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7 Reasons Why Travelers Are Visiting The Dominican Republic In Record Numbers


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May was a record month for the Dominican Republic. With more than 600,000 visitors flocking to this Caribbean paradise in the past month alone, those who haven’t been might wonder: « What is attractive about this place?“.

Despite round-trip travel warnings from both the United States and Canada, Westerners continue to flock here for the vacation of their dreams.

The Dominican Republic has become one of the most popular getaways for a variety of reasons that keep travelers coming back for more.

Tourism records continue to be broken and there are no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Here are 7 reasons why travelers are visiting the Dominican Republic in record numbers.:

aerial view of leafy trees and blue water in dominican republic

Easy access to paradise

The Dominican Republic is one of the Caribbean nations that is easiest to reach in a reasonable amount of time by plane.

Whether travelers depart from the East Coast, the Midwest, the southern states, or even select Canadian cities, a dream beach vacation may be only 3-4 hours away.

Many of the major airlines will fly into one of the 3 main airports:

  • Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ)
  • Las Americas International Airport (SDQ)
  • Cibao International Airport (STI)
punta cana airport sign

Increasingly popular cruise hotspot

May was another amazing month for cruise passengers with over 130,000 visitors arriving by sea.

That figure was nearly triple previous expectations! However, this is not a total surprise as the country has invested heavily in investing in the cruise industry with extensive improvements to the terminals.

there is also the next project in the southern region of Pedernales, near Haiti, which is a relatively unknown gem for this country.

While Puerta Plata has a small airport to fly into, this quaint coastal town on the north side of the country is the largest cruise hub in the Dominican Republic.

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Virgin cruise ship docked at Puerta Plata

Punta Cana: The Number One Destination In The Dominican Republic

Barely 80% of Americans Those who travel to the Dominican go to Punta Cana. This city offers a lot to travelers; it’s easy to see why this is the number one destination.

From its pristine white-sand beaches to immaculate all-inclusive resorts along its stunning coastline, there’s a place for everyone to enjoy their Caribbean getaway.

In fact, almost 60% of international visitors I stayed in Punta Cana last month. Word gets around how amazing and luxurious this tourist hotspot can be, but it’s still a lovely place to spend your vacation.

palm tree lined beach in punta cana

All inclusive everywhere

While Punta Cana is the best place to find all-inclusive resorts, there are more scattered throughout the country.

You won’t find super fancy places in major cities, although it is worth spending some time to see the historical culture of this country.

There are many other popular beach towns besides Punta Cana. They are not as difficult to reach as one might think just by looking at a map.

Puerta Plata is easily accessible by cruise ship or shuttle service from STI Airport, where guests will marvel at the tranquility of some of the most beautiful coastlines in the country.

Others, like Samaná and La Romana, offer luxurious resorts surrounded by beautiful nature.

resort pool in dominican republic

a family getaway

While there are certainly adults-only resorts available, the Dominican Republic is a great option to bring the whole family.

Many resorts offer fun entertainment to keep the kids busy and world-class pools to spend the day.

Earlier this year, Punta Cana also opened a new theme park, with a neighboring all-inclusive resort making it even easier for the whole crew.

water slide in dominican resort


Although there is a current Level 2 travel advisory from the US Department of State, that does not necessarily mean that travelers need to change their plans.

While major cities experience unpredictable criminal acts from time to time, these unfortunate situations can happen anywhere.

In fact, Canada issued a travel advisory for the United States. Crime can happen at the most random times, but the Dominican Republic’s economy thrives on tourism.

In very popular tourist areas, extra measures have been taken to ensure the safety of guests where rare criminal acts occur.

security guard in dominican republic

Off the beaten path destinations

While most travelers flock to the well-known areas, there are plenty of places still waiting to be discovered.

Many come to the Dominican Republic to relax on the beautiful beaches, but there are many less populated areas worth spending time in the lush nature and waterfalls, such as Samaná.

The cruise port that hopes to open in December will help travelers explore Pedernales, but there are others, like Miches.

Dominican waterfall tourist

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