Splurge or Steal: Dominican Republic vs. Washington, D.C.

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Lounging at Tortuga Bay in the Dominican Republic.

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Relax on the beach in the Dominican Republic or explore monuments in Washington, D.C.?

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Cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C. and (below) the Capitol Building.

Originally appeared in December 2015 issue of Virtuoso Traveler.

Your springtime getaway gets a remix with a relaxing stay in the Caribbean or an illuminating visit to D.C.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
A 4-DAY, $5,900 SPLURGE*


FLY: Relax in business class between Dallas/Fort Worth and Santo Domingo’s Las Américas Airport via Atlanta with Delta Air Lines. Round-trip airfare from $2,776 (including taxes) per couple.

STAY: Access to a private beach and 45 holes of championship golf highlight stays at Tortuga Bay, located in an exclusive enclave within the Puntacana Resort & Club. Make coffee in the kitchenette of your Oscar de la Renta-designed Junior Suite and watch the sunrise from your balcony. From $3,053 per couple, per three-night stay; Virtuoso amenities include a nightly VIP turndown service and one 30-minute massage per person.

PLUS: Take a guided walking or Segway eco-tour in the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve, a 1,500-acre private protected area that winds through the resort. Included in rates.

TOTAL: From $5,829 per couple

SOUVENIR: Bring home a piece of jewelry made with larimar, a turquoise-and-white stone found only in the Dominican Republic, at the Larimar Factory (452 Arzobispo Meriño Street and Restauración, Ciudad Colonial, Santo Domingo).

WASHINGTON, D.C.
A 3-DAY, $1,800 STEAL*


FLY: Travel with Virgin America in economy class between Dallas Love Field and Reagan National airports. Round-trip airfare from $313 (including taxes) per couple.

STAY: Our nation’s history comes alive at The Jefferson, a beautifully restored boutique hotel-cum-living museum filled with original Thomas Jefferson-signed documents, historic tomes, antiques, and other artifacts. Join major D.C. players over a power breakfast under the skylight in The Greenhouse. From $1,418 per couple, per two-night stay; Virtuoso amenities include breakfast daily and a $100 dining credit.

PLUS: Smell the cherry blossoms in bloom (mid-March to mid-April) and check up on baby panda Bei Bei at
the National Zoo while exploring The Smithsonian, the world’s largest museum complex. Free admission.

TOTAL: From $1,731 per couple

SOUVENIR: Pick up a keepsake copy of the National Geographic coffee-table book Cherry Blossoms: The Official Book of the National Cherry Blossom Festival at Kramerbooks & Afterwords (1517 Connecticut Avenue NW).


*Prices were accurate upon the magazine's publication. Connect with an advisor for the most up-to-date rates. 

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