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Dominican Republic
Travel Planning
Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic at a Glance

The Dominican Republic's resorts are the country's primary tourist destinations. However, this large island country has many things to see and do outside the resort areas.

The Dominican Republic has large mountains running down its center. Villages nestle in the foothills and cows graze beside the road. Agriculture dominates this region and the food and produce you eat while visiting was most likely grown nearby. Exploring this area will lead you through lush tropical forests, beautiful waterfalls and trickling mountain streams. 

The seaside offers its own charms. Snorkel, scuba or simply swim in the warm Caribbean waters. Enjoy white crescent beaches as well as the rocky headlands that jut into the sea. Try your hand at surfing, or rent a kayak for some exploration in a mangrove lagoon. Wherever you are, the Dominican Republic shines through with its own distinctive personality.

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Popular Places
  • Santo Domingo Santo Domingo
  • Punta Cana Punta Cana
  • Puerto Plata Puerto Plata
Getting There
Major Airports
  • Major Airport Punta Cana International Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

Canadian, European and American tourists must have a valid passport from their country of origin in order to enter the Dominican Republic. They must also purchase a tourist card for a small fee. To learn more about Dominican passport, visa and tourist card requirements, contact the Dominican Consulate. American citizens may also refer to the U.S State Department website for travel information.

Need to Know

Severe Weather The Dominican Republic can see hurricanes and tropical storms during the summer months.

Safety Concerns Theft is a problem for the Dominican Republic's tourists. Keep your valuables close to you, or leave them at home. Avoid flashing cash and consider locking your valuables in your hotel's safe.

Health Concerns Visitors should purify or boil their drinking water if it has not been treated. Bottled water is also a good option.

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