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An essential tour of the diverse landscapes and cultures of the Dominican Republic, from the colonial architecture of Santo Domingo to the lush highlands of Jarabacoa and the sun-kissed beaches of Cabarete and Las Terrenas.

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Extraordinary Dominican Republic Holiday Packages & Tours

Enjoy a taste of the Caribbean with our Dominican Republic holiday packages. They’re filled with activities for sightseers, thrill-seekers, adventurers, foodies, and cultural and historical buffs. Whether you’re single, a couple, a family, or a group of friends, there’s something for everyone.

Choose our all-inclusive holiday packages for a hassle-free trip. There’s nothing to sort out, as we organize your travel arrangements, including flights, hotels, tours, transfers, and some meals.

Trips to the Dominican Republic from the UK


Our Dominican Republic vacation packages offer an all-around experience for travelers. You get to explore glorious beaches, spectacular marine life, breathtaking landscapes, delicious local food, and magnificent historical and cultural sites.

Discover Punta Cana, Santo Domingo, Samaná Peninsula, Cabarete, Jarabacoa, and other major attractions in the Dominican Republic. A jaw-dropping 360-degree view of the island’s eastern part awaits you at the top of Pico Isabel de Torres.

Book your trip to the Dominican Republic from the UK. Flights depart from London, Edinburgh, Manchester, and other major cities.

Top points of interest in the Dominican Republic

The best Dominican Republic vacation packages take you to the country’s most popular locations. Discover the top points of interest below.

Punta Cana

Punta Cana is where you can find the island’s biggest hotels and resorts. There are also some of the Caribbean’s top casinos for those interested.

Beachgoers love the white sand and clear blue sea in this area. Water sports enthusiasts can snorkel and dive, exploring 30 kilometers (18 miles) of the island’s largest coral reef. Go on a boat with a clear floor to enjoy a relaxing view of the deep sea.

Get an adrenaline rush as you ride all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) or buggies through the jungle and bumpy dunes outside Punta Cana.

Santo Domingo

Visiting Santo Domingo, the nation’s capital, is a must on all Dominican Republic vacation packages. The city is home to colonial-day architecture, culture, restaurants, live music clubs, and public parks.

Zona Colonial, in the heart of Santo Domingo, is where you can explore one of the oldest churches. Catedral Primada de América is an excellent representation of Gothic, Romanesque, and Baroque designs.

Relive history as you tour Fortaleza Ozama, once a fortress, military garrison, and prison. Stroll along Palacio Nacional, which houses the presidential palace and Dominican Republic government offices.


Most packages for trips to the Dominican Republic include Cabarete, the country’s adventure-sports hub. The lively beach town attracts surfers, windsurfers, and kiteboarders. Playa Encuentro is perfect for surfing due to its powerful waves. 

A must-visit is the famous Parque Nacional El Choco caves at the Cordillera Septentrional foothills. The national park is an excellent place for nature lovers, with sightings of over 30 species of bats, birds, and lizards

The activities include cave exploration, hiking through dense tropical forests, mountain biking, and swimming in freshwater lagoons. Don’t forget to shop for exquisite Dominican art and apparel at the boutique stores that line Cabarete’s main street.


Samaná, or Santa Bárbara de Samaná, offers a more relaxed experience. Playa Rincón is an excellent place to swim or spend the day on beach chairs while enjoying delicious seafood from nearby restaurants.

January through March is excellent for watching thousands of humpback whales congregate to mate and give birth. Spend a day with a marine biologist to learn more about these massive mammals. 

Walk through nature and be awed by the 52 meter (170 feet) El Limón waterfall. Cool down with a wash in the natural pool at the bottom.


Add a stop at Jarabacoa, a city enveloped by nature, to your Dominican Republic vacation package. Visit the highest Antilles mountains, surrounded by gorgeous flora and fauna. Expect to see different bird and butterfly species while cooling off at the clear waterfall and rivers.

Meet the aboriginal inhabitants, who continue to preserve their ancestral legacy. The villagers cultivate fruits, vegetables, flowers, and coffee. You’ll value their kindness while savoring their indigenous cuisine and shopping for local products.

Other exciting activities include rappelling, mountain biking, rafting, canoeing, and hiking.

The Dominican Republic: Off the beaten track

Adventure tours in the Dominican Republic offer a wide variety of activities. Trek through a thick forest in the country’s Northern Corridor mountain range to the Damajagua limestone waterfalls for a day of fun. 

Eco-system supporters will love visiting the Ojos Indígenas Ecological Park & Reserve. The area is the habitat of more than 100 bird species, 500 plant types, and 160 varieties of insects

Hike through a tropical forest and explore the Caribbean’s largest cave system at Cueva Fun Fun. The trip’s highlight is a refreshing soak in an underground river.

Book your Dominican Republic trip with Exoticca


Planning a holiday to this Caribbean country is hassle-free with Exoticca, as our Dominican Republic holiday packages cover all your travel arrangements.

All included: Flights, hotels, tours & transfers

We offer all-inclusive Dominican Republic holiday packages, so you can book your trip and leave the arrangements to us. Don’t worry about organizing flights, hotels, tours, and transfers. We cover that, and some itineraries also include meals. 

Consult our travel experts to find the ideal package. Let us know if you have special requirements so we can address them.

Dominican Republic partially or fully guided tours

Our Dominican Republic holiday packages provide partially or fully guided tours so you can enjoy an immersive holiday. Choose from escorted, semi-escorted, independent, and guided options. You also have the ability to book a private tour.

Created by our own travel experts

Our Dominican Republic tours are organized by our travel experts who have crafted hundreds of different itineraries to dozens of destinations. Our experienced team knows how to craft a memorable, well-rounded holiday.

By partnering with local guides and service providers, we’re able to execute our tours in each location to the highest degree of excellence.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best month to travel to the Dominican Republic?


There’s always something exciting happening in the Dominican Republic, as the country enjoys warm and humid tropical weather all year. December through April is perfect for activities in the sun.

How many days are enough for the Dominican Republic?


Five to ten days are enough for most Dominican Republic tours, but you can stay longer if you prefer a more leisurely pace.

Do you need a passport for the Dominican Republic?


Foreign visitors must have a valid passport to enter the Dominican Republic. The document’s expiration date should be after the period of stay.

What vaccinations do you need for the Dominican Republic?


Visitors from certain countries must provide proof of vaccination against yellow fever. 

What currency does the Dominican Republic use?


The Dominican Republic’s official currency is the Dominican Peso. Tourists may easily exchange currencies at official exchange offices or banks.

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More information about Dominican Republic

When it comes to Caribbean holidays, the Dominican Republic is the most popular destination for limitless sun, sand, sea and sunshine! Occupying the eastern part of the island of Hispanola, this country is naturally blessed with paradise beaches and lush, tropical landscapes. A holiday to the Dominican Republic is the chance to indulge in a slower pace of life against the backdrop of turquoise seas and swaying palm trees. The second-largest Caribbean nation, the Dominican Republic is within easy reach of North America and is the ideal destination for a laid-back escape, away from the hustle and bustle of our busy lives. Part of the Greater Antilles, the Dominican Republics’s capital city of Santo Domingo is the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the Americas and the first centre of Spanish colonial rule in the 'New World'. Combine this impressive history with picture-perfect beaches and exotic scenery and you’re sure to understand why package holidays to the Dominican Republic are eternally popular!

Whilst the luxury resorts of Punta Cana are where holiday-makers prefer to base themselves, there’s more to this country than all-inclusive hotels and endless stretches of coastline. In fact, the Dominican Republic is incredibly diverse, boasting a variety of eco-systems and wildlife. From whale-watching off the coast of Samana to mountain biking through the Cordillera Central and scuba diving in the Caribbean Sea, there’s much to do if you travel to the Dominican Republic. Add to this a vibrant cultural scene, where street parties go on for days against the backdrop of the intoxicating rhythms of merengue and bachata and you’ve got a simply fascinating and rewarding travel destination, where you can do as much, or as little, as your desire.

History of the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic boasts a long and complex history. Before the arrival of Europeans, the island of Hispanola was inhabited by the indigenous communities of the Caribbean, namely the Taino people. Constructing an advanced hunting and farming society, the influence of Taino culture can still be experienced if you travel to the Dominican Republic today. Taino Park, situated near Samana, offers interesting exhibits detailing Taino history and culture, whilst the Pomier Caves are home to prehistoric art left by ancient Taino inhabitants. Famously, Christopher Columbus landed on the island in 1492 during his first voyage to the Americas. Claiming the island for Spain, he named it La Española and shortly afterwards, the city of Santo Domingo was built. As the first permanent European settlement in the ‘New World’, the city was of great importance and a stroll through the historic, UNESCO-protected centre of Santo Domingo today reveals many colonial-era buildings, fortresses and churches. A plantation economy was created on the island and many indigenous inhabitants tragically suffered and died at the hands of this new feudal-style form of governance. Over the following centuries, the story of La Española was one of colonial wars and conflicts between European powers, including the Spanish, French and English. In the late-17th century, France took control of the western part of the island, which became known as Haiti. Following 300 years of Spanish rule, the Dominican people declared independence in November 1821, but shortly thereafter this newly free nation was annexed by neighbouring Haiti. The 1844 Dominican War of Independence resulted in the country’s freedom once more, yet civil wars ensued, followed by occupation by the United States during the early part of the 20th-century. For 31 years between 1930 and 1961, the Dominican Republic was under the dictatorship of Rafael Leónidas Trujillo, considered one of the most violent regimes in the history of the Americas. A few years after his assassination, the Dominican Republic experienced its final civil war before moving towards a more representative and democratic form of government. Today, the Dominican Republic has the largest economy in the Caribbean and is a safe and much sought-after travel destination. 

Nature in the Dominican Republic

The most naturally diverse country in the Caribbean, if you travel to the Dominican Republic you’ll encounter an array of eco-systems. From the towering peaks of the Cordillera Central, the highest mountain range in the region, to the sun-kissed white sand beaches of the east coast and the dense mangroves of the northeast, the Dominican Republic invites you to explore its rich biodiversity. With its varying altitudes, as you travel throughout the Dominican Republic you’ll notice how the weather changes quite rapidly. Despite this, holidays to the Dominican Republic will most likely involve plenty of time on the coast, where you can expect year-round sunshine and temperatures around 25 °C. 

It might be tempting to stay on the beach, but you’d be seriously missing out as the Dominican Republic boasts some incredible natural wonders. One such wonder is the idyllic Samana peninsula, known for its migratory humpback whales and dense rainforests. Kayaking through the mangroves and exploring the Salto El Limon waterfall are some of the most popular activities here. It’s also the jumping-off point for adventures into the Los Haitises National Park. On the other hand, the south of the island is home to more arid landscapes, including the sand dunes and salt mines of Bani and the unique biodiversity of Las Calderas Bay. If you’re into hiking, be sure to explore the interior of the Dominican Republic, where towering mountains and lush valleys offer plenty of challenging trails for those in search of untouched wildernesses. Of course, no trip to the Dominican Republic would be complete without exploring its tiny islands and cays, such as Catalina and Saona, where you can experience true desert-island tranquillity!

Culture in the Dominican Republic

A fusion of Spanish, African and Indigenous influences, Dominican culture is both traditional and flamboyant. From the sanctity of the country’s Saint’s Days to the collective love of dance and street parties, religion and community are both important pillars of everyday life in the country. The majority of the population identifies as Christian, and therefore you’ll notice a great number of churches and enthusiastic celebrations on important religious dates if you visit the Dominican Republic. The official language is Spanish, whilst both French and English are taught as foreign languages in schools. 

The Dominican Republic is well known for its artistic traditions, and Dominican artists have long produced many fine works of art. If you are on holiday in the Dominican Republic, be sure to explore the country’s galleries and craft markets to appreciate the vibrant artistic traditions that still endure to this day. When it comes to the national cuisine, Dominican food is also a mix of European, African and Indigenous influences. Quite similar to that found in Latin American countries, you’ll likely recognise many of the most popular dishes if you've travelled to other Spanish-speaking nations.

Of course, if there’s one thing the Dominican Republic is famous for, it's merengue, a musical genre known for its fast-paced, lively rhythm. Furthermore, bachata also has its roots in Dominican culture and despite the passing of time, these musical styles are still extremely popular and can be heard at any Dominican street party or any dance club across the country. If you want to experience ‘DR’ in all its glory, be sure to join in with one of the frequent fiestas patronales during your visit!

A holiday to the Dominican Republic is the chance to experience a Caribbean paradise with incredible history, breathtaking natural sights and warm hospitality. Whether you’re here for the white-sand beaches of Punta Cana or the vibrant nightlife of Santo Domingo, you’re sure to fall in love with the beaches, culture and landscapes when you choose a trip to the Dominican Republic with Exoticca!


  • Entry requirements

    Passport with a minimum validity of at least six months from the date of arrival.

  • Visa

    No visa required.

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  • Currency

    Dominican peso.

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  • Electricity

    Type A and B, 120V 60Hz

  • Other useful information

    Dominican Republic is a Caribbean nation and shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti.

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