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About The
Dominican Republic

This page provides you with some basic information about The
Dominican Republic; which is where we currently conduct all
of our Singles' & Couples' Tours. This information is
developed, compliments of the Dominican Republic Websi
te

Welcome To Paradise

 
The Dominican Republic.
(Known in the Spanish speaking World as Republica Dominicana).
The second largest Island in the Caribbean (Cuba being the largest) it sits between the Atlantic Ocean to the North and the Caribbean to the South and East. The Dominican Republic occupies approximately two thirds of the Island of Hispaniola (Haiti occupies the western third) and was "discovered" by Christopher Colombus in 1492. In practise it was actually found and occupied by the Taino Indians long before he arrived, or it wouldn't have been inhabited or named Quisqueya.
 

.......Jan.. Feb.. Mar..Apr..May..Jun..Jul...Aug...Sep...Oct..Nov..Dec
High 86 ....88 ...87 .....88 ....88..... 89....89.....89....89.....88..... 88....86
Low 78.... 78....79......79.....80......82 ...82... .83....82......82.....80....78

On the coastal plains, the temperature remains fairly constant throughout the year. However, the mountainous regions of the interior
are considerably cooler, and, in fact, Snow has become a fairly regular visitor to the highest Mountain, Pico Duarte (10,417 ft). It can. and does,
rain at any time of the year and there are frequently rainy periods during the months of November and March. It is rare for it to rain less tha
n heavily during these periods (tropical storms) although they rarely last long! High Humidity is common during the summer months.

 
Capital: Santo Domingo People: Very Romantic and Friendly
Population: 9.3 million

Area : 48,464 square kilometers   Currency: Peso
Independence Day: February 27   Government: Democratic Republic
Official Language: Spanish   Official Religion: Roman Catholic
National Bird: "Cigua Palmera"   National Flower: "Flor de la Caoba"
Founding Father: Juan Pablo Duarte   President: Elected
     

Dominican Republic - Facts About The Country

Location/Geography

The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with the Republic of Haiti. The country is the second largest in the Caribbean region, with a surface area of 18,533 square miles  (48,442 square kilometers). Located in the heart of the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and to the south by the Caribbean Sea.

Population

The population of the Dominican Republic is 9,378,819 (2010 Census).

Time Zone

Local time is GMT -4. It is an hour ahead of Atlantic Standard Time in the United States in the winter. Unlike the United States and Europe, the Dominican Republic does not observe daylight saving time.

Capital City

The capital of the Dominican Republic is Santo Domingo, the oldest city in the New World. Greater Santo Domingo has a population of around three million people.

Government

The Dominican Republic is a representative democracy. There are three branches of government: Executive, Legislative and Judicial. Every four years the country elects its president, vice president, legislators and city government officials. President Danilo Medina and Vice President Margarita Cedeño were elected for a four-year term that began on 16 August 2012 and ends on 16 August 2016. The Constitution does not allow for consecutive re-election.

Language

Spanish is the official language of the Dominican Republic. However, you’ll be surprised how many hotel and tourist destination employees speak English, French, German and Italian. If you decide to venture out of the tourist areas, it is helpful to learn some basic phrases in Spanish.

Currency

The Dominican Peso (RD$) is the official currency of the Dominican Republic. You can find the peso exchange rate for several international currencies at www.bancentral.gov.do/tasas_cambio/TMC4001.PDF

Major credit cards are accepted at most tourist locations, but it is best to check in advance at small hotels, restaurants and shops.

ATMs are located in almost all of the Dominican Republic’s cities, as well as at most resorts. Large supermarkets have ATMs that are open until late.

Climate

The Dominican Republic enjoys a tropical climate all year round, with average temperatures ranging from 66° to 93° F (19° to 34° C). The coldest season is between November and April, and the hottest season is between May and October. August is the hottest month.

Tourism Statistics

4,064,754 non-resident foreigners flew to the Dominican Republic in 2013. A further 625,016 non-resident Dominicans also chose to visit in 2013. The Dominican Republic received 26.81% of the record number of 15,663,409 million visitors to the Caribbean region in 2013.

Most air arrivals landed at the Punta Cana airport, 63.6% of all air traffic. Santo Domingo was the second destination of arrivals with 19.7%, followed by Puerto Plata 8.7%, Santiago 4.1%, La Romana 2.3% and Samaná 1.3%.

 

In 2013, most tourists visiting the country by air came from:

United States 39.9%
Canada 16.9%
France 5.4%
Germany 5.2%
Russia 4.5%
Spain 3.4%
Puerto Rico 2.6%
Argentina 2.6%
United Kingdom 2.6%
Brazil 1.8%
Italy 2.2%
Venezuela 1.7%
Colombia 1.1%
Belgium 0.7%
The Netherlands 0.6%

 

In 2013, seaport activity was:

Santo Domingo 58,267 passengers
La Romana 252,932 passengers
Samaná 112,424 passengers

The National Hotel & Tourism Association (ASONAHORES) reports there are 716 hotels with a total of 67,792 hotel rooms in the Dominican Republic as of December 2013.

 

Entry Requirements


A valid passport is required. You may also need a tourist card (US$10 or €10) or a visa.

 

Tourist Card

Citizens of countries who are legally able to enter the European Union, Great Britain, the United States of America or Canada may enter the Dominican Republic by presenting a Tourist Card.

The Tourist Card is valid for a year from the date of purchase and is valid for an up to 30-day visit for one person who will only be able to use it once. The Tourist Card can be acquired at point of sale locations in land, air or sea ports in the country. It is also sold at Dominican embassies and consulate offices overseas and by tour operating companies. It can be purchased online at www.dgii.gov.do/tarjetaTuristica/EN/about/Paginas/default.aspx

Tourists staying beyond the usual 30-day period need to pay a proportional fee depending on the extension, which can be paid at the Department of Migration or at the migration desk upon departure.

www.migracion.gob.do/web/tarifas.php

 

Visas

The Dominican Republic issues tourist, business, work, student and residency visas. Tourist visas can be issued for one or several entries and can be extended to 60 days. For more details on the visas, see www.domrep.org/visa.html or www.consuladord.com/contentlist.aspx?catid=73&lang=ES

 

See this list for citizens who need to request a visa at Dominican consulates abroad.

www.dgii.gov.do/tarjetaTuristica/EN/about/Documents/CountriesneedingaVisatoentertheDominicanRepublic.pdf

 

See a list of the consulates at the top right hand corner of this page of the Ministry of Foreign Relations website: www.consuladord.com

 

Who is exempt from a tourist card or visa?

  • Residents and Dominican nationals.
  • Foreigners arriving from Argentina, Chile, South Korea, Ecuador, Israel, Japan, Peru and Uruguay.
  • Diplomatic and consular staff with assigned missions in the country, while on duty.
  • Passengers using private, noncommercial aviation as long as the aircraft fulfills the following requirements: the trip must be for sport, leisure, business or tourism purposes, and the aircraft must not weigh more than thirty thousand pounds (30,000 lbs) and have a maximum capacity of 12 passengers.

Courtesy of: http://www.godominicanrepublic.com/about-dr/facts-about-the-country/

 

 

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