Dominican Republic the Caribbean's Paradise

When Christopher Columbus arrived on the Dominican Republic's shores in 1492, he proclaimed, "There is no island that is more beautiful in the world ". For visitors of the country today, the Dominican Republic definitely represents just that. It is simply a paradise to discover - golden sandy beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters, mysterious lush valleys, majestic tall mountains and wonderfully friendly people.
 

The Dominican Republic occupies 48,482 square kilometers, making up the eastern two thirds of the island of Hispaniola, with the country of Haiti comprising the western third. The island of Hispaniola sits more or less in the center of the Caribbean Islands - with the Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas to the North, Cuba and Jamaica to the west, Puerto Rico and the Leeward Islands to the east, and South America to the south. The north coast gives way to the Atlantic Ocean and the south coast gives way to the Caribbean Sea.


When and Where to Visit
When to Visit the Dominican Republic
Any time is a good time to visit the Dominican Republic because of its warm and generally sunny climate all year round. Some call the weather here 'the endless summer'. There are months where it is more likely you'll have rain. If you wish to avoid these periods, please visit our Climate section to find out when these are, as these occur at different times depending on the area of the country you may be visiting. The busiest tourism season in the Dominican Republic runs from December through April, where many North Americans and Europeans visit to get a warm, tropical break from the cold temperatures in their home countries. The next busiest period is in the summer months, June through September, when the majority of visitors are made up of Europeans visiting for their long summer vacations. Generally, the busier the season, the more in advance you should begin to plan your visit in order to secure your flight and accommodations of choice. Accommodation rates fluctuate slightly (are generally higher) during the busier tourism months, but almost all other costs, such as food & beverages, excursions, sporting activities, etc., remain constant year-round.

Where to to go in the Dominican Republic
-Cabarete ...Adventure, water sports, young, hip and famously fun...
-Sosua ...Great beaches, nice snorkeling & diving...
-Playa Dorada ...All-inclusive hotels, golf courses, casinos and plenty of activities...
-Cabrera & Playa Grande ...Luxury villas, one of the finest golf courses and beaches in the country...
-Las Terrenas ...Mediterranean flair, picturesque beaches, relaxed, yet close to adventure...
-Las Galeras ...Remote spot with boutique hotels, hidden beaches, a lovers' paradise...
-Punta Cana ...Caribbean postcard perfection with all-inclusive hotels to take care of the rest...
-Bayahibe ...Tranquil setting, great beach and a not-to-miss National Park...
-La Romana ...Casa de Campo/La Romana: One word: "luxury" - villa paradise, golf heaven, fine dining?
-Juan Dolio ...A little French Riviera in the Caribbean...
-Boca Chica ...Smaller hotels, a place to mix with the locals, great diving...
-Santo Domingo ...The CAPITAL of the Dominican Republic - exciting, cultural, historical, sophisticated..

-Barahona-Pedernales…In the southwest part of the country with green mountains and rivers flowing into the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea make this region the most beautiful and the future of the high level tourism of the country.
-For more pictures go to: www.dominicanaonline.org/portal/espanol/cpo_galeria_Barahona.asp

How to Dress
Dominicans wear light clothes accordingly with the tropical climate and you should do the same. However, we should mention that Dominicans like to wear a shirt named Guayavera, which is made of linen and used in formal and informal gatherings. For business and other formal activities try to wear a tie and suit.

When Christopher Columbus arrived on the Dominican Republic's shores in 1492, he proclaimed, "There is no island that is more beautiful in the world ". For visitors of the country today, the Dominican Republic definitely represents just that. It is simply a paradise to discover - golden sandy beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters, mysterious lush valleys, majestic tall mountains and wonderfully friendly people. Today the Dominican Republic is the leading country in the region receiving 4 million tourists yearly ... More>>

The Dominican Republic's economy boomed in the 1990s, expanding at an average rate of 7.7% per year from 1996 to 2000. Tourism (the leading foreign exchange earner), telecommunications, and free-trade-zone manufacturing are the most important sectors, although agriculture is still a major part of the economy... More>>

The most expansive coastlines in the Caribbean, with more than 800 miles of diverse ecological environments ranging from desert to tropical rainforest, make the Dominican Republic a fantastic setting for boating. The many gentle stretches of beach, strong surf, and powerful winds offer many ideal locations for water sports like windsurfing, boogie boarding, and kiteboarding. Incredibly clear waters and a variety of colorful marine life also make it a favorite for snorkeling enthusiasts and scuba divers... More>>

Strategic location, political and economic stability makes the Dominican Republic one of the best destinations in Latin America for foreign investments... More>>

This is the country where the discovery of America started and where Christopher Columbus is buried. The colonial architecture of the old city is something to see and enjoy... More>>

 

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