Yelian Garcia on Traveling to the Dominican Republic

Yelian Garcia
May 23 · 3 min read
Yelian Garcia on Traveling to the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is a Caribbean paradise, known for its relaxing white sand beaches, clean and cool ocean waves, and affordability. Before you plan your next vacation, check out these reasons why the Dominican Republic might be your next favorite travel destination. Travel enthusiast Yelian Garcia weighs in:

Diversity — The country is geographically diverse, offering soaring mountain ranges, sparkling deserts, beautiful beaches, and tropical rainforests; along with impressive colonial architecture. It’s most known, however for its 800 miles of pristine waterfront real estate.

Culture — The Dominican culture is extremely welcoming, which helps ensure the country’s many visitors feel immediately comfortable. Family life is important to local residents, as is food and fun; a great combination to help make you feel right at home.

Slower Pace — If you are looking for a relaxing vacation, the Dominican Republic is the place to be. Once you are on island time, you’ll notice things move a little slower here, giving you time to relax and enjoy all the country has to offer.

Amber — The island is known for its abundance of amber and larimar, both semi-precious stones that make great gifts and souvenirs.

Glamping — According to Yelian Garcia, there are an abundance of unforgettable camping locations in the Dominican Republic and the country offers “glampers” sophisticated accommodations in beautiful locations as well, from Jaragua National Park to Bahia de las Aguila.

Wine — While the Caribbean is known for its rum and other fruity beverages, the Dominican Republic has the area’s only winery, situated in the Azua providence near Santa Domingo. It’s a green business and not to be missed on your trip!

Travel Tips

  1. When to visit — Many tourists prefer to visit in the winter months, from December to March, because of the destination’s tropical climate and to miss the wet season.
  2. Currency — The country’s currency is the Dominican peso, but some vendors will accept US dollars.
  3. Don’t Drink the Water — Drinking bottled water throughout your stay is recommended. Many hotels will provide this free of charge.
  4. Dress to Impress — Dominicans dress to impress and you won’t see them attending church or visiting a restaurant in shorts and a t-shirt. Consider bringing nicer attire for special dinner reservations.
  5. Getting Around — Public transportation and traffic are both difficult to navigate, making getting around the island hard. Renting a car is your best option to travel across the full area.

Where to Go

One of the most famous destinations in the country is Punta Cana, known for its soft sandy beaches that are so perfect they almost seem unreal. Situated on the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic, this Caribbean hotspot offers all-inclusive resorts and more than 24,000 hotel rooms, many at affordable rates and in trendy, boutique hotels. In addition to the beach, most visitors enjoy golfing, hiking, and sightseeing in this destination.

The southwest coast also offers gorgeous beaches, and these are a bit less trafficked. The crescent-shaped Playa San Rafael is well known for its views and Playa Paraiso for its restaurants and shops. Visitors here can enjoy rivers and waterfalls as well as sunny beaches to explore.

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Yelian Garcia is an investor, a MBA/CFA candidate, working on his second career in finance. Yelian Garcia helped start insurance brokerage Legal Expense Canada.