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Dominican Republic – Your Caribbean Guide

14-Mar-2022

We love the Dominican Republic. Not Punta Cana and the mass tourism resorts of course. Most of what people know about Dominican Republic is not very interesting for the discerning traveller and explorer.

But…you can explore the real Dominican Republic, away from the all-inclusive, overcrowded, get-fat-on-buffet-breakfasts places, where nobody ever leaves the resort. You can stay at exclusive places, connect with locals and experience the true spirit of the island.

Ready to explore beyond the resorts?

What to Do in the Dominican Republic

Bask on white sand beaches, dive into clear Caribbean waters, snorkel after colourful fish, relax in a beachside spa.

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That’s the typical beach vibe anyway. And it is very good, just like the Caribbean beach vibe in Mexico nearby. There’s more here, just like there is Mayan culture to explore in Mexico.

Yes, the beaches are outstanding. This is the Caribbean. Want to go?

Explore Santo Domingo’s old neighbourhoods, so full of art, culture and history. Tour banana and tobacco plantations. Dive into Dominican gastronomy during cooking classes. Go canyoning. See waterfalls. Hike up Pico Duarte.

Anyone for a jungle horseback ride?

You’ll be amazed at how little people do here. We mean, how little tourists actually do. They just stay at the resort, eating and drinking all day.

This country has incredible nature, friendly people, and great local vibes. Surely you want to try Dominican cuisine over another round of American pancakes at the resort?

We’re not sure why most tourists just stay in their resorts either?

We love the country’s mix of Europe and the Caribbean, combined with the adventure aspect: scuba dive in a cave, explore the jungle, cruise an underground lagoon, hike, ride, birdwatch and connect with the country’s spirit.

There are secrets to explore, like Cascada El Limón in Las Terrenas.

Where to Stay in the Dominican Republic

This country has some terrible places to stay. There are many oversized resorts and honestly, we’d rather sleep at the airport than stay there. Our private consultant Tomáš Safarik identifies the five best places to stay in the Dominican Republic.

Eden Roc Cap Cana

Only 34 villas and a very private vibe.

“When it comes to accommodation in the Punta Cana area, Eden Roc is the most exclusive.”

34 freestanding suites, from one to four bedrooms, with private outdoor lounge areas and swimming pools. Perfect when travelling with kids.

Tortuga Bay Hotel at Puntacana Resort & Club

A little old but the location is magnificent for Punta Cana.

A little dated but far more humble than the larger resorts around it, Tortuga Bay Hotel has a relaxed and tropical feel close to the lagoons. It’s a solid choice in the Punta Cana area.

The Ocean Club, a Luxury Collection Resort

Want more space and exclusivity? Go to the country’s north coast.

We much prefer the north coast over Punta Cana. The best hotels are located there and you have far more exploration possibilities.

The Ocean Club is a great choice for travellers who crave proximity to the water as well as the town bustle on shore.”

Casa Colonial Beach & Spa

Prefer an old-world luxury kind-of vibe?

In the Playa Dorada complex on the island’s north shore, with just 50 suites mixing colonial aesthetics and a huge array of facilities.

Casa Colonial is a fine waterfront establishment with great service. Less exclusive than nearby Amanera, which is reflected in the price.

Amanera

A private casita. How does it feel compared to your favourite Indian Ocean resort?

Dominated by nature, this uber-luxury retreat has a deliciously hidden location, with a private mile-long beach. You might not even believe this Caribbean beach retreat.

”The ambience at Amanera is simply one-of-a-kind. Truly superb service at THE most exclusive hotel in the whole country.”

Explore the Dominican Republic With Us

This is a short little guide to get you started. Meet with us face to face or over the phone and we’ll talk you through the subtleties of a holiday in the Dominican Republic.

If you want a budget all inclusive package at a 500-room resort we’re not for you. If you travel different and want to explore, request a call.

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