The Dominican Republic a lovely island in the Caribbean. Haiti is bordered to the west, together they are the island called Hispaniola.
Some of the popular tourist areas
Punta Cana - Bavaro
This area of the Dominican Republic has become a popular holiday destination for people from all over the world. There are dozens of beautiful large, mostly all-inclusive hotels, spread over more than 30 miles (50 km) of beautiful white sand beaches, some of the most beautiful in the world. Palm trees dot the landscape, and it is truly a beautiful area of the Dominican Republic. There are many new resorts here that include spas, casinos, an amazing selection of dining options, on-site weddings, kids' clubs and large freeform pools.
The North Coast of the Dominican Republic is nicknamed the Amber Coast, because of its rich deposits of semi-precious amber. It is also the coast where Columbus landed on his first voyage of discovery. It is comprised of an assortment of thriving beach towns, resorts and communities, nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and a chain of majestic coastal mountains - some of the most beautiful scenery in the Caribbean.
The South Coast, or Caribbean Coast, has miles of beautiful coastline and beaches, and is also where Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, is located. Santo Domingo is known as the “birthplace of the Americas”, for it was the first European city of the Western Hemisphere. Today, with a population of over 2 million, it is the largest and most populated city in the Dominican Republic. Its colonial heritage is preserved in the Colonial Zone where you can see the first cathedral, first monastery, first hospital, first university, and first court of law, all dating back to the 16th century.
New Year’s Day (01Jan); Epiphany (Celebrated on Feb 9) (06Jan); Our Lady of Altagracia (21Jan); Duarte’s Birthday (Celebrated on Jan 30) (26Jan); Independence Day and Carnival (27Feb); Good Friday (14Apr); Easter Sunday (16Apr); Labour Day (01May); Corpus Christi (15Jun); Restoration Day (Celebrated on Aug 14) (16Aug); Our Lady of Las Mercedes (24Sep); Constitution Day (06Nov); Christmas Day (25Dec).
Citizens of Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Peru, South Korea, Uruguay and subjects of the Principality of Liechtenstein can stay for a maximum of 60 days with a valid passport, without visa or purchasing a tourist card.
Citizens of the countries listed below can stay for a maximum of 90 days with a tourist card which costs US$ 10 and can be purchased at accredited Dominican Consulates worldwide, when purchasing ticket, or on arrival at one of the country’s ports or international airports. These countries are:
Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Curaçao, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Dominica, England (carrying British passports with the following inscription on their cover: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or Jersey or Guernsey) and its dependencies (Isle of Man and Channel Islands) Finland, France and its overseas departments (Guadeloupe, Guyana, Martinique and Reunion), Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Luxembourg, Mexico, Monaco, Norway, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Rumania, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Marino, St. Martin, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobabo, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States (including Puerto Rico; U.S. Virgin Islands: St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. John and Hawaii), Venezuela, Yugoslavia and all legal residents from Canada, the United States of America, Venezuela and from the member countries of the European Union, regardless of their nationality, carrying valid passports and their residency card.
Argentina, Belice, Costa Rica, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Japón, Korea, México, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru and Uruguay citizens bearing official or diplomatic passports can enter without visa or tourist card.
Dominican Republic Area
48,072 sq km (18,696 sq miles)
Dominican Republic Capital
Dominican Republic Currency
Dominican Republic GNI per capita
US$4,390 (World Bank, 2008)
Dominican Republic Main exports
Ferronickel, sugar, gold, silver, coffee, cocoa, tobacco, meats
Dominican Republic Major language
Dominican Republic Population
10 million (UN, 2008)
Dominican Republic President
Dominican Republic Telephone codes