Area: 48 072 kmÂ² (18 696 milesÂ²)
Capital: Santo Domingo. Population: 2.2 million
Population: 9.2 million
Currency: Dominican Republic Peso (DOP symbol RD$) = 100 centavos
Government: Republic. Gained independence in 1865, after successive attempts.
Tipping: Hotel and restaurant bills automatically include a 10% service charge (on top of a 12% charge for tax purposes) but an additional tip may be given as an appreciation of good service.
Time zone: GMT - 4
Dominican Republic: Social customs
The Dominican lifestyle is more American than Latin, with short siestas and without long, late lunches. The non-Latin ambience is reflected by the fact that, though the culture is rich in Roman CatholicRead more and Spanish influences, 72-hour divorces may be obtained. Daytime dress is generally casual but beachwear and shorts are only acceptable in resorts and at pools; it is considered offensive to enter a church wearing shorts and a T-shirt. Evenings tend to be smarter, with jackets recommended for men at better restaurants, hotels and for social functions.
Dominican Republic: Food and local specialties
Native Dominican cooking combines Spanish influences with local produce. There is plenty of fresh fish and seafood, island-grown tomatoes, lettuce, papaya, mangoes and passion fruit and all citrus fruitsRead more are delicious. Things to know: Beef is expensive (Dominicans raise fine cattle, but most is exported) and local favourites are pork and goat meat. Locally produced beer and rums are cheaper than imported alcohol which tends to be expensive. The national specialties are: La bandera (meaning ‘the flag’, comprising white rice, red beans, stewed meat, salad and fried plaintain). Chicharrones (crisp pork rind). Chicharrones de pollo (small pieces of fried chicken). Sopa criolla dominicana (native soup of meat and vegetables). Pastelón (baked vegetable cake). Presidente (Dominican beer) is very good. Rum drinks such as the local Brugal or Bermudez. Rum añejo (old, dark rum) with ice makes a good after-dinner drink. Native coffee is excellent and very strong.
- Holiday Inn Santo Domingo Hotel & Suites, Santo Domingo
- Hotel Plaza Naco, Santo Domingo
- Renaissance Santo Domingo Jaragua Hotel & Casino, Santo Domingo
- Sanctuary Cap Cana All Inclusive, Pantanal
- Hilton Santo Domingo, Santo Domingo
- Santo Domingo, Santo Domingo
- Playa Colibri, Las Terrenas
- Dominican Fiesta Hotel & Casino, Santo Domingo
- Hotel Occidental El Embajador, Santo Domingo
- Intercontinental Hotel V Centenario, Santo Domingo
- Hotel Alisei, Las Terrenas
- Atlantis Hotel, Las Terrenas
- Hotel Europa Boutique, Santo Domingo
- Hostal Nicolas De Ovando Mgallerry Collection, Santo Domingo
- Boutique Hotel Palacio, Santo Domingo
- La Residencia del Paseo, Las Terrenas
- Hotel La Tortuga, Las Terrenas
- Albachiara Hotel - Las Terrenas, Las Terrenas
- Catalonia Gran Dominicus - All Inclusive, La Romana
- Hotel Luis V, Santo Domingo