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Geography, Size  
Climate and Location Where is the Dominican  
Republic ~ How many  
People live there ~  
What is the country like?  
  

Money & Currency 
About the Dominican 
Peso & The Central 
Bank of the Dominican 
Republic 
 

History and Culture  
Learn about Domincan  
History ~ Some facts and interesting things about 
the country's history ~ 
Did you know that 
Santo Domingo was 
the first European 
Settlement in the New 
World? 
  

Government & Politics  
Structure of the  
Government ~ The  
Legislature and other branches of the  
government 
 

The Legal System &  
Dominican Courts 
A review of the nation's 
legal and courts system 
 

The Economy of  
The Dominican  
Republic 
Information about the 
economy ~ Industries 
and growth sectors 
 

Trade, Imports, Exports and Duty  
Information 
A quick reference guide 
regarding Imports & Exports information 
 

About Free Zone  
Manufacturing 
Some general information about setting up operations in one of the duty free trade or manufacturing zones 
 

The Regions, Cities and Towns 
A listing of the regions, cities and different towns in the country 

The Dominican Republic is located on the Island of Hispaniola, which it shares with it's much smaller neighbor to the east - Haiti.  The country has an area of  48,442 square kilometers, or about 18,000 square miles ~ which take up about 2/3 of the island. 

The Dominican Republic offers some of the most beautiful and diverse topography in the Caribbean.  To give you and idea of its size, The Dominican Republic is larger than the Bahamas, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands all combined.  The Dominican Republic offers an estimated 1,000 miles of gorgeous beaches to the beach lover.  In addition, should you like the idea of year round tropical weather, but are not a beach fan, The Dominican Republic also offers a collection of four mountain ranges.  Pico Duarte is found here and is the tallest mountain peak in the Caribbean at 10,700 feet above sea level. Snow or frosts have been reported at the highest elevations of Pico Duarte, so beach attire is out if you are heading up that way. 

Santo Domingo is the capital city, situated on the southern portion of the island.  Since the city is located directly on the coast, it is a major center of seaport activity. The population of the Dominican Republic has been estimated to be about 8 million, with slightly less than four million living in the capital city of Santo Domingo.  Santiago is the second largest city, and is situated closer to the mountainous areas to the north.  While Santo Domingo is the nation's capital, Santigo truly is the capital of the tobacco and cigar industry. Cigar manufacturers, such as Leon Jimenez and many others, all have their operations in or near Santiago.  

Like any Caribbean island, expect warm year round weather and tropical breezes.  The average temperature is 80 degress Fahrenheit or 25 degrees Celsius.  It does cool down slightly during November to January.  While the temperature and climate is constant, May to July and September to November does experience higher levels of rainfall than the other months.  The mountainous regions located in the northern part of the country can be somewhat cooler, especially in the late evening. 

The country is ideally located close to Puerto Rico and the United States.  A plane flight from San Juan, Puerto Rico takes about 40 minutes and less than 3 hours from major American cities, such as New York.  A direct flight from Miami is the quickest, with about an 1 1/2 hour flying time. 
 

Direct flights are also available to parts of Europe, with an average flying time of 8 hours.  
     
 
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