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Dominican Republic Wins Title Of Best Destination In The Caribbean

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The Dominican Republic has just been declared the best destination in the Caribbean by Global Traveler, a leading travel and lifestyle magazine.

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This is the third consecutive year that the sun-soaked island has been awarded the prestigious title and a testament to the Dominican Republic’s unwavering commitment to making the country a hub for international travel. 

With interest in the Dominican Republic at an all-time high, here’s why the popular destination came out on top.

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Caribbean destinations have been a magnet for travelers for decades, but this year, the Dominican Republic is becoming a real hotspot for globetrotters.

The fact that the Dominican Republic was just voted the best Caribbean destination for the third year in a row corroborates the country’s unparalleled success. 

Each year, Global Traveler conducts a survey of its readers, who clearly had a lot of good things to say about the Dominican Republic, which eclipsed other Caribbean competitors.

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Punta Cana resort and pool area with palm trees

The annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards are one of the biggest names among travel enthusiasts, highlighting some of the trendiest destinations across the globe.

Global Travel isn’t the only organization raving about the Dominican Republic. This year, the country was ranked as one of the top 10 global destinations by Tripadvisor, the go-to travel review platform used by millions of travelers.

So why is the Dominican Republic topping all the charts this year? While the country was already popular well before COVID-19, travel numbers to the sunny island have soared to unprecedented levels following the easing of pandemic-related restrictions.

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The Dominican Republic’s simple yet effective formula of beach, sun, and all-inclusive luxury is proving to be a hit among travelers, especially those hailing from North America. 

And although the all-inclusive resort paradigm has been around for some time, the Dominican Republic is constantly re-inventing what it means to take a tropical holiday.

Many of the country’s award-winning resorts are offering the latest in all-inclusive entertainment and luxury – such as Punta Cana’s newest resortainment undertaking with Falcon’s Beyond and the first-ever theme park in the Caribbean. 

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Others, such as Cayo Levantado, a 5-star resort entirely set on a beautiful tropical island, are combining all-inclusive comfort with a focus on sustainable travel and local culture.

And with a growing array of stunning destinations, the Dominican Republic is more versatile than ever before, showcasing that the country is more than just sun and beach.

Destinations like Puerto Plata and Santo Domingo are known for their rich history and vibrant downtown areas, which offer a refreshing change of scenery compared to Punta Cana’s packed hotel complexes.

A sailboat along a white sand beach in Punta Cana with blue water

Travelers seeking the ultimate nature experience are in for a treat, as the Dominican Republic has made great strides in making the country’s natural wonders accessible to travelers.

This year, the country will inaugurate a brand new world-class cruise ship port in Pedernales, a southern destination known for its abundant nature and untouched white-sand beaches. 

There’s also plenty of good news for visitors that just want to kick back at a traditional all-inclusive resort. Punta Cana is seeing a boom in new properties, with a 2000+ room resort opening in the city next year.

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And for discerning travelers, there’s hardly a more suitable destination than Cap Cana, an exclusive gated seaside community featuring several award-winning properties, including Secrets Cap Cana, which was recently awarded a 4-Diamond rating by the AAA for the second year in a row.

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