Dominican Republic (also know as Hispaniola) shares the
Caribbean island with the Republic of Haiti. Hispaniola
after Cuba is the second largest island of the Greater Antilles
discovered by Christopher Columbus on 5th of December
1492. For Christopher Columbus this island in the
West Indies was the most beautiful place mans eye ever saw
- a paradise. The Aborigines the Taino Indians were
exterminated by the Spanish soon and replaced by African
slaves. Today the population of the Dominican Republic is
a great mixture of all races. The Dominican Republic,
called the D.R. for short has around 48.500 km² and
almost 8.25 million people.
The time for
traveling to the DR is all year round with summer
temperatures between 27 and 30 Grad Celsius (74-90 F) - it
never becomes cold, except in the mountain regions.
official language is Spanish but in the tourist areas
English, some German and some French is spoken.
As an island surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the
Caribbean Sea the DR fulfills everything you can expect
from a wonderful vacation. The north of the island with
the Atlantic Ocean offers from Monte Christi in the
northwest, close to the border of Haiti over Puerto Plata,
Cabarete, Rio San Juan, Playa Grande until Samana with
lagoon Gri Gri, small and long sandy beaches with crystal
villages are changing places with little towns, including
all tourist infrastructures. Hotels and restaurants of all categories
are bordering the North Coast.
golfing, surfing, tennis, mountain biking, sun-bathing,
dancing, walking on the beach or just hanging around under
the coconut palms the DR is prepared and cater for all
kinds of needs.
|But the Dominican
Republic is not only beach, sun and palm trees.
It is divided from
north west and south east by mountains called Cordillera
Central. Between the mountains is the fruitful Cibao
Valley (tobacco and rice farms, in the higher mountains
also cacao and coffee is produced) with the main city
Santiago de los Caballeros in its center.
In and around
Constanza grows apples, strawberries, potatoes and
mushrooms because of the cooler temperatures.
Close to Jarabacoa
is the beautiful waterfall Jimenoa - you can do a river
rafting tour where you can also enjoy the countryside.
south of the island bordered by the Caribbean Sea shows
you a completely different picture. There is Lago
Enriquillo, a salt lake river in the southwest where there
is a home for crocodiles and flamingos.
Even the water
world is different in the south. From Bani and Playa
Palence you will arrive in Santo Domingo the capital city.
This big city is the first in the new world of the
Americas with a population of over 2 Million people. It
has not only the flair of the metro pole but also an
interesting old part called Ciudad Colonial. To the east
lies the fruitful valley of Santo Domingo with Boca Chica,
a vacation town where the Dominicans and other
nationalities like to go.
endless sugar cane fields the road leads to San Francisco
de Macories and over La Romana to Casa de Campo (residence
of the super rich people) and to Altos de Chavon. This
little town gives you a beautiful picture of a middle age
town, even when it is not original you have to see it,
especially because there are working artists that live and
In opposite the
island Saona and the vacation resort Punta Cana which
offers pure vacation with kilometers of beautiful sandy
beaches, coconut palms and of course sun. Don’t miss
trying the typical Caribbean drinks such as Piña Colada,
Banana Mama, Cuba Libre and Mamajuana they all include the
famous Dominican Ron (rum), made from the cultivated
Dominican sugar cane.