About DR


Known for warm and hospitable people, Dominican Republic (or DR) is a destination like no other, featuring astounding nature, intriguing history and rich culture. Be fascinated by diverse landscapes featuring towering mountains, lush rain forests and kilometers of pristine coastline and incredible beaches.

Our 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.

Here you can dance to the pulse pounding thrill of the merengue, explore ancient relics of centuries past, delight in delicious Dominican gastronomy or enjoy ecotourism adventures in our magnificent national parks, mountain ranges, rivers and beaches.


Dominican Republic is the #1 tourist destination in the Caribbean, and tourists arrivals have increased steadily from 1,925,565 in 1996, to over 6 million non-resident foreigners arriving in 2016.

DR is a member of the United Nations and participates in many of its specialized and related agencies, including the World Bank, International Labor Organization, International Atomic Energy Agency, and International Civil Aviation Organization. It is a member of the OAS and of the Inter-American Development Bank.

Dominican Republic’s most important trading partner is the United States (75% of export revenues). Canada is now the 2nd biggest investor in the Dominican Republic.

  • Population 10,800,000 (2015 Census)
  • Peso
  • Government: Representative Democracy
  • Legal age: 18
  • Ethnic groups: Mixed 73%, European 16%, African origin 11%.
  • Language: Spanish with English spoken in tourist areas.
  • Education: Attendance–70%. Literacy–84.7%.
  • Health: Life expectancy– 71 years for men, 73.1 years for women.
  • Electricity: 110 volt, 60Hz as in North America and Canada
  • Terrain: Rugged highlands and mountains with fertile valleys interspersed.
  • Elevation extremes: lowest point: Lago Enriquillo -46M, highest point Pico Duarte at 3,175M or 10,477 feet.
  • Natural resources: Nickel, bauxite, gold and silver.
  • Land use: Arable land: 21%, permanent crops: 9%, permanent pastures: 43%, forests and woodland: 12%, other: 15% (1993 est.)
  • The DR’s Pico Duarte reaches 10,417 feet (3,175 meters) and the lowest point, Lake Enriquillo exceeds 129 feet (39 meters).