Dominican Republic Facts:
An Exciting Historical Place To Visit

When you take the time to look into Dominican Republic facts you will realize just what a fascinating, exciting and historical place this actually is. For me, a vacation is not just about relaxation and luxury, although that does play a significant part, but also about learning more about the history and culture of the area that I am visiting.

Reading up on some of the facts about the Dominican Republic can also prove invaluable if you are planning to visit here, as you get to find out practical and useful information that will come in very handy when you actually visit the area. Below you will find a combination of Dominican Republic facts, both relating to its history and its landscapes as well as to some of its laws and other factors.

Some interesting and useful Dominican Republic facts

Some facts about the Dominican Republic, which could come in useful:

  • The Dominican Republic is home to the oldest city in the Americas, Santo Domingo, which is its capital city and was discovered by the brother of Christopher Columbus
  • When it comes to shopping, most shops in the area open from 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday. Some shops that service tourists also open on Saturdays
  • If you are driving in the Dominican Republic you drive on the right hand side of the road
  • If you are planning to tip at hotels and eateries, a 10 percent tip is usually added on automatically. Many people top this up with a further 5 or 10 percent
  • Coffee is a national non-alcoholic drink in the Dominican Republic and if you visit someone and you are offered coffee it is considered impolite to refuse
  • December until April is considered the peak season in the Dominican Republic, as many people from colder European countries visit at this time
  • The most rain comes in May but usually comes in short bursts followed by sunshine. Hurricane season is from June until the end of November, with August and September being the worse months
  • If you are heading here for water activities the north and south coasts boast warmer, calmer waters whereas some other areas can be quite rough and challenging
  • The Dominican Republic occupies around two thirds of the island of Hispaniola. It shares this island with Haiti

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