Santo Domingo is the perfect place from which to discover the beauty of the Dominican Republic with its golden beaches, tall mountains, lush valleys and friendly population. The city is located on the island’s South coast, from which (day) trips can be made to many attractive spots in the surrounding country. Being the very first settlement from where Europeans discovered and conquered the rest of the Americas, this city is crammed with historically significant buildings and offers an ample and interesting choice of museums. On the other hand, Santo Domingo has the reputation of being the Caribbean’s most bustling city with the largest variety of restaurants and nightlife and great shopping.
The Dominican Republic occupies a prominent position in the Caribbean: besides being the largest tourist destination, it boasts the region’s largest population and second largest economy. Though the country’s economy was long dominated by the production of sugar, services now form its main source of income, which accounts for its well-developed telecommunication network. The Dominican Republic is also famed for its cigars, rum, music and dancing (meringue!) and for its excellent golf facilities.
|Capital||Santo Domingo ( appr. 2,253,000 inhabitants)|
|Other towns||• Santiago
• San Perdo de Macorís
|Language(s)||Spanish, English and French|
|Population||Approximately 10 million inhabitants|
|Area||48,442 km² (18,704 sq. miles)|
|Currency||Dominican Peso, US Dollars and EURO|
|Climate||The temperature on the island remains fairly consistent at around 28.5 °C (83.3°F) throughout the year.|
|Selected Main Attractions||Museum Alcazar de Colon, Museum Casa Tostado, Columbus lighthouse, housing the remains of Christopher Columbus, Santo Domingo botanical Gardens, Basilica Santa Maria la menor (oldest cathedral in the New World).|
|Shopping||Shopping venues in the 27 de Febrero Gustavo Mejia Ricart, including Plaza Central, Plaza Lama, Plaza Naco, Americana Departamentos, Hache, Acropolis, Plaza Bolera, Cuesta, Bella Vista.|
|Electrical Current||110 V, 60 Hz|