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Welcome to Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

Capital: Santo Domingo

Currency: Peso (DOP)

Official Language: Spanish

Time Zone: UTC - 4

Population: 10.5 million (2015)

Calling Code: +1-809, +1-829, +1-849

 

If you love white-sandy beaches, fun-in-the-sun trappings, mountain-biking and palm trees; then the Dominican republic is the perfect destination for you. The beautiful country is one of Caribbean’s most visited destination. However, if you think the Dominican republic is just a beach destination, then you are totally wrong. Being part of the island of Hispaniola, the country is one of the most geographically diverse parts of the Caribbean, it boasts of everything from tropical rainforests and alpine ranges to mangrove swamps and semi-desert. Mountain-bikers, windsurfers, hikers, climbers and even whale-watchers are well catered for.

Being one of the first parts to be discovered by Christopher Columbus, the country is rich in history and culture. Colonial-era churches and fortress still stand out and there are lots of activities for new and returning visitors alike with dance-till-you-drop nightclubs.

 

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

Colombus Lighthouse

A visit to the Dominican republic without seeing this cross-shaped monument which also doubles as a musuem, is almost incomplete. The lighthouse was built to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the discovery of South America. The monument beams a cross-shaped light into the sky which can be seen as far as Puerto Rico. The musuem exhibits the supposed remains of Christopher Columbus.

Colonial Zone, Santo Domingo

Rich in colonial history, Santo Domingo's Zona Colonial is a World Heritage Site where you can explore the city's colonial history. The zone contains the historic buildings such as Alcazar de Colon- which was the palatial residence of Diego de Colon, son of Christopher Columbus- completed in 1512

Mount Isabela de Torres

The mountain provides splendid views of the ocean and surrounding national park. If you afre feeling adventurous, you can climb to the peak of the mountain and see a replica of Rio de Janeiro's Christ Redeemer Statue. If you cant climb, you can ride on the cable car, the picturesque views will captivate you.

 

Business

The country's economy depends on agricultural products and mining. Ferronickel, sugar, gold, coffee and cocoa are the main exports while food, petroleum, cotton, chemicals and pharmaceuticals are the main imports. Tourism is another major player and employer of labour in the country.

Spanish is the language for business, hotels provide interpreter services if you cant speak the language.

 

Climate

Dominican republic is hot with tropical temperature throughout the year. There are two rainy seasons, From May to August (which is the heaviest) and the other is from November to December. Beware, hurricanes may sometimes occur during these periods.

Wear lightweight fabrics, they are best suited to the tropical temperatures. Waterproofs are useful during the rainy seasons.

 

Communications

Its easy for tourists to make phone calls in the country. There is the comunicard which enables tourists to make calls from any touch-tone phone in the country.

There are internet cafes in the major cities in the country and the mobile phones have 3G network.

Duty Free

The following goods may be imported into the Dominican Republic by travellers over 16 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• Gifts to the value of US$500

• 200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 200 grams of tobacco.

• 3 litres of alcoholic drinks.
 

Banned imports

All animal products, agricultural and horticultural products and drugs are banned imports.

Firearms and ammunition must be accompanied by an import licence.

 

Electricity

110 volts AC, 60Hz. North American-style plugs with two flat pins are in use; Bring along an adaptor if you have a three-pin plug.

Getting Around

Its easy to get around by road. Taxis are available but tourists are advised to hire tourist or radio taxis in advance while avoiding unmarked taxis.

You can also decide to hire a car. The minimum age for car hire is 25.

There are also mini-buses and they operate 24-hours.

Language

Spanish is the official language. You can find English and French speakers also.

 

Money

The Peso is the currency for transaction. Bank ATMs are available in the major cities while credit and debit cards are available in the major cities.

Passport Visa

A passport valid for six months is required if you want to enter the Dominican Republic.

If you want a visa to visit the Dominican Republic, go to the nearest Dominican consular mission in your country of residence.

Thinking of travelling to the Dominican Republic for business, you will have to apply for a simple or multiple business visa. A tourist visa or tourist card is only eligible for tourism purposes only.

Time

UTC-4:00

Tipping

Tipping is acceptable

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