The Dominican Republic is a Caribbean nation that shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti and takes up the eastern two thirds of the island.
Located in the Greater Antilles archipelago of the Caribbean region, east of Cuba and west of Puerto Rico. View Map
Famous for its beautiful beaches, Spanish Colonial architecture, all-inclusive resorts, nightlife, golfing and sailing tours.
Enjoy your stay!
Dominican peso. Major credit cards are accepted in many, but not all establishments.
Individual Taxation: Nonresidents are taxed on their income from Dominican Republic sources. Married individuals are assessed and taxed separately from their partners.
Income Tax: Income of nonresident individuals is taxed at the corporate tax rate of 27% (2015).
Rental Income Rental income of nonresident individuals is taxed at 27%.
Capital Gains Tax: Capital gains arising from the sale or transfer of property are subject to capital gains tax at a flat rate of 27%.
Source: Global Property Guide
The Hispaniolan Hutia is the only surviving native rodent on Hispaniola. The two solenodons are the only surviving insectivorous mammals in the Caribbean. An unusual characteristic of the Hispaniolan Solenodon is that it is one of the few mammals that can secrete a toxic saliva in a manner similar to snakes. Greater Bulldog Bat (Fisherman Bat), feeds on small fish swimming near the surface of ponds and lagoons. Many other bats like: Sooty Moustached Bat, Antillean Ghost-faced Bat, Waterhouse's Leaf-nosed Bat, Cuban Fruit-eating Bat, Cuban Flower Bat etc.
Aquatic & Marine Mammals: West Indian Manatee, Humpback Whale and many types of dolphins like the Pantropical Spotted Dolphin, Atlantic Spotted Dolphin and Spinner Dolphin to name a few.
Amphibians & Reptiles: Toads like Hispaniolan Crested Toad, Eastern Crested Toad, Southern Crested Toad, Hispaniolan Green Treefrog, Hispaniolan Laughing Treefrog. Turtles like the Leatherback (Sea) Turtle, Loggerhead (Sea) Turtle, Green (Sea) Turtle, Hawksbill (Sea) Turtle and a vast variety of geckoes.
For a comprehensive list including crabs, butterflies and spiders vistit: Focus On Nature
Banana, Pineapple and Mango. Papaya / Lechosa is a fruit grown on large trees in tropical climates. Mavi also spelt Mabi (pronounced Ma-Vee or sometimes Ma-Bee), is a staple in the Caribbean. This drink is made from the bark of the Mabi tree is also known as mabetree, soldierwood or seaside buckthorn. Aguacate / Avocado of Dominican Republic is usually quite large and has a much more creamy, nutty taste than the ones on the grocery shelves. Guineo/ Banana (the sweet type of fruit you can eat raw). Platano / Plantain (the hard fruit that is very starchy and needs to be cooked). Also Coffee and Cocoa butter.
For a more comprehensive list about DR's agriculture visit Colonial Zone
Coralillos. Isabel Segunda: The majestic blue color of the Isabel Segunda is why it bears the name of a distinguished royal lady. The Trinitaria is the Dominican name for the popular climbing plant also known as Bougainvillea.
More info and pictures: Casade Campo Living
Spanish. The most useful Dominican slang wordis 'Vaina'. Whether you want to use this word or not, you're definitely going to hear it if you're speaking to Dominicans. Like a lot of slang words, it doesn't translate particularly well and mastering it is quite a fine art. Vaina can mean: Something unknown or unmentionable (this could be neutral or negative) Dar una vaina (To suffer something) Dame esa vaina (Give me that thing) Me gusta esta vaina! (I like this stuff!) An exclamation De vaina! (By chance!) Que vaina (Damn!) Esa vaina! (That's crap!) A thing or situation that's unpleasant Dejar esa vaina (To stop being annoying) Echarle la vaina (To force someone to do something unpleasant) Echarse una vaina (To be in an unpleasant situation because of someone).
More Dominican slange visit: Fluentu
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Santo Domingo's Zona Colonial
Take a walk through history in the oldest city in the New World. With its cobblestone streets and beautifully restored mansions, it's easy to imagine Santo Domingo's landmark quarter as the seat of Spain's 16th-century empire. But the past and present coexist rather gracefully here; follow in the footsteps of pirates and conquistadors one moment, while the next pop into a shop selling CDs from the latest Dominican merengue star.
Source: Lonely Planet
Relaxing at Playa Rincon
Consistently rated one of the top beaches in the Caribbean by those in the know - people who courageously brave heatstroke and sunburn in a quest for the ideal - Playa Rincón is large enough for every day-tripper to claim their own piece of real estate without nosy neighbors peeking over the seaweed and driftwood. A thick palm forest provides the backdrop and fresh seafood can be served upon request.
Read on: Lonely Planet
Playa Boca Chica
There is good and bad news here. The beach of immaculate fine sand is still one of the best in the Caribbean. The gin-clear waters are protected by coral reefs, making Playa Boca Chica one of the most family-friendly of all the strips of sands in the D.R. The bad news: The beach lies 30km (20 miles) east of Santo Domingo, and, as such, is the virtual Riviera for the teeming masses of this overcrowded city. Lined with coconut palms, the wide beach was a brilliant stroke of nature, but manmade intrusions have ruined a lot of its backdrop with pizza stands, cafes, bars, tacky souvenir stalls, and blaring music all day long.
Punta Cana/Bavaro Beaches
One of the world's greatest beach strips is centered at Punta Cana and Bavaro on the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic. This stretch of beachfront goes on for about 30km (20 miles) and is renowned for its all-inclusive resorts, the largest concentration in the Caribbean. The beaches here are wide, filled with golden sand, gorgeous, and safe for swimming all year.
On the peninsula of Samana, along the east coast of the Dominican Republic, this island near the mouth of Bahía de Samana lies 7km (4 1/3 miles) southeast of the town of Samana. It can be reached easily by boat. Once on this island, beach lovers will find three beautiful strips of white sand, but little in the way of facilities. A tropical forest covers much of this hill-studded island, and when not enjoying the beach, you can go hiking along trails that are cut through the junglelike vegetation. Cayo Levantado Cayo Levantado was known to TV watchers in the '70s as the famous Bacardi Rum island, featured in commercials.
Other top beaches include:
Playa Rincon, Playa Dorada. Read about them on Frommers
Source: Dominican Adventures
On many Caribbean islands English is not the main language. Depending on which island you're planning to visit download either a French/English, Dutch/English or Spanish/English dictionary on your phone before you arrive. Locals appreciate the effort and may just give you better service if you try.