Destination information Map of the Dominican RepublicIncrease map size Map of Punta CanaIncrease map size InformationCurrency: Dominican Peso (RD$). The US Dollar (US$) is also generally acceptedOfficial time: UTC - 5Official language: Spanish. English is also spoken in many areasPopulation: 8 million inhabitants (approximately) in the Dominican RepublicElectricity: 110 V. The plugs have 3 flat prongs.CountryThe Dominican Republic is a paradise. The island has a lot to offer, for those who want to enjoy themselves as well as for those who prefer to relax or explore nature. The beautiful white sandy beaches bathed by blue turquoise waters and surrounded by lush vegetation are almost impossible to resist. This country is so much more than sun and beaches; its countryside is captivating and full of contrast. It offers unusual places of incalculable and surprising beauty as well as mountains criss-crossed with rivers and waterfalls together with salt lakes full of exotic fauna. In the Dominican Republic you can visit the highest peak in the whole of the Caribbean, stroll through the first streets, the first hospital, the first university and the first asphalt highway in the New World.Description of the areaPunta Cana makes paradise a reality. It is a place with a fascinating and welcoming environment that is ideal to enjoy wonderful Caribbean vacations. Between palm trees and coconut palms, you can enjoy the Playa Bávaro, a beautiful 3 km long beach of fine white sand, bathed by turquoise waters. In addition to its paradise beaches, Punta Cana also has a wide range of sporting activities on offer such as sailing, golf, fishing and scuba diving.CuisineDominican cuisine is a reflection of the Spanish and African influences that have determined the country’s social and cultural formation. The typical national dish is sancocho, a stew that combines different meats, beans, plantains and yams. Other specialties include roast pork, all types of fish and seafood, and a wide variety of exquisite tropical fruits. VisitsIsla Saona. Part of Parque Nacional del Este nature reserve. There are caves and lagoons inland on the island, which serve as a sanctuary for migratory birds. Los Haitises National Park. Area protected for its geological formation and its flora and fauna. The El Ángel cave can be found in the park, as well as the Los Pájaros cays, a tropical rainforest, mangroves and different caverns with underground rivers. Cascada el Limón. An impressive 55m high waterfall located in a rainforest in Samaná. Altos de Chavón. Known as the artists’ villa, is home to national and international art. It houses an art school, excellent restaurants, a pre-Hispanic art museum and an imposing amphitheater. Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia Sanctuary in Higüey. Here you can find the image of Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia (Our Lady of Altagracia), the patron saint of all Dominicans.ShoppingIn Plaza Dominicana, located within the Barceló hotel complex, there is an array of shops where you can find handmade products from the country, ranging from the typical guayabera (a very light and comfortable shirt made from pure linen) to different clay figurines, amber, larimar or coral jewelry, ceramics and furniture made from mahogany.