl near Puerto Plata, POP Cibao Intl, near Santiago City, STI Herrera Intl, Santo Domingo, HEX Las Americas Intl, Santo Domingo, SDQ

Departure Tax

As of April 1, 2018, arrival/departure tax is rolled into airline tickets.

Driving

On the right

Dominican Republic Weddings and Honeymoons

Vacationers don't just stay in Dominican Republic villas - they come to paradise to get married and celebrate their honeymoons! Permission from the American Consulate in Santo Domingo must first be obtained, then proof of citizenship documents (including original birth certificates and passports) must be presented to the Dominican Consulate for approval. Divorce and death certificates must also be presented, if applicable. Notarized documents must be submitted two weeks before the wedding and translated into Spanish. Cost varies.

See our favorite villas for weddings.

See our favorite villas for honeymoons.

Know Before You Go...® - Dominican Republic Travel Tips

Before making their way to Dominican Republic villas, vacationers like to know a little bit of helpful information to make them feel more at home during their stay. Take a look at our travel tips to make your time in villas in Dominican Republic even more relaxing.

Capital: Santo Domingo
Population: 9,980,243 (2015 Census)
Size: 18,704 sq miles
Electric Current: 110
Time: 00:51 am zone:-4 (GMT/UTC -4)
Official Language: Spanish; English spoken in places.
Currency: Dominican Peso (RD$) - U.S. dollars widely accepted. Major credit cards are accepted at most tourist locations, but it is best to check in advance at small hotels, restaurants and shops.
Tipping and Taxes: SALES TAX: ITBIS (the value-added tax for transferring industrial goods and services) is 18% and is applied to most of the purchases you will make. TIPPING: In restaurants, bars and hotels a further 10% is added as a tip/service charge. It is customar
Dress Code: Dominicans like to dress elegantly; fashion, grooming and hygiene are very important. Depending on the occasion, Dominicans will dress either casually or formally. Around hotels and resorts, it is suitable to wear light clothing such as shirts, t-shirts,
Topography: rugged highlands and mountains with fertile valleys interspersed
Telephone: International: country code - 1-809