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

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Lounging at Tortuga Bay in the Dominican Republic.

Travel Two Ways

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

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.

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).

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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