Dominican Republic is the Caribbean. It forms the eastern part of the island of Hispaniola. The country is politically divided into 10 regions, this in turn subdivided into 31 provinces. Natural structure of the sometimes very high mountain ranges. “Cordillera Central” in the center of the island with the five highest peaks of the Caribbean.
The ” Pico Duarte “(3,175 m), the “La Loma Pelona” (3097 m), the “Loma Rucilla” (3,039 m), the “Loma de la Viuda” (2,802 m) and the “Yaque” (2,760 m). “Cordillera Septentrional” in the north of the island, the highest elevation 1249 m (between Puerto Plata and Santiago), “Cordillera Oriental” and “Costera del Caribe” in the east, the highest elevation 736 m (north of Higuey), “Sierra de Baoruco” in the southeast of the island, the highest elevations 2,368 m (on the border to Haiti) and 2,085 m (west of Barahona).
the capital of Santo Domingo (approximately 2.25 million inhabitants) on the south coast, Santiago (about 575,000 people) in the Cibao Valley (in the inner north country), San Pedro de Macoris (about 227 000 inhabitants) on the south coast, La Romana (215,000 inhabitants) on the south coast, Los Alcarrizos (about 185,000 inhabitants) in the suburb of Santo Domingo, San Cristóbal (160,000 inhabitants) in the suburb of Santo Domingo, Higuey (about 132 000 inhabitants) in the inner east country, San Francisco de Macoris (approximately 126,000 inhabitants) in the Cibao Valley (in the inner north-eastern country), Puerto Plata (about 125,000 inhabitants) on the north coast, La Vega (105,000 inhabitants) in the interior, south of Santiago.
Tourist destinations are, in the east Punta Cana and Bavaro , Punta Cana Airport by airport (PUJ) or La Romana (LRM)
in the north Maimon , Costa Dorada , Playa Dorada , Sosua , Cabarete , Rio San Juan , Puerto Plata Airport by airport (POP) and Samana and Las Terrenas , Las Galeras, Samana airport via the (AZS) are available
southern Juan Dolio and Boca Chica , Santo Domingo Airport by airport / Las Americas (SDQ)
some individual and eco-tourism in the interior (Jarabacoa , Constanza).
The main reason to travel to the Dominican Republic, is safe for most of a beach holiday. The Dominican Republic may have around 1,500 km sand beach, probably including some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The sea is both on the Caribbean coast in the south as well as on the Atlantic coast in the north never colder than about 26 degrees Celsius. Beautiful beaches can be found on all coasts of the country – north, east and south.
The Dominican Republic is a popular destination for (short) holiday-makers from the United States and Canada (a total of about 52%) as well as for tourists from Europe (about 39%).
In the 90 years the Dominican Republic in Germany, acquired a dubious reputation as a cheap destination for modest all-inclusive tourist – totally wrong. Although an attempt was made, for example in the magazine “Spiegel” or in the TV show “Voxtours” to destroy that image, it is also present in many minds.
The country accounts for approximately the eastern two-thirds of the island “Hispaniola” (from “La Española” – “the Spanish”) from. (The western third, Haiti – The name is derived from the language of the Arawak Indian word meaning “mountainous country” – in addition to Cuba and Bolivia, the poorest country in the Americas and tourism is not developed.)
The entire island is slightly bigger than the Netherlands and Belgium. Each of the two countries has about 9 million inhabitants. The population density in the Dominican Republic is slightly smaller, slightly higher in Haiti than in Germany.
In the Dominican Republic live some 500,000 Haitian immigrants (sometimes as migrant workers, some as “illegal” immigrants) and also some 500,000 people whose ancestors are Haitians, but because they were born in the Dominican Republic, allowed to live there. About 800,000 Dominicans live in the U.S., mostly in New York, a part also in Miami.
According to the 2006 Human Development Report (based on 2004 data), the Dominican Republic is an HDI (Human Development Index) of 0.793 on 68th of 177 nations surveyed. (From 0,80 is a country on the “advanced” countries, Germany has an HDI of 0.932 and is ranked 21st) Haiti has an HDI of 0.482 and is thus ranked 154 out of 177 More info
There are inland many travelers and tourists very attractive landscape with high mountains, raging rivers, waterfalls (eg Salto de Jimenoa and Salto de Baiguate in Jarabacoa , Salto El Limon and Salto Río Los Cocos on Samama and Las Cascadas de Damajagua at Puerto Plata ) , caves, etc. Individual travel is possible even without an official guide. It is claimed, unlike in hotels to increase their sales often, their self-direction travel is not very dangerous. It is worthwhile for the more experienced travelers (best in a smaller group) much to discover this country and in detail.
The aim of the package tourism in the Dominican Republic is above all the East in the sparsely populated region around Punta Cana and Bavaro .
Other tourist destinations are also next to the north near the town of Puerto Plata ( Playa Dorada , Costa Dorada and Playa de Long Beach, east of Puerto Plata, Playa de Maimon , Playa Costambar and Playa de Cofresi to the west of Puerto Plata) and on the Peninsula Samana the towns of Las Terrenas and Las Galeras and the south east of the capital Santo Domingo , for example, Boca Chica and Juan Dolio (Dominican especially for a short break from the agglomeration of the capital).
The best “Caribbean” feel (white beach, turquoise water, coconut trees), we obtain well on the small island of “Cayo Levantado” in the bay of the peninsula Samana and in the Saona Island in the southeast to reach the fishing village of Bayahibe from. On the north coast are the most beautiful white beach and turquoise water on most of Playa Grande, east of the town of Rio San Juan .
In the vicinity of the airport of Puerto Plata is the place Sosúa , in which they set during the Nazi period, about 600 German Jews and established bakeries, butcher shops, etc.. “Productos de Sosúa” enjoy a good reputation nationwide.
The small village of Cabarete (40 km east of Puerto Plata) is a very popular destination for surfers, windsurfers and kitesurfers. Here also are regular WorldCup events held in these sports. Miles and miles of beaches for riding or walking. Hidden in the caves of Cabarete (‘Cuevas de Cabarete’) about 1 to 2 km from the center can swim. All life takes place in the center: the evening Cabarete is a paradise for food at night for dancing – always right on the beach.
The bay of Samana is a popular destination in the spring, because there are whales arrive to mate, which can be seen by boat tour … should but out of consideration of the nature or animals to non-essential. Whale Watching in the Dominican Republic is not always carried out in compliance with the required distance to the whales, which they interfere with mating.
The Dominican Republic has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, but it is worthwhile for the traveler, a journey into the mountainous hinterland or a short trip to a city , for example, Santiago and La Vega in the interior.
Waterfalls can be found on the peninsula of Samana (“Las Cascadas del Limon”, “Salto Río Los Cocos”), in the north near Puerto Plata (“Cascadas Damajagua”, and “Las 7 Cascadas” called) – and Inland near Jarabacoa and Constanza (“salto de Jimenoa”, “de Baiguate somersaults”, “El Convento”), there arise the four largest rivers in the country. The raging waters are suitable for river rafting . Caves there are in the National Park “Los Haitises” and in Cabarete in the National Park “El Choco”.