- DOP:Dominican Peso
- Flight duration:
- 9 hours 15 minutes from Gatwick
- GMT -4
- Transfer Time:
- 25 minutes from Puerto Plata Airport
WHEN TO GO
You can pretty much count on blue skies and sunshine in the Dominican Republic. The northern shore packs in a massive 300 sunny days a year, with average temperatures in the high 20s. Things get even hotter between June and October, although you’ll get a few tropical downpours. They’re usually gone in a flash, though. Over in Punta Cana, average temperatures sit at around 29°C, with summer temperatures nudging into the low 30s. For less humidity, November to April is your best bet. Around this time, the evening temperature drops to something in the region of 20°C, although daytime temperatures still hit around 27°C. You do get the odd hurricane between June and September, but don’t worry – the hotel staff know how to ride them out.
Average monthly temperature and rainfall for Playa Dorada.
TEMPERATURE (°C)RAINFALL (mm)
Passports and Visas
British citizens must have a valid passport to visit the Dominican Republic. You’ll need a tourist card, too. You can pick one up when you get there for US$10, or from the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in London. For the most up-to-date passport and visa info, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/dominican-republic/entry-requirements
For more information visit the Foreign Office website - www.fco.gov.uk/en/
Health & Safety
You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover you while you’re away. It’s also a good idea to get a Hepatitis A jab at least two weeks before you go. For the latest health and safety info, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/dominican-republic/health