What a sense of freedom!
The Dominican Republic (DR) is a land of contrasts – the physical kind, like the
highest peak and the lowest point in the Caribbean, like that between the urban
street life of Santo Domingo and the rural villages only a short drive away.
The DR is also famous for the large all-inclusive resorts that dominate much of
the country’s prime beachfront real estate. However, the result is less like the
high-rise congestion of Cancun or Miami and more like low-slung retirement
communities, albeit ones populated by families, couples and singles of all ages
looking for a hassle-free holiday. Beyond the gated luxury enclaves, the roads
lead inland past vast sugar plantations and through small villages. To get away
from the get-away, travelers head to the Península de Samaná, where the European
vibe is as strong as an espresso, and where escape is the operative word.
Cabarete on the North Coast has winds which draw adrenaline junkies from around
the world. And for the anti-Caribbean experience head to the popular mountain
retreats of Jarabacoa and Constanza – places where bathing suits are out and
sweaters are in.
SANTO DOMINGO, or ‘La Capital’ as it’s typically called, is to Dominicans what
New York is to Americans, a collage of cultures; or what Havana is to Cubans, a
vibrant beating heart that fuels the entire country.
It’s also a living museum, offering the sight of New World firsts scattered
around the charming cobblestone streets of the Zona Colonial.
Santo Domingo is a deeply Dominican city. It’s where the rhythms of the country
are on superdrive, where the sounds of life – domino pieces slapped on tables,
backfiring mufflers and horns from chaotic traffic, merengue and bachata
blasting from corner colmados – are most intense.
Santo Domingo (population 3 million), or ‘La Capital’ as it’s typically called,
is to Dominicans what New York is to Americans, a collage of cultures and
neighborhoods, or what Havana is to Cubans, a vibrant beating heart that fuels
the entire country.
At the heart of the city is the Zona Colonial. And at the heart of the Zona
Colonial is Parque Colón. And across from the park is one of the oldest churches
in the New World. And a block from the church is one of the oldest streets in
the New World. And on this street is the oldest surviving European fortress. And
so on and so on. Amid the cobblestone streets reminiscent of the French Quarter
in New Orleans, it would be easy to forget Santo Domingo is in the Caribbean –
if it weren’t for the heat and humidity.
But this is an intensely urban city, home not only to colonial-era relics and
New World firsts, but also to hot clubs packed with trendy 20-somethings;
museums and cultural institutions, the best of their kind in the DR; and
businesspeople taking long lunches at elegant restaurants. Santo Domingo somehow
manages to embody the contradictions central to the Dominican experience: a
living museum, a metropolis crossed with a seaside resort, and a business,
political and media center with a laid-back casual spirit.
by Lonely Planet
The climate is tropical, always cooled by sea breezes.
The temperature fluctuates between 23 and 27 ° CELSIUS, the sea water
drops below 24 ° C.
Rainy months just quick showers to mitigate the heat of the sun are June - October, while in winter, from December until the
beginning of April (high season) rainfall is extremely rare.
August is the hottest month, January the coldest.
Dominican Republic covers an area of 48,730 sq.
km, it means about two thirds of the Hispaniola
island bordering in its west side with Haiti.
Hundred km. of beaches round up the entire perimeter, in the
interior of the country there are many rivers and lakes
also forming beautiful waterfalls.
The main mountain ranges in the middle of the island
mark the border with Haiti from north to south. The highest peak is
the Pico Duarte (3140m.), the lowest point is
the Lake Enriquillo (46 meters below sea level).
Telephone charges: You
can call, receive and send messages with your phones.
But the ideal is to buy an inexpensive Dominican
phone card and use it during your stay.
will find the most common medicines. Public
health facilities, even if free, should be
avoided because of lack of hygiene . Private
clinics may offer even a high level of
assistance that varies depending on the level of
the clinics themselves.
110/220 volts. American
flat plugs, Type A, B.
Do not miss:
In Santo Domingo,
the colonial zone, the Amber
Museum and a merengue musical
In Samana: Whales watching,
Playa Rincon, Playa Moron, Lemon
Waterfalls, Las Terrenas beaches
the wonderful Eagle Bay (Bahia de las