The Dominican Republic occupies a little more than half of the large island of Hispaniola, and is a Spanish-speaking farming country noted for its coffee, tobacco and cocoa plantations; the other half of the island is French-speaking Haiti. The Republic also contains lush rainforests, mangrove lagoons, waterfalls and the highest mountains in the Caribbean, along with many idyllic coconut-palm-scattered beaches. There are also 26 golf courses, including Aman’s first venture into golf at the stunning Amanera Resort.
Famed for its medley of natural wonders, the Dominican Republic offers a unique collection of cultures and European influences, as well as the celebrated laid-back Caribbean vibe. Infused with a Spanish flavour and infectious buzz, the capital of Santo Domingo is renowned for its charming cobbled streets, historic buildings and colonial architecture. It was the first city of Spain’s New World with the first university, cathedral, castle, monastery and fortress, and the colonial zone is recognised as a World Heritage Site; today it is the largest metropolis in the Caribbean with a population of around three million people.
The best time to travel to the Dominican Republic largely depends on one’s preferences and desired activities. The peak tourist season typically runs from December to April when the weather is at its most pleasant. During these months, visitors can expect clear skies, lower humidity, and average temperatures ranging from 24°C to 29°C. It’s an ideal time for beach lovers, water sports enthusiasts, and those looking to escape colder temperatures elsewhere.
The shoulder seasons of May to June and November provide a great compromise for travellers seeking milder weather and fewer crowds. While there might be occasional brief showers, the weather remains warm and enjoyable. During these months, visitors can take advantage of discounted rates on accommodations and activities while still enjoying the Dominican Republic’s natural beauty and attractions.
The wet season in the Dominican Republic lasts from July to October. This period is characterized by higher humidity and an increased chance of rain, as it coincides with the Atlantic hurricane season. While the likelihood of a direct hit by a hurricane is relatively low, travellers should be aware of potential weather disruptions and stay updated on forecasts during this time.