Whether you’re seeking relaxing days lounging under a palm tree or a wide range of adventure activities or perhaps something in between, the Dominican Republic offers a little bit of everything for honeymooners.
With white-sand beaches, inexpensive but luxurious resorts, historical sites and impressive natural attractions, the options are practically endless. But no matter your plans, couples will likely find this one-of-a-kind destination to be the perfect place to spend their first days together as newlyweds.
Situated along the far eastern shores of the country, Punta Cana boasts one of the world’s greatest strips of beachfront. The beaches here are wide with white sand and are generally safe for swimming year-round thanks to calm, smooth and shallow waters. This area also receives some of the lowest rainfall in the entire country, so it’s easy to see why Punta Cana has emerged as a honeymoon hotspot.
Meanwhile, this region is famous for its all-inclusive resorts, perhaps the largest concentration in the entire Caribbean. If there’s one hotel to splurge during your once-in-a-lifetime trip, the Sanctuary Cap Cana is it. Built on the edge of a seaside cliff, this 176-room Spanish colonial-style resort is couples-oriented and quite ideal for a honeymoon getaway.
The all-inclusive property (starting at $520/night per couple) features four pools, a notable spa, an excellent white-sand beach and access to renowned Punta Espada Golf Course. Book a castle suite, complete with stunning ocean views and a private plunge pool.
Puerto Plata is a historic and scenic shipping town located on the north coast of the country. Just 15 minutes from the Puerto Plata airport is Playa Dorada, home to 15 all-inclusive resorts, 4,000 rooms, plus a shopping center and golf course. This tourist zone has ample lounge chairs, breezy palm trees, water sport activities and merengue music filling the air.
Roughly halfway between Puerto Plata and Punta Cana, the Samana Peninsula consists of a finger of land that sticks out to the east of the country. This picturesque stretch features a forested, hilly ridge that runs down its spine, while the shorelines offer scenic bays and coves. This area is quite ideal for whale watching in the winter and year-round active pursuits, such as hiking along a deserted beach on the northern coast.
Don’t miss out on a trek to El Salto del Limon (The Waterfalls at El Limon) or the chance to explore Los Haitises National Park with its caves and sub-tropical forest. The beaches here are excellent, especially Playa Rincon, which is often hailed as one of the world’s best. Finish your trip with a visit to the pleasant seaside town of Samana.
To learn more about the Dominican Republic, check out Real Honeymoon Stories and visit Traveler’s Joy.