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The Dominican Republic, (Spanish: República Dominicana, IPA [re'pußlika domini'kana]) is a country located on the eastern two-thirds of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, bordering Haiti. Hispaniola is the second-largest of the Greater Antilles islands, and lies west of Puerto Rico and east of Cuba and Jamaica. A legacy of unsettled, mostly non-representative rule lasted for much of the 20th century; the move towards representative democracy has improved vastly since the death of military dictator Rafael Leónidas Trujillo in 1961. Dominicans sometimes refer to their country as Quisqueya, a name for Hispaniola used by indigenous Taíno people. The Dominican Republic is not to be confused with Dominica, another Caribbean country.
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The Dominican Republic is in the Caribbean, sharing the island of Hispaniola with Haiti and constituting the eastern two-thirds of land. The landscape is forested and mountainous, with valleys, plains and plateaux. There are excellent beaches on the north, southeast and east coasts, rising up to the mountains.
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Dominicans are lively, friendly people, a mixture of Spanish and African with a hint of indigenous Amerindian. Their country reflects their nature: colourful and varied, with a turquoise blue sea, white sand beaches, lush green forest and the red tiled roofs of colonial towns, all under a Caribbean sun.
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Tropical forests and untouched beaches await on the island Columbus declared "the fairest land under heaven". The friendly islanders radiate a Latin American charm with an infectiously laid-back attitude. Adventurous travellers can whitewater raft the Rio Yaque del Norte, hike in national parks, snorkel, surf and sail catamarans; while others play world-class golf courses and watch baseball, the nation's passion, not forgetting dancing to the hypnotic rhythm of the merengue, the pulse of this enticing destination.
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The Dominican Republic is a haven of soft sands and sunshine with a northern coast that looks out across the Atlantic and southern eastern shores lapped by the Caribbean Sea.With two coastlines of equal appeal you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to relaxing on a sunlounger and catching a tan. For action away from the sands you can visit the Indian caves of Los Haitises, go white water rafting or horse riding through the countryside. And remember to enjoy local life as you move to the merengue with a rum cocktail to hand.
The Dominican Republic is now the most popular destination in the Caribbean, with more hotel rooms than any other country in the region. Twenty years ago tourism was only just beginning to emerge as a viable economic option. Today, however, the country is a tourism leader, drawing in a wide cross-section of moneyed visitors and budget-conscious holidaymakers, all looking for the perfect sunny destination.
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Public Holidays in the Dominican Republic
New Year's Day - Mon Jan 1
Epiphany - Sat Jan 6
Lady of Altagracia Day - Sun Jan 21
Duartes' Birthday - Mon Jan 29
Independence Day - Tue Feb 27
Good Friday Fri - Apr 6
Easter Sun - Apr 8
Labor Day - Mon April 30
Corpus Christi Day - Thu Jun 7
Independence Restoration Day - Mon Aug 20
Lady of Mercedes Day - Mon Sep 24
Constitution Day - Mon Nov 5
Christmas Day - Tue Dec 25
Dominican Republic Visa Requirements
Entry requirements for UK nationals: British nationals require a passport, but no visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days, provided they hold a Tourist Card (issued on arrival).
Getting Around in the Dominican Republic
Options for getting around the country include bus service, 'gua-guas' (pronounced "Gwa-Gwas": small battered vans or trucks that serve as a collective taxi running fixed routes that are very cheap but can also very overloaded), domestic air flights and charter air service. There is no rail system in the country. A small company offers domestic air service (with Santo Domingo's Herrera airport as hub). Schedule well in advance, as flights fill up fast. A more expensive option is chartering an air flight. There is typically a minimum of three passengers for charter flights. Most towns and cities have regularly scheduled bus service, if not by one of the big bus companies, than by gua-gua. The bus lines are most often simple, independently run operations, usually only connecting two cities within a region (Southwest, East, North) or between one city and the capital (with stops made for any towns on the route). Because of the geography of the country, to get from one region of the country to another you have to go through the capital. Caribe Tours , based out of the capital, is the biggest bus company, and has coverage in several different regions (SW and the North) that are not well-served by the other 'official' bus companies. But, the 'unofficial' gua-gua system covers nearly every road on the island, and at considerable savings, if you don't mind being packed in.Metro Tours also offers an extensive network. Both these major companies offer travel on comfortable modern coaches with airconditioning ( can be very cold, so take a sweater... )
Another way to get out and about is to book an excursion or transfers with Cocotours, one of the Dominican Republic's leading inbound tour operators. Cocotours has offices in: