Experience Dominican Republic
- Kick back and relax on some of the world’s most beautiful beaches
- Tee off at one of the island’s award-winning golf courses
- Discover the island’s lush countryside on an ATV or horseback riding excursion
One of the most popular beach destinations in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic is the perfect choice for vacationers seeking the ultimate tropical getaway. Soak up the sun on the pristine white-sand beaches of Punta Cana, home to world-famous Bavaro Beach; or head to the golden-sand shores of Cabarete to try out water sports like kitesurfing and kite boarding. Soak in the island’s history with a visit to the capital city of Santo Domingo, the oldest city in the Americas and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or explore the 19th century architecture of downtown Puerto Plata. Golfers can tee off on championship courses in La Romana, including the celebrity-favourite Pete Dye courses at Casa De Campo; while adventure-seekers head out on an ATV, river rafting or ziplining excursion. Make sure to pick up some of the island’s famous coffee and rum before you leave!
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National language: Spanish
Language notes: Hola! While the local language is Spanish, English is widely spoken in resorts and tourist destinations.
Currency: DOP (Dominican Peso)
Travel tips: Canadian devices use 120 V and will work with 110 V. Many resorts have 120 V plugs. For older devices, items using motors or heating (heated beauty tools, electric toothbrushes) and three-prong plugs we recommend bringing an adaptor with voltage conversion.
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What to buy: Don't forget to buy the some of the most popular souvenirs in the Dominican Republic: Hand-rolled cigars, coffee, chocolate and Mamajuana (a Dominican drink with a mix of rum, red wine, and honey soaked in tree bark and herb) are popular buys.
Getting around: Your local Sunwing Experiences representative will handle your airport transfers, providing you with round-trip transportation from the airport to your resort and back. They are also on hand to recommend the bst experiences to ensure you make the ost of your time away. Be sure to attend you welcome briefing to learn about the handpicked selection of Sunwing Experiences offered for your destination.Read more
Whether you choose to tie the knot in Punta Cana, Puerto Plata or one of the Dominican Republic’s other popular hotspots, your wedding is sure to be picture-perfect.
Legal wedding requirements
- Wedding couple must arrive in destination at least three business days prior to the ceremony date (arrival date and Sundays do not count).
- Valid passports for the wedding couple.
- Original copy of your Tourist Card (received upon entry into the country).
- Valid birth certificates for the wedding couple that includes the names of the parents.
- Statement of Single Status: you will also need to obtain a sworn affidavit attesting to your single status. This document must be submitted in the Spanish language and legally certified. This can be done prior to leaving Canada by visiting the Embassy or one of the Consulates of the Dominican Republic. You may also visit a notary public in Canada to make this declaration, then have the document translated into Spanish and legalized by the Embassy or Consulates of the Dominican Republic.
- If either party has been divorced, a copy of the divorce certificate along with a Spanish-language translation of the documents. The translation must be legalized by the Embassy or one of the consulates of the Dominican Republic in Canada. Please note that under Dominican law, women who have recently been divorced must wait a minimum of ten months after the finalization of their divorce before they can remarry. This regulation applies as well to Canadian women wishing to be married in the Dominican Republic.
- If either party has been widowed, an original copy of the death certificate of your deceased spouse, translated into Spanish and legalized by the Embassy or consulates of the Dominican Republic.
- Change of Name: if you have legally changed your name, you must submit original documents to the Embassy or consulates of the Dominican Republic for legalization.
- 2 witnesses and copies of witnesses’ valid passports (relatives such as parents or siblings cannot act as witnesses).
- Prior to departure, all above documents must be translated into Spanish, legally certified by a professional (with an apostille), and legalized by the Embassy or one of the consulates of the Dominican Republic in Canada
- WEDO is an agency that works the Dominican Consulate and they legalize the documents for couples. They can be contacted at www.wedo.com.do.
- Documents must be submitted at least one month prior to your arrival date at the hotel.
Legal ceremonies will incur additional costs. Additional requirements may also apply. Please contact your desired resort directly for legal ceremony fees and any additional requirements. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.Read more