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    The Dominican Republic, located in the heart of the Caribbean, is a coastal country that boasts hundreds of miles of white sand beaches and sought-after resorts. Being the second largest Caribbean island with 70,000 hotel rooms and 8 international airports, the DR is the most popular and accessible tourist destination in its region.

    Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean in the north and the Caribbean Sea in the south, the Dominican Republic features a diverse landscape that every type of traveler can enjoy. Beautiful coasts and natural waterfalls make it a romantic destination for honeymoons and weddings, while all-inclusive resorts make it perfect for families and spring breakers. Ranked as the #1 golf destination in Latin America, the DR offers 25 designer made golf courses with stunning views.

    Its top 6 tourist destinations, Punta Cana, La Romana, Santo Domingo, Juan Dolio, Puerto Plata and Samaná, present visitors with an abundance of culture and activities. The cuisine throughout the region reveals African, Spanish, Taino and Middle Eastern influence, as these flavors are combined to create traditional Dominican dishes. The energy of merengue, the national dance of the DR, and a stimulating nightlife, can be felt across these cities.

    Punta Cana, the most popular destination within the DR, attracts visitors due to its modern, beachfront accommodations, that cater to the masses. Cap Cana Marina, a 30,000-acre gated community made of upscale developments, is sure to please the luxury traveler. While beaches and golf are the driving forces behind Punta Cana tourism, guests are encouraged to partake in off-resort excursions, like zip lining and day trips to neighboring cities.

    For a more cosmopolitan vacation, travelers should plan to stay in Santo Domingo, the capital city. It is a place full of culture and history, and it also offers the best shopping in the country! While major hotel chains are available here, visitors will not find any all-inclusive resorts. The nearest beach town is Juan Dolio, a popular destination for those who are seeking beautiful sunsets and an unforgettable dining experience.

    La Romana lies between Punta Cana and Santo Domingo, and provides visitors with unique experiences through its sugar cane fields, baseball facilities and tobacco factory. It is home to the National Park of the East, the most visited natural attraction in the country, where travelers can experience Saona Island and swim in a natural pool in the ocean.

    Samaná and Puerto Plata are the perfect DR destinations for the adventure traveler. Samaná is a picturesque fisherman town, wild with mountains, coves, bays and waterfalls. Visit during January-March to catch a humpback whale watching tour. Puerto Plata is a windsurfing and kitesurfing mecca. Take a cable car to the top of Mt. Isabel de Torres for sweeping views or stay in the city center and view unbelievable architecture.

    Fast Facts

    Capital: Santo Domingo

    Language: Spanish. Conversational in English, French, German and Italian.

    Currency: Dominican Peso

    Exchange Rate: $1.00 US = 45.85 Dominican Peso (May 2016)

    High Season: Mid November-Mid March & July-August

    Low Season: May-June & September-November

    Climate: Tropical climate with average temperatures ranging from 66°F - 93°F (19°C - 34°C).

    Electricity: 110 - 120 AC voltage

    Travel Information
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    By Air: With 8 international airports, 4 domestic airports and 4 seaports, the Dominican Republic is one of the most accessible Caribbean destinations. Travelers can fly into a variety of cities, including Santo Domingo (SDQ, JBQ), Punta Cana (PUJ), Puerto Plata (POP), La Romana (LRM), Samaná (AZS), Santiago (STI) and Barahona (BRX).

    Direct Flights from US:

    • American Airlines: JFK, Miami, San Juan
    • Delta: JFK, Atlanta, Minneapolis
    • Continental: Newark
    • United Airlines: Chicago, Washington DC (IAD)
    • Lan Chile: Fort Lauderdale, Miami
    • US Airways: Boston, Charlotte
    • Spirit Airlines: Fort Lauderdale

    Entry Requirements: A valid passport is required for entry. Citizens of countries who can legally enter the EU, Great Britain, the US or Canada may enter by presenting a tourist card (US$10 or €10). A visa may be required in some cases. For more information, click here.

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