Country: Dominican Republic
Where is it?: Caribbean, eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Haiti
Why do people go here?: Spend your days by the beach and your nights in the club in the passionate Dominican Republic. You’ll get soaked at one point or another, so relish the heat and bring an umbrella.
What are the main entry points?: Flights from the US, UK and Australia will take you right to the capital. Overland from Haiti is also an option.
Currency used: Dominican peso (DOP)
Country Code: 1-809
Religion: Roman Catholic 95%
Population: 8.8 million
Ethnic Breakdown: White 16%, black 11%, mixed 73%
Government: Representative Democracy
Major Cities: Santo Domingo
Attractions: Festivals, Party, Nature
Tourism Office locations and links: Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism Ave. George Washington Santo Domingo, Dom. Rep. +1-809-689-3655, 586-3676; 800-752-1151; FAX +1-809-682-3806;
Health Issues: No vaccination requirements for any international traveller. Low malaria risk through the year, especially in rural areas of the western provinces. Chloroquine is recommended.
Tips for Visiting
When to go: Bring an umbrella, ’cause the rain is gonna find you. Shoulder seasons have less humidity.
Specific Events/Holidays: Independence Day, 27 February (1844)
Getting Around: Bus it baby!
Cheapest airport to fly into: There are four main airports serving flights to Dominican Republic namely Gregorio Luperon International Airport, Cibao International Airport, Punta Cana International Airport and Las Americas International Airport. To obtain a cheaper flight use the airport that is near your trip destination.
Need more information?: Check out the Dominican Republic travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.