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Dominican Republic : When and where to go?
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Dominican Republic: Climate & Weather
The climate is typically tropical: Hot weather but with predominant humidity. The temperatures are between 20° and 30° C throughout the year with the lowest temperatures in January and February, and the highest temperatures in August.
27.7°C - 81.9°F
Santo Domingo, updated 00:39 GMT
Dominican Republic: Map
What to do in Dominican Republic
Lagoons and coconut trees, sun and music, people’s smiles and exotic animals, the Dominican Republic has many treasures to offer visitors.
Santo Domingo, the capital, is the first city built on American soil. This can clearly be seen in the Zona Colonial with its cobbled streets, church (the oldest of the New World), and the San Nicolas de Bari Hospital. Also visit the Museo de las Casas Reales which is very interesting.
Do not miss the two national parks in the Cordillera Central where you can hike below the peaks that reach to over 3,000 meters, or dare raging rivers when canyoning.
The spa resort of Cabarete is a place well-known for enjoying windsurfing, but also for the opportunity to relax pleasurably on its beautiful beach.
To witness the breeding season of the humpback whales, go to Bahia de Samana in January and February: You will not forget the sight of these giant animals!
Dominican Republic : The basics
International flights serve Santo Domingo’s airport.
No visa is required for the majority of European citizens.
The currency in circulation is the Dominican peso.
The budget required is reasonable: A room costs less than €50 and an average meal around €10. Unfortunately, accommodation with an average rate is not easy to find.
Regarding health, it is advisable to use an anti-malaria treatment before you leave. Other precautions to take are as normal: Protect yourself from mosquitoes and the sun, do not drink tap water and do not eat some coral reef fish that can be toxic. Keep your normal vaccinations up to date and add those for typhoid and hepatitis A and B.
To travel within the country, buses are the preferred means of transportation: They are cheap, fairly comfortable and they go almost everywhere. You can also find them in the city, as well as taxis... without meters! The moto-taxis are frequent and cheap, but somewhat unsafe.
If you want to purchase some souvenirs, the Santo Domingo market has many local handicrafts: Native paintings, dolls, amber jewellery, cigars and rum.