Top events in Dominican Republic


Experience the effervescent sights, sounds and smells of the Dominican carnival during the month of February. While carnival celebrations are...


La Vega Carnival celebrates the Dominican Republic's African heritage in the country's most famous carnival every Sunday in February. The carnival...


The annual Global Dominican Film Festival takes place in November in cities across the Dominican Republic. The festival provides a platform for...

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Dominican Republic Travel Guide

Key Facts

48,072 sq km (18,560 sq miles).


10.2 million (2013).

Population density

212.2 per sq km.


Santo Domingo.


Republic. Gained independence from Haiti in 1844.

Head of state

President Danilo Medina since 2012.

Head of government

President Danilo Medina since 2012.


110 volts AC, 60Hz. American-style two-pin plugs are in use.

The Dominican Republic is the Caribbean's most geographically diverse country, showcasing everything from tropical rainforests and alpine ranges to mangrove swamps and desert expanses. These natural gifts offer superb adventure travel and eco-tourism options, catering for mountain-bikers, trekkers, watersport fanatics among other outdoor enthusiasts.

A heady blend of Caribbean rhythms, American influences and European ancestry, today's Dominican Republic is as much defined by its booming music and a passion for all things baseball as by its time-faded colonial heritage. But while many overseas visitors are drawn by the all-inclusive resorts peppering the north and east coasts, to consider the Dominican Republic as just another palm-fringed beach bolthole is to sell it short.

Capital Santo Domingo's Zona Colonial is rich in remarkable architecture, and makes the most natural starting point for cultural visitors, particularly those who like their music loud: throughout the country, fast-step merengue and guitar-based bachata blare from storefronts and taxis.

Travel Advice

Last updated: 25 January 2015

The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit

Demonstrations are expected in Las Terrenas (in the Samaná Peninsula in the north of the country) over electricity prices and distribution. Demonstrations are scheduled for 3 December and every subsequent Wednesday, but protests could occur anytime. Previous demonstrations on the same issue have resulted in deaths. Avoid all large gatherings as they could turn violent without notice. Take care and monitor local news reports.

Cases of Chikungunya virus have been confirmed in the Dominican Republic and the number of reported cases in the region is increasing. You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. For more details about this outbreak, see the website of the National Health Network and Centre.

The hurricane season in the Dominican Republic runs from June to November. You should monitor weather updates and track the progress of approaching storms. See Hurricanes.

108,300 British nationals visited the Dominican Republic in 2013. Most visits are trouble-free, but there are incidents of crime and violence.

Don’t become involved with illegal drugs of any kind. There are severe penalties for all drug offences. A number of British nationals are serving prison sentences for attempting to traffic drugs.

Credit card cloning and fraud are common. It’s generally safer to use cash.

There is a low threat from terrorism in Dominican Republic.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.