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The Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is the second largest Caribbean nation (after Cuba). Its land area is 48,442 square kilometers and a total population of 9 445.281 habitants according to the 2010 census.It bounded to the north by the Atlantic Ocean, on the south by the Caribbean Sea, to the east by the Canal Mona, which separates it from Puerto Rico and west by the Republic of Haiti.  

The Dominican Republic is the most visited destination in the Caribbean. Year-round golf courses in the country are among the main attractions of the island. In the country is the highest mountain in the Caribbean, Pico Duarte, and Lake Enriquillo, the lowest in terms of sea level and point concerns the Caribbean's largest lake. Quisqueya, as it is called in the country, has an average temperature of 26 ° C and a high biodiversity.

Climate

The Dominican Republic has a predominantly tropical climate where rains are abundant, an average temperature between 25 and 35 ° C. The day lasts between 11 and 13 hours per year, depending on the season. The rainy season runs from April to November standing out May, August, and September due to torrential rains. The driest part of the country is in the west, particularly the southwest.

Language

The official language is Spanish and in everyday speech its Antillean form is used. Many Africanism, neologisms and foreign words, especially from English are used, because of the cultural pressure originating from the United States. Another feature that comprise the Dominican Spanish is used hundreds of archaisms, that makes it a modern yet old Spanish. Tourism, American pop culture, the influence of Dominican-Americans, and the country's economic ties with the United States encourage Dominicans to learn English. French is also spoken by a large part of the population.

Currency

The currency of the Dominican Republic is the Dominican peso. Its symbol is RD $ and is divided into one hundred equal parts called cents. Although the US dollar (USD) and euro (EUR) are also accepted at most tourist sites, the US dollar is involved in almost all business transactions of the Dominican Republic. Currently in 2015 one dollar equals 44.70 Dominican pesos, according to the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic.

Gastronomy

Dominican cuisine is predominantly a mixture of Spanish, African and Taino. The cuisine is quite similar to what can be found elsewhere in Latin America. A typical breakfast consists of Mangu (mashed boiled green bananas) and eggs. In other versions it accompanied fried meat (usually with Dominican salami) and / or cheese. As in Spain, lunch is the main meal, and most important of the day. Lunch usually consists of rice, meat (either chicken, beef, pork or fish), beans (beans), and a portion of salad. This dish is commonly called "flag".
The sancocho is a stew often with seven varieties of meat. Many dishes are made with sofrito, a blend of herbs and spices. Other favorite foods are pork, cassava, cassava bread, pastries (pies), sweet potatoes, yams, sheet cake, chimichurris, croutons.

In the desserts area are rice pudding, the Dominican cake, sweet beans, chacá, flan, cold cold, fresh milk and sugar cane (cane). Beverages include die dreaming, rum, beer, mamajuana, beaten (beaten), natural juices and mabí.

Music

Musically, the Dominican Republic is known for creating the musical style called merengue, a type of fast-paced rhythm and dance music consisting of a tempo around 120-160 beats per minute (although it can vary) from musical elements like drums, metals, strings and accordion, as well as some elements unique to the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, as the drums and the guiro. Its syncopated beats use Latin percussion, brass instruments, bass and piano or keyboard.

The bachata, a form of music and dance that originated in the countryside and rural areas of the Dominican Republic, has become very popular in recent years. Its subjects are often romantic (commonly called bitter), especially in letters of anguish and sadness.). Bachata was born and is still closely related to the bolero. In recent times it has been influenced by merengue and by a variety of modern styles.

La salsa has also had a boom in the country, starting in the 60s with the contributions of veteran musician and producer Johnny Pacheco, who created the legendary orchestra Fania All-Stars.

Religion

The Dominican Republic is composed of 65 percent of Catholics, 18 percent of evangelicals, 12 percent of non-religious, and 5 percent of others. However, other sources put atheists in 7% other almost 10%.






Sport

Baseball is the most popular sport in the Dominican Republic, apart from being the most satisfying given to the Dominicans. The country has a baseball league of six teams. The season usually begins in October and ends in January. The winning team at the National Baseball Championship acquires the right to represent the country in the "Little World Series", the Caribbean Series, an event which the country is the winner with 19 crowns. After the United States, the Dominican Republic is the second country with the largest number of major league baseball players.

Turism

Dominican Republic has many tourist attractions that are visited by millions of tourists annually from the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America, among others. The Dominican Republic has become a major tourist attraction in recent decades; for its beauty, tropical paradise environment, its location, the charisma of its people, among other things. Among its main tourist areas are Punta Cana, Bavaro, Uvero Alto, Puerto Plata, Bayahibe, Sosua, Cabarete, Rio San Juan, Samana, Las Terrenas, Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo, Juan Dolio, Boca Chica, Jarabacoa, Constanza, La Romana Aguilas Bay (Pedernales), Barahona, among others.


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