I did a lot of research before my trip to the Dominican Republic to make sure I was as prepared as possible (and also able to have the best time ever). Even with my extensive research, there were a few things I know now that I wish I’d known about a little more before I visited.
So, if you’re planning a trip to DR (or if you’re just curious), just keep reading to find out my top five tips!
- Bring mosquito repellent. I never normally get bitten whilst travelling, but boy did those suckers (literally) love me on this trip. Luckily, I came prepared and had some Jungle Formula on hand which definitely held them off, but not before they got plenty of bites in first.
- Organise taxis with your resort. If you’re planning on taking any trips out that you need a taxi for, definitely get it organised with your resort. I’ve heard so many horror stories of people getting into fake taxis and having money or passports stolen – and that’s not even the worst thing that could happen. It’s totally not worth taking the risk whilst your out there, and the concierge will be more than happy to sort you out.
- For the best ocean, visit the Caribbean Sea side. I’ve said this in another post, but if you want the calmest, nicest ocean and beaches, you definitely want to be on the Caribbean Sea. Punta Cana is on the Atlantic, which is a much rougher ocean, so if you’re a beach lover then I’d recommend the La Romana/Bayahibe area.
- Use the highest SPF possible. Obviously sun cream is always an essential, but you really want the highest factor you can get when in DR. The sun there is pretty relentless, and the daytime temperature never drops below 30º during summer. There’s also very little shade – at least where I stayed – so you want to make sure you’re as protected as possible because you can’t repair sun damage.
- Learn (at least) basic Spanish. I went to DR knowing that there might be a slight language barrier, but I didn’t realise how extreme it could be. I actually know some Spanish which definitely helped out, but even I struggled to communicate at times. Even if you just bring a Spanish dictionary, you’ll be grateful for a few of the phrases when you’re out there.
So those are my five top tips for travelling to the Dominican Republic! I hope you guys enjoyed this post, let me know in the comments if you found this helpful and if you’d like more posts like this. See you next time,