Dominican Republic or Dominican Republic – located in the West Indies
From the country you can bring a variety of products made of wood, bone, amber, Larimar (Dominican turquoise), ceramics and leather, as well as cigars, coffee and rum. One of the most popular souvenirs for Europeans is colorful picturesque canvases in the “Haitian naive” style (they can be bought on the beach and in the markets).
Shops are open on weekdays from 9:00 to 12:00 and from 15:00 to 18:00. The opening hours depend on the store profile. Tourist areas of the country offer the services of tourists numerous boutiques and souvenir shops. Santo Domingo has the largest commercial centers where you can buy good quality clothing and footwear and other local and foreign goods at affordable prices.
You can bargain almost everywhere except in supermarkets. Most often, prices for tourists are initially too high, so you can usually agree on half the original cost of the goods.
WHERE TO STAY
All hotels in the Dominican Republic are classified and have the official “star”. As a rule, this classification corresponds to the list of services provided by the hotel. A characteristic feature of the rest in almost all hotels is the “all inclusive” system, which means three meals a day, snacks at any time, any local drinks, soft drinks in the mini bar and beach “non-motorized” entertainment.
In addition, the country has many comfortable cottages, bungalows of 8-16 rooms in each. The hotel complexes have large green areas (mini-trains usually run along them, since walking to the pool or beach is sometimes quite far away), there is animation. All hotels are not high-rise (maximum four floors), mostly “four” and “five”. There are no Russian-speaking employees in hotels, but many tour operators have their permanent representatives.
The proximity of the sea causes rapid wear of the hotel fund, so when choosing a hotel, you should always pay attention to when it was last reconstructed.
SEA AND BEACHES
The beaches of the Dominican Republic are among the best in the Caribbean. Most beaches are clean and undergo regular cleaning, but in some areas around the capital, due to the abundance of debris, it is not recommended to bathe. On most beaches, neither sharks nor other dangerous sea creatures exist, as they are fenced off from the ocean by coral reefs. The water temperature is constant almost all year round: 28-30 degrees.
The beaches are mostly from fine white (white) sand. Lagoons are protected by coral reefs, there are practically no waves. The depth is small – meter and a half. Sometimes there are algae, almost no fish near the shore. The location is ideal for small children. To the west of Boca Chica (towards Santo Domingo) there are several beach bays with deep water and waves. On weekends, the beaches are crowded with locals coming from the capital to rest.
The only beach in the country with a blue flag – Dominicus Lagoon – is located in Bayahibe. 2 kilometers of light fine sand, and coconut palms make the landscape look like a postcard. In Bayahibe many tourists from cruise ships that stop on the southern side of the island.
Magnificent beaches with fine white sand and crystal clear waters make this zone one of the most attractive on the coast.
The east coast of the island has the largest coral reef in the country.
The beaches of the resorts on the north side of the island are characterized by strong waves, colder water and coarse gray sand. Sometimes the surf is so serious that it is impossible to enter the water. Palm groves grow along the coast.
The coast is heavily overgrown with corals, and there are algae. The entrance to the sea in some places is difficult due to slippery corals. The shore is shallow, there are practically no waves.
Until the end of the 15th century, Indian tribes settled the territory of the modern Dominican Republic.
In 1492, the island of Haiti was discovered by Christopher Columbus.
At the beginning of the 16th century, the Spaniards colonized the island. After that, the UK and France began to claim the island.
In 1697, the Riksvik Peace was signed, according to which the western part of the island was ceded to France, while the eastern part remained in Spain. After the outbreak of the French war with Britain and Spain, the entire island was seized by the French.
In 1804, an uprising broke out on the island, and the colonialists were expelled.
In 1808, Spain regained the eastern part of the island.
In 1821, as a result of the war of liberation, Santo Domingo was freed from the colonialists, but in 1822 it came under the control of the neighboring Republic of Haiti.
In 1844 an anti-Haiti uprising occurred, and the Dominican Republic was proclaimed in the eastern part of the island. Her first president was Pedro Santana.