If you’re planning a trip to the Dominican Republic, you don’t want to let minor details ruin the experience. Failing to have the right documents could see you denied entry onto your flight while choosing the wrong time of year could result in expenses beyond your budget. On top of that, there is always the risk of hurricanes. That’s why it’s important to be organized and plan ahead. To help you out we have provided some crucial info.
What To Wear
Dominicans are stylish people and to fit in you may want to bring more than your beach clothes. If you plan to go out at night, then a nice pair of jeans and a shirt are recommended for men, and stylish skirts, tops, and dresses are recommended for women.
When To Go
The best times to travel to the Dominican Republic is from December to March. The days are cooler and generally rain-free. Of course, these times will be more crowded and expensive (especially over Xmas and New Years).
June to November is the official hurricane season. Flights and accommodation are cheaper during this time. However, there is a small chance of getting hit by inclement weather.
In the middle is the shoulder season of April and May. Visiting during these times is a good way to get decent weather and decent prices.
Where To Stay
You will want to consider different hotel options to make sure you’re getting the best deal. This is especially true if you go during the peak season so that you don’t get stuck with exorbitant rates.
Compare different hotel sites to find the one that offers the best prices. There are also many Dominican Republic all inclusive vacations where everything will be included in a lump sum. Some of these deals are a good way to save on accommodation.
What To Bring
Of course, you will need to bring an up-to-date passport. For many passport holders, validity up until their departure date is all that’s required. Other travelers may require 6-months validity. These rules are always changing and vary depending on your county. Typically tourists can get 30 days entry on arrival for around $10USD.
An onward ticket is required. Failure to provide one may result in your airline refusing you carriage.
Remember, it always pays to check the latest rules before flying.
You should also bring your own items such as sunscreen, beach towels, and toiletries. If you have to purchase them after you arrive, you will find many touristy shops charge high prices.
What To Do
You can do completely nothing if you like. Just relax on the beach and have a few drinks. However, you will also have a lot of ocean-based activities at your doorstep, as well as some amazing nightlife.
Different islands offer different activities so try and match your destination with what you want to do.
The Dominican Republic is an exciting destination, and you’re sure to have a good time. Just make sure minor details don’t derail your trip. By being well prepared your holiday will be much more enjoyable and affordable.