Situation

The Dominican Republic is a first-class tourist destination.

This country contains some of the most beautiful and varied topography in the world: lush green mountain ranges, white and golden sand beaches, palm groves, spectacular rivers and magnificent waterfalls.

An eclectic mix of Spanish, French, Haitian and African lifestyles form the country’s varied culture.

You'll find some of the oldest towns brimming with modern museums, art galleries, boutiques and resorts. Quaint seaside villages offer quiet and Old World charm.

Possibilities

The possibilities are endless.

Experience the thrill of extreme sports competitions in Cabarete. Catch a wave at El Encuentro Beach, the best surfing beach in the Caribbean.

Explore the country’s national parks. Take a ride in a cable car up Mount Isabella. Gallery hop at Altos de Chavon, a recreated 16th-century Spanish village.

Santo Domingo, the capital city of the Dominican Republic, was the first European city in the New World, founded after Christopher Columbus’ first voyage west.

The DR also offers championship-caliber golf, tennis, sport fishing, horseback riding, whale watching, world class gambling, souvenir shopping, an eclectic mix of cuisine, and an unrivalled nightlife.

Almost anywhere you go you can enjoy the Merengue dance music, original to the island of Hispaniola.

Capital: Santo Domingo
Currency: Dominican peso
Language: Spanish
Population: 9,365,818 (as of July, 2007)
Climate: Maritime semitropical (average yearly temperature of 80 F)
Location: Caribbean (eastern two-thirds of the island of La Hispaniola)
Size: 18,700 square miles
Administrative divisions: 31 provinces and one district
Government type: Representative democracy
Independence: February 27, 1844
Ethnic groups: Caucasian (16%), Black (11%), Mixed (73%)
International Phone Access Code: 809/829
Religion: Roman Catholic (95%)
International Airports: 7 (Puerto Plata, Santo Domingo and other main cities).