Capital: Santo Domingo
Local currency: Peso dominicano (DOP)
The Dominican Republic borders Haiti on the island of Hispaniola. In the Dominican Republic, you can experience the best the Caribbean has to offer. With 1300 kilometres of beach, you will feel transported to a tropical paradise, with white sandy beaches, blue waters and palm trees everywhere. This barely touched land is a perfect refuge for fauna and flora and in its crystal clear waters, perfect for scuba diving, you can really enjoy the bright colors that hide between the waves.
The Dominican Republic is a melting pot where you will see a mixture of European, African and island culture, the Taino. The result is a unique blend that can be seen in its culture, art and cuisine. One of the island’s most famous cultural expressions is merengue, a lively and fast rhythm that, based on an island tradition, has conquered the world.
When the Spanish began to explore the New World in the 15th century, the Dominican Republic was one of the first places where they landed. As a result, the island has claimed one of its cities as one of the oldest in the New World – the capital, Santo Domingo.
This cobbled city is full of colonial charm. Of course, it is a first-rate city: the first hospital, the first sugar factory and the first cathedral on this side of the world are here. With its rich history, incredible and varied landscapes, delicious cuisine and dynamic people, the Dominican Republic has an infinite number of experiences to offer you, a true tropical and cultural paradise!
The charm of Spanish:
Dominican Spanish is part of the so-called Caribbean Spanish, and has the specific characteristics of seseo (there is no difference in pronunciation between s, z and c, before e and i), yeísmo (ll pronounced as y) and the absence of voseo.
In addition to Spanish, the Dominican Republic also has a part of the Haitian Creole population (its immigrant neighbours and their descendants) and a small English-speaking community on the Samana peninsula, composed mainly of descendants of American slaves who arrived in the peninsula in the 19th century.
Thus, the Spanish of the Dominican Republic is crossed by archaisms as well as by neologisms, Africanisms and foreignisms, which make it both an ancient and modern language.
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