Stretching across two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, you’ll find the Dominican Republic. The other third of the island is taken up by the country of Haiti. With the Caribbean Sea to the south and the North Atlantic Ocean to the north, the Dominican Republic is conveniently located for travelers from North America. Many arrive on cruise ships, but plenty of others fly in and arrive at Punta Cana International Airport. The capital, Santo Domingo, offers a wide range of attractions and things to do. The Dominican peso is the official currency, but American currency is widely accepted. Spanish is the official language, but many residents speak English fluently as well.
The terrain of the Dominican Republic is incredibly diverse, with arid deserts, tropical rainforests, mangrove swamps and alpine ranges. Beaches abound too, and most of the best luxury resorts are situated on the north and east coasts. Depending on where you go, you’ll find colonial architecture, sugar plantations, quaint villages, mountain retreats and much more. Due to the prevalence of storms and hurricanes from June through October, it’s generally best to visit the Dominican Republic between November and May. Most people stay in Santo Domingo, Punta Cana or Higuey. The cuisine here is dominated by standard Caribbean fare like beans, rice, seafood and tropical fruit, so you’re sure to eat like a king while you’re here.
Punta Cana sunset
- Capital city - Santo Domingo
- Language - Spanish