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The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern two thirds of the island of Hispaniola. The beauty, diversity and rich culture of the Dominican Republic is unparalleled by any of the other Caribbean Islands.


Official Language:

Spanish

Total Population:

10,281,833 (2012 Census)

National Tree:

Mahogany Tree

National Currency:

Dominican Peso


Did You Know?

  • This tropical country is the second largest Island in the Caribbean. It measures 48,484 km2 (18,719 sq miles), making it approximately 20% larger than Switzerland.
  • The Puerto Plata region has not been hit by a Hurricane in over 100 years.
  • The capital City of Santo Domingo was the capital of the New World for over 150 years and was the first and last stop for all New World transactions.
  • Lake Enriquillo on the southwest side of the island is one of the lowest points in the Caribbean measuring at 39 meters below sea level.
  • The Dominican Republic has a topography so extremely diverse that it consists of white sandy beaches, tropical lush rainforests, desert like expanses, lush mountain ranges and abundant tropical farm lands.
  • There are 12 National parks in the Dominican Republic.
  • Pico Duarte is located on the central western portion of the island and is the highest mountain peak in the Caribbean. It measures 10,128 feet (3,088 meters) above sea level.
  • Popular destinations, such as Sosua, Cabarete, and Las Terrenas, have made the Dominican Republic as one of the top real estate investment opportunities in the world. Reasonably priced villas, condos, and lots appeal to a wide array of investors and budgets.

 


Pico Duarte (Duarte Peak), Cordillera Central



Del Morro Beach, Monte Cristi


Dominican Republic Distance Chart from Mayor International Cities:

 

City Hours KM Miles Nautical
Miles
USA- Miami, FL 1:52 1,349 838.3 727.9
USA- New York, NY 3:13 2,491 1,548 1,344
Mexico City, Mexico 4:00 7,162 1,930 1,676
Paris, France 9:14 23.8 4,450 3,864
Madrid, Spain 8:39 6,702 4,164 3,616
UK- London, England 9:03 7,013 4,357 3,784
Caracas, Venezuela 1:25 945.9 588 510
Moscow, Russia 12:04 9,358 5,815 5,050
Canada- Toronto, OT 3:47 2,934 1,823 1,583

 

Dominican Temperature Chart

 

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 28.9 (84.0) 29.6
(85.3)
29.4
(84.9)
29.3
(84.7)
31.2
(88.2)
32.3
(90.1)
32.6
(90.7)
32.6
(90.7)
32.7
(90.9)
32.3
(90.1)
30.6
(87.1)
29.1
(84.4)
30.88
(87.59)
Daily mean °C \ (°F) 23.2
(73.8)
23.1
(73.6)
23.6
(74.5)
24.6
(76.3)
25.6
(78.1)
26.3
(79.3)
26.9
(80.4)
26.8
(80.2)
26.7
(80.1)
26.2
(79.2)
24.9
(76.8)
23.6
(74.5)
25.13
(77.23)
Average low °C (°F) 17.5
(63.5)
17.3
(63.1)
17.8
(64.0)
19.9
(67.8)
20.0
(68.0)
20.3
(68.5)
21.1
(70.0)
20.9
(69.6)
20.7
(69.3)
20.1
(68.2)
19.1
(66.4)
18.1
(64.6)
19.40
(66.92)
Rainfall mm (inches) 175.3
(6.902)
140.0
(5.512)
128.7
(5.067)
115.1
(4.531)
129.0
(5.079)
51.0
(2.008)
69.8
(2.748)
66.7
(2.626)
63.7
(2.508)
111.0
(4.37)
228.5
(8.996)
231.8
(9.126)
1,510.6
(59.472)
Avg. rainy days 12 9 8 10 11 6 7 7 7 10 14 15 116

About the Dominican Republic

Politics

 

Much like the United States, the Dominican Republic political has a President and two legislative chambers: the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies. The Senate has 31 representatives, one for each province in the country and one for the national district. The Chamber of Deputies has 183 members. The president is elected by universal suffrage to a four- year term. Although there are about twenty political parties only three play any significant role in the political system.

 

History

 

The early inhabitants of the island were the Tainos who had a well structured society when the Europeans first discovered the island in the 15th Century. Since that time, there have been Spanish, French and American settlements and the population has grown to over 10 million inhabitants. To learn a bit more and see a chronological timeline of Dominican History, please press on the links below.

 


Cueva de las maravillas (Cave of Wonders), San Pedro de Macorís


Points of Interest

 

Santo Domingo is the capital of the Dominican Republic. Day trips to this vibrant city are offered from most of the major tourist areas. The Colonial Zone offers many treasures to explore including the Santa Maria Cathedral which was built in 1521, the Casas Reales Museum and the house of Diego Columbus, son of Christopher Columbus.



Colonial Zone, Santo Domingo



Museo de Armas (arm's museum), Santo Domingo


Santo Domingo, Zona Colonial

UNESCO World Heritage City

First City in the New World

Attractions:

  • Casa de Nicolas de Ovando (First Governer in the New World)
  • Alca lzar de Colon(Christopher Columbus Sons House)
  • Fortaleza Ozama
  • Puerta del Conde
  • Museo de las Casas Reales

Santiago de los Caballeros, Centro Leon - www.centroleon.org.do

  • Museum
  • Exhibitions
  • Concerts
  • Workshops
  • Art Collections

La Vega, Carnaval Dominicano

  • 3 to 4 Day Street Party
  • Tribes representing all regions of the DR
  • Dance, Music, Tradition and Culture
  • Each tribe builds its costume based on regional history and tradition
  • Over 100 tribes from throughout the Dominican Republic

Jarabacoa, Pico Duarte

  • Highest Mountain in the Caribbean
  • Named after one of the Founding Fathers; Juan Pablo Duarte
  • Trip to Pico Duarte last a weekend via mule, horse and/or hiking.

Barahona, Lago Enriquillo

  • Only Lake in the Caribbean below Sea Level (129 ft/39m below)
  • Saltwater Lake inhabited by Crocodile
  • Lake contains one Island. Island Cabritos home to Crocodiles and Flamingos
Neighboring City Distance in
Time
Distance in
KM (est.)
Distance in
Miles (est.)
Luperon 48 min 48.6 30
Santiago de Los Caballeros 1:03 60.9 37
Imbert 27 min 27.5 17
Sosua 22 min 23.8 14
Cabarete 34 min 38.6 23
Capital: Santo Domingo 3:00 Hours 212 131


Santiago de los Caballeros City



Jarabacoa Town



Playa Grande Golf Course, Río San Juan