Best places to travel in spring: Why the Dominican Republic should top your family's bucket list
By Jennifer Kelly Geddes, Feb 2020
Looking for the best places to travel in spring? The Caribbean is full of picturesque shorelines and, of course, the sun shines most of the year. But the Dominican Republic is one of the few spots in the region that combines world-class beaches with wonderful food and premier all-inclusive resorts that'll please every member of your family.
Spring break vacations should be about rest and relaxation, and the DR, as it's fondly known, is famous for hospitable locals, perfect temperatures and resorts that keep families coming back year after year.
Ready to be convinced? Here's why the DR should be at the top of your list of the best places to travel in spring.
One visit to a Punta Cana resort and you'll see why it's the island's most popular destination.
A beach lover's paradise
If you're a fan of endless white sand, the DR is for you. Punta Cana, the well-known resort town on the easternmost tip of the island, is far and away the island's most popular destination; it features more than 20 miles of gorgeous beachfront, warm water and gentle waves. Head down to Playa Juanillo and revel in the beach's casual vibes and wide-open shore. Just a 20-minute drive from Punta Cana International Airport, this public beach is great for families seeking a patch of sunshine and a great place to swim.
If you find yourself on the DR's northern coast, check out Cabarete, hailed as the windsurfing capital of the world. Kids and adults will love frolicking in the surf and riding boogie boards. Got fish lovers in your family? Grab a snorkel mask, a pair of fins and head to Sosua Beach. This popular sandy stretch sports an underwater park where fish dart and gather, making it a fun afternoon event.
Memorable meals outside your all-inclusive
The wide variety of food in the Dominican Republic makes determining a favorite difficult. How do you choose between mangu (mashed plantains with pickled red onions) and sancocho (a stew with various meats, vegetables and yucca)? The solution? Have both, every day, then hit up the best restaurants in the DR for some of the most delicious food you can imagine.
For a romantic meal perfect for a proposal, try La Yola at the Puntacana Resort & Club. Set on stilts over glass floors that let you peer into the sparkling turquoise water, this restaurant offers grouper ceviche, crispy octopus with calamari noodles and grilled Caribbean lobster. If you're looking for Michelin stars in the DR, book a table at Passion by Martín Berasategui at Paradisus Palma Real in Punta Cana. Save room for the Spanish chef's mushroom ravioli, striped bass with clams and almond soufflé.
In Santo Domingo, try El Mesón de La Cava, a classic spot set in a limestone cave; it features such dishes as croquetas and risotto Milanese.
Take the ferry to Bahia Principe Luxury Cayo Levantado to stay on a luxurious private island.
Make it easy on yourself and book an all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic. Once you do, it will seem as though everything else has magically fallen into place. Pools, beaches, restaurants, kids' clubs, nightlife, golf, tennis and over-the-top spas are on offer at most resorts, providing you with seemingly endless choices every day of the week. The Royalton Bavaro is a great place to start; there's a lazy river, an on-site splash park, clubs for kids and teens and a decked-out casino on the property. You can upgrade to butler service and dip into a private pool, but regular guest packages include great buffets, drinks and more.
Maybe you'd prefer a luxurious private island? Hop aboard the ferry to the Bahia Principe Luxury Cayo Levantado, then relax in splendor among the pools, spa and other activities, such as dancing, yoga and tai chi. Take scuba diving lessons in the pool, or indulge in an hour of free paddle boarding, kayaking and snorkeling.
And don't forget the most famous DR resort: Casa de Campo, on the island's southeast coast. Movie stars and presidents have vacationed at this storied locale and golfed on some of the best courses in the Caribbean, dined in its dozen-plus restaurants and cruised its 7,000-acre property in private golf carts.
The Dominican Republic is a jewel in the Caribbean crown, loaded with fabulous resorts and pristine beaches. Your family will leap for joy when they learn that a trip to the DR is on the schedule this year.
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