Dominican Republic Travel Info

Caribbean Golf and Travel Destination

Visitors to the Dominican Republic find spectacular beaches, hot weather, and the pristine Caribbean Sea. Today a plethora of Dominican Republic golf courses rank among the world’s premier places to play.

Dominican Republic golf has exploded in recent years and Sophisticated Golfer was the first tour operator and travel seller to offer dynamic golf packages to the Dominican Republic. Please review our updated golf course summary below or view our Dominican Republic main page.

Travel Information

Passports are required for entering the Dominican Republic. All United States, Non US, and Canadian citizens must always have a valid passport. There is also a nominal but required entry visa, paid to an official in cash upon arrival at all Dominican airports. Legal tender is the Dominican Peso, but US dollars are widely accepted for payments and gratuities.

Because of its tropical climate, dress is generally quite informal in the Dominican Republic. Due to the warm climate, light-weight clothing is recommended. Natives have a great sense of style and great shopping certainly can be found at Casa de Campo and Punta Cana resorts. Dominican Republic golf resorts do require proper golf attire when playing and some restaurants require closed toes shoes and long pants in the evenings.

Spanish is the official languages in the Dominican Republic and is without a doubt the dominant language. Some knowledge of Spanish can be very useful. English is widely spoken at all resorts, hotels, and golf courses.

Location

Flights to Dominican Republic take about 3 hours from most gateway cities on the east coast of the United States. Today flying to the Dominican Republic is more convenient than ever with more airlines offering non -stop itineraries. Punta Cana Airport /PUJ, is now one of the busiest in the entire Caribbean.

With an extension of 48,442 square kilometers, the Dominican Republic is the second largest country in the Greater Antilles, a group of island in the Caribbean comprising of Cuba, Hispaniola (containing the Dominican Republic), Puerto Rico, and Jamaica. This strategic geographic Caribbean position has turned it into the main tourist destination of the region and into an ideal place for business, trade and great Dominican Republic golf. The country has a great geographic diversity, having extensive beaches of white sand, fertile valleys with exuberant vegetation, desert zones with dune formations, mighty mountain chains where Pico Duarte, the highest peak and lake Enriquillo the biggest lake in the Caribbean.

Weather

The Dominican Republic is located near the northern edge of the tropical zone in the Caribbean, between Cuba and Puerto Rico and enjoys a tropical maritime climate all year round. Temperatures average 73°F in the early mornings to 90°F at noon, any time of the year, and temperatures remain ideal, rarely falling below 60°F or rising above 90°F.

Dominican Republic Transportation

Sophisticated Golfer recommends pre-arranged ground transportation with all out Dominican Republic golf travel packages. Ground transportation in the Dominican Republic can be more costly then USA destinations because of geographic restrictions. Our professional network ground handlers are well suited to assist with all transportation requirements.

In 2012 the “Autovia del Coral” or Coral Highway officially opened making the transfer from the Punta Cana International Airport to Casa de Campo’s La Romana airport/LRM only 45 minutes. The highway also extends to Santo Domingo /SDQ airport approximately 45 minutes south west from La Romana and 2 hours to Punta Cana. This was vital to the continued infrastructural advancement of the Dominican Republic.

History and Culture

The Dominican Republic is an island of more the seven million people. Racially, the population of the island is a mixture of black, white, and mestizo. The African and African/Cuban influence is deeply present in the song and dance of the island. The government of the Dominican Republic is a representative democracy.

The island of Hispaniola (La Isla Española) was the first New World colony settled by Spain. As such, it served as the logistical base for the conquest of most of the Western Hemisphere. Christopher Columbus first sighted the island in 1492 toward the end of his first voyage. Like other parts of the Caribbean during the time, the island was inhabited by native people called Taínos. Spain’s, and thereby the western world’s first permanent settlement in the Americas was established on the southern coast at the present site of Santo Domingo, today the capital city of the Dominican Republic.

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