Dominican Republic vs St Lucia: Where Should You Go & Why

18/10/2022Melissa Keeling
Dom Rep vs St Lucia

Choosing the perfect Caribbean island can be tricky. But when it comes to Dominican Republic or St Lucia, which is the winning destination for you?

Where is best for you: Dominican Republic or St Lucia?
Where is best for you: Dominican Republic or St Lucia? Photo Credit: Nick Fewings, Unsplash

So, you’ve narrowed down your next Caribbean island escape to either the Dominican Republic or St Lucia. Luckily for you, they’re both incredible islands with year-round sunshine and unique features. But let’s try to narrow it down a little and make the choice somewhat easier.

Keep reading for the lowdown on both dreamy destinations and by the end of this article you’ll know where is right for you.

Dominican Republic or St Lucia

Firstly, let’s start by considering what you want from your holiday. The Dominican Republic ticks all the boxes if a week in paradise relaxing on a sun-soaked beach is for you.

However, if the idea of getting close to nature and embracing local culture sounds right up your street then St Lucia should be where you’re headed.

But of course, there’s more to these destinations than that. Keep reading for more intel.

Imagine soaking up the sun here
Imagine soaking up the sun here. Photo Credit: Rachid Oucharia, Unsplash

Why choose Dominican Republic?

Imagine pristine beaches adorned with tropical palm trees, the sounds of the ocean waves and exquisite resorts. Dominican Republic does sun-kissed holidays in style. So, if lazy days spent by the beach admiring ocean views sounds good to you then you know where to go.

Of course, there’s still plenty of adventures to be had in Dominican Republic, from exploring ancient ruins to excursions the whole family will love.

A blissful beach in Punta Cana
A blissful beach in Punta Cana. Photo Credit: Angela Loria, Unsplash

Why choose St Lucia?

St Lucia also has its fair share of blissful beaches and offers a haven for relaxation. But this beautiful island is also packed full of awe-inspiring things to do that will have you yearning to get out and explore.

As we’ve mentioned nature enthusiasts will be in their element, there’s a whole host of natural attractions you won’t want to miss. Not forgetting getting to grips with the famous Pitons. For those looking to spend time with a loved one, head over to Castries for a romantic 24 hours you’ll never forget. 

Next, let’s visit some of the most impressive resorts in both destinations.

Stunning scenery in St Lucia
Stunning scenery in St Lucia. Photo Credit: Corinne Kutz, Unsplash

Our Top 3 Resorts in Dominican Republic

These three resorts offer beachfront all-inclusive escapes in picture-perfect locations. They are:

  1. Finest Punta Cana By The Excellence Collection
  2. Radisson Blu Punta Cana
  3. Be Live Collection Punta Cana Adults Only

Finest Punta Cana By The Excellence Collection

This incredible resort offers modern elegance for both families and couples alike. With impeccable accommodation, fine dining, a first-class spa and excellent amenities, the whole family will adore Finest Punta Cana.

Finest Punta Cana By The Excellence Collection
Finest Punta Cana By The Excellence Collection

Radisson Blu Punta Cana

Just steps from a beautiful white sand beach lies Radisson Blu Punta Cana. This contemporary five-star resort certainly knows how to deliver. With 5 restaurants to tickle your tastebuds, a jam-packed activity programme and entertainment galore, you won’t want to leave.

Radisson Blu Punta Cana
Radisson Blu Punta Cana

Be Live Collection Punta Cana Adults Only

If an adults-only paradise is what you’re looking for, then Be Live Collection Punta Cana Adults Only is perfect for you. Delight in captivating ocean views, eleven eateries and three cooling pools.

Be Live Collection Punta Cana Adults Only
Be Live Collection Punta Cana Adults Only

Our Top 3 Resorts in St Lucia

Now let’s move on to St Lucia’s top spots:

  1. Soco House
  2. Bay Gardens Inn
  3. Bay Gardens Marina Haven

Soco House

This brand-new resort provides a boutique retreat designed for adults-only. Soco House is perfectly positioned next to Rodney Bay, and of course the most incredible beaches on the island.

Soco House
Soco House

Bay Gardens Inn

A stay at Bay Gardens Inn provides an excellent base for exploring everything this magnificent island has to offer. Spacious rooms, delectable dining and a plethora of leisure facilities await.

Bay Gardens Inn
Bay Gardens Inn

Bay Gardens Marina Haven

This resort is the newest addition to the Bay Gardens Resorts and is well-placed to enjoy shopping, bars and nightlife. You won’t need to travel far to discover Rodney Bay or Pigeon Point, and with just 35 rooms you’re sure of a great stay at Bay Gardens Marina Haven.

Bay Gardens Marina Haven
Bay Gardens Marina Haven

When Is the Best Time to Visit Dominican Republic or St Lucia?

Both destinations have typically Caribbean climates, so you can expect plenty of sunshine and high temperatures all year round.

St Lucia does have distinct dry and wet seasons. The dry season runs from December to May, whereas the wet season runs from June to November, helping to give the island it’s lush vegetation.

Similarly, Dominican Republic also has a wet and a dry season. Here, the dry season runs from December to April, and the wet season from May to November.

That being said, even if you travelled in wet season, the likelihood is you would still see lots of sun and this time of year does tend to be quieter. Just bear in mind that Dominican Republic does experience some hurricanes from time to time.

Where Will You Visit?

Now you’re armed with all the intel, which one gets your vote?

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