Where should I stay in the Dominican Republic?

Often considered the birthplace of the island’s tourism, northern-most Puerto Plata is brimming with all-inclusive resorts that appeal to honeymoonersfamilies and solo travelers. Nestled between the Caribbean and Atlantic ocean on the easternmost tip of the island, Punta Cana draws visitors to its white sand shores, while La Romana in the south offers a smaller but still impressive number of all-inclusive resorts to choose from.

What is the cheapest time to go to the Dominican Republic?

The cheapest time to go to the Dominican Republic is during the off-season months of April–November. Prices typically increase incredibly during spring break and the holiday season.

Is it worth it to pay for all-inclusives?

Many major hotel brands have recently invested in providing more than just the one stop shop experience all-inclusive resorts are known for to ensure travelers still feel a personalized and memorable experience. This includes fine dining options and resort activities that are typically more expensive off-property. If you’d like to spend most of your time at a resort, an all-inclusive experience is likely your best bet.


Excellence Punta Cana

The vibe: Jetsetter seclusion
Top amenities: Swim-up bar, a spa with hydrotherapy tubs
What’s included: Meals, beverages, activities
Price tag: $$

Grab a seat at a cabana shaded by palapas and verdant tropical forests. Located on the northeast coast with plenty of beach to explore, seclusion is the name of the game at this all-inclusive. Accommodations include contemporary suites with jetted whirlpool tubs, some with private plunge pools. When you want to unwind, there’s a full service spa with hydrotherapy tubs and products utilizing botanical and marine elements.


Hyatt Ziva

The vibe: High energy
Top amenities: Distillery-inspired rum bar with tastings, poolside cabanas
What’s included: Meals, beverages, activities
Price tag: $$$

You’ll have no shortage of aquatic fun at this family-friendly resort. Four swimming pools—one with a lazy river—a waterslide, and cabanas, are just a few ways to wile the day away. It’s located on Juanillo Beach, considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the region because of its crystal clear waters that welcomes snorkelers and kayakers. As a member of Green Globe, the eco-friendly resort employs sustainable practices that include sourcing produce from local farmers and implementing a recycling program.


Bahia Principe Punta Cana

The vibe: Family-friendly
Top amenities: Diving lessons, Jeep safari tours
What’s included: Three a-la-carte dinners per week, access to a-la-carte restaurants, unlimited drinks (premium drinks are an additional charge)
Price tag: $

This beachfront resort has all the components for a memorable family getaway, including a water park, a kids’ club, and two lake-style swimming pools. Off-property activities include countryside Jeep safari tours and a catamaran ride to the mangrove-filled Isla Saona. Its new modern oceanfront dining space, Las Olas Beach House, has a beach bar and restaurants that offer bites of Greek, Mexican, and Japanese cuisine.


Finest Punta Cana

The vibe: Modern aesthetic in a tropical retreat
Top amenities: Six pools, 15 bars and lounges
What’s included: Meals, beverages, activities
Price tag: $$

Fifteen bars and lounges mean there’s no shortage of ways to unwind at this modern resort. Sleek terrace suites include plunge pools on a private terrace, a whirlpool for two, and 24-hour room service. At its Pan-Asian restaurant Melting Pot, interactive dining includes teppanyaki tables, Korean BBQ grills, and live wok tables.


Hilton La Romana

The vibe: Family-friendly hideaway
Top amenities: Water park, casino, four pools
What’s included: Meals, beverages, activities
Price tag: $$

Also located in the lush and more rural La Romana region, this Hilton property sits on the picturesque Bayahibe Beach. Large families can take advantage of connecting rooms and other amenities like a kids’ club, a lazy river, and kids’ splash zone. Premium club rooms include perks like early check-in, a VIP pool, and private beach. In the evening, try your luck on the slots at the casino.


Sanctuary Cap Cana

The vibe: Romantic sophistication
Top amenities: Five swimming pools, 20,000-square-foot Sanctuary spa, shopping Galleria
What’s included: All food and drink
Price tag: $$$

Perched on a cliff in Punta Cana with sweeping ocean views, Sanctuary Cap Cana recently relaunched as Marriott International and Luxury Collection’s first all-inclusive resort. The 324-suite adults-only property includes oceanfront villas and suites equipped with private pools set on a white sand beach. Dancing at themed parties, swimming at one of six pools, and playing beach volleyball are just a few ways guests can spend the day. When thirst strikes, there are seven bars and five on-site restaurants, including a Pan-Asian fusion restaurant that features a teppanyaki table and your own private chef.


Catalonia Royal La Romana

The vibe: Relaxed
Top amenities: Large double showers, two nearby golf courses, spa with Hammam
What’s included: Meals, beverages
Price tag: $

This adults-only resort includes amenities like karaoke, a full-service spa, and two pools. Nearby, guests can head to a beach club decked out with Balinese beds at Punta Cana’s Pearl Beach Club. Other off-property attractions include Cotubanamá National Park—home to tropical islands and Indigenous sites.


Royalton CHIC Punta Cana, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort

The vibe: Big social scene
Top amenities: Themed pool and beach parties
What’s included: All meals and drinks, plus select resort activities
Price tag: $$

If you’re looking for an adults-only all-inclusive with more of a boutique feel, here it is. A favorite of couples and honeymooners, the upgraded Diamond Club package includes a butler and dedicated beach area. The all-day buffet offers a number of Dominican dishes like mofongo and stewed fish.


Senator Puerto Plata Resort

The vibe: No frills, come as you are
Top amenities: Free airport transportation, a swim-up bar
What’s included: All meals, snacks, domestic alcoholic, and non-alcoholic drinks
Price tag: $This budget-friendly option offers beachfront views,  four specialty restaurants, an ice cream parlor, a creperie, and pool bar. In 2021, the resort’s Senzia Spa got an upgrade that included ​​12 treatment rooms, a Turkish bath, hot tub, and several pools. The resort is located near Amber Cove port, making it a popular destination for cruise passengers.


Casa de Campo

The vibe: Laid-back luxury
Top amenities: 70-slip Marina & Yacht Club, polo and equestrian facilities,​​ three championship golf courses
What’s included: All meals and snacks; unlimited horseback riding, tennis, and non-motorized water sports at Minitas Beach
Price tag: $$$

This 7,000-acre resort in La Romana is a lush playground for travelers seeking luxury amenities on sprawling grounds. Caso de Campo is a popular getaway for celebrities, including Michael Jordan and Jay-Z. With amenities that include scuba diving, polo, and even an on-property Mediterranean style village with shops, it’s easy to never leave the resort. Eight restaurants and two food trucks are available for guests to choose from. This year, Casa de Campo will unveil an 18,000 square foot spa and concierge services to help guests unwind in one of its 13 treatments rooms or bridal suite.


Breathless Punta Cana

The vibe: Expansive without huge crowds
Top amenities: All-suite resort, two outdoor hot tubs, 24-hour room service
Price tag: $$

Choose from 13 restaurants and nine bars at this all-suite and adults-only resort in the Uvero Alto region of Punta Cana. A year-round party calendar, casino, and curtained lounge beds on the beach are extra perks. Some of the world’s top DJ’s make appearances as part of the brand’s poolside parties and nighttime venues.


Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach

The vibe: Idyllic
Top amenities: Infinity pool overlooking the beach, complimentary yoga classes
What’s included: All meals, beverages, taxes and gratuities, entertainment, on-site activities and non-motorized water sports
Price tag: $

Check into one of 670 rooms that sit on the southeastern shores of La Romana. Rooms are equipped with private balconies that overtook amber colored sand. Seven restaurants offer cuisine that includes Mexican, Mediterranean fusion, and an American style buffet. In the town of La Romana, history lovers can explore Taino history at the Regional Museum of Archaeology, while art enthusiasts will find a number of galleries to peruse on cobblestone streets.


Iberostar Costa Dorada

The vibe: Energetic
Top amenities: Archery classes, dive shop with water sports on-site
What’s included: Meals, beverages, activities
Price tag: $

This all-inclusive offers 498 double rooms and 18 junior suites surrounded by flourishing gardens. Kids can head to the Mini-Club to watch movies, read, and color. Three à la carte restaurants offer Brazilian, Mexican, and international cuisine.