The official language is Spanish. English is widely spoken, and many tourist sector employees will be fluent in Italian, French, German, Russian and other languages as needed.
The local currency is the Dominican peso (RD$). Dollars and euros can be readily exchanged in banks and authorized exchange offices across the country.
Find the latest currency rates here http://finance.yahoo.com/currency-converter/#from=USD;to=DOP;amt=1
Predominantly Roman Catholic, followed by the Evangelical Church which has gained many adepts in recent decades.
Climate & Temperature
Because it is located in the Caribbean, the weather in the Dominican Republic is excellent all year round. During the summer, the temperature can range from 90 F (32 C) at midday to 70 F (21 C) at dawn. Temperatures can drop to a low of 65 F (18 C) in the winter. In the tropics, although rainstorms can happen at any time of the year, rains usually fall for just short periods in the afternoon and evening. The warmest months are June through September.
For an up to date forecast visit http://www.accuweather.com/en/do/puerto-plata/125595/weather-forecast/125595
For a more comfortable stay, even if the day is cloudy, use high factor sunblock as the Caribbean sun is very strong.
All-inclusive hotels encourage eating and drinking, but moderation is recommended to avoid stomach upsets. Keep yourself hydrated by drinking water or natural liquids. Note that soft drinks do not count. If you feel unwell, visit a doctor.
Due to the heat and humidity, mosquitos may be a nuisance especially during the evenings. Make sure to use an effective repellent to prevent bites (with a high DEET content is recommended)
In the Dominican Republic, electric outlets are 110-120 volts, the same as in the United States and Canada. Because of this, visitors from other countries needing power adapters are advised to bring their own.
Tourism is the main engine of the economy, which represents about 14% of the Gross Domestic Product; then, free zones, foreign remittances, construction industry and agro-industry.
Requirements to Enter
Normally, a tourist or foreign national can enter Dominican territory by purchasing a tourist card for only 10 USD which is valid for 30 days. However, certain nationalities must apply for a visa in the nearest Dominican consulate.
For more information on these cases, visit http://www.dgii.gov.do/tarjetaTuristica/en/about/Paginas/default.aspx
For more detailed information please visit http://www.godominicanrepublic.com/about-dr/practical-information-for-travelers/