The country of Dominican Republic (República Dominicana) is situated on the eastern side of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, which it shares with Haiti. The Dominican Republic is the most visited country in the Caribbean - with an average temperature of 26 degrees Celsius, and attractive beaches such as in Punta Cana, Puerto Plata and in Samaná Peninsula. This country has a great diversity of landscapes: tropical rainforests, pine forests, mountains to hike, rolling hills, desert, rivers, lakes, and a stunning coastline ideal for water activities! The historic and cultural capital of Santo Domingo, has excellent museums, colonial-era architecture, a remarkable historic area known as “Zona Colonial” with the first cathedral built in the New World! This unique city combines this old charm with the modern atmosphere and the features of a great seaside resort!

Population: estimate 10.8 million

Capital: Santo Domingo

Other major cities: Santo Domingo Este, Santiago de los Caballeros, San Felipe de Puerto Plata, Salvaleón de Higüey, San Pedro de Macorís, San Francisco de Macorís, Concepción de La Vega, San Cristóbal, Bella Vista, La Romana, Moca

Religion:  Christians (95%)

Climate: tropical rainforest climate with a dry season in winter and a rainy season from late April to October; the northern coast is wetter due the trade winds

Main attractions: Santo Domingo: Colonial City: Cathedral of Santa María la Menor (First cathedral in America), Alcazar de Colon, Calle de Las Damas, the 3 Eyes National Park; Santiago de los Caballeros: Monumento a los Héroes de la Restauración, Centro León cultural center, Fortaleza San Luis; Punta Cana: beaches, Scape Park,  Canopy Adventure zip-line; Puerto Plata: beaches; Fortaleza San Felipe; La Romana: Altos de Chavón, golf courses; Higüey: Basílica CatedralNuestra Señora de la Altagracia, Isla Catalina; Isla Saona; Samaná Bay, Haitises National Park, Jaragua National Park, Lake Enriquillo, boat tours, whale watching, scuba and snorkelling

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