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Famed for its cultural mix of European and Caribbean, this former Spanish colony offers a piece of paradise for everyone.
No matter where you go in the Dominican Republic, the beaches are without doubt the main attraction. With beautiful white sands and crystal blue waters it is no wonder that so many people choose this as their holiday destination. Head for the extensive beaches in the Punta Cana region, or to really get away from it all, try Samana Peninsula, with its quiet beaches and readily accessible island locations.
The Dominican Republic offers some of the best scuba diving in the world. With warm, crystal clear waters visibility easily reaches 25-30 metres. Whether you are a divemaster or complete beginner, take the time to put on your wetsuit, mask and tank and take a look at some of the amazing tropical fish and plant life local to the area. Accredited courses are available for beginners or improvers or just try a one day taster dive.
If you want to explore the coastlines why not try one of the many boat trips to neighbouring beaches or one of the nearby islands. Choose from an easy cruise or a fast catamaran to your location and once there enjoy a buffet lunch of all you can eat and drink with entertainment.
If you are feeling a bit more active why not try your hand at some of the activities available on or in the water? Activities available include windsurfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking and sailing. Instruction is available for all activities.
Whether you are an early bird or a night owl, there will be something you will enjoy in the Dominican Republic. All of the local hotels and resorts have their own restaurants and night time entertainment. Most feature a different show or act every night of the week, so there is plenty of choice! Choose from a romantic meal for two by the beach or follow the sounds of music and hit the dance floor. Many resorts also have casinos with Las Vegas themed shows alongside. If you have brought your dancing shoes, then why not try out some of the local dance moves. Don't worry, if you don't know your merengue from your samba, someone will be more than happy to lead the way!
The main international airports in the Dominican Republic are Punta Cana Airport (PUJ), La Romana Airport (LRM) and Santa Domingo's Las Americas International Airport (SDQ). Other airports also handle charter flights from Europe, the US and Canada.
You can enter the Dominican Republic by sea travelling from Mayaguez in Puerto Rico to Santa Domingo. The ferry crossing takes around 12 hours and is the Dominican Republic's only international ferry service.
Rented cars are available from the airports or all towns and cities. These offer a great way to explore independently. Private and public buses are also available and link all major destinations and airports. The local taxis or "guaguas" also offer an inexpensive and easy way to explore locally.
Brush up on your Spanish and journey to the Dominican Republic for your cheap holiday, a great place to relax and unwind. Beaches abound in Dominican Republic but the island is so much more than that. There are quite a few things that you can do when you are here. You can choose to go mountain biking, diving, surfing, fishing or even try your hand at the game of golf.
If you are brave enough, try climbing the Pico Duarte, the highest mountain in the Caribbean. Indulge in horse back riding or sun-bathe at the Playa Grande Beach, voted one of the best beaches in the world.