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Whales, hiking, waterfalls: This is where the Dominican Republic is at its most beautiful


The best way to discover the Dominican Republic is to take a self-determined vacation away from the beach resorts. Our author stood on the highest mountain and by dazzling waterfalls.

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Expand areaArrival

Eurowings and Condor offer direct flights to Punta Cana.

The Portuguese TAP, the Spanish Iberia and Air France also fly to the Dominican Republic with transfer connections.

Open the section Entry and Corona

Germans and citizens of many EU countries do not need a visa to enter the country for tourist purposes if they stay in the country for a maximum of 30 days.

Before boarding a flight, all visitors to the web must fill out a form.

The Dominican Republic does not require corona vaccination certificates or current test results for entry.

There are hardly any restrictions in the country - and only a few masks are compulsory.

Expand areaOnward journey

There is a decent public long-distance bus network in the Dominican Republic.

However, remote sights can hardly be reached.

Rental cars are a better choice for this.

Including fully comprehensive insurance, a day in a mid-range vehicle costs from 50 euros;

Petrol around 1.20 euros per liter.

Off the highway, a car with more ground clearance is recommended given the countless potholes and obstacles.

Traffic can be chaotic;

Motorcyclists in particular behave unpredictably.

Avoid driving long distances at night.

Expand areaGuide

The travel and event agency Dominican Expert in the capital, managed by the Swiss Michael Wyss, arranges tourist guides and excursions - and also offers rental car tours through the country with accommodation reserved in advance.

Expand areaCrime

Main reason for many tourists never to leave the protective resort walls.

There have also been cases of theft or mugging, most likely in slums of large cities such as Santo Domingo or in tourist hotspots such as Punta Cana/Bavaro or Sosua.

But if you avoid such places and exercise caution, especially at night, i.e. do not display valuables or large amounts of cash, there is a high probability that you will not have to fear attacks.

Expand areaBest travel time

The weather is most stable from December to April.

There can always be rain showers, but they are often short and warm.

You should avoid the period from July to October;

then hurricanes can occur.

Source: spiegel

All business articles on 2022-05-12

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