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5 Reasons The Dominican Republic Has Soared In Popularity This Year

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The Dominican Republic’s soaring popularity doesn’t come as a surprise: the destination had already been growing steadily before the COVID-19 pandemic, and this year, it has outperformed several heavyweights, including Playa del Carmen. The sunny island is home to popular resort towns but also more remote regions that are perfect for exploration. Here are the top reasons behind the country’s resounding success this year.

White-sand beach with palm trees and tropical water, Dominican Republic

Vast Number Of All-inclusive Options

Whilst travelers can find a range of accommodations in the Dominican Republic, from online vacation rentals – which have soared in popularity – to affordable hotels, the country is best known for having some of the best all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean. Not only that, the tropical island is home to several resort hotspots, each having its own unique traits. 

Colourful and tropical pool area in a resort, Dominican Republic

Those looking for an all-around destination should opt for Punta Cana; the tourist resort town is home to some of the world’s most stunning beaches, including Bávaro, where travelers can find all-inclusive resorts. Opt for Ziva and Zilara Cap Cana for an award-winning resort experience.

Year-Round Great Weather In The Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic can be enjoyed year-round due to its pleasantly warm tropical climate. December to February sees average temperatures ranging from 68°F to 82.4°F (20°C to 28°C), whereas in summer –  June to September – travelers can expect temperatures ranging from 77°F all the way to 95°F. (25°C to 35°C)

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Bavaro beach in Punta Cana with sun and tropical water, Dominican Republic

The country’s proximity to the United States and Canada makes the sun-soaked island a great choice for winter travel, and the record number of flights to Punta Cana and Santo Domingo makes reaching it easier than ever before. The only downside: the hurricane season – lasting from June until late November – can cause powerful tropical storms, potentially disrupting travel plans. 

Beautiful Beaches

Soft white-sand beaches stretching for miles are just one of the many things travelers can expect to find in this tropical paradise. Being a Caribbean island, the Dominican Republic’s unique geography means visitors can enjoy some of the best beaches in the world. From Bávaro’s award-winning offerings to more remote island beaches (Saona and Isla Catalina), travelers can enjoy a range of aquatic activities whilst soaking in the sun.

Bávaro beach with tropical turquoise water and sun, Dominican Republic

Some of the country’s top beaches include those found in Saona, an island off of Punta Cana’s coast and home to a massive national park. Meanwhile, Playa Bonita – north of Samaná – is known for some of the most magical sunsets in the country and is home to a range of boutique hotels.   

Lavish pool area with tropical views, Dominican Republic

Good Value For Money

Being a middle-income country, the Dominican Republic is an affordable choice for millions of North American travelers who flock to the sunny island in search of quality at a good price. When it comes to accommodation, travelers can expect to pay anywhere from $150 all the way to over $700 per night for a five-star resort. That being said, affordable options are plentiful, including the top-rated Cana Pearl by The Oxo House

Travelers can also benefit from a record number of flights to the popular destination, many of which are operated by low-cost airlines, including Frontier, JetBlue, and Sunwing Airlines. 

Frontier aircraft after taking off in the Domincan Republic

Some Of The Best Cruise Ship Ports In The Caribbean 

Consider the Dominican Republic for your next Caribbean cruise: the sun-soaked island is home to an increasing number of massive cruise ship ports, effectively boosting the country’s cruising infrastructure and allowing it to welcome hundreds of thousands of passengers. Although the country is already home to several impressive ports – Amber Cove and La Romana, among others – the government has big plans in store.

Poolside area in resort with Palm trees and blue skies

Construction of Port Cabo Rojo, the country’s new massive flagship cruise ship port, is currently underway in Pedernales, in the southwestern region of the country. In addition to boasting some of the most advanced facilities in the region, travelers will also find several new resorts, a shopping center, and a waterpark among the terminal’s long list of amenities. 

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