Dominican Republic Nestled between the caribbean sea and atlantic ocean including la romana, punta cana and puerto plata

*THE BELOW INFORMATION IS INTENDED FOR U.S. CITIZENS

The Dominican Republic shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, occupying the eastern two-thirds of the island. 25% of the DR is preserved as national parks, reserves and sanctuatires.

Did you know that Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic, is the site of the First City in the New World? Santo Domingo is the capital and the biggest city in the Dominican Republic. The Malecon or seaside promenade is lovely to stroll any time of year. The Chu Chu Colonial is a small train that offers a 45-minute trip by the 35 historic sites of the Colonial City – UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Dominican Professional Baseball season runs from mid-October until the first week of February.

Puerto Plata is more known for it’s gold sand beaches, and spectacular waterfalls within the canopy of the forest.

There are 900 miles of coastline and countless white powdery sand beaches.

We work with a terrific local company in the DR, planning countless meeting and incentive groups. We can provide red carpet service, scavenger hunts, other team building and VIP services, and much, much more! Don't hesitate to ask!

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

International travel requires proof of citizenship. It is your responsibility to provide all required documents.

ARRIVALS INTO PUNTA CANA

TOURIST CARDS are mandatory and may still be purchased for $10 upon arrival to the Dominican Republic at the airport. However, they can now be purchased on line by visiting the following link: http://www.dgii.gov.do/tarjetaTuristica/EN/about/Paginas/default.aspx.

Indicate the number of cards needed and enter the required data: full name, address, city, state and E-mail & credit card information. Once the transaction is completed, a confirmation notice will be issued. After obtaining your disembarkation card, passing through Customs and going through immigration, you'll be able to collect your baggage.

Please review the indicated ground transportation company so that you know who you are looking for when you arrive Punta Cana.

If you are TRAVELING OUT OF THE COUNTRY WITH CHILDREN, you need to make certain that if only one of the parents is traveling with the minor child that he or she has a notarized statement from the other parent and/or guardian authorizing that person to take the child out of the United States. Without such as statement, it’s very likely that the passenger and the minor would be stopped before boarding a flight to leave the country.

There are many CASINOS in the DR, but none as fun as the Casino at the Hard Rock Punta Cana. If you enjoy casinos, this side trip may be worth your time.

Olympus and Amstar are two reputable ground service operators. They work very closely with the hotels, to schedule area TRANSPORTATION, TOURS AND ACTIVITIES.

The sandy beaches are wide and long in many areas. The water is typically clear. The waves vary from calm to body-surfing waves. The SAND AND WATER widely vary due to mother nature.

There is not much SHOPPING available to you in the DR. You will find some hotel sundries shops with resort wear and essentials – in case you forgot something. To access local vendors, hit the beach. Your resort will likely host local vendors one evening on property.

The Dominican Republic is a GOLFERS PARADISE. The cost is often comparable to what you would pay at home. A caddy is often required. Call for golf t-time reservations.

The FOOD is not what you go to the DR for. While it may be plentiful, your body may miss what it’s used to getting back home.

The local time zone is one hour ahead of Eastern time.

Tipping is expected throughout the island, unless gratuitiy is included with your all-inclusive stay. Tips are expected for drivers, hotel maids, bellman, and tour guides, to name a few.

Although many hotels treat their water, it is advised to drink bottled water as a precaution. Drink lots of water to avoid dehydration.

The drinking age is 18 years old.

It is not uncommon for dining in the Dominican Republic to cause indigestion. If you are susceptible to this, please ask your Doctor to make a recommendation as to how to avoid indigestion and gastrointestinal ILLNESS.

There are no shots or vaccinations required to date, however some recommended. Please consult your personal physician for more information.

AVERAGE WEATHER IN FAHRENHEIT

Spanish is the OFFICIAL LANGUAGE, but English is spoken by some of the resort staff.

ELECTRICAL current is 110 volts. American-style two-pin flat blade plugs are standard.

LOCAL TIME in Punta Cana is one hour ahead of Central Time in the United States.

DUTY FREE Travellers to the Dominican Republic over 16 years do not have to pay duty on 200 cigarettes or 1 box cigars; 1 bottle of alcohol, unopened and maximum of 2 litres; and up to 2 bottles of perfume for personal use. All animal products are prohibited.

The Dominican peso is the official currency, however U.S. dollars are widely accepted in small denominations (they won’t likely have change for larger bills.) ATMs can be found in the majority of Dominican cities and at most resorts.

Many of the hotels and restaurants in the main tourist destinations display their prices in US dollars as well as in Dominican Pesos, as US dollars are widely accepted and some places will also accept Euros. Exchange Rates: DOP1=US.03. Note: This is not updated daily and should be used as a guide only.

I highly recommend bringing at least 30 - $1's and 20 - $5's because while many establishments will accept local currency, they will not have change in U.S. Small bills, used for purchases and tipping, are a must!

The Government is a democracy, electing a president, vice president and legislators every four years.

Many resorts cater to couples, romance, and adults only. This is the perfect choice when wanting a romantic, pampering vacation, making lasting memories.

The Dominican Republic is a popular destination for symbolic ceremony’s but legal ceremonies can be difficult to confirm. Please inquire for more details.

There are wonderful family friendly resorts with water parks. Choose a resort that best fits your families ages and interest. You can easily give your children the vacation of a lifetime, keeping them busy with other kids and activities, while parents spend time at the spa, on the golf course, or simply relaxing at the beach or pool.

When it’s time to leave the resort and explore, cultural activities, rafting, hiking, off-roading, and zip-lining are some of our favorites. And the water adventures abound including secluded islands, wildlife, boating, snorkeling and scuba. Don’t miss the Dr. Fish spa, where the little fish eat the dead skin from your feet – free pedicure!! When guests ask me what TO DO AND SEE in the Dominican Republic, I often advise them to focus on what is exclusive to the Dominican Republic.

The Dominican is great for those seeking an all-inclusive, laid back, beach vacation. There are few sidewalks and towns near the resorts, for shopping, dining and nightlife. Some of the beaches have rougher, more boogie board surf, while others are very calm. Be sure to tell us which you prefer.

The DR is known for it’s rum. The Mamajuana is a specialty here. Try it!

I highly recommend that you visit PACK for a PURPOSE: Make a lasting impact in the community at your destination.: http://www.packforapurpose.org/destinations/

*Information provided here was accurate at time of creation, however, is subject to change without notice.

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