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Soak in the brilliant Caribbean sun on seemingly endless beaches, dance to the beat of Merengue music and indulge in renowned local cuisine. The Dominican Republic will capture your imagination and refresh your spirit.

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Overview

Residents of the Dominican Republic (or D.R., for short) will extend a gracious welcome, saying, "This is your home!" and indeed are happy to share what they have, which is a physically beautiful island bathed by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and the Caribbean Sea to the south. Among its most precious assets are 1,000 miles of gorgeous beaches studded with coconut palms and sands ranging from pearl white to golden brown to volcanic black. The vibrant lifestyle of this sun-drenched, Latin-Caribbean country, where Spanish is the national language and where the people are hospitable and good-natured, makes the Dominican Republic a different cultural experience. If you pick up the rhythm of life here, as freewheeling as the island's trademark merengue, this can be a beguiling tourist destination.

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Before You Go

Airport Check-In: It is recommended that you reconfirm your flight information and check in for your flights at the airline’s website 24 hours prior to your scheduled departure. Please bring all your final documents with you. It is important to arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes prior to departure for all domestic flights, and two to three hours prior to departure for international flights.

Required Documents: For Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. citizens must travel with a valid passport or other government-issued photo identification (such as a driver’s license). For all other islands, U.S. citizens must travel with a valid passport and a ticket for return or onward travel. There may be additional requirements for international travel, such as inoculations or visas, and some countries require that passports be valid for six months or longer beyond your stay in the country. Entry requirements for non-U.S. citizens might be different, and visitors are encouraged to verify the documentation/visa requirements with the nearest consulate or embassy. Rules are subject to change at any time, without notice. For the most current information, please visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at www.travel.state.gov.

Newlywed Information: Tickets and other travel documents must exactly match your current passport and other identification. If not, you could be denied boarding and no refund will be forthcoming. For requirements and information regarding marriages performed in a foreign country, please visit the consulate of the particular country.

Honeymoon Packages: Some hotels require a marriage certificate or license in order for you to receive the honeymoon package. Please bring this information with you if you are traveling on a honeymoon package.

Luggage: Baggage allowances and fees vary by airline. For airline baggage fees and policies please visit https://www.costcotravel.com/Info/Airline-Baggage. If baggage fees do apply, this cost will be additional and must be paid directly to the airline.

Duty Free/Customs: When returning to the U.S., the duty-free allowance may vary by country. Please visit http://www.cbp.gov/travel/us-citizens for information regarding U.S. Customs and more.

Travel Health Information: For the most current worldwide health information, consult your family physician or the official website for the Center for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov/travel or by phone at 1-800-232-4636. You’ll find information on recent outbreaks, required vaccinations, insect protection, illness and injury abroad, and more.

General Safety Tips: By taking a few simple security precautions before and during your vacation you can help ensure that you, your traveling companions, and your valuables are as safe and secure as possible.
  • To make it easier to replace your passport if it’s lost or stolen, in addition to your passport, take a photocopy of your passport information page (keeping it separate from your actual passport).
  • Carry only a limited amount of cash, just enough for gratuities and incidental purchases. Major credit cards are widely accepted and can be replaced if lost or stolen.
  • Always lock your hotel room door (including patio and balcony door on any level of the building) and use the peephole before opening the door.
  • Store your valuables (such as cash, credit cards and airline tickets) in the hotel’s in-room safe or front desk safety deposit box.
  • If you must carry valuables on your person, do so in a pouch or money belt concealed under your clothing. Purses and backpacks can be easy targets for thieves.
  • For complete and current safety and security information, including travelers’ tips, public announcements, travel advisories, and more, please visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at www.travel.state.gov.

Climate:
Average Fahrenheit Temperature:
May through September: 77° to 80°
October through April: 75° to 79°

Tropical Storm Season from June to November

Water Safety: Bottled water is recommended.

Tipping: A 15% tip is customary for service. At All-Inclusive hotels, gratuities are generally included in the vacation price.

Local Currency: Dominican Peso

Currency Information: The official currency is the Dominican peso. However, U.S. dollars are accepted at most tourist establishments and are often preferred. Major credit cards and travelers checks also are accepted at most major tourist areas.

ATM Availability: While ATMs are found in cities and at most resorts, they aren't as readily available in the Dominican Republic as they are in the United States.

Time Zone: Atlantic Standard Time. Dominican Republic does not observe daylight saving time.

Local Language: Spanish | English

Transportation: Public transportation and taxis are available.

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Sargassum/Seaweed Advisory

Sargassum is a free-floating seaweed that is especially prolific in the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. While beneficial to ocean life, these large free-floating seaweed mats often wash up on beaches. The amount of seaweed on the beaches fluctuates based on the time of year and ocean currents. While resorts do their best to maintain the beaches for their guests, you may experience some inconvenience during your stay.

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Top Experiences

  • Hitting the Beach : There are some 1,000 miles of excellent, pearl-white beaches.

  • Getting Outdoors : Every imaginable activity—world-class golf, horseback riding, white-water rafting, surfing, diving, windsurfing, and more—is possible here.

  • Celebrate Good Times : The Dominicans love to party, dance, drink, and have a good time at happening bars and clubs.

  • Go for the Green : The D.R. has several of the Caribbean's finest golf courses.

  • Seeing Historical Sights : There are a fair number of sights of historical interest, including La Vega Vieja, one of the oldest settlements in the New World.

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Activities

Make the most of your vacation by including an activity when you book your package. Please note, activities and tour credits are only available with a vacation package.

Destination Services Tours

With the purchase of a Dominican Republic vacation package, Costco members are eligible for special tour pricing through Destination Services. Once you book your Dominican Republic vacation package, visit https://dr.website.bokun.io/online-sales/ to view the tour options and book your excursion. Tours also may be booked upon arrival in Dominican Republic by contacting a Destination Services representative during your welcome briefing, or by phone at +1 (809) 200-1778 open 24 hours, daily. For all tours, space is limited and advance reservations are recommended. Please reconfirm your tour reservations at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled departure time.

Additional Information

Tour Details
The following Destination Services tours from Punta Cana range in price from $30 - $127 per person:
  • Saona Island
  • Adventure Buggies
  • Coco Bongo
  • Dolphin Park
  • Compay All-Inclusive Eco Safari & River Swim
  • Marinarium
  • Monkey Land
  • Power Adventures
  • Reef Explorer - Stingrays, Snorkeling and Massages

The following Destination Services tours from La Romana/Bayahibe range in price from $43 - $135 per person:
  • Reef Explorer - Stingrays, Snorkeling and Massages
  • Dolphin Park
  • Marinarium
  • Monkey Land
  • Saona Island
  • Coco Bongo

Please note not all tours operate daily and restrictions (age, weight, etc.) may apply. Please speak with Destination Services for complete details.
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Transfers

Region: Punta Cana
Transfer Company: Blue Travel Partner Services
Telephone: 844-365-3013 (24 hours)

Address:
Edificio Gym 22, 2do Piso
Plaza Punta Cana Shopping Mall
Punta Cana
Dominican Republic
Instructions: Upon arrival at the airport, please claim your luggage and proceed through Immigration and Customs. Then, look for the Costco Travel sign at the Blue Travel Partner Services counter. There, you'll meet the representative who will confirm the pickup location and time for your departure transfer.

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