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.
The 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.
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