Imagine the Earth during its formation and the origin of life. Before your eyes appear dense pattern tropical forests, remote jungles and thickets of exotic vegetation. Your eyes gaze at the splendor of royal palms, scorching rays of the hot southern sun and beautiful beaches with golden sand. You'd be surprised, but it can be found in our time - in the Dominican Republic.
Dominican Republic - The Dominican Republic, abbreviated as we used to call it - the state, occupying two-thirds of the island of Haiti, the second largest after Cuba among islands of the Caribbean archipelago.
The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern part of the island of Haiti, as well as a number of small neighboring islands. Total area - 48 thousand. Sq. km. From the north bordering the Atlantic, in the south - the Caribbean Sea. This is a predominantly mountainous country. The mountains are covered with dense evergreen forests. Highest mountain - Pico Duarte (3174 m.).
It is a country where the air is as soft as velvet, where the sun shines constantly, and where you are always surrounded by friendly smiling faces. Haiti was opened by Christopher Columbus in 1492 and struck with its beauty, to this day surprised even seasoned travelers.
Capital - Santo Domingo.
Almost the entire coast of the Dominican Republic - one big beach. And what would a resort here or chose tourist Playa Bavaro, Playa Dorada and Puerto Plata - everywhere he will find fine white sand, clear warm water and a helpful service. Dominican Republic - an exotic edge of magnificent nature, hundreds of miles of white sand beaches protected by coral reefs, clear waters of the lagoons, rivers, lush forests and majestic mountains.
From the natural beauty of the island can not be avoided Lemon Falls: a dip in it, according to the locals, you will live comfortably for the rest of his days. And a boat trip on the lagoon Gris-Gris, the intricate maze of mangroves, lianas and trees in the river delta. Hikers and lovers of the mountains climb Pico Duarte. Go to the top of the lead routes of varying difficulty, and everyone can choose a path strength.
Looking up from lying on the beach, it is worth to visit the nation's capital - the city of Santo Domingo. Its main attraction - an unusual architecture in the city's Cathedral Basilica Higuey, is like a strung each other arc-shaped arches.
In the presence of an intelligent guide to visit the colonial part of Santo Domingo, you can get a great pleasure. This area is just breathes history. The first street in the New World, the first church in the New World, the first customs office in the New World.
By the number of attractions Dominican Republic prevails over other Caribbean countries. Ancient history of the island is closely intertwined with the life's journey of Christopher Columbus, so there are a lot of architectural monuments associated with him and his family.
A very popular means to brighten up the evening with tourists is a visit to the tomb of Columbus. Day is a gray concrete building makes rather dismal experience. But at night from the roof to the sky hitting a powerful multi-colored spotlights. And on top of colored luminous column with a height of three meters appears bright white cross. Eyewitnesses claim that for the first time "just creeps wade."
Entertainment in the Dominican Republic in abundance. First of all, it is, of course, magnificent sea fishing, which is organized everywhere - and on the north and on the south coast of the country.
Nightlife in the Dominican Republic is also available. To see this, it is enough to go in the evening on the embankment of Santo Domingo, which is located at the confluence of the Rio Ozama in the Caribbean Sea. Night here hanging out diverse audience, drink chic Dominican coffee, rum, eating mango and cashew nuts, listening to merengue and salsa and dancing. In any village full of discos that do not close until the morning. So that the nightlife in the Dominican Republic all right.
Beaches with palm trees, turquoise water, cheerful people, excellent cuisine - and most importantly, everything is paid for from the outset. Dominican Republic - a paradise for vacationers.
The vegetation is mainly tropical, plentiful and varied: royal palms, coconut palms, mango trees, sugar cane, orange trees, orchids, rare plants, cedars, Caribbean pine in the mountains, thorns and cacti in the desert areas of the south-west and north-west.
The fauna is also very diverse, parrots, iguanas, crocodiles on the island Kabpitoc (no poisonous snakes), underwater fauna (lobster, tuna, fish, shrimp, humpback whales in Samana Bay, etc.). In the coastal zone there are no sharks, because it is protected by natural coral reef.
Boca Chica - located 30 km from Santo Domingo, and 5 minutes from the international airport. One of the most beautiful beaches of the eastern shore. Protected by a coral reef lagoon and white, fine sand. Clear water, shallow depth - a haven for relaxation and entertainment. Those who are interested in sports, can choose to jet ski, sailing yacht or "snorkel", or to arrange a swim in the lagoon with hot water.
These lagoons were formed due to coral boom defenses that protect the bay from the sea waves, transforming it into "the largest natural swimming pool in the world." In a picturesque village with small shops and prestigious sea club originate marine sightseeing tours to the islands of Saona and Catalina.
La Romana - a cozy city that grew during the boom years of the sugar industry. Thick around the park Duarte lined up numerous wooden bungalows, all different colors. To the east of the city, if you go on the highway, extends one of the most picturesque rural areas of the island: the valley, planted with sugar cane, lemons and oranges.
Near the town is a resort area Bayahibe. Sea, sky, sand and palm trees - these are the ingredients Bayahibe - the picturesque village of fishermen, consisting of small colorful wooden houses. If you rent a boat, you can reach the nearby island of Saona and visit East National Park.
Punta Cana - is located in the eastern part of the island, where the Atlantic merges with the Caribbean Sea. There is an international airport, and on the coast offers luxury hotel complexes. This is the perfect place for a family holiday and for those who like to go alone with nature - here still remained unspoilt jungle areas
Beaches of Bavaro, Macao, Arena Gorod, Cortecito, Cabeza de Toro and Punta Cana extraordinarily dazzling 32 km boundless pearly white sand. Forest of coconut trees for miles along the coast extends to the beautiful beaches, by far the best in the Dominican Republic. A coral reef protects the lagoon from the ocean waves.
Puerto Plata - was founded in 1496 by Christopher Columbus' brother - Bartolomeo. He named it San Felipe de Puerto Plata. Another name for these places - "Amber Coast" or, as it is called Dominicans - "Coast ambergris." There is abundant black amber (amber).
Gorgeous beaches, water, iridescent numerous shades of turquoise, lush vegetation and humid tropical climate, softened by the winds of the Atlantic - all these advantages have made the Amber Coast in place of mass tourism. Wooden houses in colonial style, bright colors, colorful tropical plants give the city an exotic and elegant look. People are very hospitable.
Santo Domingo - the capital - still retained breath colonial times. Enormous popularity of tours in Askar de Colon - a palace of the viceroy and son of Columbus, who ruled the colony during the incapacity of his father.
Attract tourists Jesuit Monastery on Caye Las Damas, the Colonial Museum, Cathedral of Santa Maria - the first cathedral built in the Dominican Republic, Columbus Park and mysterious caves called "Three Eyes", in which underground lakes filled with bright blue water. One of the most interesting sights of the city is a marine aquarium. In the evening, the city lights and nightlife begins.
Juan Dolio - is located in the southeast of the island, 25 minutes from the international airport and 45 minutes from the capital, Santo Domingo - the ideal place to combine holidays on the beautiful beaches and a trip to the capital. White sand beach and excellent turquoise lagoon protected by coral reefs - a great place for recreation and sports. Coast is famous for the beauty of the local landscapes - sugar cane fields in the background of the emerald sea. Three captivating beach located one after the other: a small, deep-seated beach of Playa Caribe; calm and serene Playa Guayakanes; narrow, surrounded by palm trees Playa Juan Dolio.
Moderate rain. Sea breezes and trade winds blowing from the northeast, soften the heat. The hottest month - August. Average daily temperatures range from 25 ° C in winter and 33 C in the summer.
Winter time behind Moscow for 7 hours in the summer time - 8 hours.
Official: Spanish. On the border with Haiti - French. In mountainous areas, where the slaves migrated from the southern states of the USA, said in English. Local people who are employed in the tourism industry speak English, German, Italian.
Dominican pesos, equal to 100 centavos. In circulation are banknotes of 1000, 500, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 peso coins of 1 peso and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 centavo. The country has officially accepted only the national currency. We accept all major credit cards: "Visa", "Master Card", "American Express" and others.
Warning - in Juan Dolio there are no banks and no way to withdraw cash from a credit card. Foreign currency can be exchanged at the hotel or in the commercial banks that operate from 8 to 15 hours.
Since 1995, Russian citizens visa-free entry, but crossing the border must fill out a tourist card, which costs $ 10. If you stay more than 21 days, you must pay another $ 15. When departing to pay an airport tax of $ 20.
For Russian citizens traveling to the Dominican Republic for purposes other than tourism, a visa is required, for which you want to refer to the Embassy of Germany in Moscow or the Consulate General of Germany in the other cities of the Russian Federation, representing the interests of the DR in Russia.
Holidays and public holidays in the Dominican Republic (Dominican Republic): 1, 6, 21, January 26, February 27 (Independence Day, every year this day is celebrated carnival procession and many other festivals), May 1, July 16, August 16, September 24 , 12 and 24 October, 1 November, 25 December, religious (Catholic) holidays.
Religion: Catholic - 95%.
Traditional cuisine Dominican
Traditional Creole cuisine - a combination of European, African and Caribbean culinary traditions using local produce. Typical dishes: La Bandera - rice, meat, beans, vegetables and green fried plantains; San Kocho in the Dominican - preparing broth from a variety of meats and vegetables; fish with coconut; manga - mashed green bananas, preparing for breakfast; pinonate - dessert made from milk and coconuts.
Typical drinks: fruit juice (papaya, coconut milk, orange, pineapple, passion fruit, etc.), the beer "Senise" rum and pina Collado, as well as a large selection of exotic cocktails.
Additional charges Dominican
When departing to pay an airport tax of $ 20.
Political system Dominican
Dominican Republic - The full name of the country - the Dominican Republic. The form of government - a republic. As a part of the country - 28 provinces (Azua, Baoruco, Barahona, Dajabon, Duarte, Elias Pina, El Seibo, Espaiallat, Hato Mayor, Independencia, La Altagracia, La Romana, La Vega, Maria Trinidad Sanchez, Monsenor Nouel, Monte Cristi, Monte Plata, Pedernales, Peravia, Puerto Plata, Salcedo, Samana, Sanchez Ramirez, San Cristobal, SanPedro de Macoris, Santiago, Santiago Rodriguez, Valverde Mao) and 1 national District. The country's capital - Santo Domingo.
About 8.6 million. Persons.
In the Dominican Republic (Dominican Republic), duty-free, you can smuggle across the border: 1 liter of alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content of up to 22% less than 2 liters of spirits, 500 grams of coffee, 200 cigars and gifts worth up to $ 100 dollars.
Prohibited export without special permission from subjects and objects of historical and artistic value. The import and export of local and foreign currency restrictions are absent.
Medical aid Dominican
Desirable vaccinated against yellow fever. With him, it is desirable to have some medical supplies to facilitate digestion by changing the diet.
Working hours Dominican
Shops are open on weekdays from 09.00 to 12.00 hours and from 15.00 to 18.00 hours. On weekends, the work depends on the owner of the store. Tourist areas of the Dominican Republic (D0TЃikanskoy Republic) offer services to tourists numerous boutiques and souvenir shops where you can buy various items made of wood, bone, amber, larimar jewels, ceramics, coffee, rum, cigars, Creole dolls.
Especially recommended as a cassette with tunes "merengue" and salsa. In Santo Domingo are the largest commercial centers, where you can buy clothes, shoes, light industry products domestic and foreign firms of good quality and at affordable prices. When buying, you can haggle.
Foreign currency can be exchanged at hotels or in commercial banks. Working Hours Banks: from 8.30 to 15.00 Monday to Friday.
Well-developed network of bus routes and buses - with air conditioning. The most affordable transport in the Dominican Republic (Dominican Republic) - taxi. Collective taxi "kappo pybliko" go on certain routes (very cheap). There is also a "moto-koncho" (takci-mototsikl) and "gyagyac" (public transport).
The cost of rental is very high (for persons over the age of 25 years), it is necessary to have an international driver's license, valid for 90 days and a valid credit card.
In the Dominican Republic (Dominican Republic) has 3 international airports: Santo Domingo (where reside the planes a / c and Air France, a / k Lufthanza), Punta Cana (staying there airplanes, a / k Lufthanza) and Puerto Plata (aircraft , a / k Lufthanza). From Moscow, the plane flies to Paris or Frankfurt (depending on your choice of airlines), there is a transplant to the Dominican Republic (the Dominican Republic).
Potable water Dominican
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap. Always wash fruits boiled water or bottled water. We do not recommend taking drinks with ice, as often, it is made of ordinary water from the tap.
Mains voltage 110 V, frequency 60 Hz. An adapter is needed for flat rosettes.
The cost of service in hotels partially included tip. The restaurants is customary to leave a tip of 10% of the order value. Maids or porter will be grateful for 1-2 dollars.