You Must Give the Dominican Republic a Closer Look!
If you are considering a Caribbean getaway, then you must give the Dominican Republic a closer look.
Most people are familiar with popular Caribbean destinations such as Aruba, the Bahamas, Jamaica and Puerto Rico. While those places still remain hot destinations, the Dominican Republic (D.R.) is now the top place to visit in the Caribbean.
In 2013, nearly 5 million tourists visited the D.R. compared to 2 million going to Jamaica.
What is the great pull in the Dominican Republic? There are several things that make the country so “hot." Visitors can expect to find 1,000 miles of beaches, pristine golf courses, luxury resorts, budget hotels, popular all-inclusive properties, a rich combination of history and modern times, great cuisines, and an active nightlife. Plus, the D.R. has seven international airports servicing the island.
Most of the visitors to the D.R. are from North America (USA and Canada), but there is also a large percentage from Europe.
For those who may be wondering where this country is, the Dominican Republic shares an island with Haiti. The island, Hispaniola, is located southeast of Cuba and not far from the United States. While Haiti has been impoverished for years, her neighbor has seen a little opposite. There is activity everywhere as the tourist industry works to improve roads, amenities, attractions, and top hotel chains erect luxury properties.(However, there is poverty on the island.)
If you haven’t yet done so, put the Dominican Republic on your list of must-go Caribbean vacation spots.
Go have fun!
Do Not Book Your Flight and Hotel Separately
Can you feel the cool air slowly flowing in? Can you see the hours of daylight getting shorter? Yes, summer time is slowly fading away making room for fall and the dreaded cold of winter.
To minimize the dread you feel, begin now to plan your next summer vacation. That is really great! After all the work you will do to get through that brutal winter, you will need to get away.
Now, there is one thing you must know if you are planning to fly to a hotel somewhere – do not book your flight and hotel separately.
Some families are used to buying airfare from one travel vendor and their hotel from another. There are instances where a particular travel supplier only sells one or the other.
The truth is that you will generally save some money when you book flight and hotel/resort together. Here’s an example: my wife is traveling this fall with a group to Jamaica. When I checked my travel partners, I found that if I booked the resort and flight separately for her, she will pay more than $1,400. However, if I booked them together, she will pay $1,200. Now, which one would you choose? I know you may be tempted to buy where you have always bought your individual travel products. But, you can do yourself some good and at least compare the prices elsewhere before you book. How about that?
Travel is fun and can be expensive. But, you can save, if you know how to search. By the way, consider using a Travel Agent to get you the best deals.
Happy travels and stay warm this winter, thinking about your next summer escape.