If you book a hotel with "All Inclusive" Service, you pay only once - when
pay your vacation ... in the hotel you have everything free ! From drinks
to food, some hotels offer 24 hour All Inclusive, others have the time
limited to special hours. Please check back with your travel agent, what's
actual included in the All Inclusive plan of each hotel.
To experience more of the Dominican Republic then only the hotel beach...,
you need to take extra money or CreditCards to be able to book excursions
to local sights or to do amazing actions tours. An excursions costs around
70.- USD. Also you need to take some money for souvenirs and as well you
should try a good Dominican bar/restaurant - outside the hotel, that's
where the Caribbean lives !
There are more than 300km of finest caribbean beaches to discover. Each
area of the Island offers some special beach features, so you will find
exactly - what you like most.
Specially known is Samana for swallow waters and unnumbered palm trees, as
seen in various TV Commercials which have been taken here.
Should you travel with business-purpose or need to stay in contact ...
you are right in the Dominican Republic. Many hotels offer services to
keep you in touch. There are Services from Secretary, Fax, Computers,
Meeting Facilities, Video Conference, Bodyguards, ... beside if the
basic services as Cellular Phones and Rent-a-Cars. For more information,
please contact us at http://www.domrom.com or eMail firstname.lastname@example.org
Each Year in February, there is Carnival in the Dominican Republic and 500
of tradition comes to live. With new colors and each time with new, even
more fascinating costumes, to honor the tradition.
The roots of the Dominican carnival are in Europe, Spain. As Columbus
discovered the island 500 years ago, the Spanish settlers brought this
tradition. Since this moment the European tradition has been adapted from
the new, multicultural, Dominican Civilization and developed by their
What you see in today's carnival is a, primary colorful and crazy
spectacular with costumes and masks developed in 500 years of history.
Each part of the Dominican Republic has a special kind of costumes and
masks, which reflect their surrounding and live.
Beside of the "new" Costumes, you also find costumes and masks, which have
roots in Africa. They came in the Dominican Republic in the process of
so with the Spanish conquerors in the late 15th century.
Without paying attention to the historic facts of the Dominican carnival,
you will enjoy the colorful and wild spectacle. If you are visiting the
Republic in February you should not miss to visit "La Vega" or "Santiago",
the cities with the oldest carnival tradition. Every weekend in February
are big carnival happenings on the streets.
Casinos, Shows and Nightlife
After sun, beach and vacation-day you will find the tropical, lush nights
of the Dominican Republic a true dream of a Caribbean night. With nightly
around 25°C you may find no time to sleep.
After dinner you may relax at the beach and when some time passed, check
the Casino to try Ladies Luck ... most Casinos offer free entrance, free
complementary drinks for players and live entertainment - like in Las
When the party atmosphere rises to the top, you may change the location
to the Disco inside or outside the hotel area. With local people and
tourists from all over the world, you will celebrate to Latin rhythms as
well as to the
latest hits from Europe and the USA.
The party slows down, when the sun rise takes place and you may go to the
to get the first warm rays of the Caribbean sun - all year long summer !
Welcome to the children's paradise. Should you travel with your kid's ...
there is no other tropical country which is predestinated like the
Basically the Dominican mentality is very children friendly and as an
feature, most local hotels offer special services - all around your kid's.
No matter in which age, there is something to do and people who take care
You will find plenty of time, for your personal recreation - while the
kid's can waste all their energy with the trained hotel staff... sound's
nice, isn't it !
Please check our hotel database for details on children facilities and
check with you travel agent.
The Dominican Republic is a country with SUMMER - all year long !
Bring summer, preferred 100% cotton clothing. Don't forget you hat or cap,
protect you from sun. In general take you "home-clothing" to feel well.
For events like the Casino, Disco or Dinner, you may choose some
non-formal, but nice clothing. All depending on how YOU want to spend your
In the Dominican Republic, you are in the Caribbean paradise - but not in
the jungle ! The Dominican Republic offers the modern and most complete
communication network in Latin America, which is comparable with the USA
Hotels offer direct dialing telephones and fax-service. As well you may
a Cellular Handy-Phone, to keep contact with your people, wherever you are
the Dominican Republic. For more information, please send us en eMail to
The Dominican Republic is a tropical country, WITHOUT the usual tropical
The only things you have to watch out for is, not to eat too many fresh
fruits, do not eat any "open" fruits on the street, do not drink too much
alcohol in combination with fruits, do not eat ice-cream - unless offered
from the hotel.
Check back with your doctor to prepare some standard medicine, which you
always should carry when you travel.
Diving and Snorkeling
Welcome to Divers and Snorklers paradise. Here you will find, what you are
looking for. With the professional dive guides, you will discover the
Republic - from the bottom ...
Most hotels have a Dive Base, which offers dive excursions for divers and
snorklers, courses and equipment rentals.
For more information, please see what Treasure Divers - Boca Chica
prepared for you.
There is no kind of drug permitted in the Dominican Republic. The
punishments are hard and direct. A Tourist trapped with drugs can be happy
if he/she just have to leave the country - in general you would find
yourself in a Dominican
Jail and even the embassy of your country wouldn't be able to help you out
Guarocuya, baptised as Enriquillo, was the most successful Taino-Indian
Leader in the resistance against the Spanish conquerors. He leaded his
tribe successfully against various attacks
of the Spanish conquerors. Finally, to honor the superior Indian leader,
the Spanish conquerors decided to declare Guarocuya and his tribe as free
Enriquillo became the first hero of the Dominican Independence history.
you may find an Enriquillo monument in every bigger town.
Entrance and Departure Regulations
Citizen of all European and US American Countries may enter the Dominican
Republic with an, at least, 3 month valid passport. When entering the
Republic you have to fill-out a Tourist Card and to pay 10.- USD, if not
done by your travel agent. As well you need to pay 10.- USD departure tax.
Please check back with your travel agent if the entry- and departure tax
are already paid with your ticket. If so, there should be a remark on your
For further information, please visit us in the Internet at http://www.domrom.com
or send us an eMail to email@example.com
The Dominican Republic offers a 110Volt System, like in the USA.
Please get adaptor plugs for the American Plug System.
Do not miss to see the real beauty of the Dominican Republic, while laying
on the beach ! As the Dominican Republic is the second biggest island in
the Caribbean, there are endless things to see and to explore. In the
average, each visitor makes 2 excursions, because it's just fascinating to
discover the beauty
of an exotic, tropical country with friendly people and without dangerous
When doing your fist excursion, you will be impressed and realize, that
there is never enough time to see it all.
When doing your second excursion, you will be even more curious.
When doing your third excursion - you want to stay ...
More then 60 species of Amphibis and around 140 of reptiles form the
biggest versatility in the area of the Antilles. Beside of peaceful
turtles, there is also the American crocodile, which you may discover in
the Lago Enriquillo.
More then 258 species of exotic birds make up the colorful program in the
There are also registered more than 30 kinds of mammals, which enclose the
Dominican whales and the very rare Manati - the SeaCow.
There are more then 5600 kinds of registered plants in the Dominican
The photographer or nature-friend may find may different zones of
among steppe, tropical forest, Pine Forest, Swamp and even Rainforest.
The most frequent domestic kinds are the orchids. With 67 splendid species
approx. 300 classified varieties.
Food and Beverages
Experience the versatility of the Creole and international cuisine. Hotels
and Restaurants offer the finest choice of fish, meat and vegetable dishes
... All Inclusive(Link) or "A La Carte". Try everything you wanted to try,
here you can get it ! Tasty native Dominican dishes, Mexican, Brazilian,
French, ... there is everything available in the touristic areas of the
Dominican Republic, at prices you would not think about ... especially
of seafood will love the Dominican Republic.
Local brands of beverages have a well reputation, all over the world and
drink as much as you can ... in an All Inclusive plan. If you are an
visitor, without All Inclusive plan, you will find the prices very
Fruits and Vegetables
The high amount of exotic fruits and vegetables may impress you. There are
fruits, you never saw before and you will like to taste them all. Please
take your time, don't eat them all at once - so you can enjoy your
without spending a entire day in your hotel rooms "lonely place" ...
The Dominican Republic is located in the heart of the Caribbean and
occupies 2/3 of the island of Hispaniola with a total surface of
77.914km2. The other part of the island is occupied from Haiti.
In the year 1492 Columbus discovered Hispaņola. Before his discovery, the
was populated by the aborigines - the Taino Indians(Link) and was called "Mother
Earth - Quisqueya".
Island Name Hispaniola = little Spain
Country Name Republica Dominicana / Dominican Republic
Language Spanish / In touristic areas also English
Population 9 Mio
continent Continental America
Ocean in the north Atlantic Ocean
Ocean in the south Caribbean Sea
Neighbors Haiti in the west
Highest point Pico Duarte 3175m
Deepest point Lago Enriquillo -40m under sea-level
Capital Santo Domingo around 3Mio citizen
Surface 48.442 km2
Export Iron-Nickel, Sugar, Gold Coffee, Cocoa, Tobacco
Import Petrol, Consumption Goods
Lush tropical, green valleys, long beaches and bizarre coastlines are the
perfect base for world class Golf Course designers to create some of the
greatest courses. Wherever you are in the Dominican Republic, you will
find a great Golf Course, always with the special characteristics of the
location and always with a great program to entertain your entire family,
even if they don't like Golf !
Please see our Golf-Course descriptions :
Links on our DOMROM CD-ROM :
Casa de Campo Golf - La Romana
Bavaro Beach Resort Golf - Bavaro
Metro Golf & Coutry Club - Juan Dolio
Playa Dorada Golf Club - Playa Dorada
Playa Grande Golf Club
01.01 New Year
06.01 Holy three kings
21.01 Day of the holy virgin of Altagracia
26.01 Birthday of the national hero Juan Pablo Duarte
27.02 Independence Day
April Easter week / Semana Santa
01.05 Int. Labor Day
16.08 Restoration Day
24.09 Day of the Patrons
06.11 Constitution day
The "Siboneyes" occupied the island
The Taino Indians settled from South America, through the Small Antilles,
to "Hispaņola" - which they called Quisqueya (Mother of the Earth).
Christoph Columbus landed the first time on the Island, which he named
Hispaniola (little Spain). He arrived with 3 boats, the "Santa Maria", the
"Nina" and the "Pinta" near of today's Cap Haitien, where he constructed "Fortress
Navidad", the "Fort Christmas".
On his second journey Columbus found the fortress destroyed and decided to
settle on an other part of Hispaņola, in "La Isabela" next to todays city
1519 - 1533
Enriquillo leaded the most successful resistance against the Spanish
The English pirate, Sir Francis Drake, robbed Santo Domingo.
The French started setlements at the north and west side of the island.
By contract was defined, that France owns the west part of Hispaņola and
that Spain owns the eastern part.
Napoleon's troops entered into Santo Domingo.
Independence of Haiti from the French empire
the Haitian president, Jean Pierre Boyer, entered with his troops into
Santo Domingo and declared an undevideable Island of Hispaniola, what
should have meant, that the entire island should be haitian.
Juan Pablo Duarte founded the secret league called "Trinitaria" that later
lead the land to the independence of Haiti.
Proclamation of Independence.
Juan Pablo Duarte, Ramon Mella and Francisco de Rosario Sanchez (Trinitaria),
declared the first Republic. Today, these men are honored by monuments,
street names, parks, ...
The Republic annexed to spain and lost the
Leaded by General Luperon, the restauration of
the Republic was declared.
Ulices Hereaux (Li Li) inicialized the first
dictature, until he was murdered in 1899.
An agreement which allowed to overtake control and administration of all
taxes was signed with the U.S..
The first invasion of USA, the independence of
the Republic was lost.
The USA retire their troops and leave the
16.08.1930 - 1961 ( 30.5 Years )
Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Molina, shortform : Trujillo, build up one of the
dictatorship of Latin America. He renamed Santo Domingo in "Ciudad
Trujillo", the Pico Duarte in "Pico Trujillo", just to point out his
force. His dictatorship took until his murder ...
Trujillo paied all debbits of the Republic and
created the Dominican currency,
the Dominican Peso - Peso Oro, as well as the
The country lived various political crisises
under different governments.
The second invasion of US Troops in the
Joaquin Balaguer became president.
Balaguer became president of the Dominican Republic, for the 7th time.
To honor Columbus, Balaguer realized the construction of the Columbus
Lighthouse, the Faro a Colon - 500 years after the discovery of Hispaniola.
Hotels are mostly free of insects. A general problem are ordinary
You should bring plenty of Insect-Repellant Spray, or you may buy it here.
We offer complete OnLine Information on the Dominican Republic and the
useful Links to related sites. Visit us at www.domrom.dom or send us an
eMail with your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please be careful when eating ice-cream, make sure you prefer Ice-cream
hotels kitchen or from the hotels minimarkets, as these places are taking
care about the security of food and the good time of your vacation.
In tropical countries you should always be careful with the consumption of
certain kinds of food, especially food which needs to be stored cold.
The Dominican currency is the "Peso Oro Dominicano", short form "Peso" or
1 Peso consists of 100 Centavo and the actual exchange rate is
16 RD$ = 1 USD (24.10.1999)
Everywhere welcome are USD in cash or Travelers Checks. Also well accepted
Visa, Master and the American Express Credit Cards.
To receive a better value for your money, travel with USD or USD Travelers
Motoconchos are motorbike taxis, for the transportation of the local
Please do not use this way of transportation, even if it is unexpensive
and fast. Motoconchos are not supposed to be used for the transportation
of tourists and there is no permission for them to do it.
If you should have an accident while riding on one of the "wild bikes", no
insurance will cover the costs.
The Dominican Taxis are well equipped, very comfortable and economic.
Should you plan to rent a motorbike, you have to be aware ... there is not
insurance for rent-a-bike's for the touristical use. That means, that you
would probably have to pay all damages, which result from an accident,
from your own
pocket ! You also would have to replace the Motorbike if it gets lost /
Beside of this, it is very dangerous to drive in the Dominican Republic !
Just observe the traffic on one of the mainroads located in your area ...
still decide to rent a bike do NEVER drive at night, as the danger becomes
Please consult your tour guide for the best place - where to rent a bike !
Bachata and Merengue are you steady company in the Dominican Republic. No
matter where you sit, stand, walk ... the rhythm is always around and you
should not miss it to take some of this music home.
Bachata is the native Dominican music, wich has it's roots here. You won't
find it on other Caribbean islands, expected it's imported from the
Dominican Republic. Merengue in the contrary has become a Music style,
which varies from country to country.
There are governmental and private mail services in the Dominican Republic.
The Services are relaible and more or less fast.
To party is the main interest, of the Dominican population. Preferred is
the beach and you will find it quite understandable with around 30°C at
daytime and around 25°C at night.
Photo & Film
If you are one of many, who visit the Dominican Republic with the interest
of photography, you will find well developed Photo-Shops all over the
The company "Planet Photo" has established a network of shops, in all
touristical areas of the Dominican Republic.
The Dominican culture has certain specialties, you just need to know.
When we talk about prices, we are usual talking about bargain, at least in
places where tourist buy their souvenirs. So, if you are going to shop for
souvenirs, you always should ask for a discount, or better - tell the
price you would like to pay ! Usual you should ask for a good discount...
As the Taino Indians discovered the Island today called Hispaniola, around
200 a.C., they named this peace of land - in the middle of the Caribbean
Sea, Quisqueya. Which means in the Taino Language "Mother Earth"
If you should to decide to discover the beauty of the Dominican Republic,
the best way is to do a guided tour with your travel agent. There are
lot's of excursions in different price ranges.
However, if you decide to rent a car, you should go with a local company.
To prevent problems with small Rent-a-Car companies and not insured cars -
best if you ask your tour guide for a good tip - where to rent a car.
We do not suggest you to rent a car, but if you do it - drive only at
to rent a car, you have to be able to present a valid drivers license,
passport and a Credit Card.
Most hotels offer security boxes in the rooms - use them. It's NOT that
the Dominican Republic is a "criminal" county, the contrary - it's one of
the countrys with the lowest crime-rate worldwide !
You just should avoid to look like a millionaire, when walking on the
beach or when going shopping in the close located villages. Put on your
jewelry when dining or visiting the Casino or the Hotel Disco.
That's what we like most about the daytime, the Siesta. It's the break in
the middle of the day, generally begins at 12.00 and finishes at 2pm.
to have a good meal and to rest some in the shadow of a palm tree.
At this time the sun burns hot and does not allow you to move too much ...
The rays of the sun are very intensive in the Dominican Republic and the
Caribbean. You should use a high protecting sun-blocker (>20). At Siesta
time you should avoid the sun and look for the shadow. Even when sitting
in the shadow, you will get more "tan" than you would ever expect !
When bathing in the sun, you may not realize the intensity of the sun, as
there is always a fresh breeze from the ocean and you will feel
comfortable - but the sun burns !
The Dominican Republic offers you all the sports activities you can
There is even a worlwide known Windsurf area in Cabarete - north coast of
The hotels offer lot's of activities, so almost all hotels offer :
Sauna, Gym, Sailing, Bikes, Diving, JetSki, Deep Sea Fishing, Wind
Surfing, Horseback riding, Tennis, different ball games, and much more ...
check the hotel database for detailles. Sorry, but you cannot ski in the
Dominican Republic ...
In general the opening hours are from 9am-1pm and from 2pm-7pm, may vary
your location. You may find a rich selection of domestic and foreign
products of all necessities.
The Dominican Republic has worldwide good reputation for the gem-stones
Amber, the light blue Larimar and Dominican Black Coral. Harrison's Fine
Caribbean Jewelers is the leading company in this branch.
The most common souvenirs are Rum, Cigars, Cigarettes, Coffee, Music,
Native Art, Taino Ceramics and other handcrafted articles.
Be aware not to pay more than necessary, just ask your tour guide for the
best places to buy or check for local shopping guides (maps).
Some dealers offer Shells, Coral Stones, Turtle Shells, dried Fishes, ...
all this is illegal and you should be aware to buy this things, as the
export and import to foreign countries is against international law. With
not buying this kind of souvenirs, you will support the local wildlife
protection and later, when your children visit the Dominican Republic,
they may be able to see a still perfect nature.
The Taino Indians were the aborigines of what is the Dominican Republic
200 a.C. the Tainos came from South America and left parts of their
culture and civilization on all their stops on the islands of the Small
The Tainos have been organized into tribes and lived together in a big,
round house - called "Caney". Only the leader lived in his own house
The Taino culture had a highly developed artistic knowledge and they
created ceramic works for religious and daily use. There have been found
unnumbered pieces of ceramics for ceremonies, rituals, ambulates.
A company with a worldwide reputation for Taino Art Replications are the
Brother Guillen, who are located in Santo Domingo - Dominican Republic.
They deliver reconstructions of Taino Art Relicts to museums, as well as
for the private collector - for very reasonable prices.
Please see the Taino Art Section for more exiting pictures.
As Columbus discovered Quisqueya (the island of the Dominican Republic)
and the Spanish settlement took place, conflicts occurred between the
Tainos and the conquerors. To the late 16th century, the Taino Indian
Civilization was eliminated.
The most successful Taino Indian Leader, in protecting his tribe from the
conquerors, was Enriquillo.
You only will feel the tropical heat, if there is no wind - which is very
In general the temperature is around 30°C in the shadow at daytime and
25°C at night.
If you like it a little colder, no problem. Turn on the air-condition in
your hotel room or visit the hotel Disco or Casino, which are mostly
Tips & Tax
If you leave your hotel to go shopping or to enjoy some Dominican or
International dishes in local restaurants there are certain tips and tax
Check in the restaurant, if the taxes are included - just ask the waiter.
If not, you have to calculate 10% Service Fees and 8% Tax. Further you may
give a tip of around 10%.
Hotels with "All Inclusive" do not give you the opportunity to give a "tip",
as you do not need to pay for anything. However, if you are satisfied with
the service, you are very welcome to show this with a small "tip" and you
help the always friendly and busy waiter/waitress a lot. The quality of
service is very high, but a little "tip" is always wellcome...
Taxis are a comfortable and safe way of transportation. Taxi in touristic
areas are especially licensed and the drivers know almost everything,
which is worth to be seen. There are fixed prices for specific distances,
however you should negotiate the complete price for your Taxi-Trip, before
you start it. Signs in your hotel should give you information on the
prices, if not just ask the hotel staff. If you use a Taxi for the entire
day, you are supposed to pay a "common" lunch for the driver, that's about
A Taxi ride should be on your program, when visiting the Dominican
it brings you very close to the local people and life. If you go with some
friends in one Taxi, you can divide the costs and share the fun ...
In general there are no vaccinations needed, consult your doctor for "thinks
you always should carry".
You will never forget - Your wedding in paradise. The Dominican Republic
is worldwide known as a wedding-paradise, as there are only some
paperwork's to do, which may be done by your travel agent. To marry in
paradise is as easy
as to marry at home - or even easier ... but much more exiting ! Ask your
travel agent for details.
You CAN NOT drink the tap-water, even if it is in very good conditions, it
is NOT drinkable ! Drinkwater is available in smaller and bigger bottles,
however in an All Inclusive hotel - every kind of beverage is included in
the price you paid for your vacation.