Dominican Republic Vacations


The Dominican Repuplic is a great country with numerous different vacation destinations offering all types of activities. Beach goers will fall Punta Cana's white sand beaches. Water sports enthusiates head to Cabarete and its world class windsurfing and kitesurfing. Santo Domingo in the south offers history and great beaches together. Puerto Plata offers great value and lots of activites and shopping. The Dominican Republic has something for everyone!

This country opens its arms wide to all visitors wishing to discover its rich cultural history with its colonial districts and its heritage of nature scattered among the mountains, the beaches and the valleys. It is a place also preferred by whales and dolphins during mating season. It's a splendid show to experience.
 
The sporty tourist will be delighted by all the possibilities offered such as diving, pedestrian excursions, golf and even palpitating expeditions like rock climbing or white water rafting down the rapids near Jarabacoa.
 
The Dominican Republic is; a romantic island, an ideal place to serenade your beloved one; then enticing to relaxation with its siesta after lunch hours practiced by its people laying in their hammock; other times energizing where one takes taste to dance at any moment or place always with a smile on their lips.

Things to know about Dominican Republic Vacations

Capital: Santo Domingo.
Currency: Dominicain peso.
Electricity: 110 volts, 60Hz.
Time Zone: GMT -4 hr. Daylight savings time is not applied.
Government: Representative democracy.
Land size: 48 730 km2.
Language: Spanish, basic English and French in resort areas.
Population: 8,950,000 approx.
Religion: 95% of the population are Catholic.
 
Documents
A valid passport is required and a tourist card ($10 US dollars) available through your airline or at the custom lines.
 
Driver's License
International license recommended. Must be 21 years old and have credit card.

Dominican Republic Vacation Tips

It is advised to use American dollars, rather than the Dominican peso. Major credit cards and the travellers' cheques are widely accepted in most hotels, restaurants and businesses.

There are no required vaccines to enter the country however precautions do need to be enforced. The most common illness is the traveler's diarrhea (turista), usually showing up on the third day. Drink bottled water and wash your hands often. Make sure your food is thoroughly cooked and avoid open-air stands.The tap water is not treated.

The rate of crime is higher in the Dominican Republic, however tourists are generally safe in the resort areas. Use good judgement when traveling to cities or outside resort areas. Take advantage of the safety deposit boxes provided by the hotels and ensure that you lock your hotel door or your rented car.

It is advised to change your foreign currencies into American dollars, rather than the Dominican peso, at the larger banks or the accredited exchange bureaus of the country. Usually the hotels will also make the exchange but at a lesser rate of exchange.

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