Area: 48,422 sq km (18,696 sq miles)
Capital: Santo Domingo
Language: Official - Spanish, English widely spoken Dominican Republic
Religion: Roman Catholic, small Protestant and Jewish minorities.
Time Zone: GMT - 4
Electricity: 110 Volts AC, 60Hz
Population: 9,523,209 (2008)
Passport: Valid pasport required by all
Currency: Dominican Rep. Peso = 100 centavos
Health: Malaria, Typhoid & Polio precautions advised, water to be boiled
Climate: Hot with tropical temperatures all year. Rainy season is from June to October. Hurricanes possible during this period.
International Dialling Code: 1+809
The Dominican Republic is in the Caribbean, sharing the island of Hispaniola with Haiti and constituting the eastern two-thirds of the land. The landscape is forested and mountainous, with valleys, plains and plateaux. The soil is fertile ith excellent beaches in the north, southeast and east coasts, rising up to the mountains.
Map of Dominican Republic