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The Republic of
COLORS
        Dominican Republic Map
                              Puerto Plata
                         Luperon
El Morro
                            Salto de La              Sosúa
           Monte Cristi                                                                          Atlantic Ocean
                            Damajagua              Playa Cabarete
                                  Loma Isabel      Dorada                   Cabrera
                                                            Rio San Juan
                                  de Torres

                                      Santiago                             Nagua Las Terrenas
                                                         Salcedo                                        Las Galeras
                                                   Moca       SanFrancisco
                                                                                    Sanchez          Samaná
                                                              de Macorís                              Cayo Levantado
                                                      La Vega
                                       Jarabacoa                       Cotui   Los Haitises
                        Pico Duarte

                                                                                                                         Macao           Cabeza de Toro
                                                                            Monte Plata                    El Seibo
                                 Constanza          Bonao
                                                                                      Hato Mayor                           Bavaro
                                                                                                       Cueva de Higüey
                                                                  Cueva de                             las Maravillas                   Punta Cana
                                                                  los Tres Ojos     La Caleta
                                                                                                       La Romana
                                                          Cuevas                                                                    Cap Cana
                                                          del Pomier                                San Pedro                 Boca de Yuma
                                                      San Cristóbal                                 de Macorís           Bayahibe
                                                                           Santo
  Jimaní                                                                   Domingo               Juan Dolio                         Parque del Este
                                                                                              Boca Chica
                                                                  Bani                                      Isla          Isla Saona
                                                            Las Dunas de                                    Catalina
                        Barahona                            las Calderas




              Parque                                             Caribbean Sea
              Jaragua
                                                                                                                          Icons
                                                                                                                          Golf
                 Isla Beata
                                                                                                                          Maritime Ports


                                                                                                                          Airport (Domestic)


                                                                                                                          Airport (International)


                                                                                                                          Cruiseship Ports

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   Table                       of           Contents

THE REPUBLIC OF COLORS                                                                  THE REPUBLIC OF GREEN
   BIENVENIDOS                                                                             GOLF.......................................................................... 14
   DR AT A GLANCE                                                                          ECO ADVENTURE ......................................................... 15
     Dominican Republic ................................................ 4                   Bird-watching ......................................................... 15
     Location/Geography ................................................ 5                   Canyoning and Cascading ................................... 15
     Population................................................................ 5            Hiking .................................................................... 15
     AIRPORTS .................................................................. 6           Horseback Riding ................................................... 16
     MARITIME PORTS ....................................................... 6                Kayaking ................................................................ 16
     Documentation ....................................................... 6                 Mountain Biking ...................................................... 16
     Tourist Card .............................................................. 7           Rock Climbing ....................................................... 16
     Taxes ........................................................................ 7        Whale watching ..................................................... 16
     Traveling with Children.............................................. 7                 Caving ................................................................... 16
     Electricity ................................................................. 7         Whitewater rafting .................................................. 16
     Tipping ..................................................................... 7         Jeep Safaris and Expeditions ................................. 17
     Medical Precautions ................................................ 7                  Waterfalls ............................................................... 17
     Emergency Phone Number...................................... 7                          Most Popular Dominican Republic Excursions ......... 17
     Alcohol Drinking Age ................................................ 7                 ANIMAL PARKS AND AQUARIUMS .............................. 18
     Hotels ....................................................................... 7        THE DOMINICAN ISLANDS ........................................ 19
     Telephone/Communications .................................... 8                    THE REPUBLIC OF WHITE
     Pet Regulations ........................................................ 8
                                                                                           WEDDINGS/HONEYMOONS .......................................... 20
     Car Rentals .............................................................. 8
                                                                                             Steps to Getting Married in the Dominican Republic . 20
     Ground Transportation.............................................. 8
                                                                                             Religious Ceremonies ............................................ 21
     Local Transportation ................................................. 9
     Driving Time Between Regions .................................. 9                  THE REPUBLIC OF RED
     Transfers and Excursions ........................................... 9                NIGHTLIFE/DINING ....................................................... 22
     Bus Companies ....................................................... 9                 Carnaval ..................................................................... 23
     Domestic Regular and Charter Flights ...................... 9                           Casinos ....................................................................... 23
                                                                                             Merengue ................................................................... 23
THE REPUBLIC OF BLUE
                                                                                             Teatro Nacional (National Theater) ............................. 24
   BEACHES .................................................................... 10
                                                                                             CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2009 ........................................ 25
     WIND SPORTS .......................................................... 11
     Kiteboarding .......................................................... 11         THE REPUBLIC OF AMBER
     Windsurfing ............................................................ 11           MUSEUMS ................................................................... 26
     SCUBA/SNORKELING ............................................... 11                   DOMINICAN REPUBLIC MUSEUMS...................................... 27
     FISHING .................................................................. 11         Santo Domingo Ciudad Colonial Map .......................... 29
     MARINAS ................................................................ 12           Samaná - Las Terrenas Map ........................................... 30
     The Republic of Blue Map ...................................... 13                    Punta Cana Map ............................................................ 31
                                                                                           Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism Offices ............. 32

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            BIENVENIDOS
    The Dominican Republic (DR), often referred to as the Republic        From waterfall-cascading to canyoning to world class golf, marinas,
    of Colors for its astounding diversity and beauty, is the second      spas and resorts, the activities available in the DR are endless.
    largest and most diverse country in the Caribbean. Surrounded         The island features a growing list of world-class accommodations
    by the Atlantic Ocean to its north and the Caribbean Sea on its       and well known hotels that welcome visitors of all ages. And with
    south, our lush tropical island paradise boasts over 1,000 miles of   eight international airports, seaports and marinas, paradise has
    sandy white beaches, amazing beauty and sophisticated tourism         never been easier to explore. Come and begin your exploration
    offerings that attract international visitors, sports champions and   of the DR in our Republic of Colors brochure and visit soon to
    celebrities alike.                                                    experience the magnificent sun, sea and sand that will captivate
    Discovered in 1492 by the world’s most renowned explorer,             your senses and refresh your soul.
    Christopher Columbus, the DR is known for its history, culture
    and pristine natural beauty, making it the new international “It”



                                                                           The Republic of
    destination for travelers seeking an unparalleled experience. The
    DR has emerged as a popular destination for affluent travelers,
    families, couples, adventure and romance seekers alike who




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    want to vacation in magnificent natural settings. As a leader in
    environmental protection and sustainable tourism, breathtaking
    scenery abounds here, where more than 20 percent of land and
    coastal areas are protected.


                                                                                                                Mano Juan, Isla Saona




4    Dominican Republic
                                                                                                     Santo Domingo Cathedral




       DR AT A GLANCE                                                Capital City
Location/Geography                                                      The capital city of the Dominican Republic is Santo Domingo,
  The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern two-thirds of the         with a population of nearly 2.5 million. Santo Domingo is the
  island of Hispaniola, which it shares with the Republic of            oldest city of the New World.
  Haiti, and is the second largest country in the Caribbean,         Government
  comprising an area of 48,198 square kilometers (29,948                The Dominican Republic’s political structure is based on the
  square miles).                                                        principles of democracy. Every four years the country elects its
  The Dominican Republic is located in the heart of the Caribbean,      president, vice president and legislators.
  surrounded by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean to the north        Language
  and the Caribbean Sea to the south.                                   Spanish is the official language of the Dominican Republic.
Population                                                              However, you’ll be surprised by the majority of employees in
  The Dominican Republic has a population of over 8.5 million.          hotels and tourist destinations that speak relatively good
Climate                                                                 English, as well as French, German and Italian. If visitors
  The Dominican Republic enjoys warm tropical weather                   intend to venture out beyond the tourist hubs it will be helpful
  year-round. Depending on the location, an average day may             to learn a few basic Spanish phrases.
  see full sun or a sun/cloud mix. The average year-round            Currency
  temperatures are 78° to 88° F (25° to 31° C). The cooler              The Dominican peso (RD$) is the official currency of the
  season is November through April, while the temperature is at         Dominican Republic. Daily rates can be found at
  its warmest from May through October.                                 http://www.xe.com/ucc.
Time                                                                    Major credit cards and travelers checks are accepted at
  The local time zone is Eastern Caribbean Time (GMT -0400).            many tourist areas in the country. ATMs can be found in the
  In the winter this is one hour ahead of Eastern Time. The             majority of Dominican cities and at most resorts (only the RD$
  Dominican Republic does not observe daylight savings time.            is available at ATMs).
                                                                                                                 Dominican Republic        5
        Airports                                                          Maritime Ports
     The Dominican Republic currently has eight international          Maritime Ports that regularly receive cruise ships include:
     airports throughout the country. These include:                     1. Santo Domingo Port (Don Diego and Sans Souci
        1. Las Americas International Airport (SDQ) – serving                terminals)
          the capital city of Santo Domingo, Boca Chica and              2. Casa de Campo Port in La Romana
          Juan Dolio                                                   Additionally, there are docking facilities in Isla Catalina and
        2. La Romana International Airport (LRM) – serving the         Samaná.
                                                                     Documentation
          Casa de Campo resort and Bayahibe Hotels
                                                                       Before entering the country at airports, visitors are required
        3. Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) – serving the
                                                                       to fill out embarkation/disembarkation forms. These must be
          Punta Cana/Bávaro resort region
                                                                       filled out before entering the immigration line, where a passport
        4. Gregorio Luperón International Airport (POP) –
                                                                       must be presented. These forms are provided by the airline.
          serving the Puerto Plata resort region
                                                                       For most visitors, a passport along with a Tourist Card is
        5. El Cibao International Airport (STI) – serving the city
                                                                       required to enter the Dominican Republic. For a list of countries
          of Santiago
                                                                       that can enter the Domincan Republic with a tourist card
        6. Presidente Juan Bosch International Airport, also
                                                                       or visa, please see the Entry Requirements section on the
          known as El Catey (AZS) – serving the ecologically- rich
                                                                       www.GoDominicanRepublic.com Web site. For countries that
          Samaná Peninsula
                                                                       need a visa, contact your closest Dominican Republic
        7. La Isabela International Airport (JBQ) – Also in Santo      consulate or visit www.serex.gov.do. However, any person,
          Domingo, offers domestic flights within the Dominican        no matter their nationality, can enter the Dominican Republic
          Republic and flights to some Caribbean islands.              with a Tourist Card (not a visa) if they are legal residents or if
        8. Maria Montez International Airport (BRX) – serves           they have one of the following valid visas in the passport:
          Barahona.                                                    United States, Canada, United Kingdom or Schengen.
6   Dominican Republic
Tourist Card
   Prior to entering the immigration line, visitors are required to
   purchase a Tourist Card. lt’s essential that visitors have
   US$10 or 10 euros for each member of their party to pay
   this tax. No coins or other currency, including Dominican
   pesos, can be used. The tourist card permits a 30-day stay.
   Tourist Cards are available at booths near the immigration lines.
   The card, which looks similar to a credit card and has a microchip,
   will be collected prior to entry into the country.
Taxes
   In addition to the tourist card, most visitors are required to
   pay a US$20 departure tax at the airport upon departure
   (This is generally included in the cost of a regular airline ticket,
   but some charters do not include it, please check with your
   travel agency). Dominican hotels and restaurants collect
   26 percent of their published prices (16 percent sales tax +
   10 percent service charges).
Traveling with Children
   Requirements for minors (foreigners) in the Dominican Republic :
   At the moment of departure from the Dominican Republic,                Medical Precautions

   Immigration will request that the minors are accompanied with            Travelers visiting the Dominican Republic are advised to drink
   the same person that they arrived. This can be proved by using           bottled water. Because of the strength of the Caribbean sun,
                                                                            it is recommended that vacationers drink water throughout the
   airline tickets, airport or port of entry and the number stamped
                                                                            day to avoid dehydration.
   in the passport, etc.
                                                                            It is essential for travelers to the Dominican Republic to pack
   If the minor will not leave the Dominican Republic with the
                                                                            sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher, again, due to the strength
   same people that arrived or with both of the parents or legal
                                                                            of the Caribbean sun. In addition, for those traveling to
   tutors, they will need an authorization (consular declaration)           wildlife area, mosquito repellent is strongly recommended.
   legalized by the Dominican Republic consulate closest to the             Should a medical emergency occur during a stay most hotels
   country of residence of the parents.                                     and resorts have on-site medical care. In addition, emergency
Electricity                                                                 rooms are found throughout the country.
   Electricity in the Dominican Republic operates at 110 Volts/60         Emergency Phone Number
   Hertz as it does in North America.                                       Dial 911 for medical and safety emergencies.
Tipping                                                                     Politur: (809) 200-3500 or (809) 686-8639
   Tipping is widely practiced throughout the Dominican Republic.         Alcohol Drinking Age

   While restaurants automatically add a 10 percent tip to the              The drinking age in the Dominican Republic is 18 years old.
                                                                          Hotels
   bill, it’s customary to give a bit extra – up to 10 percent.
                                                                            National Hotel & Restaurant Association (ASONAHORES)
   Tips are also given to taxi drivers, hotel maids (even at
                                                                            For an updated listing go to www.asonahores.com or
   all-inclusives) and porters.
                                                                            www.GoDominicanRepublic.com.
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    Telephone/Communications                                                   Car Rentals
         Several cellular phone companies offer service in the                    Car rental offices and facilities can be found at all
         Dominican Republic. Telephones are widely available at                   airports in the Dominican Republic.       Rental contracts are
         resorts throughout the country.
                                                                                  formalized upon the presentation of a credit card. Renters
         In addition to telephone service, the Dominican Republic also
                                                                                  must be 25 years of age. A valid driver’s license from the
         offers direct dialing, faxing, teleconferencing, electronic mail
         and videoconferencing. The majority of Dominican hotels offer            country of origin or an international driver’s license must be
         Internet service for a fee. Tourists will also find Internet cafés       presented at the time of rental. Popular car rental agencies
         and Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the country.                               include: Nelly Rent-a-Car, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Europcar,
         Area codes in the Dominican Republic are 809 and 829.                    Hertz, Honda, National/Alamo and Thrifty.
    Pet Regulations                                                               National Rental Car Association
         The Department of Animal Health requires specific documentation          Web site: http://www.andri.com.do
         for any pets being brought into the country. Cats and dogs
                                                                               Ground Transportation
         must have the following documentation:
                                                                                  Motor coaches and vans arranged by local tour operators
    	    	 •	 A	health	certificate	issued	by	the	Office	of	Animal	Health	
               no more than 15 days prior to the arrival date of the              are the preferred method of transportation. The major rental
               animal is required.                                                car companies are represented, but hiring a car and driver or
    	    	 •	 Anti-rabies	vaccine,	triple	vaccine	(distemper,	lectopirosis,	      taking a taxi are additional options for getting around. Use
               hepatitis) and Parvo-virus vaccine certificates showing            only the taxis from outside the airport and at the
               inoculations 15 days prior to the arrival date of the animal.      resorts. If you go out, keep the taxi company’s card
         Pets that don’t meet requirements will be quarantined for at
                                                                                  and call the same company to pick you up. When utilizing
         least eight days or up to a month. For all other types of
                                                                                  local transportation from ports and airports try to agree on
         animals, special authorization should be sought from and
                                                                                  the fare in advance to avoid problems and ask for the
         issued by la Dirección General de Ganadería (Department of
         Animal Husbandry), (809) 535-9689.                                       chauffeur’s identification before entering the car.




                                                                                                               Houses in colonial Santo Domingo
8       Dominican Republic
Local Transportation
   As the second largest island in the Caribbean, the Dominican
   Republic offers a wide selection of activities and experiences
   for visitors. It also means that some attractions are quite a
   distance away from one another. Fortunately, the Dominican
   Republic is well equipped to handle its size with a well-
   maintained network of highways and international airports
   that serve all corners of the country.
Driving Time Between Regions

       Santo Domingo to:
       Barahona                    3 hours
       Bayahibe                    2 hours
       Boca Chica                  ½ hour
       Jarabacoa                   1 ½ hours
       Juan Dolio                  40 minutes
       La Romana                   1 hour and 45 minutes
       Puerto Plata                3 ½ hours
       Punta Cana                  3 ½ hours
       Samaná                      2 hours and 15 minutes
       Santiago                    1 ½ hours

        Puerto Plata to:
        Barahona                    7 hours                         Transfers and Excursions
        Cabarete                    30 minutes                         Association of Incoming Tour Operators (OPETUR)
        Cofresi                     10 minutes                         Email: opetur@codetel.net.do
        La Romana                   5 ½ hours                          Web site: http://www.opeturweb.com/
        Playa Dorada                10 minutes
                                                                    Bus Companies
        Punta Cana                  7 ½ hours
        Samaná                      3 ½ hours                          Daily bus services available via Metro Bus, Caribe Tours and
        Santiago                    40 minutes                         Expreso Bávaro.
        Santo Domingo               3 ½ hours                       Domestic Regular and Charter Flights
        Sosua                       20 minutes                         Domestic regular and charter      flights are available in the
                                                                       Dominican Republic by these companies:
        Punta Cana to:
        Barahona                    7   ½ hours                        Aerodomca (Aeronaves Dominicanas CxA)
        Bayahibe                    1   hour and 45 minutes            Air Century
        Boca Chica                  3   hours                          Takeoff Destination Service
        Jarabacoa                   5   ½ hours                        Domestic charter flights are also available by these companies:
        Juan Dolio                  2   hours and 45 minutes              Caribair              SAP (Servicios Aéreos Profesionales)
        La Romana                   1   hour and 45 minutes
                                                                          Volair                Helidosa
        Puerto Plata                7   ½ hours
        Samaná                      5   ½ hours                        For more information please visit,
        Santiago                    5   ½ hours                        www.GoDominicanRepublic.com.
        Santo Domingo               3   ½ hours
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    The Republic of

    BLUE
                           Beaches
                        The Dominican Republic’s beaches are widely celebrated as
                        being among the world’s best - and for good reason. Here,
                        more than 1,000 miles of sugar-colored sand is gently lapped
                        by warm waters so clear and blue one has to see to believe.
                        Depending on location, the Dominican Republic’s beaches
                        offer a gentle lullaby for an oceanside nap or enough wind to
                        keep a Technicolor kiteboard adrift.


10 Dominican Republic
        Wind Sports                                                         Fishing
  The Dominican Republic is known as the “kiteboarding capital          The Dominican Republic hosts several international billfish

  of the world” among those who travel the water sport’s circuit.       tournaments each year. For those who are not looking to

  The city of Cabarete offers the perfect blend of wind, water          become legendary anglers but would like to fight a marlin or
                                                                        reel-in a toothy barracuda, several charters are available
  and waves to create incomparable kiteboarding conditions.
                                                                        throughout the country.
  Windsurfers also flock to the water, coming out in large numbers
                                                                        Not as popular among tourists but still a thrilling activity, is
  for the annual World Cup Windsurfing Competition held in
                                                                        freshwater lake fishing. In a country known for its ocean
  Cabarete every July. But, these are not the only boards to be
                                                                        waters, the Dominican Republic also offers excellent fishing in
  found in the Dominican Republic. Surf boards also hit the
                                                                        crystal clear mountain streams and rivers. One of the best
  waves in search of the perfect point break and to ride on the
                                                                        locations is Lake Hatillo near the remote town of Cotui.
  barrels.                                                              The lake is actually an attractive reservoir that holds large
Kiteboarding                                                            quantities of lake bass.
  One of the fastest growing water sports, this surfing-like activity
  uses a huge kite to capture the wind as participants balance
  on a board. Kiteboarding rentals are available all along Kite
  Beach in Cabarete. Visitors looking to try the sport can easily
  find experienced kiteboarders offering instruction.
Windsurfing

  Equipment is available for rental through most hotels in the
  area and lessons can be taken through a variety of vendors.


     Scuba/Snorkeling
  The   Dominican      Republic’s    underwater      world    offers
  exceptional reef diving and snorkeling, incredibly clear
  waters and a variety of colorful marine life. In fact, the
  country is often listed as one of the top diving locations in
  the Caribbean. Visitors have the opportunity to explore
  centuries-old shipwrecks.




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                                                                     At present time, the Dominican Republic is able to dock yachts
        Marinas                                                      up to 250 feet in length overall. In fact, Cap Cana Harbor
     The Dominican Republic has one of the most expansive            and Marina will be the largest world-class mega-yacht
     coastlines in the Caribbean with more than 800 miles (1,287     marina in the Caribbean with the capability of hosting over
     kilometers) of diverse ecological environments ranging from     500 yachts.
     desert to tropical rainforest. Regardless of where visitors     Additional marinas to the Dominican Republic include Ocean
     choose to drop anchor, grand mountain backdrops, white          World on the North Coast, Casa de Campo and Punta Cana
     sand beaches and turquoise blue waters are sure to meet them.   on the East Coast.

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The Republic of Blue Map

El Morro
           Punta Rucia Cayo Arena (paraiso) Costambar

                            Puerto Colon                 Sosua
       Monte Cristi                                                                    Playa Grande
                                Puerto Plata       Playa
                                                   Dorada
                                                            Cabarete                                                                           Atlantic Ocean




                                                                                                       Las Terrenas
                                                                                                      Punta Bonita

                                                                                                       Punta Popy
    Manzanillo




                                                                                                                                  El Portillo


                                                                                                                                                        Rincón
                            Mao




                                                                                                      Cosón
                              Santiago                                                   Nagua
     Dajabón         Sabaneta                                                                                                                                    Las Galeras
                                                           Salcedo
                                                     Moca       SanFrancisco                                                                            Samaná
                                                                de Macorís
                                                        La Vega                                                                                                          Icaco

                                                                                      Cotui
                                                                       Lago Hatillo                                                                                                          Uvero Alto
                                                                                                                                                                                       Macao
                                                                                           Monte Plata                                                             El Seibo        Arena Gorda     Bavaro
                                                                                                                                                                                      El Cortecito
                                                                                                     Hato Mayor                                                                        Cabeza de Torro
                                                                                                                                                                               Higüey




                                                                                                                                Playa Caribe
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Punta Cana




                                                                                                                   Boca Chica
           Elías Piña




                                                                                                                                           Juan Dolio
                                                                                                       La Caleta
                                                                                                                                                           La Romana                      Cap Cana
                                                                                                                                                                 Cumayasa         Minitas
                                                                                       Santo                                                                                       Bayahibe
                                                                                       Domingo                                                     San Pedro
                                                                                                                                                   de Macorís                           Dominicus
                                            Azua          San Cristóbal
Jimaní                  Neiba                                               Haina                                                                                                   Palmilla
                                                   Palmar de Ocoa      Palenque
                                                                           Bani
                      Barahona                             Las Salinas



                        San Rafael
             Pedernales
    Bahía de las Aguilas        Los Patos                              Caribbean Sea                                                                                Icons
                                                                                                                                                                    Beaches


                                                                                                                                                                    Maritime Ports


                                                                                                                                                                    Wind Sports


                                                                                                                                                                    Scuba/Snorkeling


                                                                                                                                                                    Fishing

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        Golf                                                            The Republic of

                                                                        GREEN
     A favorite golfing destination of former Presidents Bill Clinton
     and George H. Bush, the Dominican Republic has become
     one of the hottest spots to tee-off in the Caribbean, if not the
     world. Here golfers will find more than 20 golf courses,
     most of them       with oceanfront fairways and swaying
     coconut palms. They will also find courses designed by legends
     such as Pete Dye, P.B. Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones,
     Gary Player, Tom Fazio and Nick Faldo.                             recognized golf pros for lessons. Regardless of handicap, the
     Visitors to the Dominican Republic needn’t worry about             courses of the Dominican Republic promise a challenging and
     packing golf clubs or even knowing how to golf, for that matter.   unique experience. For a complete listing of Dominican Republic
     Each course offers affordable club rentals and internationally     golf courses please visit, www.GoDominicanRepublic.com.

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      Eco Adventure
  The Dominican Republic is one of the few countries in the              Jimenoa waterfall is a recommended spot, as is the pinnacle
  Caribbean with nine life zones, or ecological zones. This              cascading course of Damajagua near Puerto Plata. While the
  diversity plays a major role in making eco and adventure               Dominican Republic’s series of falls has more than 27 cascades
  tourism in the country so remarkable and exciting. The Dominican       each with a pool, only the first 12 have been approved
  Republic has the highest and lowest sea level points in the            by the government for exploring. By combining the rushing
  Caribbean with Pico Duarte at 10,128 feet (3,087 meters)               water of these 12, the right equipment and knowledgeable
  above and Lake Enriquillo at 144 feet below (43.89 meters).            guides, this adventure is unforgettable. Water shoes are
  In between these elevations is a playground of environments            required and are available at the falls for rent.
  from tropical rainforest to arid desert. These areas are matched     Hiking

  with adventures and activities designed to get adrenaline              Abundant trails line the countryside of the Dominican Republic
  rushing, hearts racing and senses bursting.                            with the most famous leading to Pico Duarte. Most paths are
  There are several professional tour companies that offer a             located within the national parks system and require permits
  variety of activities in the Dominican Republic. The following         from the government in order to be explored. Some trails also
  activities are what the Dominican Republic offers for getting          request that a certified guide accompany hikers. (Guides
  in-touch with primal instincts:                                        can often be secured near the entrances of the national parks.)
Bird-watching
  The Dominican Republic is a haven for birdwatchers with over
  300 species of brightly colored birds that call the island home
  either permanently or as a migration layover. Twenty-seven
  species are endemic, meaning only found on the island of
  Hispaniola.
Canyoning and Cascading
  Canyoning is a blend of hiking, swimming, rock climbing,
  jumping and repelling and typically ends with a dip in a cool
  mountain pool. The Dominican Republic serves as an excellent
  arena for this relatively new adventure sport due to its multitude
  of mountain ranges. Adventure seekers staying on the north
  coast can easily find a tour or guide out of Cabarete, but the
  most popular access point is Jarabacoa in the central region.
  Cascading is a variation of canyoning that uses less equipment
  and involves waterfalls. It requires the partaker to climb
  one or more waterfalls in order to “cascade” back down by
  jumping off cliffs or sliding down water shuts. The Salto de


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   Horseback Riding
     Many tours include horseback riding as the means of
     transportation to various points of interest. Several companies
     have one-day tours using the strong Creole mountain breed of
     horse that will take riders over the mountains, through rivers
     and will stop along the way for waterfall and cave exploration.
   Kayaking
     Like whitewater rafting, kayaking is most popular in the central
     region along the Yaque del Norte and Jimenoa rivers near
     Jarabacoa. Both waterways provide a mix of white water with
     sharp turns and precipitous drops.
   Mountain Biking
     Mountain biking is one of the quietest and most exhilarating
     ways to see the Dominican Republic. The bikes allow tourists
     to reach places not accessible to most visitors.
   Rock Climbing
     The Dominican Republic is considered to be one of the world’s
     best rocking destinations among those who know the rope.
     With four mountain ranges, the country provides a great            Caving
     landscape for adrenaline.                                            There are hundreds of caves spread throughout the Dominican
     One of the best spots is Playa El Fronton, which is easily           Republic, the majority of which are located in the country’s
     accessible by boat from Las Galeras in the North East in             numerous national parks. The most visited are: Los Tres Ojos
     Samaná. Climbers hire a boat that takes them to a drop-off           cave in Santo Domingo, Las Cuevas del Pomier, Fun Fun Cave
     point and waits until their return.                                  and la Cueva de Las Maravillas. A new path is developing in
                                                                          the East National Park in Bayahibe called Padre Nuestro route,
   Whale Watching
                                                                          where scuba diving is also allowed at the cave.
     From January through March, Samaná Bay is nearly taken
                                                                        Whitewater Rafting
     over by humpback whales. For centuries, thousands of these
                                                                          The hottest whitewater rafting location is on the Yaque del
     humongous mammals make an annual trip to spend winter in
                                                                          Norte in the central mountain area. This is the largest river
     the warm waters of the Dominican Republic. Tours from
                                                                          in the Dominican Republic and has exhilarating class III to V
     Samaná Bay are available during this time and most offer a
                                                                          rapids (using the universal scale of I to VI) including a 12-foot
     99 percent sighting rate.
                                                                          drop named “Mike Tyson.” For a whitewater experience,
     The Dominican Republic’s preserves and sanctuaries, like the
                                                                          Rancho Baiguate and Rancho Jarabacoa, as well as several
     Sanctuary for the Marine Mammals of the Dominican Republic,          operators, offer one-day tours out of Santo Domingo, Puerto
     the first whale sanctuary in the world located along the coast       Plata and Cabarete and all include instruction and equipment.
     of Samaná, are a vital tourism draw to the Dominican Republic’s      Most tours will only allow adults and children over 12 years of
     fabled lush green surroundings.                                      age who are in good health.

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                                                              Jeep Safaris and Expeditions
Most Popular Dominican Republic Excursions
                                                                 Jeep Safaris and Expeditions place visitors behind the wheel
(Provided by the Incoming Tour Operator Association-OPETUR)
                                                                 of their own four-by-four Jeep or “fun truck” on the rustic roads
   Saona Island
                                                                 of the DR. This is the best way to find secluded beaches and
   River Rafting at Rancho Baiguate
                                                                 learn about local customs while being surrounded by lush
   Monster Truck
                                                                 vegetation. Tours are out of Samana, Punta Cana, Puerto
   Jeep Safari
                                                                 Plata, La Romana and Bayahibe and often include horseback
   Helicopter Tour                                               riding as an option.
   Charcos de Damajagua
                                                              Waterfalls
   Altos de Chavón
                                                                 Salto de Jimenoa
   Santo Domingo City Tour
                                                                 Located in Jarabacoa, this 131 foot (40 meters) waterfall is
   Catalina Island
                                                                 reached by a hiking trail and narrow suspension bridge.
   Funny Bikes
                                                                 The cold water of the Yaque del Norte cascades into the pool
   Los Haitises National Park                                    below. On weekends, a snack bar is open for visitors.
   Whales (available in Samaná Bay January to March)             Open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
   Cayo Levantado Island
                                                                 Salto Baiguate
   Playa Rincon (biking or by horse)
                                                                 Also located in Jarabacoa, this waterfall is 82 foot (25 meters)
   Salto El Limon
                                                                 height, surrounded by impressive nature, you can swim and
   Cuevas Fun Fun
                                                                 enjoy quietness & beauty.
   Puerto Plata city
   Samaná city
   Cayo Arena



                                                                                                    Dolphin Island Park




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                                                                             Parque Zoológico Nacional, Santo Domingo

          Animal Parks and Aquariums                                            www.zoodom.gov.do

   Ocean World, Puerto Plata
                                                                                Open Tuesday to Sunday, 9a.m. to 5p.m.
                                                                                Located north of Santo Domingo, Parque Zoológico is one of
      www.oceanworld.net
                                                                                the largest zoos in Latin America. The 320-acre park provides
      This large marine theme park offers interactive experiences such
                                                                                guests with the opportunity to see intriguing animals like
      as swimming with bottlenose dolphins in the world’s largest dolphin
                                                                                tigers, chimps and hyenas, while also offering glimpses of
      lagoon, feeding stingrays, exploring an artificial reef, getting
                                                                                crocodiles, flamingos and nocturnal anteaters. Whether
      close to sharks in the world’s first shark interaction pool, getting
                                                                                children are discovering creatures in the large landscaped
      nose-to-nose with sea lions and swimming just inches from tigers.
                                                                                grounds or going for a ride on the shuttle train, they’re
   Manati Park, Bávaro, Punta Cana
                                                                                sure to enjoy their visit to Santo Domingo’s National Zoo.
      www.manatipark.com
                                                                             Jardín Botánico Nacional, Santo Domingo
      Manati Theme Park focuses on nature, animals and the history
                                                                                www.jbn-sdq.org
      of the Dominican Republic. Located in Bavaro-Punta Cana,
                                                                                Open daily 9a.m. to 5p.m.
      the park is centered on an incredible landscape of                        A train is available for a tour of the garden.
      magnificent gardens abundant with orchids and tropical                    The National Botanical Garden has a large variety of palms, ferns,
      plants. This park is a huge hit with kids as it encourages them,          bromeliads, orquids, cactus, roses, aquatic plants, a collection of
      with the assistance of professionals, to hold non-poisonous               endemic plants , and a Japanese garden. 40% of the garden is
      snakes and play in a pool with dolphins.                                  natural reserve. Santo Domingo’s National Botanical Garden also
      Manati Park offers nine shows daily including horse, parrot,              has 2 museums, the Ecological and the Herbarium museums.
      dolphin and sea lion attractions. In addition, park goers can
      experience the authentic culture and folklore of the Dominican
      Republic with the park’s Taino dancing show.
   Dolphin Island Park
      www.dolphinislandpark.com
      Dolphin Island Park is located on the open sea of the
      Caribbean, between the beach and the coral barrier of
      Bávaro. Surrounded by crystal waters and nature, park
      goers can enjoy interaction programs with dolphins or
      sea lions along with snorkeling with sharks and stingrays.
   Acuario Nacional, Santo Domingo
      Bordering the Caribbean Sea, the national aquarium offers
      visitors a glimpse of the country’s diverse, colorful sea life.
      The aquarium’s plexiglas tunnel surrounds spectators with water,
      sharks, rays and conger eels. A variety of colorful fish swim
      through the tunnel, while exhibits explain different types of
      marine environments.


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    Cayo Levantado Island




                                                                      Isla Saona

       THE DOMINICAN ISLANDS                                            A very popular area of Parque Nacional del Este, Isla Saona

Cayo Levantado
                                                                        is a tranquil Caribbean island known for its powdery sand,

   Accessible by motorboat, Cayo Levantado is located just off          clear waters and beautiful palm trees. The island is home to

   the coast of Samaná. Cayo Levantado is a coconut palm-lined          some 112 species of birds in addition to turtles, sharks, bottlenose

   island paradise that has become one of the area’s top tourist        dolphins, whales and endangered West Indian manatee that

   destinations.                                                        make their home in the waters off Isla Saona. Isla Saona is

Isla Catalina
                                                                        one of the hottest all-day trips taken by tourists visiting the

   Isla Catalina, a 6-square-mile island just 5-miles south of La       Southeastern or Eastern Coast. The majority of tour operators

   Romana, offers terrific scuba and snorkeling along an impressive     in Punta Cana, Santo Domingo, La Romana and Bayahibe

   coral reef. Visitors to Isla Catalina can camp on the beach          will take tourists to Palmilla (“la piscina natural” or natural

   with a permit from the national parks office in Bayahibe.            pool) where tourists can swim in the warm water and take
                                                                        photographs of the beautiful starfish that surround them.


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       Altos de Chavón, La Romana




    The Republic of
                                                                        Planning your wedding
                                                                          Major resorts in Sosua, Cabarete, Puerto Plata, Playa Dorada,




    WHITE
                                                                          Playa Grande, Punta Cana-Bavaro, Juan Dolio, Boca Chica,
                                                                          Samana, Bayahibe and La Romana have expert staffs who will
                                                                          coordinate a carefree wedding for you and your party.
                                                                          Wedding packages differ slightly from hotel to hotel but most
                                                                          will include the judge, license, flowers, music, cake,
                                                                          champagne and special touches in your room.
                                                                          A sun washed beach will provide a romantic setting for a
                                                                          wedding reception. Tropical flower bouquets and centerpieces
         Weddings/Honeymoons                                              in cool seaside colors or passionate bright colors will add to
     One of the most romantic escapes in the Caribbean, the
                                                                          the atmosphere. Guests will sit back and relax, and thank you
     Dominican Republic is a lush, tropical destination like no
                                                                          for sharing these memorable moments with them.
     other, featuring a growing list of luxury, boutique, upscale and
                                                                          The hotel may arrange for the wedding ceremony at a beachside
     family hotels, villas and more that cater to wedding groups,
                                                                          gazebo or under an open sky. The photographer knows the
     newlyweds and couples seeking romantic escapes. Add the
                                                                          hotel and area so he can find the best backgrounds for
     growing list of deluxe marinas, designer golf courses, luxurious
                                                                          memorable poses. Your biggest worry is saying “I do.”
     spas, amazing beaches and cultural attractions and you have
                                                                          If you want to create your dream wedding, Santo Domingo
     the makings for idyllic weddings, honeymoons or just secluded
                                                                          wedding specialists can be called in to make your special day
     and memorable escapes.
                                                                          unforgettable.
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Getting married in paradise:
    Submit the following paperwork before the Oficialía del Estado
    Civil (Civil Registry Office) for the preparation of your marriage
    certificate. Note that you may send photocopies in advance
    and bring the original with you:
	   •	 Original	 passport	 with	 photocopy	 of	 the	 front	 page	 with	
       the latest entries into the country.
	   •	 Sworn	declaration	before	a	notary	public	of	being	single	
       and eligible to marry, this is also known as a single
       status affidavit.
	   •	 Birth	Certificate(s)		
	   •	 Divorce	Certificate(s)	when	applicable
	   •	 Two	 or	 more	 witnesses,	 each	 with	 a	 copy	 of	 their	
    identification card. Relatives cannot be witnesses.
    Legal transcripts of the birth certificates, single status affidavit
    and divorce certificate are usually prepared at the Dominican
    Consulate in the country where the documents were issued.
    For detailed information visit: www.GoDominicanRepublic.com
The honeymoon
    One of the big advantages to marrying at a resort is that you
                                                                           Religious Ceremonies
    can honeymoon right there. If you will be at a resort in the
    South, take time out to visit Santo Domingo, the first city in the         For those who like the idea of getting married in a tropical setting
    New World. Have pictures of the two of you strolling through               but still want a religious ceremony, it is possible to arrange a
    the 16th century Colonial City, an area dripping with                      church wedding in the Dominican Republic. Since a church
    romance. Visit the Alcazar where Diego Columbus courted his                wedding needs more formalities than a civil service, the bride
    newly arrived bride, Maria de Toledo. The cobble-stone streets             and groom must go slightly beyond the civil wedding
    and yellow lamplight will inspire old-fashioned romance.                   requirements. Many hotels have experience with church
    In Santo Domingo choose from one of the large chain hotels
                                                                               weddings but a Dominican wedding specialist will be able to
    or a smaller colonial city hotel. Enjoy the Plaza de España in
                                                                               better assist the couple through the formalities.
    the Colonial Zone or the discos in city hotels or residential
                                                                           Ceremonies can be held at:
    areas, as well as the many gourmet restaurants, cafes and bars.
    For serenity-seeking honeymooners, choose a small private              	   	   •	 San	Estanislao	Church	in	Altos	de	Chavon	(La	Romana)
    hotel far away from the all-inclusive party atmosphere. How            	   	   •	 Basilica	La	Altagracia,	Higuey,	La	Altagracia	(Punta	Cana)
    about a small mountain enclave in Jarabacoa, a guest house             	   	   •	 Cathedral	of	Puerto	Plata
    in Playa Grande or Las Galeras beach, Samana?                          	   	   •	 Sosúa	Synagogue	(Puerto	Plata)
    Still stumped about which direction to take? Then make it a            	   	   •	 Santo	Domingo	Synagogue
    split decision - spend a week in the South or the East and a           	   	   •	 Cathedral	of	Santo	Domingo
    week in the North. Some destinations are only 3 or 4 hours
                                                                           	   	   •	 Cathedral	of	Santiago
    apart so you won’t waste a whole day travelling. After all, it’s
                                                                           	   	   •		Dominicus	Convent	(Santo	Domingo)
    your honeymoon; make it memorable!
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         Nightlife/Dining
                                                                        The Republic of


                                                                        RED
     From saucy nightclubs to enticing restaurants, there are no
     shortages of activities to fill the evening hours in the
     Dominican Republic. The only challenge is finding the time to
     squeeze it all in.
     After a day of sun tanning or sight-seeing, visitors can
     recharge by dining at the unique restaurants that sprinkle the
     cities and villages from coast-to-coast. Culinary specialties of
     the country vary from region to region, but the simple tastes
     and staple foods are sure to please even the most finicky


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   eater. Inspiration for Dominican cuisine stems from native            Merengue
   Antillean and hearty Creole recipes and is prepared similar             A way of life on the island, Dominicans view dancing as an
   to the dishes of Central and South America with rice and                art and take pride in teaching their native movements to others.
   beans, plantain, fish and other seafood, meats or vegetables.           Salsa, Latin jazz and other types of dance music can be heard
   Light spices or coconut add depth and warm the soul.                    in the country, but are not as popular as their beloved

   The island is also known for its vibrant nightlife, characterized       merengue counterpart.
                                                                           Merengue is the country’s national dance, traditional merengue
   by the pulsing music beats that fill the air.
                                                                           groups are comprised of a three-piece band including
Carnaval
                                                                           a melodeon (accordion-like instrument), a guira (a scraped
   La Vega – Central Region of the Dominican Republic
                                                                           percussion piece) and a tambora (double-headed drum);
   A quiet town with a rich history, La Vega was also blessed with
                                                                           however, it has expanded to incorporate other instruments
   fertile soil and precious gold. It is fairly quaint, with 385,000
                                                                           such as the saxophone, trumpets, violin, flute and piano.
   inhabitants. However, when February rolls around, the city              Today, merengue’s lyrics cover general topics including politics
   is anything but quiet and reserved. La Vega is the home of              and current events. The music has become so popular, in
   Carnaval,    one    of   the   oldest   and     most   vibrant   of     fact, that it is honored with two regional festivals each year,
   Dominican traditions.                                                   one in Santo Domingo in the month of July and one in Puerto
   With the colorful yet devilish masks worn and created by                Plata in September.
   attendees, the Dominicans get rowdy and celebrate the
   victory of good over evil. A matchless celebration, both
   natives and non-residents freely dance through the streets
   to blaring, energetic music while sampling the finest food
   and drink the Dominican Republic has to offer. Carnaval is
   also celebrated in other cities like Santo Domingo and
   Santiago.
Casinos
   After a full day of sun, sand and surf, visitors to the Dominican
   Republic can spend the evening hours trying their luck at any
   of the island’s casinos. Colorful flashing lights, friendly card
   dealers and the sounds of winning cheers and falling coins
   are sure to draw even the novice gambler to a blackjack table
   or slot machine.
   Most casinos are conveniently located within major resort
   complexes and are open until dawn, if not 24 hours.
   Dominican casinos use Las Vegas odds, so the casino’s profits
   and player winnings are relatively the same and
   considered fair.
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                                                                           Culture Room: Located on the last level, in the southwest, was
                                                                           opened on July 10th 1981 and has 228 seats. This space is
                                                                           reserved for recitals, hall concerts, courses and workshops,
                                                                           audiovisuals courses, lectures, press conferences, launching
                                                                           of books and cultural events in general. It has been enabled
                                                                           by the new General Director for the proper functions of the
                                                                           institution.

                                                                        Casa de Teatro
                                                                           Arz Meriño 110, Ciudad Colonial. Santo Domingo
   Guacara Taina                                                           Phone: (809) 689-3430
      Located in Santo Domingo, Guacara Taina club is set within           This is a very popular, artistic and bohemian bar.
      a real cave, complete with stalactites. The grotto club, open        Open Monday to Saturday (close on Sunday)
      Thursday – Sunday utill 3 a.m. features three bars and two           Hours: Monday – Thursday 7p.m. –- 12p.m.
      dance floors. A one-hour folkloric show is available upon                    Friday and Saturday 7p.m. --- 2a.m.
      request for groups of 20 or more. The club has room for up           It has a bar and a theater in the back with a capacity for 220
      to 3,000 guests. Typically featuring deejays, club goers will        people. Many cultural exhibitions, concerts, theater, ballet,
      find themselves immersed in beats from Merengue to pop.              etc. takes place here.
      The majority of the action takes place on the weekends when
      party goers start to arrive late at night to dance till the wee
      hours of the morning.
      For more information please visit, www.guacarataina.net.

   Teatro Nacional Eduardo Brito (National Theater)
      The Teatro Nacional (National Theater) is the heart of
      artistic expressions of music, lyrics and performances of the
      Dominican Republic in its most varied facets.
      The museum has three rooms with different sizes and features.
      Proper attire is required. The box office hours are from 9 a.m.
      to 12 p.m. and 2 to 8 p.m. and it closes 15 minutes before
      the show.
      Main Hall: It is the largest, with capacity for an audience of
      1,589 people and is divided into stalls and balconies. From
      its side walls, lined entirely in mahogany, hung out 10 boxes.
      It also has 12 gateways to facilitate the flow of the public.
      Ravelo Room: Located on the northwest side, was named
      to honor the master Jose de Jesus Ravelo. Since 1981 it was
      determined its exclusivity for plays, with fixed seasons since
      1990. It has 189 seats.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2009
JANUARY                                                                       JUNE
   1st    New Year’s Celebration.                                                9th   to14th World Championship of Kiteboarding. Cabarete, Puerto Plata.
   5th    Parade of the Three Kings. El Conde street, Ciudad Colonial            11th* Corpus Christi
          Santo Domingo.
                                                                                       Blue Marlin International Fishing Tournament. Yacht Club Cabeza
   6th* The Three King’s day. (This holiday will be celebrated the 5th).               de Toro, Punta Cana.
   15th to March 15th. Humpback whales observation season. Samaná.            JULY
   21st* Celebrating our Lady of La Altagracia, the protector of the                   The 2nd Half - The Merengue Festival. Av. Del Puerto. Santo Domingo.
          Dominican people. Concert with the National Symphony                   10th. Annual World Cup windsurfing competition. Cabarete, Puerto Plata.
          Orchestra. Basilica of Higüey.                                               (The event lasts 7-9 days depending on windy weather).
   26th* Juan Pablo Duarte’s birthday.                                        AUGUST
          The National Symphony Orchestra Season. National Theater.              16th* Restoration of the Republic.
          Santo Domingo.
                                                                                 16th until end of October. Biennial of Visual Arts. Museum of Modern Art.
          Professional Baseball Championship Semi-Finals.                              Santo Domingo.
FEBRUARY
                                                                                       Punta Cana Bavaro’s Jazz Festival.
          Every Sunday in February. Carnival. La Vega, Santiago and Bonao.
                                                                                 22nd World Day of Folklore. Santo Domingo de Fiesta. Plaza de España,
   10th National day of Folklore. Plaza de España, Ciudad Colonial,
                                                                                       Ciudad Colonial. Santo Domingo.
          Santo Domingo.
                                                                              SEPTEMBER
   27th* Independence day. Military parade on the Malecón, Santo Domingo.
                                                                                       International Festival of Classical National Ballet.
   19th to 1st of March. XXIX Cycling International Competition to
          celebrate the National Independence. All around the country.           24th Our Lady of Las Mercedes, Patron Saint of the Dominican people.
   24th to 1st of March. Master of the Ocean. A competition of                         Food Festival. Santo Domingo.
          kiteboarding, windsurf and surfing. Cabarete, Puerto Plata.                  Last week. The Merengue Festival. Malecón, Puerto Plata.
MARCH                                                                         OCTOBER
   1st    Parade of Carnival. Avenida George Washington. Malecón,                      Beginning of the Winter Season of Professional Baseball. Venues
          Santo Domingo.                                                               of Santo Domingo, Santiago, La Romana, San Pedro de Macoris
   7th    Carnival Punta Cana. Punta Cana Village.                                     and San Francisco de Macoris.
          March Theater. Theater festival Emilio Aparicio. Sala Manuel           14th to19th “Dominicana Moda”. Occidental Hotel El Embajador.
          Rueda. Plaza del Conservatorio. Santo Domingo.                               Santo Domingo.
          “Casandra” awards, Acroarte. National Theater. Santo Domingo.       NOVEMBER
          Regional Cooking contest. Puerto Plata.                                6th* Day of the Constitution. (This holiday will be celebrated Nov. 9th).
          Music Festival of Santo Domingo. National Theater.                     6th   to10th Jazz Festival.Cabarete, Puerto Plata.
APRIL                                                                                  International Theater Festival. All Theaters of the Culture Secretary of State.
          Month of the Dance. National classical ballet. Santo Domingo.          29th and 30th Atabales de Sainaguá Festival. San Cristóbal.
   5th    to 12th Easter (Semana Santa).                                         29th Festival of Santo Domingo. Different Orchestras. Malecón
                                                                              DECEMBER
   10th* Good Friday
                                                                                       2nd Week. Christmas Craft Fair. Parque Colon, Ciudad Colonial.
   20th to 22nd Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE). Barcelo
          Convention Center. Punta Cana.                                               2nd Week. La Noche Larga de Los Museos. All the Museums
                                                                                       open until midnight with theater, dance, music, mimes, stilt walkers,
   29th Day of International Dance/Gala Evening/National Classic Ballet
                                                                                       puppets and representation of characters. Santo Domingo
          National Theater. Santo Domingo.
   Late April - Early May. International Book Fair. Plaza de la Cultura.         25th* The Nativity of the Lord’s Concert, National Choir and National
          Santo Domingo.                                                               Symphony Orchestra. Santo Domingo Cathedral. Santo Domingo.
MAY                                                                              31st New Year’s Celebration. Avenida del Puerto and Malecón of
                                                                                       Santo Domingo.
   1st* Labor Day. (This holiday will be celebrated May 4th).
                                                                                  * Holidays. Are sometimes celebrated the next Monday following the Holiday.
   7th    to 9th. Caribbean Tourism Fair (BTC) / Renaissance Jaragua
          Hotel & Casino. Santo Domingo.                                          This Schedule is Subject to Change. For more information visit
                                                                                  www.GoDominicanRepublic.com or www.dr1.com/calendar/index.shtml
          Festival of Jazz. Casa de Teatro. Ciudad Colonial, Santo Domingo.
                                                                                  “SANTO DOMINGO DE FIESTA”, FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS
                                                                                  OF EACH WEEK AT THE PLAZA ESPAÑA, CIUDAD COLONIAL,
                                                                                  SANTO DOMINGO BEGINNING AT 9 P  .M.
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      Alcázar de Colón




    The Republic of          Museums




   AMBER
                         The Dominican Republic has a rich and storied history
                         that traces back to the arrival of the Taino Indians.
                         Following the island’s discovery by Christopher Columbus in
                         1492, the Republic had epic interaction with the Spanish,
                         French, Haitians and Africans. It’s no wonder, then, how the
                         Dominican Republic came to boast such an impressive collection
                         of personal and cultural relics from centuries past.
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The country has done a magnificent job of maintaining and
preserving these artifacts as well as the historical structures
                                                                  Dominican Republic museums
                                                                  Centro León – Santiago
in which they’re housed. Visiting the Dominican Republic’s
                                                                     Centro León, a highly respected cultural center in Santiago,
major cities, especially Santo Domingo, tourists can easily
                                                                     Dominican Republic, offers visitors not only a look at the country’s
become engrossed in the historical legends that accompany
                                                                     finest art and cultural exhibitions, but also offers a vast
some of the oldest museums and archeological sites in the
                                                                     variety of artistic seminars, workshops, film festivals and musical
New World.
                                                                     performances.
The Dominican Republic also has a unique collection of
                                                                     Phone: (809) 582-2315
natural rocks and gems that can only be found on the island.
                                                                     Hours: Open 10 a.m. – 7 p.m Tuesday – Sunday,
Near Barahona, a turquoise-blue pectolite stone known as
                                                                  Amber Museum 13
larimar has been cultivated from the volcanic rock that once
                                                                     61 Duarte Street, Puerto Plata
formed the island. The country’s most popular gem, amber,
                                                                     Phone: (809) 586-2848
is the result of tree sap that hardened millions of years ago,
                                                                     Hours: Open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday
sometimes capturing small plants, animals and insects inside.
                                                                     This two-story Victorian museum is thought to contain a
These two geological imprints are used in jewelry, sometimes
                                                                     collection of the world’s most transparent amber. Well
together and other times in single pieces.
                                                                     preserved plants, insects and animals that were captured
The country’s museums and archeological sites intrigue adults
                                                                     in prehistoric tree sap are on display.
and provide a historical lesson for children. From jewelry to
                                                                     www.ambermuseum.com
religious artifacts, castles to caves, each venue showcases a
                                                                     Tip – The Puerto Plata amber museum contains the famous
vastly different aspect of the island’s colorful heritage.
                                                                     amber mosquito seen in the box office hit, “Jurassic Park.”
                                                                  Parque Histórico La Isabela
                                                                     Luperon, Puerto Plata.
                                                                     This Taino museum illustrates the way these natives lived, ate,
                                                                     prepared food and sustained themselves day-to-day. Visitors
                                                                     can examine a mock thatched hut and sample crops.
                                                                  Jewish Museum - Sosua
                                                                     This museum is a tribute to the 700 Jewish refugees taken in
                                                                     by former president Rafael Trujillo in 1938 during the Nazi
                                                                     occupation of Germany. Exhibits showcase photos and
                                                                     personal memorabilia of the settlers and the dairy manufacturing
                                                                     facilities they developed in town.
                                                                  Museo Arqueológico Regional Altos de Chavón
                                                                  (Altos de Chavon Regional Museum of Archaeology)
                                                                     Within Casa de Campo in La Romana
                                                                     Hours: Open 8 a.m. --- 9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
                                                                     Located on the banks of the Chavon River, this museum boasts a
                                                                     collection of more than 3,000 artifacts from the native Taino
                                                                     Indians who once inhabited the region. www.altosdechavon.com

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   Museo de las Casas Reales (Museum of the Royal Houses) 2               Museo de Larimar (Museum of Larimar)
     Calle Las Damas, Santo Domingo                                         54 Isabel la Católica street, Santo Domingo
     Phone: (809) 682-4202                                                  Phone: (809) 689-6605
                                                                            Hours: Open 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday,
     Hours: Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily
                                                                            9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sunday
     Once the 16th century governor’s Supreme Court, this
                                                                            This new museum explains the island’s mining and jewelry
     museum documents Santo Domingo’s rich history with
                                                                            industry. Exhibits demonstrate the extraction, shaping and
     tapestries, maps and other artifacts from 1492 to 1821.                jewelry-making processes of larimar.
   Alcázar de Colón (Palace of Columbus) 1                                  www.larimarmuseum.com
     Ciudad Colonial, Santo Domingo                                       Museo de la Familia Dominicana del Siglo XIX
     Phone: (809) 682-4750                                                (Museum of the Dominican Family of the 19th Century)
     Hours: Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday --- Sunday.                        Padre Billini St, corner of Arzobispo Meriño St, Santo Domingo.
     This palace, including artifacts from the Columbus family, was         Phone: (809) 689-5000
                                                                            Hours : Open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday
     built in the 1500’s by Christopher’s son, Diego and his wife.
                                                                            Built in 1503, this colonial mansion exhibits artifacts and
     www.cultura.gov.do
                                                                            personal belongings of a 19th century well-to-do Santo
     Tip – Following a tour of Alcazar de Colon, venture out                Domingo family. While its contents are intriguing, the best
     onto the Alcazar strip of restaurants and shops to enjoy               part of the museum is the house itself, which has the only
     delicious local fare and atmosphere.                                   double Gothic window in North or South America.
   Museo Del Hombre Dominicano                                            Museo Prehispánico
   (Museum of the Dominican Man)                                            A Taino museum, located in Santo Domingo, this museum
     Plaza de la Cultura, Santo Domingo                                     showcases objects from daily life such as jewelry, pottery
                                                                            and ritual items are on display. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
     Phone: (809) 687-3623
                                                                            Monday through Friday.
     Hours: Open 10 a.m. -- 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday
                                                                          Museo del Arte Moderno
     Set in the Plaza de la Cultura, this museum is reputed to have
                                                                            Plaza de La Cultura   Phone (809) 685-2153
     the country’s best collection of pre-Columbian artifacts including     Hours: Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesday – Sunday
     jewelry, religious pieces and sculptures. A favorite exhibit         Amber Museum in Santo Domingo
     explains the effects of African slavery with displays of voodoo        452 Arzobizpo Meriño street corner of Restauracion
     artifacts and carnival costumes.                                       Ciudad Colonial, Santo Domingo
   Museo Nacional de Historia y Geografia                                   Phone: (809) 682-3309
   (Museum of History and Geography)                                        Hours: Open 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday,
                                                                            9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sunday
     Plaza de la Cultura, Santo Domingo
                                                                          Museo Infantil Trampolin
     Phone : (809) 686-6668
                                                                            Las Damas street, Casa Rodrigo de Bastidas
     Hours : Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday
                                                                            Ciudad Colonial, Santo Domingo
     This museum contains a thorough collection of artifacts that           Phone: (809) 685-5551
     contributed to the country’s historical timeline. Displays             Hours: Tuesday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
     highlight the Dominican Republic first inhabitants, American           Saturday – Sunday 10a.m. – 6p.m.
     occupation and interaction with Haiti.                                 It is the only interactive museum in the country for children
                                                                            (4 to 12 years old).
                                                                            Eight permanent exhibition rooms. Guided tours.
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Santo Domingo Colonial City Map


                                                                                                                                                                                                     Puente Flotante
                                                                                                                            Restauración
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                                                                                                    Fco. Cerón                       10
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                                                                                  Pér                                                                             o Tejera
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                                                                    n Is                                                    Juan Isidro Pérez                                              1                           23
                                                               Jua
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                                                                            Rodriguez
                                                                   Santiago




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                                                                          erce       des                                                 9                                         2
                                                                    Las M
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                                                                                                                                                      Isabel La
    Avenida Bolivar   19                                                                            Salomé Ureña
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                                                        Conde Peatonal                              25                                                                                                                  24
                       18
                                          17                                                                                                                     7
                                                       Arzobispo Nouel




                                                                                                    19 de Marzo
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                                                                                                                                                  8                                   5
                                                                                       José Reyes




                                                                                                                                       Meriño
                                                                                  16




                                                                                                                            Hostos
                                                                     Santchez




                                                                                                                  Duarte




                                                                                                                                                                               Las Damas
                                                         Santomé
                                           Espaillat




                                                                                                                                                                                                     Ozama
                           Palo Hincado




                                                                                                                                                                                                     River



                                                                                                                                     Arzobispo
                                                                                Padre Billini                              14


                                                                                Arzobispo Portes                                                                           rto                                              21
                                                                                                                                                                    Pue
                                                                                                                                                      a   del
                                                                                José Gabriel García                                              enid
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                                                                                Paseo Presidente Billini

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                                                                                                                                                                               Santo Domingo Port


                                                  Caribbean Sea
1    Alcazar de Colón Prince’s Palace                                           14   Dominicus Convent
2    Casas Reales Museum                                                        15   Friar Anton de Montesinos Monument
3    Casa de las Gargolas Museum                                                16   Chamber of Commerce and Production
4    Casa de Ovando Museum                                                      17   Map Museum
5    Ozama Fortress                                                             18   Puerta del Conde
6    Booklover’s Society                                                        19   Concepcion’s Fortress
7    Borgella Palace                                                            20   Mercado Modelo
8    First Cathedral of America                                                 21   Sans Souci Tourist Port
9    San Nicolas’ Ruins and Hospital                                            22   Don Diego Tourist Port
10   San Francisco’s Ruins                                                      23   Plaza Marina Bartolome Colon
11   Popular Bank                                                               24   Columbus Lighthouse
12   Las Atarazanas Museum                                                      25   El Conde Peatonal
13   Amber Museum
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           Samaná - Las Terrenas Map

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Cabo Cabrón




                                                                                                                                                                                                 Puerto Escondido
                                                         El Portillo
                                                         Beach                                            Cayo Limón
                                                                                        Punta Los Coquitos
    Punta Caño del Jobo                          El Portillo                                                      Punta Lanza del Norte
                                          Balcones                                                         Marón
                                                                               Cienaga La Barbacoa         Beach
 Punta Bonita                             del Atlántico
                                                                                La Barbacoa
 Playa Cosón       La Ceiba
                                    LAS TERRENAS                                                                                                                                                                                 DEL RINCÓN BAY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Punta El Cabito
    Punta Cosón                                                                                                                                       Punta del Valle
                                                                                       El Arroyo                                                                                                                                                                                           Cabo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Las Galeras Beach        La Caleta                 Saman
Cosón                           Hoyo del                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Beach
                                Cacao                                                        Otra Banda                                                                                                                                    Las Galeras
   International Airport                                                                                                                                                                                                        Rincón Beach
   Juan Bosh (El Catey)                                                                                    El Limón
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Las Galeras
                                                                                    Arroyo                                                                              El Valle

                                       Laguna                                                                                                                                                               Rincón      Castalaito
                        Naranjito      Grande    LOMA EL COCO                                                                                                                                                                                               Arroyo El Cabo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      La Colmena
                LOMA LAGUNA GRANDE
              Los Puentes                                              La Guazara            Arroyo                                                                                                                        Los Tocones
                              Lodo                                                           Chico Abajo                                               La Cruz
                              Blandito                                       Arroyo                                                                                                  LOMA PILÓN DE AZUCAR
                                   Majagual                                  Chico      Rancho                                                                                                                                                          El Aguacate
  LOMA CUESTA MALA                 Adentro                                              Español                                                    La Casualidad
                                                               La Hormiga                                                                                                                                                        Manuel                Pozo de Paco
              LOMA LA MANGA                                                                                 Juana Vicente
                                                                                               El Cuerno                                                                                                                         Chiquito
        Nagua Highway                                                                                                       El Coyote
                                    Las Garitas Majagual                                                                                                                                                                             Cuatro Ojos      Punta Playuela
    Punta Higuero Santa                                                                                                          Majagualito
    Gorda            Capuza La Fuente
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Punta Pesquero
 Playa Liberado                                                              Los Róbalos                                                                                           La Palmilla                                                      Blanco
                Punta         Punta                      Los Corrales                                                                                                                                   Loma El Caballo
                                                                                                                                                     El Cruce
                Cocos Punta Majuan                                                                 Rancho España                                     Romango                  Acosta             Monte Rojo
                      Escolástica                 Punta                              Arroyo Barril Afuera                      Honduras                                                                            Barrancolí
                                                  Majagual          Punta Los                                                                                                   Anadel
                                                                                                             Las Pascualas
                                                                    Róbalos Punta Gri-Gri                                  Los Cocos           SANTA BÁRBARA
                                                                                                                                                             Cayo Linares      Villa Clara Arroyo Grande                           Punta El Bufadero
                                                                                            Port                                               DE SAMANÁ
                                                                                                                                                               Cayo Vigía Punta                   Las     Los
                                                                                                                    Punta    Punta             Punta
                                                                                                                    de Pablo Vieja Lora                 Punta Banderas    El Kiosco Los           Flechas Cacaos
                                                                                                Punta de                                       Honduras                        Cayo Yagrumos
                                                                                                Los Corozos                                                                                                        Los naranjos
                                                                                                                   Punta Los                                                   Chico Punta                                      Punta La Palometa
                                                                                                                   Corozos
                                                                                                                                                                                        Las Flechas          Punta        Punta Balandro
                                                                                                                                                                                                             La marca
                                                                                                            Samana Bay
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cayo
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Levantado




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                                                                                                                                                    Beaches                                                                     Fishing

                                                                                                                                                    Airport (Domestic)                                                          Cruiseship Ports

                                                                                                                                                    Airport (International)                                                     Whale Watching

                                                                                                                                                    Scuba/Snorkeling                                                            Waterfall




        30 Dominican Republic
           Higüey
          Sivory
               Excellence Punta cana
                                                                                                                                     Punta Cana Map
                Sirenis
            Dream Punta Cana
              Colony Bay


               Roco Ki
               Moon Palace
            Barceló Premium Punta Cana
               Grand Paradise

                   Majestic Colonial
                 Bahía Principe
                      RIU
                            Iberostar

                                     Ocean Blue
                                        VIK
ná
                                          Punta Cana Princess
                                             Caribe Club Princess
                                                  Paradisus Punta Cana

                                                    Bávaro Princess
                                                          Occidental Grand Flamenco
                                                                Grand Palladium
                              Plaza Bávaro                            El Cortecito Inn

                                                                         Carabela
                                                                            Barceló
                                                                                Tropical Clubs

                                                                                          EdenH Real Arena
                               Hospital
                                                                                          Paradisus Palme Real
                                                                                             Meliá Caribe Tropical
                            Fríusa
                                                                                                    IFA Villas Bávaro

                                                          The Golf Suites                                 Barceló
                                        Politur
                                                                                                                 Natura Park

                                                                                                                    Dreams Palm Beach


                                                                                                    Cabeza               Grand Oasis
                                                                                                    de Toro



               Higüey
     La Romana, Sto. Dgo.                                                                                                Catalonia




                                                                                   Politur

                                                           Verón                         Hospital
                                                                                                                                           Icons
                                                                                                                     Club Med              Hotels
                                                                                            Punta Cana
                                                                                            Village
        Taxi                                                                                                                               Plazas
        Siutratural (809)
                        221-2741                                                                              Tortuga Bay
        Verón (809) 552-1013                                                                                  Punta Cana Resort and Club
        Arena Gorda (809) 552-0786
                                                                                                                                           Golf
        Map courtesy of Playa Coco
        www.guidepuntacana.com                                                                                                             Taxi
                                                                                                         Cap Cana


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Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism Offices
HEADQUARTERS                             EUROPE
  Av. Mexico corner of Av. 30 de Marzo     PARIS, FRANCE                                SOUTH AMERICA
  Bloque “D,” Oficinas Gubernamentales     Phone: 33-1- 4312- 9191                           BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
  Santo Domingo, DR                        Email: otrepdom@aol.com                           Phone: 54 -114-312-2203
  Phone: 809-221-4660                                                                        Email: argentina@sectur.gov.do
                                           FRANKFURT, GERMANY

UNITED STATES                              Phone: 49- 69- 9139- 7878                         SANTIAGO, CHILE
  NEW YORK                                 Email: domtur@aol.com                             Phone: 56-2-952-0540
  Phone: 212-588-1012/ 14                  LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM                            Email: sectursantiagochile@gmail.com
  Toll Free: 1-888-374-6361                Phone: 44- 20 72427778
  Email: drtourismboardny@verizon.net      Email: inglaterra@sectur.gov.do                   SAO PAULO, BRASIL
                                                                                             Phone: 55-11-2189-2403
  MIAMI                                    MADRID, SPAIN
                                                                                             Email: info@republicadominicana.tur.br
  Phone: 305-358-2899                      Phone: 34 - 91- 417-7375
  Toll Free: 1-888-358-9594                Email:turismodominicano@turdom.e.telefonica.net
                                                                                             BOGOTA, COLOMBIA
  Email: domreptourism@bellsouth.net
                                           BRUSSELS, BELGIUM                                 Phone: 57-1-629-1818/ 1841
  CHICAGO                                  Phone: 32-2- 646-1300                             Email: colombia@sectur.gov.do
  Phone: 773-529-1336/ 37                  Email: tourism@visitdomrep.com
  Toll Free: 1-888-303-1336                                                                  CARACAS, VENEZUELA
                                           MILAN, ITALY
  Email: chicago@sectur.gov.do                                                               Phone: 58-212-761-1956
                                           Phone: 39- 02- 805- 7781
  SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO                                                                      Email: oficinadeturismord@cantv.net
                                           Email: italia@sectur.gov.do
  Phone: 787-722-0881
                                           ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
  Email: opt_pr@yahoo.com
                                           Phone: 812- 333 -0952
                                           Email: optdom-ru@mail.ru
CANADA
  MONTREAL, CANADA
                                         ASIA
  Phone: 514-499-1918
                                           TOKYO, JAPAN
  Toll Free:1-800-563-1611
                                           Phone: 81- 3- 3499- 6020
  Email: montreal@sectur.gov.do
                                           Email: secturjpn@gmail.com
  TORONTO, ONTARIO
  Phone: 416-361-2126/ 27
  Toll Free: 1-888-494-5050
  Email: toronto@sectur.gov.do

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