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Costa Dorada (Dominican Rep) Holidays

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CurrencyDOP: Dominican Peso LanguageSpanish Flight Duration9 hours 15 minutes (from the UK) Time ZoneGMT -4 hours

As one of Puerto Plata’s resorts on the Amber Coast of the Dominican Republic, it’s easy to picture what to expect from a Caribbean retreat in Costa Dorada. Occupying a chunk of white sand, where azure waters house a technicolour coral reef, it’s perfectly placed to explore what else the area has to offer, including Puerto Plata city, lush mountains and blue lagoons, and a massive go kart track.

Great Things to Do

In Costa Dorada, you’re far enough away from the action to kick back and chill out, but it’s there for the taking if you’re in the mood.

Snorkel in the Reef

No need to sign up for a reef excursion if you’re staying in Costa Dorada; all it takes is a quick swim out from shore. You’ll be met with a small, but beautiful, reef ready to be explored. Grab your snorkel and spot the marine life and coral that live here. If you’ve got an underwater camera you can snap some stunning pictures.

Speed Around the Track

Fun City is only a 5 minute drive away from Costa Dorada, and is home to the biggest go kart centre in the whole of the Caribbean. Where better to enjoy a little healthy competition, and race your fellow holidaymakers around the tracks? Are you a slow Sunday morning driver, or are you willing to go full pelt and burn some rubber?

Catch a White Marlin

Fishing off the coast of Costa Dorada is second to none, with some real whoppers like white marlin and tuna swimming around ready to snap at the bait. If you’re not too great with a fishing rod, and would prefer to leave catching dinner to the experts, bag a place on a boat trip to soak up the sun and admire the view instead.

Tee Off on the Fairway

If you’re a lover of golf, the 18-hole, 72-par course designed by Robert Trent Jones is a must. Just 5 minutes away from Costa Dorada, it’s a beautifully landscaped course that will test your handicap. Whether birdies or bogeys are more your style of play, an afternoon on the green is a great way to enjoy the year-round sunshine.

Getting Around

The best way to get around Costa Dorada is by taxi; they can be called to your hotel and are relatively cheap. Guaguas are also a popular form of cheap local transport, but be prepared to squash onto the minibus! Walking is obviously the easiest way of getting around and it’s a compact resort. Hire cars are also available, but driving in the Dominican Republic is for confident drivers only!

By Bus

The best way to get around Costa Dorada is by taxi; they can be called to your hotel and are relatively cheap. Guaguas are also a popular form of cheap local transport, but be prepared to squash onto the minibus! Walking is obviously the easiest way of getting around and it’s a compact resort. Hire cars are also available, but driving in the Dominican Republic is for confident drivers only!

By Car

Hiring a car is possible, but it’s not recommended unless you’re completely comfortable driving on the Dom Rep roads as other drivers can be reckless and roads can be poorly lit. Drive on the right.

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Passports and Visas

As a holidaymaker, your passport must be valid for at least the duration of your visit. You must also purchase a Tourist Card for $10USD upon arrival. For more information and advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/dominican-republic/entry-requirements or the Foreign Office at www.fco.gov.uk/en/

Health and Safety

Make sure that you are covered with travel and medical insurance to protect you while away. For more info, see www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/dominican-republic/health

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