The majority of the hotels in the Dominican Republic are part of huge resorts where guests can do a lot of things, from relaxing at the pool, to playing various sports. You can also find small hotels but those are generally located in the cities and not on the beaches. Prices will be lower here but you’ll have a bit of a head-ache getting to the beaches and other hot spots on the island.
Climate and tourist season
The country’s climate is tropical maritime, with little variation in temperature from season to season. However, the rainfall varies from season to season. Dominican Republic is located right in the middle of the Hurricane Belt which means it can be severely affected by tropical storms between June and November.
The high season lasts between December and April with the highest prices being during Christmas and New Year’s. The low season coincides with the tropical storms season, when many hotels close down in order to prevent major damages during the storms. Prices are low but the chances of ruining your vacation if a storm hits are very high.
The Bungalows Resort & Spa, Puerto Plata
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Located near Cofresi Beach, this adults only resort is ideal for those who like to spend a relaxed, intimated vacation. The resort is ideal for relaxation, as it features a spa, a fitness center and a pool. Water sports can be practiced near-by. All rooms rooms have balconies or terraces, cable TV, internet, Jacuzzi and bar.
As you might have expected, the intimacy comes with a rather high price tag, so during the high season, the prices range between US$630 per night for a studio with 1 queen bed, US$664 per night for a bungalow with 2 queen beds, US$694 per night for a bungalow with 1 king bed and US$2,524 for a night for a grand bungalow with 1 king bed. Rates are for double occupancy and include all taxes.
Hotel Atarazana, Santo Domingo
The 3-star hotel is located in the heart of the Zonal Colonial in Santo Domingo and offers only 6 rooms for its guests. All rooms have cable TV, balconies, ceiling fan, and internet access. The rates start at US$62 per night.
Iberostar Bavaro, Punta Cana
The all inclusive 5-star hotel is located on the beach of Punta Cana. The hotel is part of a huge complex which comprises many buildings including the bungalows, bars, restaurants, spa , fitness center and pool. There are 590 junior suites and all have AC, TV, phone and balcony or terrace. The guests can practice a lot of sports here, such as aerobics, table tennis, volleyball and tennis. The hotel also organizes wedding receptions. The average year round price is US$240 per night.