Sugar-white beaches, beautiful landscapes, and the rhythmic sounds of Latin American music welcomes visitors off the flights to the Dominican Republic. Aside from being a hospitable country with loads of opportunities for travelers – including swimming, snorkeling, and sight-seeing – the Dominican Republic is one of the cheaper destinations for travelers in North America. Cheap flights to the Dominican Republican can always be found.
Some Dominican Republic flights arrive in the capital, Santo Domingo, which is the oldest remaining European city in the New World and one of the most vibrant cities in the Caribbean. Travelers book Dominican Republic flights to walk in the footsteps of Cortés, Ponce de León, and Christopher Columbus. Santo Domingo is also home to one of the largest shopping bazaars of the Caribbean. Travelers leaving the Dominican Republic will take with them local jewelry and artifacts, artists' renderings of landscapes, and if one is lucky enough, a hand-wrapped cigar.
Book a flight to the Dominican Republic to soak up the sun.
Dominican Republic climate
The Dominican Republic’s climate is great all year long. In the summer, temperatures range from 70 F to 90 F, and it only drops a bit in the winter. The weather can get much cooler in the mountains, and rainstorms are usually brief.
Best Time to Fly to Dominican Republic
Thanks to the great weather, most of the year is peak season. Rainy season hits the north coast between October and May and the south coast from May to October, meaning that there are always dry beaches to be found. The rains can last half a day when they arrive, however, so be prepared. As with the rest of the Caribbean, the country is most visited by tourists during the “winter” months of December-April as vacationers escape the bad weather of their own countries.
Prices fall after the Easter holidays and the country is less invaded by tourists. It's likely to be the best time to find cheap flights to the Dominican Republic. The hurricane season, between June and November, is the least popular time to visit.
Getting around Dominican Republic
There are seven international airports in the country and domestic Dominican Republic flights between the main tourist regions are readily available from Air Santo Domingo. Dominican Republic flights are cheap and reliable.
There is no train service in the DR, but buses are frequent, inexpensive and often air-conditioned. There is an extensive network that covers most of the country. However, be aware that services stop at 9pm, so travel throughout the night is not possible.
Tourist taxis are available in most towns, and from airports. Prices are not cheap and often more than double those of the “city taxis” which tend to be less modern cars.
Car rental is expensive and not available to under-25s. Roads are not very safe and littered with accident. Transport police are often corrupt, so if you are driving expect to pay some bribes.
The following chart gives approximate journey times fromSanto Domingo
(in hours and minutes) to other major cities and towns in Dominican Republic.
Dominican Republic Travel Information
- There are more than 1,000 miles of coastline surrounding the country, nearly all with golden sand, palm trees and warm clear waters, so finding the perfect beach isn’t difficult. The western region is generally less-explored so if you’re after solitude head out to the beaches on the southwest coast.
- One of the world’s largest populations of American crocodiles can be found at National Park Isla Cabritos – an island in the middle of Lake Enriguillo. The best time to get a sighting of the crocs is early morning or evening, when they warm themselves in the sun. To get the best view, take a boat trip into the lake, which will cost about $60 per boat.
- The Punta Cana region is the most visited by tourists. Beaches are made up of white sand, there is a bustling nightlife and many of the all-inclusive resorts are based in the area. A popular day trip for children is to Manati Park, to see wildlife, including the much-loved dolphin, and displays of Taino dancing.
- The largest of the DR’s national parks is Jaragua: more than 560 square miles. It’s home to more than 130 species of bird, including a large population of pink flamingos.
- The country is often listed as one of the best in the Caribbean for diving. The waters on the south are warm and protected, those on the north boast centuries-old shipwrecks. Also on the north coast is Cayo Arena, a circular sand island with stunning coral reef.
- Santo Domingo is the capital and one of the most vibrant cities in the country. It is the oldest continually inhabited European city in the Caribbean and was founded by Bartholomew Columbus, Christopher’s brother.
- The Dominican Republic produces the most cigars in the world and claims to make superior varieties even to Cuba. Its most famous brand is Romeo y Julieta. If you’re planning on bringing some back, however, make sure you check the customs limits permitted.