Dominican Republic Cruise port

Old Town, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic Information
Tom Ogg

The official language of the Dominican Republic is Spanish and the currency is the Dominican Peso. U.S. dollars are widely accepted as are major credit cards.

What is the Dominican Republic like?

The Dominican Republic is a wonderful mix of history coupled with a unique Caribbean environment. The Old Town section of Santo Domingo reminds one of old sections of some of Spain's most beautiful cities. While heavily populated, the Dominican Republic offers fabulous beaches and lush vegetation. The people are a perfect blend of Spanish, African and Caribbean heritage.

What is the weather like?

While the best time to visit is during the winter months (November through March) the Dominican Republic is enjoyable anytime during the year. However, be aware the Dominican Republic is directly in the path of hurricanes during season and also receives a good amount of rain during the summer months.

Where does the ship dock?

There are really three different areas in the Dominican Republic that ships may call on. Santo Domingo (the Dominican Republic's capital city) offers two separate cruise ship piers. The newest, Don Diego Quay, is the best and is only a few minutes walk from the Old Town area of Santo Domingo.

Another cruise terminal lies between the village of La Romana and the resort of Casa de Campo. There are minimal services at the dock so one must either take a tour or negotiate for a taxi (limited and expensive)..

Yet another pier is available at Puerto Plata's commercial shipping area and is within easy walking distance of everything in Puerto Plata.

Shopping is available within easy walking distance in both Santo Domingo and Puerto Plata. La Romana offers excellent shopping as well and visitors to Casa de Campo will find many shops at the resort.

What is there to buy?

At Mercado Modelo in Santo Domingo, one can find everything under the sun. This open air public market features all of the staples the local populations requires as well as a good assortment of crafts and other collectibles. Wooden masks, carvings and other wooden items are excellent buys as are the local paintings. If the concept of a local market isn't to your liking try the more touristy area known as Las Atarazanas. The boutiques, galleries, jewelry stores, shops, restaurants and street vendors in the old buildings found here are very quaint and feature excellent shopping for local crafts.

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