Dominican Republic

Palm tress? Yes we have them!

Location

  • Central America and the Caribbean
  • Total: 48,670 km²
  • Land: 48,320 km²
  • Water: 350 km²
  • 19°00' N 70°40' W
  • In the West Indies
  • Next to Cuba, Haiti & Puerto Rico

Weather

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Climate Types

"The majority of the Dominican Republic enjoys beautiful tropical weather all year round, with the average annual temperature hovering around 25°C (77°F). Some call the Dominican Republic's climate, 'the endless summer', due to warm and sunny conditions experienced pretty much everywhere in the country, all year round.

There are slight variations between the summer and winter months. The so-called 'cool' or winter season, runs from November to April. The humidity is relatively low during these months and it tends to cool down in the evenings much more than in the summer months. The coastal/beach regions generally experience highs of around 28°C (83°F) during the day and lows of about 20°C (68°F) in the evening.'

Physical Feature

Four major rivers drain the numerous highland areas of the Dominican Republic. The Yaque del Norte carries excess water down from the Cibao Valley and empties into Monte Cristi Bay. Likewise, the Yuna River serves the Vega Real and empties into Samana Bay. Drainage of the San Juan Valley is provided by the Yaque del Sur, which empties into the Caribbean, and the Artibonite River, which crosses the border into Haiti. The Yaque del Norte is the longest and most important river in the Dominican Republic

Language

The Dominican Republic is a Caribbean nation that shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti to the west. Though known for its pristine beaches, all-inclusive resorts and golfing, it has a varied terrain comprising rainforest, savannah and highlands, including Pico Duarte, the Caribbean’s tallest mountain. It has Spanish colonial history going back 500 years, and passionate merengue is its official music and dance.

Taboos

'The people of the Dominican Republic are probably the country's best natural resource. In fact, one would be hard pressed to discuss the beauty of the country without discussing the warmth of its people. A friendly smile, an inclusive atmosphere and all encompassing hospitality are just a few of the key values that are universal in the Dominican. There is often a helping hand to be found so don't be afraid to ask, or accept one.

Pleasantries and polite behavior are the order of the day in the Dominican. When about to enter into any kind of business transaction, even bartering for a t-shirt, it is considered polite to chit-chat and not to get down to business right away. The idea being that everyone deserves to be respected and acknowledged, regardless of the nature of the interaction."

Culture

Culture of the Dominican Republic. The Dominican people and their customs have origins consisting of mainly European and African roots, with native Taino influences. The Dominican Republic was the site of the first European settlement in the New World, namely Santo Domingo, founded in 1493.
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