Why Visit The Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is the most natural diverse country in the Caribbean, with incredible National Parks such as Los Haitises, Tres Ojos or Salto del Limón. In a single visit you can be on the beach, in the mountains, waterfalls, the city, and see cenotes. Wherever you turn, you will find something that will enchant your sight.
The Dominican Republic is very famous for its spectacular beaches, and leader in the hospitality industry. With over 1000 miles (1600 km) of coastline filled with all-inclusive resorts, its white sand beaches have been a relax getaway for many throughout the years, while also offering an array of adrenaline pumping activities to get you up and moving, like kitesurfing, paragliding, snorkeling, surfing and more.
CULTURE & ARCHITECTURE
The Dominican Republic is a country full of history. Dominicans are a mixture of cultures between the Spanish, the African and the Taíno natives. All these influences can be seen in their food, religion, music and architecture. Santo Domingo, the oldest colonial city in America, has well preserved colonial buildings that will take you back more than 500 years.
Rum is more than just a drink for dominicans, it’s part of their culture. This spirit was born in the Caribbean in 1620, even used as a currency back them. The original Dominican Republic rum distillery, Bermudez, was founded in 1852, and it’s been going strong ever since.
Dominicans are famous for its kindness and joy. They are always happy and welcoming. Experts in hospitality, and excellent dancers, Dominicans will spice up any situation. Prepare to laugh, dance, and chat.
What to expect
Spanish is the official language in Dominican Republic. Due to their big tourism industry, English will be widely spoken in hotels and tourist attractions, but not in the countryside. You are encouraged to learn simple words and basic phrases in Spanish, cuban will really appreciate it.
In the Dominican Republic the standard voltage is 110V and the frequency is 60 Hz. That’s the standard voltage in the american continent; If you are traveling from the EU you will need an adaptor.
The Dominican peso is the official currency in the Dominican Republic. USD are widely accepted as well. Other foreign currencies, like euros, will be accepted in hotels and major attractions but not local wise. Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are easy to find in the cities. You can exchange your currency at the bank, airport, exchange houses or withdraw directly from the ATM. 1 USD equals 58.40 pesos (as of 2020).
The Dominican Republic enjoys a tropical weather with plenty of sunshine, heat and humidity all year round. The average year-round temperature is approximately 79 °F (26 °C).
The Dominican Republic is safe to visit overall. Crime rates are low, especially by the touristic areas where police presence is common. However, petty crime do happen, and some violent crime can be seen in poor neighborhoods. Exercise caution and try to avoid walking alone late at night if you are outside the hotel complex.
Citizens of the following 108 countries and passport-issuing jurisdictions do not require a visa to enter the Dominican Republic: All European Union citizens, Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda , Argentina, Australia , Bahamas , Bahrain, Barbados , Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan , Kiribati , Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Macau, Malaysia, Marshall Island, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, Namibia, Nauru, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Nicaragua, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Saint Kitts and Nevis , Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Serbio, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Korea, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Tuvalu, Ukraine, UAE, UK, USA, Uruguay, Vanuatu , Vatican City.
Nationals of all other countries are required to request a visa in advance through the embassy.
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