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The Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is most famous for its beaches, with the most popular being located on the border where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic, in the Punta Cana area. The dazzling white sand of Bavaro Beach and its turquoise-colored water are what attracts people to Punta Cana from all over the world. It is a stunning scenic backdrop for honeymoons and wedding ceremonies, which it is popular for. The best places for snorkeling are Sosua Beach, or La Romana Beach, where clear, calm waters are ideal for diving enthusiasts. A nice coral reef system is located near Juan Dolio, an optimal snorkeling spot. It is also perfect for families and groups with small children, as the sea is shallow and flat with no waves. From La Romana you can also organize a boat cruise to Saona Island, with its pristine beaches and crystalline sea. The beaches on the Atlantic side, namely Cabarete, is the capital of kitesurfing. Here there are accommodation options for all- from hostels for surfers and kite surfers, to luxury hotels with endless amenities. There are many surf and kitesurf schools and the conditions are suitable for both beginners and the more advanced, ending your day strolling along the charming little restaurants and cafes on the sand with their twinkling lights in the palm trees above. The most popular beach, Playa Dorada, with its 15 mile long stretches of beaches, is also located on the Atlantic. In the Caribbean, there are the southern beaches and resorts of Boca Chica, La Romana and Juan Dolio. In the north are the beaches nestled by the Atlantic Ocean- Puerto Plata, Cabarete, Sosua, and Cofresi. And the Eastern Shores have the popular resort of Punta Cana on the Atlantic. We will also organize sightseeing tours around the capital of Santo Domingo with a tour of museums, galleries and the colonial style buildings. Also a good idea is to organize as well as an excursion to the islands of Catalion and Saona. The resort town of Puerto Plata has perhaps the most developed infrastructure and the beaches have larger waves. There are a few city attractions in the Dominican Republic to visit- there is the Ozama fortress in the capital of Santo Domingo, the Christopher Columbus Museum and the Mundo Castillo castle in Sosua which are all worth a visit. For natural attractions, you can take a boat cruise excursion through Los Aiteses National Park, Punto Salinas salt marsh, or see the waterfalls or Lake Enriquillo.


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Beaches in the the Dominican Republic

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- Beautiful beaches with crystal clear water
- Mountain regions with the opportunity to mountain bike, and river rafting
- National parks with stunning wildlife

The Dominican Republic is a coutry in the west Indies that ccupies the eastern two thirds of the Hispaniola island. It has an area of of 48,442 km² including offshore islands. The land border between the Dominican Republic and Haiti, that occupies the western one-third of the island, is 388 km long. The maximum length, east to west, is 390 km from Punta de Agua to Las Lajas, on the border with Haiti. The maximum width, north to south, is 265 km from Cape Isabela to Cape Beata. The capital, Santo Domingo, is located on the south coast. The Dominican Republic's shores are washed by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and the Caribbean Sea to the south. The Mona Passage, a channel about 130 km wide, separates the country (and the Hispaniola) from Puerto Rico.

Spanish is the official language of the country and which street signs and restaurant menus are written in. Even though the people linked to the tourist trade generally speak English, knowing some Spanish is a great advantage.

Dominican Republic Peso (DOP; symbol RD$) = 100 centavos. Notes are in denominations of RD$2,000, 1,000, 500, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of RD$1 and 5 and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 centavos. All the coins are legal tender but only the RD$1 and 5 are actually used due to the impracticality of the smaller denominations.

$1USD= 50.5 DOP
The country is a tropical, maritime nation. Conditions are ameliorated in many areas by elevation and by the northeast trade winds, which blow steadily from the Atlantic all year long. The annual mean temperature is 25 °C; regional mean temperatures range from 18 °C in the heart of the Cordillera Central (Constanza) to as high as 27 °C in arid regions. Temperatures rarely rise above 32 °C, and freezing temperatures only occur in winter in the highest mountains. The average temperature in Santo Domingo in January is 24 °C and 27 °C in July.
The rain season for the northern coast is from November to January. For the rest of the country, the rain season is from May to November. The average annual rainfall is 1,346 mm, with extremes of 2,500 mm or more in the mountainous northeast (the windward side of the island) and 500 mm in the southwestern valleys. The western valleys, along the Haitian border, remain relatively dry, with less than 760 mm of annual precipitation. The northwestern and southeastern extremes of the country are also arid. The Dominican Republic is occasionally damaged by tropical storms and hurricanes, which originate in the mid-Atlantic and southeastern Caribbean from June until November (mainly from August to October) each year.

Breakfast typically calls for a serving of "Mangu," a mix of plantains, cheese and bacon, which can be found at most hotel and resort restaurants. Mangu has been dubbed the "mashed potatoes" of the Dominican Republic and is a must-try for all visitors. Locals are also known to prepare the dish for evening meals.

A foundation of the native diet, "La Bandera Dominicana," or the Dominican flag meal, is eaten by nearly everyone at lunch time. The most important meal of the day, La Bandera consists of rice, beans, meat, vegetables and fried plantains to ensure energy throughout the afternoon and evening.

Another popular dish is "Sancocho," a Spanish-style stew usually served with rice. Ingredients include various roots, green plantains, avocado and typically chicken or beef, although it sometimes includes a combination of seven meats (Sancocho prieto). Goat meat, a staple in many Dominican homes, may also be used in this recipe. It offers a unique addition to the character of any dish as these animals graze on wild oregano.

"Locrio," or Dominican rice, varies with its preparer. An adaptation of the Spanish paella, locrio is made with achiote (a colored dye produced from the seeds of the achiote plant), since saffron spice is unavailable.

Near Samana, coconut trees decorate the landscape and provide a delectable milk sauce for fish, known as "Pescado con Coco." Throughout the south central coast, "bulgur", or whole wheat, is a main ingredient in "Quipes" (ground beef wrapped in wheat) or "Tipili" (bulgur salad).

Other favorite Dominican dishes include:
• "chicharrones de pollo" (diced chunks of deep fried chicken)
• "yucca cassava" (type of bread)
• "monfogo" (plantain based dish)
• "ropo vieja" (seasoned and fried shredded beef served with rice and a side salad)
• "pastelitos" (meat-or -cheese filled pastry turnovers).

Columbus discovered the island of Hispaniola (which he called La Espaniola) in 1492 and established it as his main base for the further exploration of the region. In 1697, the western part of the island came under French control, with the east remaining under Spanish control. In 1795, the city of Santo Domingo – the oldest city in the Americas, founded by Columbus’ brother, in 1496 – was ceded to the French, followed by the rest of the island of Hispaniola later the same year. The battle of Palohincado, in 1808, in which Dominican General Ramirez inflicted an important defeat on the French, heralded the collapse of French rule in the eastern part of the island. The colony reverted to Spanish sovereignty in 1809, and in 1821, the colonial treasurer, José Nunez de Caceres, proclaimed Santo Domingo’s independence. This independence was short-lived – in 1822, the Haitians invaded the colony and occupied it for 22 years, until, on 27 February 1844, the territory of Santo Domingo recovered its sovereignty and declared independence once again, this time permanently, as the Dominican Republic.
After many years of civil war, dictatorship and US occupation, the Republic was ruled by the dictatorship of General Rafael Trujillo (1930-61), whose assassination led to a period of civil unrest. Under the control of President Joaquin Balaguer, leader of the Partido Reformista Social Cristiano (PRSC), who served three terms from 1966, the country was reasonably stable. Guzman Fernandez of the main opposition party, the center-left Partido Revolucionario Dominicano (PRD), won the elections in 1978. However, after a further defeat in 1982, Balaguer was re-elected four times consecutively between 1986 and 1995: in total, he served seven terms of office as President.
In November 1995, amid a cycle of protests and strikes caused by a serious energy crisis, steep inflation and deterioration of public services, Balaguer was forced to stand down. In June 1996 Leonel Fernandez took the Presidency. In May 2000, despite failing health, Balaguer took one more shot at the Presidency, but this ended in defeat at the hands of PRD candidate Hipolito Mejia. Two months later, Balaguer, who dominated the politics of the Dominican Republic for half a century, died aged 95. In the most recent elections, in 2004, Leonel Fernandez became president again after promising to reduce inflation, stabilize the exchange rate and restore investor confidence.

The many kinds of religion in the Dominican Republic have been growing and changing. Historically, Catholicism has dominated the religious practices of the small country. In modern times Protestant and non-Christian groups, like Jews and Muslims, have experienced a population boom.

The Dominican people and their customs have origins in a unique mix of African, Taino and European roots. The Dominican Republic was the first Spanish colony in the New World. The newly-arrived Europeans killed many of the native Taino people through enslavement and the introduction of diseases previously unknown to the native inhabitants, although many Tainos fled into the mountains where along with African escapees they formed Maroon colonies. The colonizers imported African slaves to replace the natives. After the Haitian liberation of the entire island, slavery was abolished and free blacks (and those of mixed race) could be found all over the islands. However, there are vast differences in class and education that separate different groups. The wealthy privileged status elite are mostly of European descent, while the majority of the poor are of mixed race and of African descent. The metropolitan culture available to the upper class and vanishing (due to economic turbulence as of late) middle class is often comparable to the life of city dwellers in the rich countries of Western Europe and the United States. But this metropolitan culture doesn't reach the poorest people, who may not have the most basic amenities, necessities, running water, electricity, sanitary facilities nor consumer electronics.

The music style of merengue is unique to the Dominican Republic. The earliest form of merengue, perico ripiao, originated in the countryside as three-person re-interpretations of suggestive folk songs. Bachata is also a Dominican invention, one that has become increasingly popular worldwide. Reggaeton, a style of music originating in Panamá and Puerto Rico, defines the party lifestyle of the country and is popular with the youth, although the music is disliked by most of the older generations. Salsa music, though not of Dominican origin, is also a part of the popular music scene of the country. As people emigrated to the Dominican Republic, so did several instruments. Indians native to the island made güiros, hollowed out gourds with notches, which players grated with a fork. The güira evolved similarly, a metal cylinder with holes, scraped to make a percussive beat. Just as important is the tambora, a two-sided drum. Traditionally, one side of the drum was made of a male goat's skin soaked in rum, while the skin on other side came from a female goat who had never borne offspring.

The lush vegetation and the interesting wildlife of the Dominican Republic will provide the perfect background for everything that you wish to do on the island. Activities that take you to the off-beaten paths or the deep jungles of the island will give you the exciting opportunity to see the tropical plants and wildlife of the Dominican Republic in their natural habitat.
The Dominican Republic has sixteen national parks which take up about 10% of the island’s entire area. These national parks are put up mainly to help in the preservation of the island’s countryside and in the protection of the wildlife of the Dominican Republic. Almost all of the national parks and other protected areas have tourist facilities and most often conduct guided tours. These places are the top choices for seeing tropical plants, trees, and the wildlife of the Dominican Republic up close.
The island has its share of species of amphibians and reptiles, though not abundantly. The wildlife of the Dominican Republic consists of a variety of lizards species like the endangered “rhinoceros iguana”, four main types of turtles including the world’s largest - the “leatherback”, and the famous American crocodile. Land mammals are not particularly abundant in Dominican Republic as with the rest of the islands in the Caribbean. There are rat-like species on the island called “solenodon” and “hutia” which feeds on insects and worms and are mostly found in caves and tree trunks. Chancing upon them is highly unlikely as these are nocturnal creatures.

Vacation in the Dominican Republic

Discover the Dominican Republic with the tour operator Ada Tours!

Travel agency Ada Tours would be happy to create your unforgettable vacation in the Dominican Republic with accommodation in the best hotels and on the most beautiful beaches in the country. We organize surf tours, diving tours and snorkeling at the best spots off the coast of this beautiful country. And for lovers of gastronomy, we organize a gastro tour to sample many of the delicious and flavorful national dishes. For lovers of entertainment and shopping, we will help you discover the best nightlife hotspots as well as the best Dominican souvenirs. We will be happy to plan your dream vacation according to your wishes in the amazing Dominican Republic.