The Dominican Republic is
hot and tropical, with little seasonal variation in temperatures, which
average about 77 F. Seasons can, however, be determined by rainfall,
with October to April being the rainy season on the north coast, while
May to November is the wettest month in the south of the country.
The official language in
the Dominican Republic is Spanish. Most people involved in tourism
understand and speak at least some English, if not other major
tourism-related languages, such as German and French.
The Dominican Peso is the base currency of the Dominican Republic.
Denoted by DOP, the currency is often seen as $ or RD$ for distinction
from other pesos or dollars. The peso is divided into 100 centavos
(cents) and is under a managed float regime.
population of the Dominican Republic was estimated at 8, 442, 533 in
July 2000, an increase of 15 percent from the 1993 census figure of 7,
293, 390. In 2000, the birth rate was estimated at 25.15 per 1, 000,
while the death rate stood at 4.72 per 1, 000.
Santo Domingo, known officially as Santo Domingo de Guzm n, is the
largest city in the Dominican Republic.