We’ve helped hundreds of people come to explore the beauty and relaxation found here at Villa Castellamonte in the Dominican Republic. Over the past decade we have been able to collect the most useful knowledge for you to best plan your trip with us. Use the information below to help you out but also make sure you communicate with our villa concierge who will help you with any of your vacation planning here.

What To Pack

  • Assuming you are arriving by air, make sure you bring any necessary medication with you in your carry-on. It is unusual to have your luggage lost, but it does happen, so it is better to be safe than sorry.
  • The climate here is warm and humid so pack light clothing. The ladies may want to have a light throw for the evenings, however, as the soothing breeze off the ocean can get nippy on your recently warmed skin.
  • Grab some SPF30 or similar sunscreen. We are located about 19° off the equator (Hawaii is 20°) so the sun here is probably a tad warmer than where you are coming from. Don’t mess up your vacation by getting scorched on your first day!

Entry Requirements

  • Effective May 1, 2012 citizens of all nationalities are required to have a valid passport to enter the Dominican Republic. Your passport should be valid for up to six (6) months from the date of your arrival.
  • Depending upon your airline, you should be able to present a valid return ticket from the Dominican Republic. This isn’t actually a law but airlines can hassle you if you do not have either proof of return or proof of residency in the Dominican Republic.
  • When you enter the Dominican Republic you will be required to purchase a “tourist card.” The cost is $10 per person and it is valid for thirty (30) days. Strangely, within minutes of purchasing your tourist card you will display it to another official who takes it, may or may not scan it, and then discards it.

Getting Here

A vacation here in the Dominican Republic will almost always start by air as you fly from your nearest international airport into one of the many airports in this country. Virtually all of the airports can accept private aircraft, depending upon size and space availability, and commercial flights arrive daily into the major airport hubs. Listed below are the airports you will most likely fly into if you are in a commercial or private aircraft.

City Airport Name IATA Code Duty Free Drive Time
El Catey * Samana Int’l AZS Yes 40 Minutes
Puerto Plata Gregorio Luperon Int’l POP Yes 90 Minutes
Santo Domingo Las Americas Int’l SDQ Yes 2 Hours
Santiago Cibao Int’l STI Yes 2.5 Hours
Punta Cana Punta Cana Int’l PUJ Yes 5+ Hours!!!

* Nearest airport
Note: This information is provided as a courtesy and should not be considered definitive or a replacement for official information.

As a general rule we recommend using the local taxi companies to provide your transportation needs while you are here in the Dominican Republic. Although you can easily rent and drive a car here, there are many unique characteristics of driving in the Dominican Republic that most travelers will find unsettling. The safest mode of transportation is to allow someone else to do the driving so you can enjoy the passing scenery, entertaining lifestyle and sip an ice cold Presidente beer.

Quick Map

Our luxury vacation villa is located on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. Due to the topography of the country our villa actually faces due east; directly into the soothing trade winds Christopher Columbus rode to the Dominican Republic!

Location of Villa Castellamonte in the Dominican Republic

Climate / Weather

Located at 17°36′ – 19°58′ latitude, the average temperature year around is 77°F / 25°C. The temperature in the summer months, from May through October, will range from 89-95°F / 31-35°C and the winter temperatures, from November through April, will be 75-90°F / 24-32°C. The hottest month of the year is August and the coolest is January. Tour inland during the cooler season and you will need a coat; it gets pretty chilly and can even drop below freezing in the higher elevations.

The island has two rainy seasons, one in late spring and the other in late fall. The northern coast of the island receives the most rain through the year. Annual precipitation is around 60 inches (1500mm) but the highlands, which remain cool through the year, receive much more. Tropical hurricane season is from June to November and traditionally hit the east or south coasts. The north coast is virtually untouched by these storms because of the soaring inland mountains and deep, cold water trenches north of the country in the ocean.

— USEFUL GOVERNMENT CONTACTS IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism
Ministry of Tourism
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Office
(809) 541-5652
Web: http://www.godominicanrepublic.com

Embassy of the Dominican Republic in the United States
1715 22nd Street NW,
Washington, DC 20008 USA
Tel: 202-332-6280
Fax: 202-265-8057
Web: http://www.domrep.org/
Email: embassy (at) us.serex.gov.do

Embassy of the United States in the Dominican Republic
Calle César Nicolas Penson esq. Calle Leopoldo Navarro
Gazcué District
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Tel: 809-221-2171
Fax: 809-686-7437
Web: http://do.usembassy.gov/