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Travel to Dominican Republic

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Last Minute Tips Before you Travel to Dominican Republic

  • Time Zone: GMT/UTC -4
  • Electricity: 110V, 60 Hz (bring an adapter/transformer for your hair drier, laptop, cellullar phone etc.)
  • Currency: Dominican Republic Peso (RD$)
  • Country Dialing Code: 809

Must See - Properties on UNESCO World Heritage List 

  • Colonial City of Santo Domingo

Dominican Republic

Location
Caribbean, eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Haiti

Capital
Santo Domingo

Population
8,950,034 (July 2005 est.)

Regions
31 provinces (provincias, singular - provincia) and 1 district* (distrito); Azua, Baoruco, Barahona, Dajabon, Distrito Nacional*, Duarte, Elias Pina, El Seibo, Espaillat, Hato Mayor, Independencia, La Altagracia, La Romana, La Vega, Maria Trinidad Sanchez, Monsenor Nouel, Monte Cristi, Monte Plata, Pedernales, Peravia, Puerto Plata, Salcedo, Samana, Sanchez Ramirez, San Cristobal, San Jose de Ocoa, San Juan, San Pedro de Macoris, Santiago, Santiago Rodriguez, Santo Domingo, Valverde

Climate
tropical maritime; little seasonal temperature variation; seasonal variation in rainfall

Ethnic groups
white 16%, black 11%, mixed 73%

Religions
Roman Catholic 95%

Languages
Spanish

Government type
representative democracy

Background
Explored and claimed by Columbus on his first voyage in 1492, the island of Hispaniola became a springboard for Spanish conquest of the Caribbean and the American mainland. In 1697, Spain recognized French dominion over the western third of the island, which in 1804 became Haiti. The remainder of the island, by then known as Santo Domingo, sought to gain its own independence in 1821, but was conquered and ruled by the Haitians for 22 years; it finally attained independence as the Dominican Republic in 1844. In 1861, the Dominicans voluntarily returned to the Spanish Empire, but two years later they launched a war that restored independence in 1865. A legacy of unsettled, mostly non-representative, rule for much of its subsequent history was brought to an end in 1966 when Joaquin BALAGUER became president. He maintained a tight grip on power for most of the next 30 years when international reaction to flawed elections forced him to curtail his term in 1996. Since then, regular competitive elections have been held in which opposition candidates have won the presidency. The Dominican economy has had one of the fastest growth rates in the hemisphere over the past decade.

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