THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
The Dominican Republic limits the Atlantic Ocean on the north, to the South with the Caribbean Sea, the East with the Channel of the Mona (that separates it from Puerto Rico) and to the West with the Republic of Haiti, occupying two thirds and representing an area of 48,442 km2.
Thanks to its strategic geographical location, the Dominican Republic is one of the top tourism destinations, a bridge for commercial activities between the main markets and the ideal place for real state and tourism development.
The nature of being an island allows it to be practically surrounded by coastlines. The coastline being 608 miles with 300 of them being beaches.
The Dominican Republic has an exotic bouquet of 8,000 plants, flowers and tree species, of which 1,800 are endemic, largely orchids and palm trees. The Dominican nature is a rich palette of bursting colors, sugar cane, frangipani tree, bread tree, coffee, banana, mango, papaya, coconuts, flamboyan, bougainvilleas, hibiscus, anthurium, water apple, and bird of paradise.
The weather in the Dominican Republic is tropical all year around, with few variations between the two times of the year summer & winter. The average temperature is 77°F.
The Dominican Republic has approximately 9.4 million inhabitants. Spanish is the official language, and most of the population is catholic, but there is also an important protestant community
The region has been characterized, especially during the last few years, for it’s constant expansion. This has greatly increased its investment potential. European visitors accounted for 48.3% of all tourists that visited the country, followed by North America (United States and Canada) with 42.0% and South America with 7.6% while the nations of Central America, the Caribbean and others accounted for the remaining 2.1%. Perhaps the fastest growing tourism destination in the world.
No other place in the West Indies can claim the spectrum of geography that this island can. The mist-covered summit of Pico Duarte rises 10,700 feet, the highest elevation in the Caribbean. Nearby, Lake Enriquillo and the surrounding desert lie 144 feet below sea level.
The Dominican Republic draws you back time and time again because once is never enough, and twice leaves you wanting even more. There are more than three million visitors a year, who come to soak in the pristine, warm waters and stare agape at the marine life trolling the reefs.
The Dominicans know in their hearts that there’s no contest for that particular accolade. A quiet passion is their identity, whether it be for family, food, merengue, mass or baseball. Nowhere in the islands will you find a more unassuming people ready to lend a hand, offer a smile, and a handshake, or wave from the back of a passing motorcycle.
There’s an easy pace here, along with a sense of peace and purpose. Dominicans pride themselves on their island and love showing it off. Just try making it through your vacation without someone telling you about this one particular place you must see next time you come back to the Dominican Republic.