Weather
Dominican Republic is called "the endless summer island". During  January and February the temperature goes to 20 ° C  and during July and August temperature goes to 35 ° C.
The best period is the on that goes from November to March. The period from June to November is considered the hurricane season. Usually not all the hurricanes passes over the Dominican Republic, indeed dangerous hurricanes pass about every twenty years: the last two were David in 1979 and Georges in 1998.
Generally, during hurricanes season, there are only tropical storms which are meteorological phenomenas characterized by intense rains usually that do not last more than one or two days. Moreover, contrary to what many foreigners think, not continually rains throughout the hurricane season, indeed often rains heavily for a couple of hours a day and then becomes a nice sun.
In the months of May and September rains are more frequent.

Air Links

Currently available airports are: Santo Domingo, Puerto Plata, La Romana, Punta Cana and Samaná connected with the major cities of Europe, the Caribbean, the U.S. and Central and South America. Different airlines are operating flights from Italy, Air Europa, Iberia, Condor, etc..

Entry Permission
To go to the Dominican Republic you need to have the currently valid passport. Citizens of the major developed countries, including Italy, no need to apply for any visa. You can ask at the immigration office at airport a tourist permission which can be purchased at the cost of ten dollars or through the airline, at your arrival at the airport, to a tour operator or travel agency.

Health Care
You need something for emergencies and sunscreens. It is also important to get a mosquito repellent, to have the necessary medicines for any eventual revolt against intestinal discomfort (very common among tourists).

Recommended Dress Code
Having this endless summer climate, it is advisable to bring a practical, lightweight clothes.Keep in mind, when preparing the suitcase, is not allowed to enter to churches, nightclubs and public offices with shorts, shirt half sleeves and flip flops.

Currency
The national currency is the Dominican Peso and its symbol is RD$.
There are coins of: 1 - 5 - 10 - 25 pesos.
Tickets are: 20 - 50 - 100 - 200 - 500 - 1,000 - 2,000 pesos.
The currency exchange may be effected in all agencies of Banco de Reservas, any bank or near major hotels. Be careful with those people who will propose changes at the street! Currently exchange is in connection with 1-55.5 Euro (1 Euro = 55.5 pesos) and 1-43.5 with the Dollar, (1 U.S. $ = 43.5 pesos).

Cost Of Life
The cost of life in the Dominican Republic is much lower compared to the more developed countries. In each mode, it should be noted that the comparison between prices in the Dominican Republic with those of the most developed countries is highly variable depending on the types of needs and services.
Local services are cheap. Then the dishes offered by restaurants with typical Dominican cuisine and rum-based drinks in bars have much lower prices compared to that of foreign tourists are accustomed.
If you want to consume imported products the situation changes slightly. The restaurants with international cuisine and bars offering wines are priced in line with those in developed countries.

Internal Transport
Inside the Country there are a large international car rental companies such as National, Honda, Avis, etc.
In the event that you want to use one of the local transportation, there is a private taxi service, active twenty four hours, all available near Country hotels.When taking a taxi is always important to establish good fare with the driver before getting into the car.
The most popular transportation are the famous "public cars", public taxis that circulate through the main streets of many cities along fixed routes taking more than one person at once.
The "guaguas", the name they are called urban buses, go through the main city streets and, unlike "public car", they have preset stops and routes.

Another means of transportation is constituted by the "motoconcho" motor taxi that you can usually find in villages or in inaccessible places for cars.
As a link between San Domingo and other major cities, many lines of private buses as Metro Tours, Caribe Tours, Earth and Omni Bus Tours, provide an efficient transport service.
The air carriers Air Aerodomca San Domingo offer a daily flight service inner tie between many tourist locations.

Language

The official language is Spanish and currently its speak in an Antillean form. Many Africanisms, neologisms and foreign words, especially from the English, because of cultural pressure originating from the United States are employed.Another feature that comprise the Dominican Spanish is using hundreds of archaisms, that makes it a modern yet ancient Spanish. If we try to compare or find the root of the Dominican Spanish accent the closest would be the canary, as the Dominican Spanish like the canary uses much the acronym of the words.It is quite easy to find people who speak English, and most of the resorts, and a modest percentage of the population is also known to Italian, German and French.
In case you do not speak Spanish, do not you worry: Dominicans are known to be good to understand gestures.
In the Dominican Republic there are not dialects but many individual ways to say the same thing.

Population
The Dominican population is about eight and a half millions of declared inhabitants. The capital, Santo Domingo, has about three million inhabitants. About 70% of the population is of mixed race.

Religion
Contrary to what many may think, 98% of the population is not voodoo but Catholicism.
In the Dominican Republic is allowed complete freedom of worship.

Water
It is advised to consume only bottled water and not tap water to avoid any intestinal discomfort.

Electrical System
If you come from Europe or any country that is not used a 110V - 60 Herz system voltage, do not forget to bring an electric converter. In recent years many hotels have started to introduce a voltage to 220V.
It is important to point out that the country have serious power struggles, at any time of day can be an interruption for several hours, except in the Samana peninsula, where the light is administered by a private company.

Telephone System
The Dominican telephone system is at the forefront. All major cities are centers of national and international calls. Furthermore, especially in the capital, there are many public phones coins.


The cost of local calls is very low, except to cellphone calls. The cost of international calls is very high especially if done through the hotels. For international calls, you better go near the centers of international calls.


In the capital and some of the major cities are different cyber cafe, where you can link network at affordable prices.

Work Schedule
Most of the shops remain open from 8.30 to 12.30 and 14.30 to 18.30, including Saturday.
Public offices are operating in the 7.30 to 14.30, Monday to Friday.
Los bancos tienen un horario de apertura que va del lunes al viernes de los 8.30 a los 16.00/18.00 y el sábado de los 8.30 a los 12.00/13.00.

National Holidays
Here is a list of holidays in the Dominican Republic. The holidays marked with an asterisk (*) are displaced in case they fall on different days of Monday, especially if the holidays fall on a Tuesday or Wednesday are moved to the previous Monday, and if they fall on Thursday or Friday are displaced to Monday, Law (139 -97).