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These Are The Top Dominican Republic Hotspots For Travelers Who Prefer Airbnbs

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Airbnbs are surging in popularity in the Dominican Republic as travelers seek new ways to enjoy everything this sun-soaked island has to offer.

From more flexibility to cheaper rates, online vacation rentals are trending more than ever in 2023.

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Although all-inclusives will remain the most popular accommodation for the vast majority of travelers, Airbnb continues to dominate the scene with digital nomads, backpackers, and those looking for longer stays.

With that in mind, here are the most popular destinations in the Dominican Republic for Airbnbs. 

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Online Vacation Rentals Surge In Popularity, Nearly Outnumbering Resort Rooms

Online vacation rentals have become one of the most popular accommodation types in the Dominican Republic. While they have always had a respectable share of the accommodation market, the number of rentals has skyrocketed since the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a growing number of travelers flock to the Dominican Republic, Airbnbs are gaining acceptance with tourists, many of whom are opting for longer stays or multi-city itineraries. 

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According to the latest statistics published by the country’s tourism authorities, Airbnbs nearly outnumbered resorts in terms of total rooms in 2022. During that year, there were a total of 86,000 hotel and resort rooms, whereas online rentals accounted for some 83,000 rooms. 

And despite the ongoing resort construction boom in growing hotspots like Miches and Pedernales, it is unlikely that traditional accommodations will outgrow online rentals, which are flooding the market at a record pace. 

Altagracia: 13,000 Rooms

The Altagracia region is by far the most popular choice for Americans looking for trendy beachside Airbnbs in the Dominican Republic. Punta Cana is also located in this popular hotspot, which boasts some of the best beaches in the Dominican Republic and the entire Caribbean.

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Within Altagracia, travelers can find a range of unique neighborhoods to choose from, including Bávaro and Bayahíbe, each offering a range of excellent attractions, especially renowned white-sand beaches, beachside restaurants and bars, as well as some of the best nightlife in the entire country. 

Puerto Plata: 14,000 Rooms

Puerto Plata is another excellent choice for travelers seeking a cultural and natural experience. With more than 14,000 online rentals available, travelers can find anything from humble abodes to luxurious beachfront villas. 

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Unlike Punta Cana, Puerto Plata is home to towering mountains, which offer breathtaking views. Puerto Plata is also one of the largest cities in the Dominican Republic, making this destination ideal for those who want to experience life like a local.

Puerto Plata also boasts the longest and tallest cable car in the country, which takes travelers to the peak of the 700-metre-tall Mount Isabel de Torres.

Santo Domingo Area: 18,000 Rooms

The country’s capital and largest city Santo Domingo unsurprisingly offers more Airbnbs than any other location in the country. The oldest city in the Americas, Santo Domingo is a growing hub for cultural and historical travel.

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Its Ciudad Colonial is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, boasting impressive buildings, including the largest cathedral in the country. It also offers unique accommodations set amid the centuries-long history of the vast capital.

But travelers will also find plenty of white-sand beaches in the towns and villages that surround Santo Domingo. Playa Boca Chica, just east of the sprawling capital, is home to hundreds of Airbnbs offering some of the lowest nightly rates in the country.

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Just a stone’s throw away from the capital’s Las Américas International Airport, it’s a great choice for travelers who want to avoid the crowded beaches of Punta Cana and other resort hotspots.

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