|Most popular in||December||High demand for flights, 5% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||September||Best time to find cheap flights, 3% potential price drop|
|Average price||C$ 545||Price for this month|
|Cheapest price||C$ 433||From Toronto to Punta Cana|
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 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.