DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TRAVEL GUIDE
The Dominican Republic is a Caribbean nation that shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti to the west. For the adventure tourist this Caribbean country offers a diverse countryside comprising tropical rain-forests, arid desert expanses, alpine ranges and steamy mangrove swamps. It's a playground for trekkers, mountain bike enthusiasts and water-sport junkies.
The northern and eastern coasts are dotted with many luxurious resorts however the Dominican Republic has much more to offer than this. There is the wonderful Caribbean music and dance, exotic foods and drink, popular local baseball games, and the remarkable colonial architecture found in the capital Santo Domingo’s Zona Colonial. There are also sugar plantations, small quaint villages and wonderful mountain retreats to explore and enjoy in Jarabacoa and Constanza. If you're looking for a hassle-free holiday that's big on relaxation then the Dominican Republic is the place to be!
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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC QUICK FACTS
Capital: Santo Domingo
Currency: Dominican peso (DOP)
Area: 48,730 km²
Population: 10,63 million (2018)
Religion: Roman Catholic 95%
Electricity: 110/60Hz (USA plug)
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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 6 January, Three Kings Day (Epiphany)
- 21 January, Our Lady of Altagracia
- 26 January, Juan Pablo Duarte’s Birthday
- 27 February, Independence Day
- 1 May, Labour Day
- 16 August, Restoration Day
- 24 September, Our Lady of Las Mercedes
- 6 November, Constitution Day
The Merengue Festival is held every year during the last week of July or the first week of August.
Also, Carnival, Good Friday, and Corpus Christi.
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC WEATHER SYNOPSIS
Tropical Maritime; Little Seasonal Temperature Variation; Seasonal Variation In Rainfall
SPORT & ACTIVITIES
HIKING & CYCLING IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Outdoor activities in the Dominican Republic can be enjoyed all year round, just be prepared for the odd rain downpour! The dry season from November to April.
BEACH OPTIONS IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
The best time to visit the stunning beaches of the Dominican Republic is during the dry season from November to April, although despite the odd rain downpour, the weather is warm all year round.
SURFING IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
The Dominican Republic has great surf all year round. The big wave season is from October to April, while May to September generally has fun waves perfect for learning or intermediate surfers.
KITESURF IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
You can expect good kitesurfing conditions in the Dominican Republic for most of the year. The best period for consistent winds is from February to August, with June, July and August being the best months. September, October and November have the least wind.
For more details on kite surfing in Dominican Republic expand this section!
HEALTH RISKS IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Be aware of possible health risks in
Zika Virus - Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.
Dengue - Dengue is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. About one in four people infected with dengue will get sick. For people who get sick with dengue, symptoms can be mild or severe.