Guide to Family Vacations in Dominican Republic

Family Vacations in Dominican Republic


See our list below of Recommended Family Resorts in the Dominican Republic

You may be forgiven for thinking that a family vacations in Dominican Republic will offer no more than a chance to spend a week or two lounging on a perfect white sandy beach looking up at beautiful skies and listening to waves gently caressing the shore.

This is what the brochures promote, and unless the entire family feels that this is how it wants to spend its vacation together, then you could easily overlook it and choose one of the other islands instead. Before you move on however, take another look at the Dominican Republic, there’s a lot more for a family beach vacation than at first meets the eye!

The temperature throughout the year averages between 28 and 31 degrees – although it can be cooler up in the mountain areas. There is humidity but breezes from the sea help to keep this from being too unbearable. The island’s rainy season usually lasts from May to October,with August and September also being the months that hurricanes are possible.

There are two “peak” tourist seasons to watch out for on the Dominican Republic, the first is between December and February, and the second between July and August. This means that if you can manage to book your family vacations in Dominican Republic sometime in March/April, you are likely to miss the both the main tourist groups, and the bad weather, and maybe even get yourself a “between season” bargain at the same time! Watch out for late Easter however as the week prior to Easter is known as Semana Santa and an extremely busy time for the island.

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With a population of over 2.2 million, the capital city of Santo Domingo is a large vibrant urban area. The country hosts a number of “firsts” for the so called new world, including the first hospital (the ruins of which you can find at Ruinas del Hospital San Nicolas de Bari located near Las Mercedes) and the first monastery (Monasterio de San Francisco).

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If your family vacations in Dominican Republic include smaller children then don’t miss the Museo Infantil Trampolin which is an interactive natural history museum with guides on hand to answer your child’s questions. The Acuraio Nacional is an aquarium that grown-ups may not find so impressive, but children will love the underwater walkway.

Of course the best way to see sea-life is in its natural environment so make sure you take advantage of a whale watching tour during your Caribbean family vacation in Dominican Republic – that’s one experience you’ll all talk about for years to come!

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Our Recommended Top Family Resorts in Dominican Republic

Azzurro Club Estrella

Bahia Principe San Juan

Barcelo Bavaro Caribe Beach

Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe

Barcelo Capella

Barcelo Dominican Beach

Bavaro Princess All Suite Resort

Barcelo Talanquera Beach

Be Live Canoa Beach Resort & Spa

Casa de Campo

Dreams La Romana

Gran Bahia Principe La Romana

Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus

Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort And Spa

Grand Paradise Playa Dorada

Puerto Plata Village

Viva Wyndham Dominicus

Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace

Viva Wyndham Tangerine

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Puerto Plata Village – All Inclusive Family Resort

 Puerto Plata Village

Founded in 1989, Puerto Plata Village is located inside the Playa Dorada complex and features colonial and Victorian-inspired architecture.

Renowned for excellent service and great value, the all inclusive resort offers a variety of services, amenities and activities that are included in the cost of your room, making it a great location for a fun, worry-free family vacation.

The all inclusive resort was originally built to look like a replica of Puerto Plata, so families staying at the complex will enjoy the authenticity of the architecture and décor.

Rooms at the resort are divided into three categories: standard, superior and master suites, all of which are suitable for four people.

Children staying at the all inclusive resort have a lot to look forward to, including a kids club, children’s pools and a fun playground right on the beach. During the day, the kids club hosts several supervised activities, including games, sports, arts and crafts, sandcastle building and more, so that kids can have fun while the parents enjoy adult activity.

One of the most popular pastimes for adults at the all inclusive resort is golfing on a course that surrounds the village.

Included in the price of your room are all the meals, snacks and drinks you enjoy at the resort. Breakfast is served buffet style every morning while lunch can be enjoyed at the Altamira restaurant or at the beach. For dinner, families choose from four different eateries that serve a range of cuisines to suit every palate and age.

At night, gather up your brood and take in some live entertainment, which is offered every day and often consists of authentic musical talents or dancers as well as interactive shows.


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