|Popular in||December||High demand for flights, 1% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||September||Best time to find cheap flights, 3% potential price drop|
|Average price||C$ 781||Average for round-trip flights in March 2020|
|Round-trip from||C$ 514||From Toronto to Punta Cana|
YTO - PUJ
C$ 553 - C$ 1001
30 - 33 °C
31 - 152 mm
When to fly to Dominican Republic
December and January are the busiest and most expensive time to visit the Dominican Republic. July and August are very busy months too due to school vacation. March, April and May attract fewer visitors but this is a good time to book cheap flights to the Dominican Republic as the weather is still warm and sunny.
April through November is considered off-peak season. November/early December is a great time to book cheap flights to the Dominican Republic. Hurricane season has passed and it’s not as hot as during the summer months.
The Dominican Republic is fast becoming one of the most travelled-to resort destinations by Canadians. Sugar-soft white-sand beaches, fantastic year-round climate, excellent snorkelling and well-preserved colonial towns combine to make it one of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean.
The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern half of the island of Hispaniola (Haiti occupies the west). The coastline is rich with perfect Caribbean beaches and the interior is diverse, with rainforests, 27 waterfalls, mangrove swamps, mountain ranges and savannas.
While many travellers book cheap flights to the Dominican Republic to explore the natural paradise, this country has one of the more illustrious histories of the Caribbean islands. Its history dates back to the Taino inhabitants whose cave paintings can still be seen in caves around the country. Christopher Columbus landed here too, on his first voyage in 1492, claiming the island for Spain and exploring the northern coast of the Republic.
Santo Domingo, the capital, was founded by Columbus’s brother and became the Americas’ first colonial capital. Today, it’s a city with many “firsts” – first Catholic cathedral, first monastery, oldest fortress, gilded palaces and historic squares.
The average flight time to the Dominican Republic from Canada is 4h 20m for direct flights to Punta Cana. One-stop flights are available with similar flight times, although most flights average around 6h 30m to 7h 30m. The city of origin and destination will impact exact flight times and routes available, with longer flights generally offering cheaper fares, thanks to Dominican Republic travel deals.
When flying to the Dominican Republic from Canada, direct flights are available out of Montreal and Toronto to the country, with destination cities of Punta Cana and Santo Domingo being the most popular. Direct service is offered by Air Canada. Passengers can also find indirect flights with one-stop service out of Toronto and Montreal, as well as Vancouver, Calgary, and other major cities. Airlines offering service include Delta, American Airlines, and WestJet. Other arrival cities include Puerto Plata and Santiago de los Caballeros.
Travelling around the Dominican Republic offers multiple options, although those booing remote hotels may find it more difficult to access transportation without hiring car service or renting a car. The best way to explore the country is to drive, since the highway network is fairly accessible. of course, roads aren’t well-marked, so non-locals are advised to use caution and hire a driver for the best experience. Public buses known as guaguas and publicos (un-metered group taxis) are the most popular form of travel in the cities of the Dominican Republic. Travellers are advised to avoid unmarked or unregistered taxis for safety.
The Dominican Republic has multiple destinations and areas worth visiting, including the popular city of Punta Cana. The Choco Museo Punta Cana will be a hit with everyone. Bavaro offers a great tourist area with plentiful beaches and coral reefs for exploring. Los Haitises National Park can also be explored and guests can try a day trip to Catalina Island for a scenic view of the island republic. The Amber Museum in Santo Domingo is popular, as is Aquamundo Sambil, offering a glimpse at local marine life. Bayahibe is an ideal destination for those who enjoy fresh seafood, water sports, and other activities throughout the country’s national park.
Flying to the Dominican Republic from Canada requires a passport for all Canadian residents or international citizens. Passports must remain valid for the entire duration of your stay. Visas are not required for entry to the country for leisure and tourism. Student, work, and residence visas are required, however. Customs may also require you to have proof of forward or return travel, and Canadian nationals must also obtain a tourist card, which is included in all airline tickets and valid for 30 days.
The Dominican Republic’s climate is great all year long. In the summer, temperatures range from 21 C to 32 C, and it only drops a bit in the winter. The weather can get much cooler in the mountains, and rainstorms are usually brief.
Aerodomca and Takeoff Destination Service offer regular and charter domestic flights around the Dominican Republic. There are seven international airports and airlines include Air Century, Caribair, Helidosa, SAP (Servicios Aéreos Profesionales) and Helidosa.
Rental cars are another option for getting around the Dominican Republic. Vehicles including sedans, four-wheel drives, scooters and mopeds are available for hire.
Buses are comfortable and reliable. There are three privately owned air-conditioned bus lines – Autobuses Metro/Metro Bus, Caribe Tours and Expreso Bávaro – that travel from Santo Domingo to cities such as Puerto Plata and Santiago among others. Gua-guas (pronounced “Gwa-Gwas”) are collective taxis that run fixed routes. The fares are very cheap but the vans can be crowded.