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Dominican Republic Villas

Dominican Villas

Any of our luxury villas for rent in the Dominican Republic are ideal for vacationers looking for a destination offering diverse activities, scenery, and local color.

This Caribbean country features some of the most acclaimed beaches in the world and can offer you many surprises.

So many of our exquisite Dominican Republic villas for rent overlook sandy beaches and are within easy distance of world-class golf courses. All of our properties have their location in the Best Resorts in the Dominican Republic.

Other activities include horseback riding, diving, and baseball. But, of course, let's not forget the music, food, and fiestas. These are all part of the fabric of life in this party-loving nation.

Guests of all ages will have something memorable to experience in this unique and friendly destination.

Guide to Dominican Republic


WHAT IS DOMINICAN REPUBLIC BEST KNOWN FOR?


The Dominican Republic, or DR, is best known for its incredible weather. Warm temperatures and blue skies, perfect for a beach vacation, can be enjoyed for many months of the year.

Another essential feature of life in this wonderful destination is golf. You will find some of our lovely Dominican villas to rent near the best golf courses in the Caribbean.

The natural world is one of the best Dominican Republic Tourist Attractions. Four of the five highest mountains in the Caribbean are in DR. Rum, coffee, and cocoa are just some of the local delicacies to be enjoyed.

In addition, you will find unique precious stones like the beautifully blue Larimar transformed into jewelry, one of the admired souvenirs from a trip to DR.

Also, if your interests are historical, you'll fall in love with a walking tour of the Zona Colonial in Santo Domingo, DR's fascinating capital city.

You will be traveling in the footsteps of Christopher Columbus, whose discovery of the New World began in this corner of the Caribbean.

Gorgeous villa rentals are another remarkable aspect. The destination is also one of The Best Beach Honeymoon Destinations.


PLANNING TIPS


Some helpful, quick tips for your journey to DR.

FIRST TIME VISITORS

You must complete the digital E-ticket for your arrival and departure if traveling via commercial flights. This document is a combined digital form of the Customs Declaration, International Embarkation/Disembarkation form, and Traveller's Health Affidavit.

We recommend you complete this 72 hours before your trip and keep a copy of the QR code. You will need to do this again for departure, generating a second QR code.

You will need a passport valid for the duration of your vacation. Also, an airline ticket showing that you are departing within 30-days.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

Many countries like USA and UK do not require a visa, but double check. You can apply for your visa online before you travel.

THE LANGUAGE SPOKEN IN DR

The language spoken is Spanish. However, you don't need to be fluent to get around. You will find English spoken throughout most of the resorts.

ATMs

Yes, there are many ATMs throughout the island. You can withdraw pesos. The charge is usually about 500 pesos (about US$10). You will find the airport has the highest rate for exchanging money and a bank for the best rate.

Tip: if you have an account with Scotiabank, you can do your banking for free. Scotiabank has branches throughout the Caribbean, so opening an account would be well worth it if you travel there a lot.

WHAT IS THE BEST CURRENCY TO TAKE TO DOMINICAN REPUBLIC?

The best currency to take with you is US dollars, but we recommend you use the local currency, pesos, where possible.

Exchange rates can vary from vendor to service provider, so using pesos ensures you get the correct value.

Large restaurants and hotels will happily take credit card payments, but cash will be necessary for casual tipping or purchases from small businesses.

ETIQUETTE

DR is a traditionally Catholic country, and we recommend you cover up when entering churches or visiting large urban areas.

TIPPING

Generally, it is 10-20% depending on food and service quality. However, many restaurant bills will automatically include a 10% service charge (not the 18% sales tax that you will see listed as ITBIS).

Therefore, adding a 10% tip is considered good manners. Taxis do not generally receive gratuities. However, acknowledging good service with a tip is perfectly acceptable.

DOES UBER OPERATE IN DR

It operates in the three largest cities; Santo Domingo, Puerto Plata, and Santiago.

SHOULD I DRINK TAP WATER?

No, do not drink tap water, only bottled water. Watch out for salads or fruits cleaned with tap water, especially if exploring off the tourist track. Be careful not to ingest the water while showering or brushing your teeth. Establishments within the resorts will have purified water dispensers and bottled water.

SHOULD I BRING INSECT REPELLENT?

Yes, insect repellent is a must-pack item.


GETTING TO DR


WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE AIRPORT IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC?

There are seven international airports, with many domestic flights. Meaning you can land very close to your end destination.

Staying at Punta Cana or Cap Cana:

Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) is ideal, located only 15-20minutes away from these communities. It's the busiest airport in the country, serving most airlines compared to other airports in DR.

Staying at Casa de Campo:

La Romana International Airport (LRM) is close, less than 15 mins drive away. Alternatively, it's only an hour's drive from Punta Cana airport to Casa de Campo.

Staying in the Northern region:

Puerto Plata International Airport (POP) would be the one to fly to.

HOW DO I GET TO DOMINICAN REPUBLIC BY AIR?

Direct flights to Punta Cana (PUJ):

From the United States: Washington, New York, Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, Miami, Charlotte, and Austin

From Canada: Toronto, Montreal, Quebec, Ottawa, Calgary, and Hamilton

From the United Kingdom: London

From other European countries: Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Spain, and Portugal

Direct flights to La Romana (LRM):

From Canada: Toronto and Montreal

From other European Countries: Germany and Italy

Direct flights to Puerto Plata (POP):

From the United States: Miami, Charlotte, New York, and Boston

From Canada: Hamilton, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, and Quebec

From other European Countries: Germany and Switzerland

Should you wish to read more, take a read of our blog on the 17 Direct Flights from Atlanta to the Caribbean.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET TO DOMINICAN REPUBLIC FROM THE US

It takes under 4 hours to fly from the NYC area to DR. The flight time from Miami to DR is just over 2 hours.

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO GO DOMINICAN REPUBLIC?

You will find December to April the best time of year to go as it corresponds with the dry season. Here is a more comprehensive breakdown:

High Season

December: is the most popular time for travel to the DR, with travelers visiting for a sunny festive season or locals traveling home to see their families.

Late March/early April: The DR celebrates its national holiday Holy Week, where many Dominicans will take their holidays, and it also coincides with the US Spring Break. Consequently, Easter is the second most popular time for visitors to the country, with popular resorts becoming very busy.

July and August: School holidays make this the third busiest time for travel.

Low Season

October and September: Due to the risk of hurricanes, it is not the best time to go, but it is the quietest and can be preferable to those traveling on a budget.

Shoulder Season

January to February: This is the time to visit if you want a quieter vacation with the best weather. If you like more action and festivities during your stay, hold off until early March, when the country will celebrate Carnival; the prices will go up a little.

WHAT IS THE RAINY SEASON?

As a rule, the rainy season occurs from June to November, with September and October being the wettest months. Consequently, the airfares and hotel prices are at their lowest.

To find out more, read Weather in the Caribbean and the Best Time to Visit The Caribbean.

WHAT PART OF DOMINICAN REPUBLIC IS BEST TO VACATION IN?

The southern Caribbean shores are some of the best places to vacation. In the extensive and luxurious resorts of Punta Cana, Casa de Campo, and Cap Cana, you will find some of the best vacation rentals in the Dominican Republic and some of the Family Friendly Caribbean Resorts.

Stunning beaches, restaurants that feature international cuisine, stylish bars, and heavenly spa services are some of the reasons why these resort destinations are so popular with visitors.

Easy access to the best golf and the capital city of Santo Domingo are two other reasons why the discerning traveler favors the southern coast.

For surf enthusiasts – both wind and kite surfing – the northern coastal town of Cabarete has some lovely Dominican Republic vacation rentals.

Cabarete, a tourist town in the Puerto Plata province, is known for its low-key vibe and nightlife and is a favorite of travelers who like easy access to some of the natural wonders of DR.

WHAT IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PART OF DOMINICAN REPUBLIC?

The coastal regions are stunning. They stretch for over 800 miles and have some of the best beaches in the Caribbean.

Many of the Exceptional Villas vacation rentals Dominican Republic offer direct beach access.  Inland there are mountains, jungles, and waterfalls to explore.

For a memorable experience, you can join a pony trek tour to El Limon waterfall over 50m high.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CASA DE CAMPO, PUNTA CANA, AND CAP CANA?

Cap Cana has a modern feel to the villas and the fabulous Eden Roc Hotel, where you can enjoy the fine things in life with outstanding service to match. It is located just beside Punta Cana, only a 15-20 mins drive from the airport (PUJ).

The area is newer and more extensive than the other areas (30,000 acres); with that, there are a lot of undeveloped areas, so it feels much more spread out.

Casa de Campo is the ideal location for golf enthusiasts! However, there are many other resort activities, for instance, a shooting center, fabulous tennis courts, and horseback riding.

It is a beautiful place for a large group, for example, a corporate event or wedding party, with many luxurious villas. Casa de Campo also hosts magnificent events with headlining artists playing the Mediterranean-styled village, Altos de Chavon. A favorite with culture lovers.

Punta Cana has a spectacular beach (3 miles long) with a beach club, a stunning nature reserve, fantastic golf, and an extensive range of villas.

So, Punta Cana would be a superb choice if you want a leisurely, relaxed time unwinding on the beach. The villas in Punta Cana are some of the best.  Punta Cana also has some of the best restaurants on the island.

WHAT PART OF DOMINICAN REPUBLIC HAS THE BEST BEACHES?

The resort in the South of the country have the best beaches. However, look to Cabarete in the North for the best beaches in that region.

IS THE OCEAN CLEAR IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC?

Yes, the ocean is clear. Shallow water conditions with little or no plankton or debris make for a crystal-clear snorkeling experience.

IS PUNTA CANA OR PUERTO PLATA BETTER?

Punta Cana is probably the better choice if you like a little more elegance and sophistication with your beach vacation. Puerto Plata is a popular destination for visitors but caters to a more low-key tourist group overall.

IS DOMINICAN REPUBLIC SAFE?

The resorts are very safe and have security personnel on patrol. However, if visiting the cities such as Santo Domingo or remoter parts, it is advised to act with common sense and precaution – not flashing valuables and avoiding traveling alone.

Overall, the atmosphere in DR is welcoming. You will find the people are lovely and friendly; they will win you over!

DO I NEED A CAR IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC?

Many visitors staying at the resorts will opt for golf carts to get around. However, the resorts are extensive, so you might find a rental car more efficient.

On the other hand, a golf cart would be sufficient if you plan to remain within the resort, enjoying the amenities rather than exploring outside.

Another option is to hire a car and driver/tour guide to explore some of the country. This way, you can sit back, enjoy the experience and learn more about DR.

If you rent a car, you will need a copy of your driver's license, insurance details, and passport to pick up the vehicle.

HOW BIG IS DOMINICAN REPUBLIC?

At over 18k sqm / 48 sq km, the destination is big – about four times the size of Jamaica.

HOW MANY MILES LONG IS DOMINICAN REPUBLIC?

The Country is 240 miles/ 384km long and 164 miles/ 262 km wide. The quality of the highways in DR is excellent, but once you travel off these roads, you will find the secondary and third-class roads vary in standard.

DO I NEED A PLUG ADAPTOR FOR DOMINICAN REPUBLIC?

Traveling from the US, you will not need a plug adaptor.

The voltage information is 120V supply voltage and 60Hz.

However, travelers from counties with different voltage rates should consider taking a voltage converter and adaptor to fit the sockets.

WHAT'S THE FOOD LIKE?

Like the land and the people, the cuisine is diverse and so good! You will find something for everyone, from delicious fresh seafood to some of the national must-try dishes.

You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to the cuisine. Try excellent local products like coffee, chocolate, sugar cane juice, or refreshing coconut water!

If you would like to find out more, take a read of our blog on the 50 interesting facts about the Dominican Republic


INTERESTING THINGS


HOW DID DOMINICAN REPUBLIC GET ITS NAME?

It's name originated from Santo Domingo; the name was given to the country by the early Spanish invaders. The country remained under Spanish rule for several centuries, eventually cutting ties with Spanish rule in the mid-1800s. At this time, the country was formally renamed the Dominican Republic.

WHAT IS UNIQUE?

What's unique about this destination is its history. Its capital city, Santo Domingo, is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the Americas. The beautiful cobbled streets in the Zona Colonial of this city feel untouched by centuries of change.

DO CELEBRITIES GO TO DOMINICAN?

Famous musicians and artists discretely dip in and out of life in this country.

If you are a golf enthusiast, you might want to time your trip to one of the villas in Punta Cana for rent that corresponds with the annual PGA Tour competition in Punta Cana.

Top names in the sport fly here to compete for the prestigious prize and to play some of the scenic golf courses.

WHERE DO CELEBRITIES STAY IN DR?

The Casa de Campo resort and villas that offer secluded and spacious grounds can also give guests like Beyonce or the Kardashians the level of privacy they need to relax and unwind fully.

Some favorite celebrity villas include Ani Villa Dominican Republic, Punta Minitas 34, and Punta Minitas 19

WHAT PART OF DOMINICAN REPUBLIC DID THE KARDASHIANS GO TO?

Casa de Campo Resort was the location of the Kardashian filmed vacation. The fabulous beaches, the marina, and many activities, from horseback riding to tennis, make this a one-stop-shop for anyone wanting a memorable vacation.

WHAT ARE THREE INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT DOMINICAN REPUBLIC?

  • Baseball is the most popular sport in DR. If you look at the major league, names like David Ortiz and Albert Pujols all began their careers in DR.
  • Another famous DR person was the famed couturier Oscar de la Renta. In his glorious career, he dressed some of the most famous people in the world, like Jacqueline Kennedy.
  • Interestingly, if you stay at one of the villas of Tortuga Bay within the Puntacana Resort and Club, you will experience Mr De la Renta's beautiful interiors first-hand.
  • DR is famous for its cigars. You might want to sample some while visiting this country or bring some home as a gift.

THINGS TO DO IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC


One of the most popular things to do has to be beach related. You might want a lazy morning under a shading palm tree, listening to the Caribbean lap against a gorgeous sandy beach.

But, instead, you might be drawn to a high-octane afternoon jet skiing along the coastline. Swimming, snorkeling, watching humpbacked whales loll about, horseback riding at dawn, fishing, and catamaran tours at sunset; you will find the seas around DR are a vast playground offering so much to do.

Going further inland, you can delve into jungle terrain dotted with rivers, mountains, and waterfalls. Hiking and exploring in all-terrain vehicles are other memorable experiences.

If you love your golf game, then the choice of acclaimed courses designed by some of the game's greats is yet another memorable thing to do in DR. Teeth of the Dog and Corales are just two of the most prestigious courses in DR.

The history of DR, which includes pre-Colombian cave drawings through the arrival of Columbus and the conquistadors to modern-day DR, is worth exploring.

And last, and most certainly not least, you will want to experience a traditional fiesta.

The locals know how to throw a party, whether it's a full-blown carnival celebration to rival anything you might see in Barbados or a small-town fiesta.

The pumping beats of merengue entwined with the spicy aroma of tostadas fill the air; what's not to love?


WHY BOOK WITH EXCEPTIONAL VILLAS?


The reason so many of our valued clients choose to book with Exceptional Villas is a combination of many things. However, the two most important reasons would be our Sales and Concierge Teams.

Our specialist DR staff have traveled to the country, visited the luxury villas in Dominican Republic, met with local service providers, and built a comprehensive understanding of this great destination.  Alannah is our Dominican Republic expert and is passionate about the destination.  Alannah also handles our Villas in Greece, our Bahamas Villas and our Spanish Villas.

Alannah Harrington, Dominican Republic Expert, at Iguanas 47
Alannah Harrington at Iguanas 47 in the Dominican Republic

So, when you start your vacation journey with us, you can be assured that the representative you are chatting with has an encyclopedic knowledge of DR and can build a bespoke vacation experience for you and your family.

Millions of travelers can't be wrong. The charm of the Dominican Republic has charmed so many visitors. So, it's probably time you checked out this unique and historic slice of the Caribbean.


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