The Dominican Republic is one of the Caribbean countries occupying Hispaniola. It also shares occupancy with Haiti in its western third. The Dominican Republic is the ninth largest country in Latin America and has the largest economy in the region. It is also the most visited tourist destination in the Caribbean. The capital city is Santo Domingo. The official language is Spanish.
The currency is Dominican Peso. The approximate exchange rate is RD$46.34 for US$1. The currency exchange is available at banks and hotels. However, most resorts are happy to accept US Dollars. Also, on departure, you can reconvert up to 30% of local currency back into US Dollars, if you have an original receipt. All major credit cards are widely acceptable. ATMs are multiple and most of them accept international cards.
It is advisable for tourists to hire tourist taxis or radio taxis, which you should arrange in advance. You can also hire a car in Santo Domingo. You need to be over 25 years old to do that and also, a credit card is required. Cars drive on the right side of the road here and roads are in a reasonable condition. However, you should keep car doors and windows locked all the time. And also driving at night is not advisable.
The electric sockets are of types A and B here. Also, the standard voltage is 120V. So, you don’t need to bring an adapter, if you are coming from the USA.
Geographically, the country has four tourist regions:
East region is subdivided into three smaller areas: La Altagracia, La Romana, and San Pedro de Macoris. The major Tourist spots are the Basilica of Our Lady of Altagracia, beaches of Punta Cana and San Romana, famous Altos de Chavón Amphitheater, Saona and Catalina Islands and the Bayahibe.
Santo Domingo also boasts the Cathedral of Santo Domingo, the oldest cathedral in the Americas. The city is famous as “The first city of America, the cradle of civilization of New World”. Another popular area of the region is Boca Chica. In fact, it is one of the most popular places in the country.
North region or Cibao has numerous famous tourist spots as well. The major cities are Puerto Plata, Samana, and La Vega.
South region, on the other hand, offers such tourist destinations as Bani, San Cristobal, Barahona, Pedernales, and Azua.
Thus, it is no wonder tourism has fueled the Dominican Republic’s economic growth and spurred the construction of Cap Cana, San Souci Port in Santo Domingo, Casa De Campo and the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana.
August 1, 2016 12:00 am 2 Comments