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Holiday facts and information about Dominican Republic
General Information The Dominican Republic is an island located in the Caribbean ocean. The capital, Santo Domingo is located on the southern coast of the island and is the largest city in the country.
The official language is Spanish. However English is spoken and understood in most tourist areas.
The currency her is the Dominican Peso. ATMS are available in all tourist areas, so cash is easy to access.
Best travel time
From June to November there is an increased chance of tropical storms. The best time to travel is between February and June. Also take note: if you travel during the Easter weekend, many water sports activities are prohibited.
On arrival in the Dominican Republic tourists must purchase a tourist visa for 10 us dollars. This can be done on arrival or alternatively in advance online.
Country and People
The history of the Dominican Republic is a continuous string of conquests and rebellions. In the nineteenth century, for some 20 years it was occupied by Haiti. After it claimed its independence it became clear it could not rule itself and was then ruled by Spain. The turn of the century was a period of civil war. From 1930 to 1961, the island was ruled by the dictator General Rafael Leonidas Trujillo, who was one of the most ruthless dictators in history. It was only in 1996 that the Country achieved true democracy, although some corruption still remains.
Traditions and Culture
The population of the Dominican Republic is manly made up of Europeans (Originally from Spain) and from people brought there by slavery. The majority of Dominicans are Catholic. Like most inhabitants of the Caribbean, the people are extremely open. They are interested in everything and everyone, so don’t be surprised if you are asked a lot of questions.
Buses run regularly between major cities, and you can usually count on them to show up on time. It is also the cheapest way to travel around the island.
Renting a car in the Dominican Republic is not difficult, but you have to satisfy several conditions. The driver must be over 25 years, have drivers license and credit card. The same applies with motorbikes. A car will cost about $ 60 per day and it is best to book it in advance.
There are many international airports on the Island, where tourists can get direct transfers to the resorts. Airports are located in Santo Domingo (Las Americas), Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, El Catay, Santiago, La Romana, Barahoa and Samana. Santo Domingo (Las Americas), is the main airport and is just 30km from the capital, a taxi will cost about 20$.
Discover and Enjoy
Discover and enjoy
A paradise for surfers, especially the small town of Cabaret, about 40 miles from Puerto Plata. Not only are the beaches great for surfing, they are perfect for walking or horse riding. Scuba diving is also a top activity that you can enjoy here! The residents of the island are prone to all night parties, with madness and dancing- they love to entertain. Another are to point out would be Cape Samana, where you can whale watch, or simly just enjoy the beautiful beach.
On the coast a lot of fish and seafood is cooked, otherwise a lot of poultry is eaten with rice and plantains. For something traditional try the rice pudding, mango cakes and deserts with fresh fruit and coconut. The Caribbean is known for good coffee, the Dominican Republic is no exception. The aromatic coffee is served strong with lots of sugar.