The Dominican Republic shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, but there the resemblance ends. The Dominican Republic offers package holidays at a number of quality resorts.
We at The Co-operative Travel recommend all inclusive holidays to the Dominican Republic for anyone wanting a luxury Caribbean break on a budget.
The Republic is a relative latecomer to the Caribbean package holidays scene, and there are still vast tracts of unspoilt wilderness to explore. The most popular destination in the Caribbean, it combines fun-filled resorts with history, culture and eco-friendly tourism.
Children of all ages, and adults alike, will be amazed as the terrain varies from tropical rainforests and mangrove swamps to mountains and savannas, accompanied by a palm-fringed coastline of tropical beaches and calm waters. It has some of the best historical sites in the Caribbean, varying from early cave dwellings to the oldest European settlement in the New World, at Santo Domingo.
The Dominican Republic enjoys year-round sunshine, although those with particularly young children prefer to avoid the period between June to August, when humidity levels and temperatures sky-rocket.
The peak season is December to February, although cheap family holidays are still available at this time. For the best value, travel between March and May.
The best beaches and family package holidays are in the south-east, at resorts like Bavaro, Punta Cana and Juan Dolio. Here, you can enjoy a boat ride through the mangrove swamps to visit prehistoric caves, or take advantage of the wide selection of water sports at Playa Dorada. The Samana Peninsula offers palm-fringed seclusion and the chance to see humpback whales at play.
Cabarete, on the north coast, is the island's most playful resort and the best place for water sports. A popular choice for cheap holidays with the teens, activities include kite-boarding, windsurfing and board surfing. Alternatively there's horse-riding, mountain biking and hikes into the beautiful interior. At night, families can enjoy the lively bars and restaurants.
Those with young families enjoy all inclusive holidays at Cofresi, which boasts a beautiful sweeping bay with a mountain backdrop. A purpose-built resort, it is perfect for relaxing on the beach, with a wide range of water sports. At the Ocean World Waterpark, youngsters can watch the dolphins play at the world's largest dolphinarium.
We at The Co-operative Travel have package holidays in the Dominican Republic to suit every type of traveller. Honeymooners and families alike can take advantage of our cheap holidays.