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Thanks to the romantic hotspots of Aruba and St Lucia, you could be forgiven for thinking that the Caribbean is reserved for couples and honeymooners. But, when it comes to family holidays, the Dominican Republic is right on the money. With 250 miles of tropical coastline, this scenic island boasts child-friendly beaches, sheltered swimming areas and endless watersports. A family holiday to the Dominican Republic allows you to explore and relax in equal measure – and, to top it all off, both the food and the weather are fantastic.
The Dominican Republic is one of the Caribbean’s biggest islands, and its diverse landscape offers plenty of opportunities for fun days out and adventures. You can go on a 4x4 safari to discover jungle-clad mountains, try adrenaline-pumping watersports on the beach, and stroll through the colourful streets of capital city, Santo Domingo. Or you could simply spend some quality time together at your family-friendly resort. The hotels here are great for tots and teenagers alike, with most offering jam-packed activity programmes, several pools, lively kids’ clubs, and a sweeping beach to boot.
When planning your family holiday to the Dominican Republic, you’ll find there are three main areas to choose from. Punta Cana is all about classic Caribbean good looks with turquoise waters, sugary sands and tropical mangroves, while the coastal areas of Puerto Plata are ideal for watersports enthusiasts. And then there’s the Samana Peninsula. This northeastern slice of paradise has a desert-island feel, with unspoiled beaches and babbling waterfalls – and you might even spot migrating humpback whales.
Wherever you choose to stay, you can look forward to warm hospitality and glorious sunshine. If you’re not sure where’s best for you, speak to our travel specialists. With our insider tips, you’ll be able to plan the perfect family holiday to the Dominican Republic.
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If you’re planning a luxury holiday to the Dominican Republic, this all-inclusive resort should be on your list. Majestic Colonial Punta Cana is in a fantastic spot on postcard-worthy Bavaro Beach, just down the road from Punta Blanca Golf Course.
In a stunning location on the coast of the Dominican Republic, Dreams Punta Cana Resort and Spa places you among roaming flamingoes and tropical greenery. Have a dip in the largest free-form pool in the country, which snakes its way around the luxury accommodation and palm trees.
On the Dominican Republic’s east coast, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana is in the perfect spot. And this five-star resort has everything you need for an action-packed family holiday. Take your pick from 13 sprawling pools, or take the children to one of the kids’ pools for waterslides and fun games.