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The Dominican Republic is a tropical nation with a wet season from May to November, plenty of sunshine by day and warm breezes by night –the ideal atmosphere for dancing and enjoying rum and cola!

The Dominican Republic is located in the Greater Antilles archipelago on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, which it shares with the Republic of Haiti. In 1492 Christopher Columbus and his crew found the island inhabited by a large population of friendly Taino Indians who made the explorers welcome. The land was fertile, but of greater importance to the Spaniards was the discovery of gold.

In the centre of the country, three mountain ranges run east to west and include Pico Cuarte, the highest mountain in the Caribbean. The old colonial streets in the capital of Santo Domingo buzz with the sound of merengue and feature the very first monuments of the American continent – the first cathedral, the first hospital, the first chapel and the first university.

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