Vacation packages to Dominican Republic are rarely just about sun n’ sand, which is what the garden-variety Caribbean island usually offers. DR vacations, on the other hand, have everything from beach resorts on two coasts to tropical jungles, mountains, national parks and the old world charm of Santo Domingo. This wide variety is also what makes planning for a DR vacation somewhat of a pain.
There’s a lot to do and see on the half of Hispaniola that DR occupies with its wealth of attractions and destinations. It needs more than a week, and definitely more than a weekend to see it all. The standard practice is to choose one destination and explore all the nearby places and attractions.
For visitors coming in from across the Atlantic, the top three destinations are Punta Cana, Samana and Puerto Plata. Each one offers the typical Caribbean beach holiday, but there’s also something unique that sets apart each of them. The first one – Punta Cana and the Bavaro area on the east – offer shallow waters and coral reef with popular dive spots frequented by scuba divers from all over the world.
Another notable aspect about Punta Cana is its formidable collection of 12 designer golf courses. These are 18-hole championship courses, designed by the game’s biggest names like Jack Nicklaus, Nick Price, etc. Put simply, full golfing vacation packages are quite popular, and golf is an inescapable element of a vacation here. So are scuba diving vacations, for those interested in it.
Also to be noted that many of the resorts here are of the all inclusive variety. They offer everything from several different restaurants to health clubs and spas, with direct beach access and water sports. Onsite facilities will include everything from golf courses to tennis courts and swimming pools. Guests will be staying in lavish suites or villas where the mini-bars are always well stocked.
If the package includes flight tickets and airport transfers, there’s not much else left to spend on. Well, maybe a little on shopping, nightclubs, casinos, etc. Moving up north from Punta Cana along the coast brings visitors to a paradise on earth otherwise known as the Bay of Samana.
There are hundreds of beaches fronting crystal clear turquoise waters, a beautiful bay and a coast famed for its humpback whales. Not to mention lush tropical forests, waterfalls, coral reef and national parks. All said and done, a very good way to get back in touch with nature, so a package deal in Samana would have to be a resort getaway for nature lovers.
Moving even further up the coast will take visitors to Puerto Plata. The airport is very convenient and the town itself is located close to others like Cabarete, so it’s possible to go around and see quite a lot of destinations. Puerto Plata also has some very nice and long stretches of beaches, so a package deal here would be a conventional beach holiday with some sight-seeing tours thrown in.
These are just a sampling of the possible Last minute vacations to Dominican Republic. There’s a lot more, including Santo Domingo cultural trips, an Isla Saona getaway with its mangrove lined lagoons, or a Pico Duarte mountain climbing expedition. It’s hard to just pick one and forget the rest, but… Maybe the tips provided here will help in choosing a destination based on the visitor’s likes and dislikes.
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