Dominican Republic Travel
News

Travel to the Dominican Republic Is Growing at a Record-Setting Pace

By: Alexander Britell - March 5, 2023

At the Dominican Republic’s annual tourism exchange 10 years ago, officials announced a bold plan: the country wanted to achieve 10 million annual visitors by the year 2023. 

It was an ambitious goal, to be sure, one that was unsurprisingly torpedoed by the pandemic. 

But with the kind of tourism growth the Dominican Republic has been seeing in the last year, it’s not quite so farfetched anymore. 

The Dominican Republic set another record in February, reporting more than 661,000 stay over visitor arrivals — the best February in the history of the Dominican Republic, according to Tourism Minister David Collado. 

Dominican Republic Travel
The Lopesan Costa Bavaro resort.

That represented a 17 percent improvement over last February, and a 9 percent increase compared to February 2019. 

Hotel occupancy numbers are also sizzling, standing at 82 percent last month, while more than 5,070 commercial flights arrived at Dominican airports. 

So where are these travelers going? 

Dominican Republic Travel
The Casas del XVI Hotel in Santo Domingo.

Just over two-thirds of visitors were in the broader Punta Cana area (including Punta Cana, Bavaro and Bayahibe); about eight percent were in Santo Domingo, eight percent in Puerto Plata, four percent in La Romana; three percent in Samana and two percent in Santiago. 

New York continues to send more travelers to the Dominican Republic than any source market. 

And the country’s success is not just on land. 

dominican republic visitors
Casa de Campo, the Dominican Republic’s leading resort.

February also saw the highest number of cruise passengers of any February in the Dominican Republic’s history, almost tripling the cruise arrival numbers from February 2022, Collado said. 

A decade ago, 10 million visitors seemed a dream. Now, 10 years later, it seems only a year or two away, particularly as the country develops new tourism destinations like Miches and, more recently, Pedernales.

The only question is if this growth will ever slow down. 

For more, visit the Dominican Republic

Popular Posts the sexiest beaches including this resort at atlantis

The Sexiest Beaches in the Caribbean to Visit Right Now 

One is a beach with a nightclub-style pool right next door. Another is filled with beach bars — and even has its own au natural corner. Then there’s a beach that’s practically a nonstop party.  There are so many things that […]


The Best Caribbean Islands to Visit This Summer, From Antigua to St Croix

verandah antigua

We’ve been saying it for years, and we’ll keep saying it: in some ways, the Caribbean is even better in the summer months. The water is warm. It’s a bit less crowded, a little bit quieter. At night, the trade […]


American Airlines Just Expanded Its French Caribbean Flights

martinique american airlines

From the rainforests to the rum, the haute cuisine to the beaches, the French Caribbean island of Martinique is among the most diverse, fascinating places to visit in the wider region.  And now it’s easier than ever to fly to […]


Related Posts belize food tour best

The Best Food Tour in Belize Is a Journey Through Ambergris Caye 

Tio Pil was born here when it was just a fishing village, went to work on the Panama Canal, and came back on his cargo boat. Pil, whose real name was Felipe Paz, helped to bring some of the first […]


Caribbean Photo of the Week: A View From Carriacou

carriacou grenada photo

The latest Caribbean Photo comes from Caribbean Journal reader Susan Ribeiro, who sent in this beautiful shot from the island of Carriacou, part of the tri-island state of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Have you taken a great photo in […]


Caribbean Week Is Coming Back to New York 

island routes

The premier summer celebration of the world of the Caribbean is making its triumphant return to New York City this summer, Caribbean Journal has learned.  The Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Caribbean Week is making a comeback in June after not having […]


SUBSCRIBE!

Sign up for Caribbean Journal's free newsletter for a daily dose of beaches, hotels, rum and the best Caribbean travel information on the net.


No. Thank You