Dominican Republic | Interesting Facts​ 2

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  • The Dominican Republic is known for producing excellent rum.
  • Sugar, tobacco, cocoa and coffee are four of the Dominican Republic’s main agricultural exports.
  • Mamajuana is a special local spirit made with different spices, rum and even wine. People say it works as an aphrodisiac!

  • Nature & Attractions

  • Altos de Chavon is the recreation of a medieval European town, complete with an open-air amphitheater, cobble-stone roads and a charming church.
  • Saona Island is part of a government-protected natural reserve, which is why it is one of the most beautiful spots of the country.
  • There are hundreds of animal species that inhabit Saona Island. In there you can find several types of turtles, beautiful birds like the monk parakeet, odd reptiles like the rhinoceros iguana, manatees, dolphins and fishing bats.
  • Humpback whales come every year from December to March for mating on the Bay of Samana, in the northwestern part of the island.
  • The Hispaniola Island has a warm tropical climate and varied elevations. This offers amazing variations in flora and fauna, from beachside coconut trees to elevated coffee plantations in the mountains.
  • The Dominican Republic has an average temperature of 78 °F (26 °C), ranging from 73 °F (23 °C) in winter to 82 °F (28 °C) during the summer

  • Curosities

  • The Dominican Republic is the second largest country in a Caribbean island (after Cuba).
  • Members of the armed forces and the national police are not allowed to vote.
  • The official language is Spanish, although English, French and German are widely spoken.
  • The main source of income in the Dominican Republic used to come from coffee, sugar and tobacco. Nowadays, it comes from the service sector (aka tourism!).
  • A major highway (Autopista del Coral) was recently built to go from Punta Cana to La Romana way faster!

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