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
Altos de Chavón

Go back in time at Altos de Chavón

It is said that in 1976 Altos de Chavón was built as a gift for the daughter of the late Charles Bludorn. He was a wealthy Gulf & Western President who wanted this Mediterranean Village erected as a monumentally extravagant birthday present. It is now one of Dominican Republic's best known tourist attractions. Perched high on a bluff, above the La Romana Resort overlooking the Chavón River, this impressive hillside village looks a bit out of place in the Dominican Republic. Visitors are transported back in time to 1500's old Europe. Dominican stonecutters, woodworkers, and iron-smiths combined their crafts to create the rich architectural landscape. Plan to spend a day or so browsing through the Altos de Chavon archaelogy museum, walking gobble-stone paths to the shops and the art galleries. Stop at one of the many restaurants and relax while taking in the incredible view. In the evening you can hit the dance floor at one of the discos, or watch as world-class performers take the stage in the amphitheatre.

Golfing at Casa de Camp Resort

Casa de Campo is a golfers dream!

Casa de Campo is a golfers dream! This award-winning course was developed by Pete Dye, who is considered the world's most renowned golf course architect. Play the Teeth of the Dog, the Links or the new Dye Fore. Ranked in the world's top 30 for more than 25 years, it's no wonder the courses at Casa de Campo have gained international recognition. In April 2008, Golf Magazine ranked Casa de Campo as havingTHE BEST GOLF in the Caribbean! Other activities at Casa de Camp Resort include: tennis, private beach, water sports, pools, horseback riding, spa treatments, shooting, boating and excursions. Outstanding dining, entertainment, year-round programs for kids and teens, new marina & yacht club, shopping and the wondrous Altos de Chavon artists' village!

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!

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

Proof of citizenship is required to purchase a $10 "tourist card". 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

US$20

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: 05:56 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