Location: Between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean; occupies two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, east of Haiti.
Size: 18,000 square miles (48,730 square kilometers).
Capital: Santo Domingo
Language: Spanish, some English spoken.
Religions: Mainly Roman Catholic.
Currency: Dominican peso; U.S. dollars also widely accepted in tourist areas.
Telephone/Area Code: 809
Tipping: Restaurants automatically add 10 percent tip, but it’s customary to give up to 10 percent extra. Tip housekeeping (even at all-inclusive resorts) a dollar or two per day.
Weather: 78 to 88 F year-round.