The Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is more than a stunning Caribbean destination; it is a land defined by friendly people, vibrant culture, and unique history.
With origins dating back centuries, Hispaniola was first inhabited by the Taino indians. The arrival of Columbus in 1492 marked the beginning of european presence in the Americas. The Grand Admiral himself described the island as the most beautiful land that humans eyes had ever seen. Two hours away from Playa Grande, Santo Domingo, the capital city, was founded in 1496 by Columbus’ brother, Bartholomew, and is the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the Americas. It was the first seat of Spanish colonial rule in the New World, and in the years that followed it became the launching pad for much of the exploration of the New World.
Today, the country’s rich history lives on through the architecture, culture, and warm, gracious people. Playa Grande brings together the finest form of Caribbean resort living, respectful of the island’s natural surroundings and its cultural heritage.
The Dominican Republic has a truly genial national culture, and is home to some of the friendliest people in the Caribbean - if not the world. This country of unique cultural heritage hosts a rare blend of african, European, and native Taino Indian influences.
Dominicans are proud of their rich heritage, expressed in every aspect of the country’s vibrant art, music, dance, and cuisine.
Spanish is the official language of the Dominican Republic and English is widely spoken.
The Dominican currency is the peso (DOP), divided into 100 centavos. U.S. dollars (USD) and credit cards are widely accepted.
Since 1966 the Dominican Republic has a stable, representative, democracy.
The Time Zone
The Dominican Republic falls within the Atlantic standard time zone, but doesn’t follow daylight savings time. It’s one hour ahead of eastern standard time in the fall/winter and the same as easter standard time in the spring/summer.
There are no restrictions on foreigners purchasing real property in the Dominican Republic. In early 1998, laws were established stating that the only requirement for ownership is that the Title Registry Offices keep a record, for statistical purposes , of all purchases made by foreigners.
The tropical climate is very consistent and remains a balmy 77F (25C) throughout the year. The warmest weather runs from May through October, though even in cooler months, it’s still warm enough to swim. Hurricane season lasts from June to November. Most of the time, a short tropical rain during the day will cool off the heat and bring the sun out again.