Activities & Sports
Activities range from scuba diving, water skiing, jet skiing, horseback riding, golf, and mountain climbing to laying on the beach, soaking up the sun's rays.
Dining & Nightlife
Nightlife is centred on the all-inclusive resorts where there is a different show every night. After the show, head for one of the very hot Euro-style discos or one of three casinos in the Punta Cana area.
There are shops in all hotels and new shopping complexes in the area which feature cigars, rum resortwear and latin Music cds. Amber and larimar jewelry are also popular. Beach vendors will tempt you with beach wraps.
Flying time from:
Toronto: Approximately 4 hours 30 minutes.
Montreal: Approximately 5 hours.
Calgary: Approximately 6 hours 30 minutes.
Vancouver: Approximately 7 hours 30 minutes.
Language: Spanish; English widely spoken in tourist areas, although a Spanish/English dictionary can be helpful.
Currency: Dominican peso. The Canadian dollar is easily exchanged into Pesos, so no need for US funds.
Climate: Sub-tropical with some rain in May/June and November/December.
Electricity: Same as Canada and the U.S.
Canadians entering the Dominican Republic for tourist purposes must purchase a tourist card, at a cost of $10 US, which is valid for 30 days. It is strongly recommended that all Canadians be in possession of a valid Canadian passport while abroad. However, for direct air travel to the Dominican Republic, Canadian tourists are only required to be in possession of valid official photo identification (such as a driver's licence) and proof of citizenship (such as a birth certificate). Canadian tourists must also be in possession of a return airline ticket.
All other nationalities please consult a vacation specialist or the Dominican consulate at 1-888-494-5050.
Note: Some hotels require credit card imprint upon check-in for any incidental charges. Hotel check-in is typically between 3pm and 4pm. If your flight arrives early, it is a good idea to pack essential items in your carry-on luggage (i.e. bathing suit, suntan lotion, medications, etc.), so you do not miss any valuable vacation time.
There is a 16% sales tax in the Dominican Republic.