The Dominican Republic: Sun and Sand and Great Deals Await
The Dominican Republic has always been an appealing sun destination, but low fuel costs and expanded flight capacity have helped cut the price of all-inclusive vacations even further. Deals for travel in 2016 are discounted by almost 40% from Toronto and 55% from Winnipeg, when compared to similar packages in 2015. Additionally, Air Canada and Sunwing have increased their weekly flights to Puerto Plata; West Jet is expected to double capacity this June.
The Dominican Republic is known for…
The warmth, weather and hospitality. The Dominican has always been lauded as a particularly friendly place, and the incredible weather is often the biggest draw for visitors. The year-round summer temperatures, coupled with sparkling waters, soft white sand and palm trees are the very definition of paradise.
One insider tip…
Puerto Plata and Punta Cana are the best-known destinations for visitors to the Dominican, but for visitors who would like to try their hand at watersports, Cabarete is the place to be. It has the best wind and waves on the island, and the coast is dotted with the colourful kites of kitesurfers and windsurfers. Even if you don’t want to try it for yourself, watching the deft jumps and flips of the athletes is like a free performance.
Best time to visit…
The weather is lovely year-round, though some may not be able to stand the summer heat. Peak season is from December to mid-April, but even the rainy season (May-November) has plenty of sunshine.
Dominican cuisine is a reflection of its history: African, Spanish, Taíno and Middle-Eastern influences come together for unique and delicious meals. You’ll definitely want to try plantains, in whatever form they may take. Tostones are fried plantains, Mangú is made from boiled and mashed green plantains, Mofongo is a mash of fried plantains with garlic and fried pork.
For dessert, find yourself some tres leches, a sponge cake made with — you guessed it — three kinds of milk. Don’t miss this delicious dessert.
- Passport needed: Yes
- Money used: The Dominican peso is the currency used; there’s an extensive network of ATMs that likely includes most visitor’s home banks (Cirrus for Mastercard, PLUS for Visa). It’s a smart idea to carry cash, even at all-inclusives, for tipping resort workers.
- Visa requirements: Visas are not needed for Canadian citizens whose visits are less than 90 days.
- Plugs: Adapters are not usually needed for North American visitors.
- Internet availability: All resorts will have Wi-Fi hotspots.