The Dominican Republic
• Capital: Santo-Domingo
• Geography: The country is located in the West Indies, occupies two thirds of the island of Haiti (it has a border with Haiti on the west) and a number of surrounding islands of the Caribbean. It is washed by the Atlantic Ocean to the north, and the Caribbean Sea to the south, and by the Mona Passage, a channel in the east. It has an area of 48.730 square kilometers. The highest point is Pico Duarte (3,087 meters above sea level), the lowest and longest lake is Lake Enrique (42 meters below sea level, 265 square meters), the longest river is Jakye del Norte (296 kilometers).
• Climate: Moderate tropical climate. The rainy season lasts from late spring to early autumn. During this time short showers are frequent. The water temperature in winter is 26 – 27 C °; in summer is between 29 – 31 C °. The best time to visit the Dominican republic is from December to April.
• Population: Population (1998) was about 8 million. Population of major cities like Santo Domingo or Santiago de los Caballeros, is 2 million and 1 million relatively.
• Language: The official language is Spanish. On the border with Haiti is French. In mountainous areas, where once immigrated former slaves from the southern states of the USA (for example, in San Pedro de Macoris, and in Samana) people speak English.
• Religion: 95% Catholic.
• Currency: Dominican Peso equal to 100 centavos.
• National food and drinks: traditional Creole cuisine – a combination of European, African and Caribbean culinary traditions with the adding of local ingredients. Typical dishes: La Bandera (includes rice, meat, beans, vegetables and green fried bananas); Dominican’s San Kocho (the basis of the dish is broth from a variety of meats and vegetables); fish with coconut; mangu (puree of green bananas prepared for breakfast); pinonate (a dessert made of milk and coconuts). Among typical drinks are: fruit juices (papaya, coconut milk, orange, pineapple, passion fruit, etc.), beer “Senise”, rum and pina colada, and a large variety of exotic cocktails.
• Health: It is desirable vaccination against yellow fever. It is not recommended to drink water from the tap. You should avoid fresh fruits, washed with not boiled water and ice made from tap water.http://www.aztourstravel.com/the-dominican-republic/Travel Guide