The sophisticated East Coast of Dominican Republic attracts vacationers from around the world
who come to explore and savor the luxuries of Punta Cana. Nestled across 100 miles (160
kilometers) of the world’s top beaches lapped by turquoise waters and dotted with swaying palm
trees, Punta Cana is Dominican Republic’s most lavish and popular destination.
Your inspiration begins at touchdown, where the picture-perfect coastline beckons with a
seemingly endless strip of frost-white sand shelving into reef-protected lagoons of irresistible
peacock blues and greens. These silvery sands stretch virtually unbroken for 40 miles
(64 kilometers) and are the reason for Dominican Republic’s astonishing assemblage of
all-inclusive hotels and convention centers.
Punta Cana’s beaches and resorts may be its biggest draw, but its world-renowned golf courses
and entertainment, like swimming with dolphins and zip lining through the exotic vegetation,
promise to capture your imagination and refresh your soul.
To the north of Punta Cana is the equally luxe resort area of Bávaro. Together, Bávaro and Punta
Cana feature Dominican Republic’s largest hotel and resort infrastructure. Year after year, this
region, where the Atlantic meets the Caribbean Sea, has been the venue for international fishing
competitions and has also become the number one golf destination in the Caribbean, among
the top in the world.
The following guide to Punta Cana includes descriptions of the amazing attractions, golf courses,
beaches and more that await you.
FACTS ABOUT THE COUNTRY
The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with the Republic of Haiti. The country is the second largest in the Caribbean region, with a surface area of 18,704 square miles (48,442 square kilometers). Located in the heart of the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and to the south by the Caribbean Sea.
The population of the Dominican Republic is 9,980,243 (2015 Census).
Local time is GMT -4. It is an hour ahead of Atlantic Standard Time in the United States in the winter. Unlike the United States and Europe, the Dominican Republic does not observe daylight saving time.
The capital of the Dominican Republic is Santo Domingo, the oldest city in the New World. Greater Santo Domingo has a population of around three million people.
The Dominican Republic is a representative democracy. There are three branches of government: Executive, Legislative and Judicial. Every four years the country elects its president, vice president, legislators and city government officials. President Danilo Medina and Vice President Margarita Cedeño were elected for a four-year term that began on 16 August 2012 and ends on 16 August 2016.
Spanish is the official language of the Dominican Republic. However, you’ll be surprised how many hotel and tourist destination employees speak English, French, German and Italian. If you decide to venture out of the tourist areas, it is helpful to learn some basic phrases in Spanish.
The Dominican Peso (RD$) is the official currency of the Dominican Republic. You can find the peso exchange rate for several international currencies at www.bancentral.gov.do/tasas_cambio/TMC4001.PDF
Major credit cards are accepted at most tourist locations, but it is best to check in advance at small hotels, restaurants and shops.
ATMs are located in almost all of the Dominican Republic’s cities, as well as at most resorts. Large supermarkets have ATMs that are open until late.
The Dominican Republic enjoys a tropical climate all year round, with average temperatures ranging from 66° to 93° F (19° to 34° C). The coldest season is between November and April, and the hottest season is between May and October. August is the hottest month.
6,187,542 non-resident visitors flew to the Dominican Republic in 2017. Among these visitors, 833,525 non-resident Dominicans chose to visit the country in 2017.
Most air arrivals landed at the Punta Cana airport, 67.6%, of all air traffic. Santo Domingo was the second destination of arrivals with 17.2%, followed by Puerto Plata 8.4%, Santiago 3.6%, La Romana 1.8%, and Samaná 1.3%.
In 2017, most tourists visiting the country by air came from:
Arrivals in 2016
British Arrivals 2016
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