Getting there: Fly into one of the country’s several international airports, the two busiest being Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) and Las Américas International Airport (SDQ) direct from North America, United Kingdom and Ireland.
Capital city: Santo Domingo.
Population: 10.678 million.
Religion: Christianity, with the majority being Roman Catholic.
Currency: Dominican peso (DOP).
Climate: The country enjoys warm tropical weather all year round with temperatures staying quite constant through the year. The winter season runs from November to April and summer from May to October. The high humidity due to more rain in summer is what make these months feel hotter.
Transport: So far Santo Domingo is the only city with a rapidly expanding metro system. Públicos (private cars running as taxis), motoconchos (motorcycle taxis), guaguas (public bus systems), and regular taxis (which wait at designated stops) augment the public transport system.
Best time to travel: Visiting anytime is fine as the temperature does not vary much throughout the year. The rainier low summer season is offset by much cheaper prices and fewer crowds.
What to wear: Lightweight natural fabrics, summer- and beach-wear with lots of sun protection and perhaps a wrap or jumper for the cooler evenings. If going to church, shorts are unacceptable for either sex.