Dominican Republic Travel Guide

The Dominican Republic is part of the Caribbean and occupies 2/3 of the Caribbean Hispaniola Island. White sand beaches and breathtaking natural landscapes are renowned. The Dominican Republic was revealed by Columbus, and the island became the landing point for future Spanish conquests. Now, after many years, the island still has historic sites and beautiful views to visitors.

Visiting any Caribbean island would expect the climate to be tropical; this is the case in the Dominican Republic, where the climate is moderate with the seasonal precipitation. Due to its location, the island surrounded by hurricanes around the year can cause some flooding. The country is surrounded by mountainous plains and grassy hills that increase the beauty of the islands. Some well known cities on the island of Santo Domingo, which are the capital and the higuey; Puerto Pala, Punta Cana and Juan Dolio. The capital of Santo Domingo is very famous among travelers and its beaches are year round holidays.

Access Here
Here you can reach plane and land in Santo Domingo at La Isabela & airport from other Caribbean islands. Mostly you have to charter flights from other Caribbean islands to get to the Dominican Republic. For most visitors, the entry visa is free of charge, but on arrival you will need to purchase a tourist card detailing your stay information. After you can rent a taxi in the capital or rent cars that will get you to nearby hotels. The currency used here is the Dominican Pesos, which can be changed at the airport. There are a number of car rentals available for tourists, Hertz, Avis etc. Fuel is expensive here and can increase the total rental cost. It is worth to get to the country from Puerto Rico and other Caribbean ships and boat trips to the capital Santo Domingo. Other options include buses or lorries that you can rent; they are easy to take on the island, although long-distance movement needs to be taken care of.

People and accommodation
Most people are friendly and speak Spanish; as it is a tourist destination, you will find many English speaking people. The locals are very helpful and willing to help if we are polite with them. Some people speak French as some Haitians are still here. Accommodation is not such a big problem if you have booked your rooms and hotel before.

Food & Shopping
The dishes here are similar to other Caribbean islands, with spices and fruits that make up the main flavors. The seafood is also easily accessible, and many foods consist of fish and other marine animals. Shopping is also fun in Santo Domingo, as there are many places where you can buy local craft. You can buy a lot of cheap gifts here, mostly made of local materials. Some stores also have brand names, but they are very expensive. Finally, you need to know that malaria is a problem in the Dominican Republic and you must always make decisions against this and other diseases. Try to cover yourself with entire sleeves of clothing during the night to protect the mosquito attack.

Source by Muhammad Suhail

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