Country - Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic Country Information
Dominican Republic is one of the twin nations that occupy a common island mass called Hispaniola in the Caribbean Sea. The island Hispaniola is divided between Dominican Republic and Haiti in a ratio of 2:1. Dominican Republic lies to the east of Hispaniola whereas Haiti is in the west. Dominican Republic is predominantly inhabited by Spanish-speaking natives. The capital city of Dominican Republic is Santo Domingo and it is also the largest city.
A group of islands surrounding Hispaniola, called Greater Antilles, is a collection of island four nations Cuba, Puerto Rico, Jamaica and Cayman islands along with the conjoined twin-nations of Haiti and Dominican Republic.
While the official language of Dominican Republic is Spain, the people of Haiti speak French or French-derived Creole. The land in Hispaniola is so fertile that the thick vegetation is found to grow on its own at many places, without any human effort. According to the census of 2018, the population of Dominican Republic has been estimated at over 1.2 crores. The economy of Dominican Republic is the largest in the Central American and Caribbean region and it is the ninth largest economy in Latin America.
There are several reasons for Dominican Republic to feel proud about. The economic growth rate has been appreciably high during the last two decades. While the average GDP growth rate has been noted as 5.4%, the country saw its peak performance in 2014 at 7.4% and in 2013 at 7%, outperforming all the nations in the entire western hemisphere. The fast pace of economic development of the country has been grabbing the attention of the world nations, of late consistently.
Dominican Republic is one of the most visited international tourist destinations. Zona Colonial is the centre place of the national heritage which reflects the Spanish culture with ancient colonial buildings and graceful avenues. Costa del Coco is a white-sand beach with transparent clean sea waters on one side and a huge kingdom of dense coconut plantations. The green grassy terra-trough called “Constanza” is endearingly referred to as The Dominican Alps. Its sister valleys like Jarabacoa, Villa Altagracia and Bonao too deserve a special mention for sightseeing.
Since the most of the frontiers are doused by sea waters (excepting the western border shared by Haiti), the land of Dominican Republic is super saturated with natural scenic locations that keep luring international tourists year-round.