Discover the heart of the Caribbean
Start with a tour of its tropical rainforests, mangroves and flourishing valleys.
Then soak up some rays on the powdery, white sand beaches, often acclaimed as the
most beautiful in the Caribbean. The Dominican offers a vast array of water and
land sports, and activities of all descriptions.
Dominican Republic destinations
La Romana Between Santo Domingo and Dominican Republic, this resort
area with stunning, white sand beaches offers every imaginable land and water sport.
The snorkeling off the living reefs is not to be missed. Nor are the wildlife preserves
of Catalina and Saona or Altos de Chavon, the “artist’s village” showcasing the
local artists and artisans.
Puerto Plata The north or “Amber Coast” is on the Atlantic side and
is ideal for energetic water sports. The Playa Dorada region plays host to the majority
of Puerto Plata’s resorts, as well as 3 casinos, an 18-hole championship golf course
and long beaches. The town of Sosua offers restaurants, cafes, shopping, nightlife
and 2 km of soft, golden sand beaches.
Punta Cana The DR’s finest beaches are found here. Bavaro Beach
is the best known with 60 km of palm lined white sand and a multitude of water sports
and championship golf. Enjoy the many colorful flea markets selling native arts
and handcrafts. Visit Manatee Park (300,000 sq. meters!) and view an awe-inspiring
array of birds, fish and plant life; and definitely see the “Dancing Horses,” performed
by purebred Spanish stallions.
Santo Domingo The country’s capital is the oldest (1496) city in the
New World. Declared a World Heritage Site in 1990, it contains many museums and
historic sites, such as the home of Christopher Columbus. The resorts, with sparkling
beaches along the southern coastline, offer a range of water and land sports.
Language spoken in Dominican Republic Spanish. English widely spoken in most areas.
Currency and exchange used in Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic peso is the local currency, although U.S. dollars are widely
accepted. Most hotels have a money exchange office on site, although not all will
exchange Canadian travel cheques. Visa and Mastercard cheques and credit cards are
widely accepted. Regrettably, American Express cheques and credit cards are not
commonly accepted. Voltage in Dominican Republic
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While on vacation in Dominican Republic
Sunwing suggests the recommendations below while traveling on vacation to Dominican
Republic to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable holiday.
Resort Check-in Information
Please have your Sunwing hotel voucher ready for check-in at the hotel's reception.
Based upon your arrival and check-in time, it is possible that your room may not
be ready. Pack your bathing suit, shorts and sunscreen in your carry-on so that
you can enjoy the facilities until your room is available.
Our welcome briefing provides valuable information on Dominican Republic, your hotel
services, money exchange, shopping, and excursions. We will also inform you about
the departure procedure and answer any questions you may have. Make sure to attend
Help in Destination
Your friendly Sunwing destination representative is available in Dominican Republic
should you require assistance. Please check the Sunwing Vacations information boards
or binders located in your hotel for a schedule of when your Sunwing destination
representative is available.
It is recommended that you drink bottled water while in Dominican Republic. Most
hotels offer bottled water in your hotel room and can also be purchased in the hotel's
shop and in grocery stores. The ice and drinking water served in the hotels are
generally made from purified water.
Long Distance Calls
Long distance telephone charges in Dominican Republic can be quite expensive. It
is recommended to make a collect call or use your calling card. Service charges
may apply when calling from your hotel room.
Safety Deposit Boxes
Please use your safety deposit box for all your valuables, cash and travel documents.
Some hotels in Dominican Republic provide safety deposit boxes free of charge while
others may require a nominal fee. You will be required to pay a penalty fee if you
lose the key.
Traveling to foreign destinations can be very exhilarating. Tourists must be aware
that potential problems and risks to your personal safety could exist anywhere.
Please use the same personal safety precautions and common sense on your vacation
that you would at home e.g. apply sunscreen frequently, do not swim alone and do
not display cash. Avoid venturing out alone and beware of dark or isolated areas.
Taxes and Tipping
Generally, taxes are automatically added to purchases. The tipping percentage is
similar to that at home. If you receive good service, please express your gratitude
and offer a tip.
Your Flight Home
Please check the Sunwing Vacations information boards or binders located in your
hotel to reconfirm your flight from Dominican Republic and its departure time. As
a friendly reminder, make sure that you have packed your flight documents, medication,
or any articles that you must have with you at all times in your carry-on luggage.
Seat selection is on a first come, first serve basis at the airport, unless previously
booked and paid for prior to your departure.
Documentation needed to visit Dominican Republic
Canadian Citizens must carry a valid Canadian Passport Canadian Citizens please click here Non-Canadian citizens please contact the Dominican
Republic consulate or embassy prior to booking or contact Sunwing for further assistance.
Must-see three! The oldest cathedral, university & city in the “New World” are all
in Santo Domingo.
Merengue, the Dominican national music, is a serious contender for the fastest music
in the Caribbean.
National treasure…The awesome amber jewellery, sold in many museums here, is actually
millions of years old. (Yes, millions!)
Almost all major league ball teams have a Dominican player. Think stars like Tony
Fernandez, Sammy Sosa, Pedro Martinez & Manny Ramirez.