In 2018, Dominican Republic once again asserted itself as a tourism force in the Caribbean. The country welcomed more than 6.5 million passengers via air travel—a 6.2 percent increase of more than 380,000 additional arrivals compared to 2017.

While the country’s picturesque beaches, warm and welcoming people and ideal year-round climate continue to charm visitors, a growing number of travelers are booking trips that align with 2019’s biggest travel trends. Visitors are arriving in pursuit of one-of-a-kind experiences in wellness and gastronomy, and more visitors than ever are looking to explore uncharted destinations that veer off the beaten tourist path and capture breath-taking images.

“Our diverse tourist attractions and terrain speak to visitors with a broad range of interests,” said Magaly Toribio, Marketing Advisor for the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism. “Travelers are delighted by the variety of experiences available at their fingertips in Dominican Republic, from whale watching to exploring our national parks system to indulging in traditional Dominican fare.”

Whether it’s your first or your fifth visit to Dominican Republic, the country is sure to impress, with attractions in line with all of 2019’s most anticipated travel trends.

Outdoor and Active Experiences

Experiential travel—especially active and outdoor travel—is a trend with serious staying power. More travelers than ever in 2018 chose to book outdoor activities like hiking, biking or diving, according to data from TripAdvisor, as reported by Forbes.

Dominican Republic is known around the world as a hub for water sports like surfing, kitesurfing and scuba diving, and is also home to unique wildlife experiences, like humpback whale watching. More than 50,000 people visit Samaná, in the northeast of the country, each year to watch the humpback whales during their mating season between January and March.

Traveling for Wellness