The Dominican Republic is part of the Caribbean and occupies two-thirds of the Caribbean island of Ispaniola. It is renamed its white sandy beaches and breathtaking natural landscapes. The Dominican Republic was explored by Columbus and the island became a landing point for future Spanish conquests. Now, after so many years, the island still provides visitors with historic sites and beautiful views of the island.
Visiting every Caribbean island, you expect the climate to be tropical; The same applies to the Dominican Republic, where the climate is moderate in seasonal precipitation. Due to its location, the island is inflating with hurricanes during the year, which can cause some floods. The country is surrounded by healthy plains and grassy mountains that contribute to the beauty of the islands. Some of the island's well-known towns are Santo Domingo, which is the capital, along with the tallest; Puerto Pala, Punta Cana, and Juan Dolio. Santo Domingo Cathedral is well known among travelers and its beaches are full of holidaymakers all year round.
Here you can get by plane and land in Santo Domingo at the "La Isabela" airport, which receives flights from other Caribbean islands. You will most often have to take charter flights from other Caribbean Islands to reach the Dominican Republic. For most visitors, the entrance visa is free but on arrival you have to buy a tourist map that will give you detailed information about your stay. Once in the capital you can rent a taxi or rent a car that will take you to your nearest hotels. The currency used here is the Dominican Peso, which you can change at the airport. At the disposal of tourists are different car rental such as Hertz, Avis and others. They offer quality services. Fuel here is expensive and can increase total rental costs. You can also get to the country with boats and cruises that run from Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands to the capital Santo Domingo. Other options include buses or trucks that you can hire; they can easily take you around the island, even though you need to take care of your luggage during long-distance traffic.
People and accommodation
Most of the people here are friendly and speak Spanish; as this is a tourist destination, you will find quite a few people speaking English. Locations are quite useful and would like to help if you are courteous with them. Some people also speak French, as some Haitians also remain here. Check-in is not such a big problem if you booked the rooms and the hotel earlier.
Food & Shopping
The food here is similar to the other Caribbean islands with spices and fruits that make up the main flavors. Seafood is also available and many dishes are made up of fish and other marine creatures. Shopping is also fun in Santo Domingo, as there are different places where you can buy local crafts. You can buy a lot of cheap gifts here, which are mostly made from local materials. Some stores also sell branded goods but they are very expensive
Lastly, you should be aware that malaria is a problem in the Dominican Republic and you always have to take decisions against this and other diseases. Try to cover with full sleeves at night to protect yourself from mosquito attacks.