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Information from the Foreign Office about your trip to the Dominican Republic:

The Dominican Republic is an island nation in the Greater Antilles with around 11 million inhabitants. The country shares the island of Hispaniola with the neighboring state of Haiti, which occupies the western section of the island. Its more distant geographical neighbors include Puerto Rico to the east and the Turks and Caicos Islands to the north.

The Caribbean state is world-famous for its unique and traditional music style Merengue, which is not only a national cultural asset, but can also be heard in typical form on every corner and at all times of the day.

The official language of the Dominican Republic is Spanish and the national currency is the Dominican peso, where 1 euro corresponds to around 60 DOP. Over 85% of the population belong to the Roman Catholic Church, and Catholicism is the state religion in the country.

The largest cities in the country include Santo Domingo, Santiago de los Caballeros, La Vega, Puerto Plata, San Pedro de Macoris, La Romana, Higüey, San Cristobal, San Francisco de Macoris and Los Alcarizos.

The territory of the Dominican Republic is mostly mountainous, only the east is relatively flat. The Cordillera Central mountain range, located in the center of the island, is home to the five highest peaks in the Caribbean, including the highest point, the 3,098 meter high Pico Duarte.

The Caribbean island of Hispaniola has a predominantly tropical climate, which is why it is sometimes exposed to devastating tropical cyclones in the summer months.

The largest economic sectors in the Dominican Republic include agriculture, various services, the gold, silver, nickel or zinc mining industry and tourism.

The Caribbean country's most important agricultural export products are sugar, bananas, tobacco, coffee, cocoa, coconut, vegetables and rice.

Around five million foreign tourists travel to the Dominican Republic every year, most of whom come via Punta Cana Airport in the east of the country. This means that the state has the largest tourism sector in the entire Caribbean region with around 75,000 hotel rooms.

There is now a steady annual increase in the number of day-trippers visiting from various cruise ships.

The capital of the Dominican Republic is Santo Domingo with around 3.5 million inhabitants. This makes it the largest city in the entire Caribbean.

The most important sights in Santo Domingo include the majestic National Palace, the Cathedral, the Alcazar de Colon Palace - the oldest colonial house in America, "Monasterio de San Francisco" - the ruins of the first monastery on the American continent, Fortaleza Ozama - the oldest fortress in America, the boulevard "Calle las Damas", the cruciform monumental building "Faro a Colon", the colonial zone, the Spanish Square, the Colon Park, the Malecon, the Natural History Museum, the obelisk on Avenida George Washington, the Square of Culture, the Botanical Garden, the National Theater, the Duarte Park and the Borgella Palace.

So far I have visited the Caribbean country of the Dominican Republic twice. My first trip took me north for a week in 1997 on an all-inclusive beach vacation to Puerto Plata, Sosua and Playa Dorada. Of course it wasn't just a beach holiday and I explored the beautiful landscape in the entire area in my rental car.

On my second visit in June 2015, the country's capital was my primary destination. As part of my long nine-week Caribbean tour, Santo Domingo was my ninth stop. I arrived in Santo Domingo after a two-hour flight with Inter Caribbean Airways from Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

During my three-day stay, I lived privately with Pedro, whom I had previously met via the “Couchsurfing” platform.

The city of Santo Domingo really had a lot to offer, one beautiful colonial building after another. Many small market stalls, cozy cafes, bars and restaurants completed the pleasant cityscape.

My stay there flew by and left a lasting impression on me. After this time I realized that for me personally the most beautiful women in the entire Caribbean live in the Dominican Republic.

I then continued my tour of all Caribbean countries with a flight to San Juan on the island of Puerto Rico.