Beach Nation—Why we love the D.R.

Monique’s Picks for the Dominican Republic
 /_uploads/authors/34/images/2506MoniqueMacMullin.png Monique MacMullin
Charlotte Street 
Sydney, NS

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“The Dominican Republic is such a diverse destination. Samana, Punta Cana, Puerto Plata and La Romana could not be more different from each other. They really could be four separate islands and each offers a wonderful array of accommodation choices.”

It’s not so much whether the Dominican Republic is the right tropical escape for you this winter. Rather, it’s which part of this delightful beach-fringed nation suits you best.

The long-time getaway for the value-conscious visitor has morphed into one of the most diverse destinations in the Caribbean, with no fewer than four distinct hotspots—La Romana, Punta Cana, Puerto Plata and Samana—from which to choose.

Here’s the skinny on two of our top recommendations for sunny escapes to the Dominican Republic, as suggested by Monique MacMullin and her Maritime Travel colleagues. For more detailed information, plus a detailed overview of the whole island, check out our own Maritime Travel Recommended Resorts in the Dominican Republic, available in-store or online at

Monique’s Personal Pick!
Destination: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana
Recommended for you by Monique MacMullin, Charlotte St., Sydney, NS

“My husband and I spent Christmas at this resort and we had an awesome time! It’s a very large hotel with an equally large range of dining, entertainment and recreation facilities. Honestly, I have never seen so many swimming pools in one resort—there’s one for every taste!”

A huge hotel with a personality to match, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is wooing beach-goers with its dazzling nightlife, gorgeous spa, delectable dining, and happening casino, all infused with the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll.

Destination: Grand Bahia Principe Ambar, Punta Cana
Recommended for you by Angela Sproule, Manager, Bridgetown, NS

“This is a beautiful adults-only resort located within the huge Bahia Complex and right on a beautiful walkable beach. The complex is easy to navigate using the frequent shuttle service and there are loads of dining and entertainment options to enjoy.”

Picturesquely situated on a white-sand beach scattered with palm trees, the Gran Bahia Principe Ambar is a luxurious adults-only escape with many value-added features and amenities.

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