DOMINICAN REPUBLIC GUIDE

All you need to know about this beautiful Caribbean paradise

Dominican Republic is the most beautiful maritime paradise in the Caribbean. Paradisiac beaches, coconuts, warm and crystalline waters… Along its 1,775 kilometers of coast, the so-called “Caribbean giant”, you can visit exceptional places.
WannaBoats.com gives you the possibility to book an excursion with your friends or family, or if you want a unique experience, you can rent a private boat with a professional crew that will take you to discover the secret places of the Dominican Republic.

In this guide, we help you choose the best excursion or private boat tour according to your lodging area.

GENERAL INFORMATION

The Dominican Republic (in Spanish: República Dominicana) is a sovereign state occupying the eastern five-eighths of the island of Hispaniola, in the Caribbean region, and is the second largest and most diverse Caribbean country, situated just two hours south of Miami, less than four hours from New York and eight hours from most European cities. Known for our warm and hospitable people, Dominican Republic is a destination like no other, featuring astounding nature, intriguing history and rich culture.

Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the north and the Caribbean Sea on the south, our lush tropical island paradise boasts nearly 1,000 miles (1,609 km) of coastline, 250 miles (402 km) of the world’s top beaches, magnificent resorts and hotels, and a variety of sports, recreation and entertainment options. The Dominican Republic is the most visited destination in the Caribbean. The year-round golf courses are among the top attractions on the island.

Christopher Columbus landed on the Hispaniola on December 5, 1492, which the Taíno people had inhabited since the 7th century. The island became the site of the first permanent European settlement in the Americas; and the oldest continuously inhabited city and the first seat of the Spanish colonial rule in the New World. The country overflows with fascinating history, museums and exciting cultural experiences like music, art and festivals, plus uniquely Dominican specialties such as cigars, rum, chocolate, coffee, merengue, amber and larimar.

A geographically diverse nation, the Dominican Republic is home to both the Caribbean’s tallest mountain peak, Pico Duarte, as the Caribbean’s largest lake and point of lowest elevation, Lake Enriquillo.

The island has an average temperature of 26 °C (78.8 °F) and great climatic and biological diversity. The country is also the site of the first cathedral, castle, monastery, and fortress built in all of the Americas, located in Santo Domingo’s Colonial Zone, an area declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Music and sport are of great importance in the Dominican culture, with Merengue and Bachata as the national dance and music, and baseball as the favorite sport.

TIME ZONE

Local time is GMT -4

THE CAPITAL

is Santo Domingo

LANGUAGE

Spanish

CURRENCY

Dominican Peso (RD$)

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TRANSPORTATION

Taxis



Taxis can be found at airports and hotels and can also be arranged in advance. Inter-city taxis cost RD$200.

Car Rental

Various companies including several world brands offer their services at the main airports, tourist destinations and towns.

Santo Domingo Subway
 (Metro)


The new modern Metro service began in 2009 and there are two lines. A subway card costs RD$30 with recharge starting at RD$20, the value of each trip:

Public Cars or “Conchos” (Shared Taxis)

Concho cars or shared taxis are very similar to “guaguas” because they travel specific routes and stop at points requested by the passengers.Fares are usually RD$25 for the routes in which up to six passengers will be boarded. Consider a private taxi for an inter-city route costs RD$200.

“Motoconchos” (Motorbike Taxis)

Many young men in the Dominican Republic make a living by transporting passengers on their motorbikes. The service is used mostly for traveling relatively short distances.

MARINAS

is the perfect place to begin a day of adventure, sailing in your yacht, touring the beautiful shores of the Dominican Republic, fishing and exploring the treasures of our island to return to our safe harbor, your home, Cap Cana.

Marina Cap Cana offers over 130 slips, accommodating up to 150 ft. yachts, with complete services for captains and crew. It is surrounded by an enchanting village with gourmet restaurants and elegant boutiques. Its coastlines and proximity are considered among the best spots in the world for fishing and deep-water diving.

The Marina has been the scene of world-famous fishing tournaments and has become a popular destination among those who enjoy fishing, and breaking records.

Due to the inland construction of the marina it is a protected harbor, providing an additional amenity during hurricane season.

The staff is friendly and flexible; they are instructed in paying attention to detail to ensure that your holiday lives up to your dreams and that your yachting lifestyle is forever enhanced.

Puntacana Resort & Club Marina is a legal port of entry for ships of national and international waters. It’s a full service marina. As a destination, Puntacana Resort & Club offers guests; world-class eateries, luxury hotels, real estate, watersports and more.

WHERE THE CHAVÓN RIVER MEETS THE SEA

The heart of Casa de Campo Resort and Villas’ ocean playground is the Marina. Inspired by the quaint seaside villages that dot the Mediterranean coastline, the Marina is more than just a place to moor, it’s an entire community for sport fishermen, yachting enthusiasts, and landlubbers alike.

Browse the shops, dine under the stars overlooking luxury yachts and speedboats, and if the mood strikes you… With over 90,000 square meters, the Marina at Casa de Campo will give you plenty to see and do.

Marina Casa de Campo is located in a privileged vantage point for water sports. Fishing is one of them.

Within easy reach of Santo Domingo – only 12 miles to the west. The international airport, Las Americas, is just 7 miles to the west and has daily flights to most countries.

The Marina has 150 well designed new slips. All slips have fingers and ample cleats to secure. The slips also have water (free) and electric (30/50 and 100 amps). WiFi is free at the Marina, or if you don’t have a laptop the internet can be utilized through a computer in the front office set aside for your use.

Puerto Bahia is a full service marina in the north end of Samana Bay, in Dominican Republic. Samana is widely known as the top cruising ground of the Dominican Republic. Numerous secluded safe harbors, intimate caves, bountiful fishing grounds, great stretches of sandy beaches, and other alluring destinations invite exploration and offer memorable days of pure pleasure.

Ocean World is located on Cofresi beach, near town of Puerto Plata. With an abundance of hotel rooms and recreation opportunities that include, golf, fishing, scuba diving, horseback riding, and even white water rafting, Puerto Plata is already celebrated as an affordable Caribbean vacation playground. Puerto Plata’s airport (POP) is a 30 minute drive, and has daily flights from Miami, NYC and cities in Europe.

Ocean World Marina, now the only full-service marina located between the heavily traveled Florida/Bahamas area and the Puerto Rico/Eastern Caribbean region.

AIRPORTS

Is 30 minutes from the capital city of Santo Domingo and very close to the tourist areas of Boca Chica and Juan Dolio.

Las Americas International Airport (SDQ)

Also known as Joaquín Balaguer International Airport, to the north of Santo Domingo handles mostly domestic flights and flights to Haiti.

La Isabela International Airport (JBQ)

Is only 15 minutes from the Punta Cana and Cap Cana area. This is the Caribbean airport with the largest diversity of flights from all around the world. Seaside resorts are a 10 to 40-minute drive from the airport.

Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ)

Also known as Puerto Plata International Airport, is only 20 minutes from the north coast city of Puerto Plata and neighboring tourist destinations like Sosúa and Cabarete.

Puerto Plata International Airport (POP)

Also known as Casa de Campo International Airport, is just 10 minutes from Casa de Campo Resort and only 20 minutes from Bayahibe.

La Romana International Airport (LRM)

Also known as the Juan Bosch International Airport, is half an hour from the city of Samana and 45 minutes to the destinations of Las Terrenas.

El Catey International Airport (AZS)

Is 15 minutes from the bustling city of Santiago, and provides easy access to the nearby cities of La Vega, Jarabacoa, Constanza, San Francisco de Macorís and Moca.

El Cibao International Airport (STI)

Is located at the entrance of Barahona city.  It receives mainly domestic flights.

María Montez International Airport (BRX)