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Dominican Republic - Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. When is the best time to go?
  2. Do you need a visa?
  3. How can I get there?
  4. What is the local currency and what currency should I take?
  5. What is there to see and do?
  6. Do I need to pay a departure tax?
  7. What language is spoken locally?
  8. Is it safe to drink the tap water?

When is the best time to go?

The Dominican Republic has a tropical climate with little temperature variation (typically between 25 and 27 degrees Celsius in the summer) except in the central mountains which is susceptible to more weather changes. In the winter months, temperatures can drop down to between 19 and 23 degrees Celsius. However, the humidity can be high, which will make it feel much hotter. The most popular times to travel are between December and February or July and August, with the rainy season falling from May to October. Be aware that the north coast can experience rain into December. The hurricane season is from June to November, although the highest risk of storms is during August and September.


Do you need a visa?

You will need to obtain a tourist card to enter the Dominican Republic. You can purchase this online from the Dominican Republic Embassy, or pay US$10 (or the equivalent) on arrival to the country and obtain the visa at the airport. These are valid for 30 days, but you can pay to extend them.


How can I get there?

There are direct flights to the Dominican Republic from various cities in the UK such as London, Manchester and Glasgow, with airlines including British Airways, Thomas Cook and Thomson, all offering direct services. The journey takes around eight hours and 45 minutes from London, although some flights will stop in Antigua en route to the Dominican Republic. There are six international airports in the Dominican Republic, with most flights landing in Punta Cana, Puerto Plata or Santo Domingo.


What is the local currency and what currency should I take?

The local currency is the Dominican peso, although it is easy to exchange U.S. dollars and travellers' cheques - only use banks or official exchange offices if you need to change money. Most credit and debit cards will work in the country's ATMs.


What is there to see and do?

The glorious white-sand beaches in the Dominican Republic are what draw many travellers to the destination, but the country has much more to offer than just its coastline - spectacular though that is. In the interior of the island you'll discover mountains, jungle, valleys and waterfalls, with hiking, horseback riding, mountain climbing and rafting among the activities you can have a go at. Lago Enriquillo, the largest lake in the Caribbean, is worth a visit - keep an eye out for its flamingos, crocodiles and iguanas. On the coast, scuba diving and snorkelling are popular, with the La Caleta National Park being one of the most popular places to discover the underwater world. Kite surfing, windsurfing and sailing are a few of the other water-based activities you can get up to in the Dominican Republic. Golf is also a popular pastime on the island, as there are many world-class courses here, including some designed by the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones Sr and Tom Fazio. If yo


Do I need to pay a departure tax?

There is a US$20 departure tax when you leave the Dominican Republic. If you are flying with British Airways, this cost is included in the price of the ticket; otherwise you pay this at the airport.


What language is spoken locally?

Spanish is the official language in the Dominican Republic, although English is widely spoken in tourist areas.


Is it safe to drink the tap water?

It is not recommended that you drink the tap water - it is best to stick to bottled water.


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