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Things to know about the Dominican Republic

January 14, 2014 | By |

The Dominican Republic has never-ending options and activities. Punta Cana offers world-class golf and famous beaches and is an ideal setting for water sports, while La Romana awes with classic Caribbean beauty. Puerto Plata has lively urban culture, and Samana features charming village surrounded by lush tropical forests.

Fast facts

Language : Spanish is the official language.

Electricity: 110-120 Volts (same as Canada)

Currency: Dominican peso (DOP). The US dollar is also generally accepted.

Famous Landmark: Los Haitises National Park, in Samana, with beautiful islands and mangroves.

To do list

Altos de Chavon

La Romana

This half-day tour explores the picturesque artists' village of Altos de Chavon. Visit a cigar factory, then enjoy free time for shopping at a local market.

Outback Safari

Punta Cana

Experience the real Dominican Republic. Taste homegrown organic coffee and chocolate, meet the people, visit a typical home, and see local schools and villages. Cool down at secluded Macao Beach and try boogie boarding.

Paradise Island

Puerto Plata

Start off at El Castillo, where Christopher Columbus dropped anchor. Next stop is Cayo Paraiso, a sandbank surrounded by a coral reef. Snorkel amidst colourful fish or soak up the sun.

4 Wheels

Punta Cana

Experience the exhilaration of driving a four-wheeler through the breathtaking countryside. Head to Macao Beach for a refreshing swim in crystal clear waters.

Los Haitises National Park Ecological Tour

Samana

Travel via speedboat to the Los Haitises National Park. See flocks of birds, lush rainforest, mangroves and maybe even a manatee! Explore the park's intricate maze of caves and limestone formations.

Did you know?

  • Over 800,000 children play organized baseball in the Dominican Republic.
  • The Dominican Republic is credited with creating and developing Merengue, a fast-paced rhythmic dance music.
  • The Dominican Republic is known as the “breadbasket of the Caribbean” because it grows, farms or catches almost all of its food.