Dominican Republic Facts

Good to Know

Population: Over 10 million. Almost 2.5 million people live in the capitol.

The capital city is Santo Domingo (the oldest city in the new world)

The currency is the Dominican Peso. Major credit cards and traveler’s checks are accepted at many of the tourist locations

The official language is Spanish, but most tourist destination staff also speak English, French, Italian and German.

The time zone is (GMT-0400). In the winter that would be an hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time.

The national dish is Sancocho (soup with vegetables like yams and potatoes with various meats)

The offical dance is the Merengue

It is highly recommended you do not drink the tap water unless boiled first. Purified water can be purchased


The Dominican Republic covers two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola (to the east). Haiti shares it’s border on the west.

Pico Duarte is the highest mountian in the Caribbean clearing over 10,000 feet

Lago Enriquillo is the lowest lake in the Caribbean, dipping 135 feet below sea level

It is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean (north) and the Caribbean Sea (south)

Blue LarimarA rare blue stone used to make jewelry, called Larimar, is found only in the mountains of Dominican Republic

The Rhinoceros Iguana is indigenous to the area (and on the threatened species list)