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Dominican Republic

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Basic Description

Dominican Republic occupies the bulk of "La Española" in the archipelago of the Greater Antilles. In the western part of the island you'll find Haiti. To the south the Caribbean Sea washes the shores of Dominican Republic and to the north the Atlantic Ocean. The Mona Passage to the east is the only thing that separates the country from Puerto Rico.
The Dominican economy is the second largest in the Caribbean and although it is famous for being a sugar exporter, today the most important industry is tourism. Do not miss Santo Domingo or Punta Cana! The island has a warm climate all year round, heavenly beaches and its friendly people and cultural heritage make Dominican Republic the ideal place to begin your adventure and experience first hand its culture.

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Food & Drinks 
Dominican cuisine has features of a kitchen "Creole", what means of European origin but developed in America with African influences. It is therefore similar to the Latin-speaking countries surrounding the Caribbean Sea. White rice, cooked beans and cooked meat are very important in the Dominican diet. The "Sancocho" and "Asopao" (which is a kind of soup with rice, meat and chicken and pigeon peas generally) are the most typical dishes.
Music & Dance 
Dominican Republic is known for creating the musical style called merengue, a fast-paced type of dance music worldwide known internationally. Bachata, a form of music and dance that was originated in the countryside and rural areas of the Dominican Republic, has won many supporters through the last years.
Plastic Arts 
In Santo Domingo you can find to Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque and Neoclassical buildings. Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Art Nouveau and costumbrismo are also represented in some way in the Dominican painting. Abelardo Rodriguez Urdaneta, Leopoldo Navarro, Enrique García Godoy and Celeste Woss y Gil are some important Dominican artists.
Cinema 
Dominican cinema includes films such as "Extraordinary woman", "The Rope," "The natural daughter" and the "Tropic of blood", among other productions you can't miss.
Science and technology 
Juan Manuel Taveras Rodriguez was a Dominican professor emeritus of Harvard Medical School and Radiologist-in-Chief Emeritus of the Massachusetts General Hospital. It is regarded as the father of Neuroradiology, having written the first textbook on the subject, and founded both the American Society of Neuroradiology. Other scientists that stand out are Miguel Canela and Erich E. Kunhardt.
Sports 
The most popular sport in the Dominican Republic is baseball, the second country after the U.S. with more players in the big leagues. Also popular are basketball, boxing and soccer.
Spare time 
Dominicans like to enjoy of their free time. It's usual to go out to dance or to have drink with friends, but spend time with the family is very important, too.
Literature 
Many great authors and poets come from the Dominican Republic. For example Pedro Henríquez Ureña (the first elected president in the country), Salomé Ureña de Henriquez, Gastón Fernando Deligne y José Joaquín Pérez.

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Highlights 
Is the 2nd largest country in the Caribbean.
It has the first cathedral and the first castle in America.
The Pico Duarte is the highest mountain in the Caribbean.
The largest lake in the Caribbean is in the Dominican Republic.
The average temperature is 26º C.
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