The Dominican Republic is a small Caribbean Island that is the perfect vacation destination for couples, singles, families and retirees. The country has a vibrant Latin culture, beautiful beaches and luxurious accommodations.
The Dominican Republic is located on an island that is shared with Haiti. The country is located south of the islands of Turks and Caicos, and lies between Puerto Rico and Cuba.
Travelers do not need to speak or understand Spanish; most workers in the tourism industry speak English, while some also speak German, Italian or French.
A government-imposed tourist tax must be paid by when entering and leaving the country. The tourist tax is $10 for entry and $20 for departure; it may be included in your airfare.
The Dominican Republic is generally warm year-round. Hurricane season starts in June and ends in November; the country typically experiences hurricane activity in August and September.
The Dominican Republic is generally a safe place to visit. Despite high rates of poverty, crime rates are generally very low and typically involve petty theft.
Travelers should not drink tap water while visiting the Dominican Republic. Drink bottled water to avoid gastrointestinal problems.
Article Written By Baldwin Ellis
Based in Atlanta, Baldwin Ellis has been a writer since 2007. He covers fitness, mental health and travel, with work appearing in print and online publications such as Scazu Fitness and USA Today Travel Tips. Ellis holds a Master of Arts in community psychology.