Why Go to the Dominican Republic with Kids

Miles of gorgeous beaches with powdery white sand and brilliant, warm blue water. Top-rated resorts and golf courses. The Dominican Republic has all of these things, but so do other Caribbean islands. What makes the Dominican Republic really stand out for a family beach vacation?

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Good Reasons to Head to the Dominican Republic with Kids


We absolutely fell in love with the Dominican people. From the hotel staff to paddleboarding instructors to drivers, the level of genuine warmth toward tourists is astounding. Friendly people at every turn enhance a vacation experience.

Very Easy to Access

When you are going away for just a week, the length of time it takes to get there makes a difference. The Dominican Republic has seven international airports, and at least two of them have regular flights to/from major U.S. hubs. Even travel from the West Coast felt easy; our trip was long, but only involved one seamless change of planes in Atlanta. Californians don’t go to the Caribbean — we have Hawaii, which is much closer. But I’d go back to the Dominican Republic again in a heartbeat.

The driving distance between the Punta Cana airport and the area’s accommodations, such as Puntacana Resort and Eden Roc Cap Cana, is short. You can rent a car but you don’t really need to, which is also nice perk from a budget and hassle standpoint.

Diverse Kids’ Offerings at Resorts

The island has a huge array of accommodation options, from all-inclusive resorts loaded with activities for every age and stage, to a more independent-feeling apart-hotel setup like that we experienced at Sublime Samana.

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One Small Country, Nine Ecosystems

We stayed at three properties (Eden Roc Cap Cana, Puntacana Resort and Sublime Samana) in one week. Although that’s extreme, it’s definitely not unreasonable to pair two different Dominican Republic experiences. In fact, I’d recommend this as a way to craft a rich family beach vacation and take advantage of the variety of experiences within a relatively small geographic area.

The extensive resort complexes, such as Puntacana Resort and Cap Cana Resort (home of Eden Roc Cap Cana), offer every possible resort amenity in a clean, beautiful and protected environment. Meanwhile, I loved the lush, rugged landscape of the Dominican Republic’s Atlantic Coast, which has no consequential development at all.

Something for Every Budget

Between the different resorts and home rental options, there’s something in the Dominican Republic for every budget. One thing I really liked about Puntacana Resort is that guests can stay at a more value-oriented property such as the Westin, but still use the top-ranked golf courses and the heavenly Six Senses Spa within the same complex. This lets families prioritize where they want to spend money, yet still easily access amenities at different quality and price points.

Head to the official website for the Dominican Republic for a great overview and more information.

Relevant Links:

Best family hotels and things to do in the Dominican Republic with kids on Ciao Bambino

Best family hotels and things to do in the Caribbean with kids on Ciao Bambino

Spectacular luxury family Caribbean getaway at Eden Roc Cap Cana

15,000 acres of family vacation happiness at Puntacana Resort

Off the beaten path in the Dominican Republic at Sublime Samana

Editor’s Note: The Dominican Republic tourist board provided some financial assistance for our trip. As always, our opinions are our own on Ciao Bambino. Photos by Amie O’Shaughnessy.

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  • Both Puntacana Resort and Eden Roc Cap Cana are on the higher priced side. And westin is not much cheaper. You have more budget and kid friendly hotels now, for example Melia, or new built Nickelodeon which is like a dream come true for kids, everything from Dora the Explorer to Sponge Bob.
    I never had a chance to stay in Sublime, but if you have a chance try to stay few nights at Cayo Levantado on Samana, it’s nothing less than fantastic.

  • I never thought bring my kids here. This sounds like a great getaway for the whole family! This trip sounds like a great time to take my son out golfing as well. Thanks for sharing this!

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