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Dominican Republic

A myriad of watersports, championship golf courses, great spas and luxury resorts means a holiday here is about as relaxing as you can get. Famed for baseball, beaches and a rich heritage of African, Spanish and Taíno Indian culture, the Dominican Republic is vibrant, exquisite and sublimely unhurried, and with 1,000 miles of stunning coastline this is a beach lover’s paradise.

The island is known for its breathtaking beaches and glorious scenery so, if you aren’t a Christopher Columbus-type explorer, this is an idyllic place to simply stay put. If you do have a bit more get up and go, the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park in Punta Cana is well worth a visit, as is a boat trip into the wilderness of Los Haitises National Park near Samaná. If you’re looking for a break from the beach then head to the picturesque colonial capital city of Santo Domingo for a combination of cobbled streets, Baroque architecture and the bewitching Catedral Primada de América where Christopher Columbus’ son, Diego, laid the first stone in 1514. After all the walking, sightseeing and shopping, it must be time to eat! Try the aromatic flavours of fusion street food, or the excellent Mesón de la Cava for fresh seafood in a unique cave setting.

Back in Punta Cana, the cuisine is a delicious blend of Latin American, Taíno Indian and European. If you’re staying at an all-inclusive resort, it’s still worth venturing out and exploring some of the great local restaurants. The award-winning Bamboo and the superb La Yola, both located on the Puntacana Resort & Club estate, are just a couple of our favourites.

 

Getting There

Flights to Punta Cana are with British Airways; flying time is approximately 9 hrs. Flights to Santo Domingo are with Air France/KLM via Paris; total flying time is approximately 12 hrs 45 minutes. 

British Airways Non-stop departures from Gatwick to Punta Cana 3 times a week. 

Air France/KLM Departures from Heathrow to Santo Domingo 3 times a week, via Paris in both directions. 

Language

Spanish. English is also widely spoken in tourist areas.

Time Difference

4 hours behind GMT and 5 hours behind BST.

Currency

Dominican peso. Major credit cards are widely accepted.

Useful Information

Passports should be valid for the duration of your stay in the Dominican Republic.

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"There’s an unexpectedly relaxed and friendly atmosphere at Sandy Lane - A-list celebrities and first-time guests receive the same warm Bajan welcome, and star treatment comes as standard from Sandy Lane’s wonderful staff. All Caribtours guests staying at Sandy Lane benefit from a complimentary VIP arrival service at Barbados airport."

"The elaborate beachside Sunday Brunch at Bajan Blue is an absolute must, as are the spectacular buffet evenings."

"Sandy Lane is a great choice for families, especially during the summer holidays when the resort offers an action-packed Summer Sports Camp for 7-16 yr olds."

"Bertrand Charles, two-time Michelin Star winner, Chef de Cuisine in L’Acajou, the culinary jewel of the Caribbean, creates exquisite renditions of beloved classics and many new mouthwatering delights."

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