Land Of Natural Beauty
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC OVERVIEW
EXCITING WHALE WATCHING
Every year, from January to March, thousands of humpback whales migrate from the cold waters of the North Atlantic to Samana’s warm coast to breed.
In Samaná, excursions depart to catch the frolicking giant creatures in action. Grab the best seat on the boat to watch them splash and spout water and don’t forget your camera! You’ll want a keepsake of your time with these majestic sea mammals. There is also a Whale Museum hereby.
MERENQUE: QUES ES? YES, YES
1, 2, 3, 4, left, right, left, right. That’s merengue, which is the national dance of the Dominican Republic. Merengue greets you at the airport, travels with you in your taxi, and is probably playing in the lobby as you arrive at your resort! Just feel the beat and let the rhythm fill your body. Your feet and hips will know just feel and sway to the beat. And don’t worry if you don’t catch on quick. You can always look around at the locals for a quick merengue lesson or just relax and admire the more experienced dancers working their magic.
Said to have been invented by African slaves in the Dominican Republic working on sugar plantations, the merengue dance has fully evolved as the focal point of any party. You’re sure to see people having a great time dancing merengue in the nightclubs, in the resorts and in the restaurants. Just keep practicing and I’m sure you will be dancing it before you have to leave.
CARNIVAL IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
The Carnival in the Dominican Republic is a Dominican celebration that takes place throughout February; although some Dominicans celebrate it during Holy Week in March. Dominicans are usually most festive on February 27th, which is the Dominican Independence Day.
OLDEST CITY IN THE NEW WORLD
In old Santo Domingo, history aficionados can witness the buildings and streets that were once inhabited by Columbus, Ponce de Leon, and Cortez. Established in 1496 by Christopher Columbus’ brother, Bartholomew, Santo Domingo de Guzmán is the oldest city in the Americas. With 16th century monuments and buildings, there’s plenty to visit and see in Santo Domingo.
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC IMPORTANT FACTS
Eastern Standard Time (UTC/GMT -4 hours)
Drink only bottled water. Avoid tap water and drinking beverages with ice cubes.
Same voltage as North America, but the sockets are two pronged.
Dec to Feb, July to Aug and the week before Easter
All U.S. citizens must have a valid passport when traveling to and from the Dominican Republic.