Dominican Republic is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the world during the winter semester, when most of the northern hemisphere is covered by the severe winter, but here the sun continues to caress with its hot rays. The local scenery is the benchmark for tropical paradise. Besides the traditional white Caribbean beaches with clear, calm lagoons, and coral reefs, here you can find high mountains, covered with dense tropical forests. The well-developed local economy gives the tourists a feeling of security and this makes the island country even more attractive.
Geography. The Dominican Republic is situated in the waters of the Caribbean Sea in the North American continent.
It occupies the greater part of the island of Haiti, which is part of the so-called Greater Antilles. Dominican Republic is located between 17 and 19° north latitude and between 68 and 71° west longitude.
It occupies an area of about 48 433sq.km., making it the second largest country in the Caribbean. It borders with only one country – Haiti. About 115 km east of Dominica is the island of Puerto Rico, which is a self-governing part of the U.S.A.
Relief. Dominican Republic has a very diverse topography. The country is part of the island of Haiti, which has a continental origin, unlike most of the Caribbean islands, which are former or current volcanoes.
Four parallel mountain ranges cut through the island in direction from east to the west. The highest mountain is Cordillera Central. In its eastern part rises Duarte Peak.
This is the highest point in the Dominican Republic and the highest peak in the Caribbean. It rises 3,175 meters above the sea level.
Between the mountains you can find very beautiful and fertile lowlands. In the coastal areas of the country also there are not very large, but very beautiful and fertile lowlands, where the majority of the population lives.
The coastline of the Dominican Republic is moderately indented. There are some very attractive, mainly small coves. Most of them are important for the tourism industry.
Nature. The Dominican Republic has exclusive nature, and this is the magnet that attracts tourists from all around the world.
The island is covered with tropical rain forests that are home to a huge variety of plant and animal species. From the mountains descend many rivers, waterfalls, and so on.
But the high places offer coolness even during the hottest summer months. In the southwest of the Dominican Republic is the largest lake in the Caribbean – Pond Enriquillo.
Climate. The Dominican Republic falls into the tropical climate zone and is surrounded by the warmest sea in the world – the Caribbean Sea. The weather is warm all year round.
There are two seasons – dry and rainy. The rainy season lasts from April to November. Then drop the bulk of the precipitation. The rainiest weather is in May and September.
The rainy season coincides with hurricane season. During the summer semester, when the ocean water temperatures exceed 30°C, the warm sea water feeds the most powerful tropical storms on the planet.
Sometimes the hurricanes cause significant damages. The temperatures vary insignificantly during the year. In January, the daytime temperatures are about 27°C and in August – about 32°C.
Economy. Dominican Republic is one of the fastest growing economies in Latin America. Only the Bahamas and Costa Rica can match the Dominican Republic in terms of the quality and standard of living.
The country develop its tourism industry very successful, as there are some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, beautiful tropical rain forests, superb climate, excellent infrastructure and political stability.
The Dominican Republic relies not only to the great number of foreign visitors coming here to spend an incredible vacation, but also to foreigners, who come calling here for a short with the large cruise ships.
The island country develops quite rapidly also and its agriculture. Here is cultivated with success many tropical fruits, sugar cane, coffee, cocoa, tobacco, etc..
The country is particularly attractive in international markets for real estate. Many foreigners buy real estate here, especially for winter months, when much of the northern hemisphere is rigid with cold.
As often happens with the beautiful and exotic places, and here is a valid the rule that the largest capital of the Dominican Republic is its magnificent scenery.
Population. Dominican Republic is home to 8.5 million inhabitants. This is great number for an island country, particularly in relation to its area.
The population is unevenly distributed in the territory. The greatest concentration occurred in the coastal lowlands. Around 2.6 million or nearly one third of the population live in the metropolitan area of Santo Domingo.
This is the main cultural and economic center in the country. Here are the headquarters of many international companies and foreign embassies.
Santo Domingo is a very attractive city for the foreigners seeking luxury properties at affordable prices. The atmosphere is combination of a traditional Caribbean with a slight, but still perceptible Spanish broadcast.
In the east of the city agglomeration into the sheltered Bay Andres (Andres Bahia) is one of the most beautiful beaches in the area of the Dominican capital – Boca Chico beach.
Protected from big waves by coral reef, the beach seems insanely beautiful.
Other large and important cities of the Dominican Republic, Santiago de los Cabayeros which with its population of about 800,000 inhabitants is the second largest city in the country. Other cities are La Romana and San Francisco de Macoris.
Best of the Dominican Republic. In the eastern part of the country, between the towns of Bavaro and La Romana, stretches the Dominican Riviera.
Here you can find the best hotels and villas, most enticing offshore facilities, and undoubtedly the most beautiful beaches.
Undoubtedly, the pearl of the Riviera is the Dominican town of Punta Cana, which is well known among fans of exotic vacations.
Here is a real tropical paradise, especially during winter months, when the sun is still shining mercilessly, when the only opportunity for cool shade are the coconut palms along the beach.
If you want to see and experience something different, must visit Saona Island (Isla Saona).
The place was declared as a national park and is protected by the law. Here you can enjoy the perfection of nature and the Dominican it completely natural in appearance and preserved.
The best time for tourism in the Dominican Republic lasts from November to April, although the weather is great all year around.
However, winter is a bit drier and the temperatures are slightly more bearable. Another advantage of the winter season is that the probability of a hurricane is then negligible, unlike the summer, when the natural disasters often hit the paradise island.