Featuring a mostly tropical climate, with January and February being its coolest months and August the hottest, the average temperature is 26ºC. Tropical cyclones do strike every couple of years although they more commonly hit the southern coast of the island.
This largest tourist destination in the Caribbean is famed for many things including being Christopher Columbus' entrance to the Americas, baseball superstars, sugarcane and cigars. The Dominican also has its eye on becoming a premiere golf destination. Year round golf is a big attraction and the Dominican boasts four Dye family courses and two Robert Trent Jones Senior tracks.
The Dominican has almost 1,300 kilometres of coastline featuring white, silky sands and crystalline blue waters. With ample sunshine and beaches, each with unique characteristics, it is no surprise that the appeal of many of the top destinations is the beach. Some top beach destinations include Puerto Plata, the top Dominican beach destination, Sosua, a small nondescript fishing town that has truly spectacular beaches, Punta Cana, that has the top beachfront resorts and plenty of activities, entertainment, and shopping as well as the northern shores, which are famous for windsurfing, particularly Cabarete, which is also not too far from the spot where thousands of humpback whales migrate to mate and give birth.
This beautiful island boasts 16 national parks, nine natural monuments, and six scientific reserves. It claims the Caribbean's tallest mountain, Pico Duarte, a hotspot for adventure travellers featuring forests, jungles, canyons and 18 waterfalls. The Dominican also includes Lake Enriquillo, the largest salt water lake.
Music and sports are an important part of the Dominican way of life, with the meringue being the national dance and music and baseball being the favourite sport. With a rich blend of cultures, a warm and hospitable people, and a plethora of natural playgrounds, the Dominican Republic is the ideal vacation destination.