Posted by: D. M. | October 3, 2012

Dominican Republic Sun and Tours


The Dominican Republic is one of the top travel destinations in the world today,  with top tier big-city hotels and luxurious all-inclusive resorts. You can do pretty much everything in Dominican Republic these days, from budget hotels, vacations and packages, to spas, beach weddings, family holidays, dance and take Spanish courses, golf, fishing, diving vacations, medical vacations,  bird watching tours, or anything else you may have in mind when you think of  the Dominican Republic.                              

Dominican Republic is the second biggest island in the Caribbean with 48,442 square kilometres (18,704 sq mi) and an estimated 10 million people.   

Dominican Republic’s  diverse nature reveals a bounteous variety of plants, animals, virgin islands, caves, mountains, forests, savannas and beaches.      

Dominican Republic has more than 300 beaches and an average of more than 330 sunny days per year, as well as virgin beaches on isolated keys, that together with the wonderful weather, refreshing winds and the warm water temperatures (24º – 29° C), makes Dominican Republic a beach lover’s paradise. The Caribbean side of Dominican Republic where you can find Puerto Plata,  Barahona  and Santo Domingo has beautiful darker sand while the Atlantic side where  Punta Cana, Samana Romana, Bayahibe,  Bavaro are located offers white powdery sand. Most of the beaches allow you to walk out quite a distance and still be in beautiful shallow waters.       


People in the Dominican Republic are very friendly   and will go out of their way to make you feel at home, whatever part of the country you visit. Dominican Republic hotels are safe, and in one trip you can easily combine two destinations in Dominican Republic, or rent a car and drive safely through the island, since the government in Dominican Republic gives top priority to the safety and well being of the more than two million visitors that go to Dominican Republic every year from Canada, US, Europe and South America.      

Dominican Republic was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492. The subsequent conquest and colonization of the country resulted in extermination of the aboriginal inhabitants. Native Africans were brought to Dominican Republic as slaves, giving rise to a racial mixture that defines Dominican Republic’s population and culture today.          


Travelling to Dominican Republic is easy, visitors should hold a valid passport and the corresponding visa or Tourist Card, except those countries that Dominican Republic  maintains Free Visa agreements with. Tourist Cards can be requested at the Dominican Republic consulates airlines or from your travel agency and is your visa to enter Dominican Republic. Tourist Cards are for individual tourists. Tourists that travel in groups, businessmen and journalists should get a visa from a Dominican Republic consulate before travelling to DR.  


There are almost no restrictions for Dominican Republic travel only medical ones for visitors that travel from countries where yellow fever and endemic cholera exist or have been declared infection areas by the World Health Organization. In such cases, an International Vaccination Certificate is demanded. Products of animal and vegetable origin have entry restrictions. Animals may be imported with an appropriate certificate.


Mobile Telephone Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. For extended stays, consider buying a Dominican Republic mobile and SIM card for internal calls. The mobile network is often more reliable than landlines, though coverage is far from universal. Internet is available at hotels and some Internet cafes. Some websites are censored.


In Dominican Republic, you should wear light, suitable clothing and a hat to keep the sun off your head. Try not to become dehydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, especially water. Officially the water in Cuba is safe to drink, however, you may find that it tastes slightly chlorinated and would prefer bottled water. You can buy water from the bars and restaurants in hotels, or in Dominican Pesos  spread around the cities and resort areas. There are two types sold: natural water (agua) and sparkling water (agua con gas).  

In Dominican Republic  you may find mosquitoes mainly in the rainy season, to avoid bites you may use repellents.  

The Dominican Republic has one of the lowest crime rate of the Caribbean islands but you should use common sense like remove all valuables from your luggage and lock suitcases. If you need to take a taxi, ensure that it is a registered one, not a private vehicle  since it is illegal.  

Please do not carry large amounts of cash when away from your hotel, avoid wearing ostentatious/ expensive jewellery and leave travelers’ cheques, credit cards, passports and other important document in a safety deposit box at your hotel.  

As of  2009, by law, all travelers entering Dominican Republic  must be in possession of travel insurance with medical coverage. This is applicable to all foreign visitors and Dominican Republic  residents in other countries. The chosen insurance must be one that is recognized by the Dominican Republic authorities, please check with your travel agent. Travelers that arrive to Dominican Republic without a recognized medical coverage might have to purchase a local insurance policy in sales points available at all entering ports to the island. The cost is around $5  per day.


All the goods and services in Dominican Republic  are priced in dominican pesos, (including transportation and the departure tax from DR are priced and payable in pesos). The  peso is valued at lower level as the US or Canadian dollar. Currency exchange from US dollars in  pesos will be subject to a 5% charge while transactions from Canadian dollars, Euro, UK pounds and Swiss Francs are not going to be taxed when exchanged into  pesos. Changing cash is easily done at hotels, most of which charge very modest service fees. You may find the official exchange bureau, available at international airports, local banks and hotels. Notwithstanding unused  Pesos  can only be re-exchanged back at Bureaus of Change in international airport and local International banks, thus excluding the hotel receptions.  

For all credit transactions, regardless of nationality of card holder, a 3% to 4% will be added to your bill. Credit cards are accepted in the most hotels, restaurants and shops, although they must not be drawn from a US or Canadian bank (Scotia). When paying by credit card, card, it is advisable to have your passport ready and please be prepared to sometimes wait a while for the assistant to gain authorization. Credit cards such an MBNA, Abbey National, Capital One, AMEX and Diners are  accepted in Dominican Republic since these are affiliated to US banks. Credit cards will continue to be accepted as form of payment for any service contracted or goods purchased as well as for money withdraw from ATM machines, which are only available at many shops, stores and  banks. While there are limited amount of ATMs in Dominican Republic,  it’s not advisable to use your bank card to withdraw cash. You can use your credit card to withdraw Pesos from ATM- however you´ll be charged a small fee plus your credit card interest is charged from the day of the withdrawal. Visa, Thomas Cook & American Express Travelers’ cheques and Visa & Master Card credit cards are accepted in Dominican Republic. Based on the monetary legislation, all the prices you will see are in Dominican Pesos  and it is virtually impossible for a visitor to Dominican to spend all its local Dominican Pesos, which can only be utilized by the locals. So basically you don´t need them so it is pointless getting any unless you want a souvenir. Since tipping is legal, it is now the norm to tip in Dominican Republic. Many Dominican workers rely on tips to supplement their basic income and they all work really hard. Tips help them get better lifestyle. So if you receive good service, it is very good etiquette to tip accordingly.  

Dominican Republic is also a country very rich artistically and creatively. It has made contributions to international culture with important writers, thinkers, dancers, musicians, painters, poets and singers. Crafts in the Dominican Republic are quite unique, with outstanding works in leather, vegetable fibers, wood, stone, metal and sea products. Dominican Republic’s cultural infrastructure consists of theatres, museums and art galleries, where examples of the national wealth of ages past are exhibited. Dominican Republic’s music is sumptuous and the way Dominican Republic culture is best expressed.. The fundamental form of its music is “Merengue”, itself the basis of many other musical styles such as  Perico-ripio, bachata, mambo and that upbeat derivation from the merenhouse, rumba, the cha-cha, son.  Dominicans also love Salsa music .

Dominican Republic is an island full of life, history and culture that invites you to have fun. It will be our pleasure to guide you. Enjoy Dominican Republic


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