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From Punta Cana to La Romana, Travelers Keep Flocking to the Dominican Republic 

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - June 11, 2024

Another month, another milestone. Whether it’s the all-inclusive resort destination of Punta Cana or the golf and wellness at La Romana’s Casa de Campo, the Dominican Republic just keeps on trucking, with Caribbean-leading tourism numbers that keep breaking records. 

That was the same story in May, when the Dominican Republic reported just under 850,000 total visitors, a 12 percent jump over an already-strong May in 2023. 

For the year, the Dominican Republic has welcomed more than 5 million total visitors (that means cruise and air arrivals combined), itself a 12 percent improvement over the first five months of 2023 — a year that resulted in an all-time tourism record for a destination in the Caribbean. 

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The main pool area at the Lopesan Costa Bavaro in Punta Cana.

Most impressively, the country’s January-May total is 43 percent higher than it was in 2019 — a record year for the wider Caribbean just before the pandemic. 

It was an “extraordinary” month for the destination, said Tourism Minster Dovit Gallardo in a statement provided to Caribbean Journal. 

“When you have figures like the one we achieved in the first five months of the year, you should feel proud as a Dominican,” Collado said. “5,026,990 visitors from January to May, that is a great number.”

Are you planning a vacation to the Dominican Republic? We’d recommend two primary destinations: Punta Cana, the Caribbean capital of all-inclusive resorts (where we’re particularly fond of the Lopesan Costa Bavaro on the area’s best beach); and La Romana, the home of the magnificent Casa de Campo Resort and Villas, which just debuted a sparkling new spa.

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