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The Dominican Republic, a gorgeous Caribbean country that shares an island with Haiti, has a reputation for being a bargain vaction getaway. Still, approximately 6.5 million tourists visited the D.R. in 2018, more than any other Caribbean nation, according to the Caribbean Tourism Organization, CNN reports. Of that number, 2.2 million tourists came from the U.S. Plenty of travelers think fears about the D.R. are overblown, while others say you must be street smart.

DR BeachesThe U.S. State Department gives the Dominican Republic a Level 2 advisory, meaning travelers should exercise increased caution when visiting. This puts the country in the same safety category as destinations like Mexico, Jamaica, Bahamas, Italy, Germany, Indonesia, and the United Kingdom. “Crime is a threat throughout the Dominican Republic, though tourist destinations are generally more heavily policed and safer than other metropolitan areas. Take precautions to avoid becoming a target.

Choosing Hotels in the Dominican Republic

One way travelers to the Dominican Republic address their security concerns is by staying at an all-inclusive resort where only hotel guests are allowed on the grounds. The D.R. definitely has a lot them, including the Barcelo Bavaro Grand Resort Punta Cana (which is packed with everything from a casino and spa to swim-up bars, a beautiful white-sand beach, and plenty of activities for both families and adults) If you’re not staying at an all-inclusive resort, it’s wise to ask the hotel employees if they have any safety tips for the local area. They’ll want to keep you happy and healthy.

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