Located in Central America, Dominican Republic is a popular romantic destination as much for its tropical beauty as for its proximity to North American continent. So if you are looking for a honeymoon location that is both accessible and exotic, you are unlikely to go wrong with Dominican Republic.
How to plan
With average temperatures ranging from 78-82 degrees Fahrenheit through the year, Dominican Republic is the perfect warm weather honeymoon destination anytime. However since the peak season extends from November to March, you can get the best deals from May through October. Options for getting around the country range from domestic air flights and charter air service on the expensive side to bus service and 'gua-guas' on the economical side. The latter are actually small battered vans or trucks that serve as a collective taxi running fixed routes. Though some of them can offer comforts like air-conditioning as well as leather seats, most are apt to be rather overloaded. Other than these bus companies offer services across the country that are mostly comfortable and a good value. If you are going for a taxi, it's a good idea to go with a licensed driver and negotiate a price for your destination before you leave. Finally if you wish to be independent in your movement you can hire a car though roads are not uniformly good and pedestrian movement can be erratic.
Accommodations in the Dominican Republic are plentiful; if you are on a budget you can look for mid-range and economy hotels scattered along the coasts and in the cities. If however resources are not a problem, you can book a stay at one of the luxury resorts which have their own slice of heaven by the sea. Punta Cana has several of these resorts which overlook secluded beaches that are perfect for couples looking to relax together in the sun, indulge in candlelight dinners on the beach or enjoy a sunset walk along the shores.
Though Dominican Republic shares the island with Haiti on the west, it still has 250 miles of coastline on the north, east and south. The country is home to some of the best beaches in the world boasting of fine sugary sand, bordered by swaying palm groves and lapped by sparkling blue waters. In the San Domingo area, you can head for well known swimming and sun-bathing beaches like the Boca Chica Beach, the Caribe Beach or the Guayacanes & Juan Dolio Beaches. In the southern region of La Romana, there are the Bayahibe and Dominican beaches as well as those of Catalina Islands. In the Monte Cristi region, the beaches of Cayo Arena are perfect for diving and snorkeling, while the beaches of San Rafael, Paraiso and Los Patos, Saladilla and El Quemaito are becoming increasingly popular for their golden sands. However if you wish to go to a place which is regarded by the local populace as the best, head for the Eagle Bay beach which for all its difficulty in accessibility is blessed by pure white sands and clear blue waters.
Boasting of incredibly diverse topography, Dominican Republic is home to a wide variety of natural habitats which are home to several kinds of flora and fauna. With around 300 species of birds, couples can go brird-watching, camp in the national parks, explore caves or hike trail to Pico Duarte which is the highest point at 10,206 feet above sea level. A particularly popular eco adventure here is whale-watching. Nestled in the Caribbean mountains on the Northeast Coast, the Samana Peninsula is a wildlife hotspot where you and your partner can witness these truly awe-inspiring creatures. On the eastern side of the island the Bay of Samana is teeming with humpback whales from December through March. You can cozy up on a chartered boat and watch these gentle giants as they migrate to their breeding and feeding grounds. If however you wish to go on a less frequented green itinerary, try and head to Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park, a 600-acre preserve on the grounds of a hotel, the Punta Cana Resort & Club. Sprinkled throughout this secluded patch of tropical forest are twelve clear blue lagoons that offer the chance for a quick dip. If lucky, you and your partner can also spot fish, iguanas, and other wildlife amidst their leafy surroundings.
A honeymoon at Dominican Republic offers plenty of options for couples looking to have an active time. Here you can go exploring the depths of radiant turquoise waters that hide shipwrecked mysteries off the coast of Boca Chica and La Romana in the South. You can also go scuba diving with your spouse through scores of colorful fish and fauna while exploring "The Hickory" and "El Limon" at La Caleta National Underwater Park near the shores of Boca Chica. Don’t miss the history of the oldest Caribbean shipwreck, Captain Kidd's "Quedagh Merchant” at seventy feet off the coast of Catalina Island and La Romana. For similar splendid views above water, check out the Majestic Waterfalls of Damajagua, South of Puerto Plata on the North Coast . Here there are no less than twenty-seven waterfalls; Couples can climb to the top of one or more waterfalls and cascade down the water chutes together or go for the ultimate adrenaline rush and jump off the cliffs into deep pools of water. This series of falls are sure to make for a heart-pounding adventure and the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable romantic memory.
Few people know that Dominican Republic is also the largest producer of cigars in the world, so even if you prefer not to smoke, be sure and check out the Museo del Tabaco in the city of Santiago for a slice of history. In fact if you and your spouse are history buffs, you will love exploring, Altos de Chavon, a typical sixteenth century Mediterranean village recreated on the grounds of Casa de Campo, a sprawling hotel in La Romana. The little cobblestone village of Altos de Chavon is not only a favorite with honeymooners but also quite a popular wedding venue because of the very feel of a bygone era and its amazingly authentic details. Other than that it has recreational options galore like restaurants, shops, an archeology museum, an art gallery, and a 5,000-seat amphitheater, all constructed from stone. In fact couples here can partake of a romantic lunch an Italian or Mexican restaurant, sharing a pint at an English pub, or simply enjoying the dramatic views of the Chavon River far below.
On the evenings where you wish to celebrate your honeymoon with some fine dining, the resorts of Punta Cana and La Romana will spoil you for choice. However for some great local dishes you can head to eateries on the beach like Capitan Cook, in the quaint seaside village of Cortecito. On your Dominican honeymoon don’t miss local delicacies like luscious lobster, shrimp, calamari, and other types of fish. For a far more vigorous recreational option, head to Barcelo Bavaro Casino hosts a colorful stage show called Tropicalissimo that celebrates Latin dance with a Las Vegas flavor. The salsa, merengue, and bachata, a dance that originated in the Dominican Republic, are all on the bill. In fact if you may just be tempted to jump up onto the stage and join the energetic dancers with your sweetheart.