365 days of paradise
Dominican Republic enjoys a tropical climate all year round, where every day has sunshine. The average annual temperature is between 79ºF and 86ºF. The coolest time of year is between November and April, the warmest, between May and October
This paradise of white sand beaches lapped by turquoise waters is a tourist destination in the heart of the Caribbean. Dominican Republic invites foreign visitors to enjoy an unforgettable holiday on the second largest island in the region.
One of the main resorts, Bávaro-Punta Cana, boasts spectacular beaches. It attracts more than 2 million people every year, making it one of the top tourism spots par excellence not only in the country, but in the entire Antilles.
Santo Domingo has the Americas’ first cathedral,
first university and first street
Nevertheless, there are other destinations that lure in those who also seek singular cultural experiences. The capital, Santo Domingo, offers visitors a rich culture born from the ethnic mix that has thrived on the island since the time it was a Spanish colony. Santo Domingo is home to the Americas’ first cathedral and first castle, both of which are located in the Colonial City, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The mix between Europeans and Africans – and to a smaller extend, indigenous people – comprises the Dominican identity and is manifested in the nation’s art and religion. This rich mix of identities is also evident in the local cuisine, full of flavours and aromas reminiscent of far away places. During carnival, a true explosion of colour and a celebration of the Dominican identitytake place. Those interested in witnessing this lively event should definitely mark February off in their calendars.
The Centre for Exports and Investment in the Dominican Republic has set up a website (www.cei-rd.gov.do) in an effort to offer information to all those interested in taking their first entrepreneurial steps in the country. In line with its profile as a tourism destination, the island also affords fiscal advantages to people who choose to retire in the Dominican Republic. They can rest assured there won’t be a dull moment, especially given the continent’s best golf courses dotted throughoutthe island.