The Dominican Republic is one of the most popular and affordable honeymoon destinations in the Caribbean.
Alternatively, sunbathe on the golden-sand beaches of Playa Dorado, part of a 121km-long strip of beachfront on the northwest coast known collectively as the Amber Coast, centred around Puerto Plata (or Silver Port).
In the capital, Santo Domingo, walk in the footsteps of Cortés and Columbus while exploring the narrow cobbled streets of the Colonial Zone, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to the New World's first cathedral, university and hospital.
Browse for designer clothing in Piantini and hand-rolled Dominican cigars and local handicrafts made with amber on Calle El Conde.
With its rich fusion of Spanish and African heritage, Santo Domingo is one of the Caribbean’s liveliest cities after dark: enjoy a flutter at one of several casinos, savour spicy local cuisine in the Zona Colonial and party hard at numerous nightclubs, dancing to exciting merengue music – perfect for fun-loving honeymoon couples.
Explore on foot the lushly forested interior and mountain ranges of the Dominican Republic and hike to the summit of Pico Duarte (3098m), the highest mountain in the Caribbean.
Alternatively, take in breathtaking views of the Atlantic and Puerto Plata from Mount Isabel de Torres after riding the cable car to the 793m-high summit, which features a replica of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.
Go white water rafting on the Río Yaque del Norte in Jarabacoa and try the sport of cascading in the waterfalls of the Cascada del Limón, Cascada Ojo de Agua and El Salto de Jimenoa.
Encounter wildlife such as American crocodiles, pink flamingos and various species of iguana on Cabritos Island, a national park in the centre of Lake Enriquillo.
Explore the underwater world of the north coast and La Caleta National Underwater Park, swim with dolphins in the themed Manatí Park near Punta Cana or hook up a charter for marlin, sailfish and bonito.
The Dominican Republic is the second-largest country of the Caribbean and occupies the eastern two-thirds of Hispaniola, the island it shares with Haiti.
Columbus called Hispaniola ‘the most beautiful island in the world’ after discovering the island on his very first voyage to the New World in 1492.
Eden Roc At Cap Cana
Location: Cap Cana, Punta Cana
Ave nightly price: AUD1,606 per suite
Description: This Punta Cana boutique resort is located in a 30,000-acre resort, which includes two 18-hole Jack Nicklaus golf courses and a marina. Each suite features a private outdoor pool and a gazebo. Guests of the Eden Roc At Cap Cana have access to the private members-only Caletón Beach Club. It boasts 2 gourmet restaurants and an outdoor pool. Seafood is available at La Palapa by Eden Roc, and sandwiches and salads can be found at the Pool Restaurant and Bar. Spacious suites are decorated in French, Italian and Spanish design. A 47-inch flat-screen TV, a minibar and a coffee maker are provided. Each suite is surrounded by tropical gardens. The resort offers on-site gourmet cooking lessons, catamaran rides and horseback riding. Fishing trips and boat charters can be arranged. Punta Cana International Airport is a 20-minute drive from the resort. Free airport transportation is included in the price. This hotel is affiliated with Relais & Châteaux.
Location: Higuey, Punta Cana
Ave nightly price: AUD1,344 per suite
Description: Featuring a private beach area in Punta Cana, a swimming pool and rooms with hot tub, this luxury and exclusive resort is half a kilometer from the beach and just 4.8 km from Punta Cana International Airport. The rooms at this AAA Five Diamond Award winner have minimalist style and include a fan, sitting area, flat-screen TV and balcony. The kitchens have a coffee maker and microwave, and the bathrooms are private and include a bathtub, shower and bathrobes. The Tortuga Bay features the Bamboo restaurant with decor from an international designer and serves a fusion of Caribbean and Asian cuisine. The breakfast is free. Activities such as fishing, horseback riding, kite sailing and eco-paddle surfing can be arranged at this hotel. The use of bikes and kayaks is for free. Tortuga Bay is 4.8 km from Punta Cana Village and a 30-minute drive from Bavaro Lagoon. The Manati Park is 19.3 km away and Coral Highway is a 10-minute drive away.
Zoetry Agua Punta Cana
Location: Playa De Uvero Alto, Punta Cana
Ave nightly price: AUD655 per suite
Description: Zoetry Agua Punta Cana is located right on the Dominican Republic’s beautiful Caribbean coast. This luxurious resort features several outdoor pools, a spa and health club, and an open-air restaurant overlooking the beach. Each air-conditioned suite features sleek eco-friendly décor, with vaulted ceilings and natural hardwood floors. They all include a sitting area, a private terrace and a spacious bathroom with a shower, bathtub and free toiletries. The on-site restaurant serves a variety of nutritious, gourmet meals. Guests also receive a free 10-minute wellness or fitness consultation. 24-hour room service is available, and the modern bar serves top-shelf spirits. Activities like snorkeling, horseback riding and billiards can be arranged by the tour desk. The popular surfing beach of Playa del Macao is 8 km from the property. White Stands Golf Course can be reached in a 20-minute drive, and Punta Cana International Airport is just an hour away by car.
Renaissance Santo Domingo Jaragua Hotel & Casino
Location: George Washington Ave., Santo Domingo
Ave nightly price: AUD194 per room
Description: Located on the Malecon Avenue near city attractions, beaches and shopping, the Renaissance Santo Domingo Jaragua Hotel & Casino overlooks the Caribbean Sea, boasting tropical gardens it also offers a full service Spa. A cable TV, minibar and fridge are equipped in all rooms at Renaissance Santo Domingo Jaragua Hotel & Casino. The traditionally styled rooms also include a work desk, coffee maker and in-room safe. Guests of the Renaissance Santo Domingo Jaragua Hotel & Casino can dine at Quisqueya Restaurant, which serves International cuisine. Guest can also have a drink or a snack in one of the 3 on-site bars. The Blue Bar & Lounge offers creative cocktails and a light meals. The hotel offers a gym with cardio equipment or tennis courts outside. A business center and meeting facilities are on site for guest use. Car rental desk, concierge and gift shop services are also available. This hotel also offers more than 2000 square metres of business and banquet facilities. The Renaissance Santo Domingo Jaragua Hotel & Casino is 3.2 km from the Port of Santo Domingo. The National Palace is one kilometer from the hotel.
Catalonia Santo Domingo
Location: Avenida George Washington, Santo Domingo
Ave nightly price: AUD135 per room
Description: The Catalonia Santo Domingo is a sensational 21-storey building that is located oceanfront at George Washington Avenue, 30 minutes from Las Americas International Airport and only a few minutes away from the shopping district. All rooms are decorated according to our business customers demands and offer free high speed WiFi. Rooms are equipped with a TV. Views of the sea, pool or city are featured in certain rooms. The facilities are complemented with several areas from which you can also enjoy a splendid view: fitness area, restaurant and bars. The privileged views of the Caribbean Sea and the outdoor pool on the 7th floor and an incredible casino are the perfect combination for a wonderful holiday or a business trip. The hotel is located in the Malecon, Blue Mall is 3.3 km from the property. Las Americas Airport is 26 km away.
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Despite the heat of summer and occasional rains, the Dominican Republic is a year-round holiday destination.
The major resorts of Puerto Plata, Punta Cana and La Romana each boast an international airport.
Latest update Dominican Republic honeymoon destination: 21 November, 2017
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