The Dominican Republic is the second largest and most diverse country in the Caribbean, served by direct flights from major cities in Latin America, the United States, Canada and Europe. The country is noted for the warmth of its climate and its people.
Presentations given during LACNIC 31 will be in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided for the three languages.
The Dominican Republic has a tropical rainforest climate, with warm temperatures year-round. Average temperatures vary from 28°C to 32°C (82°F to 90°F). Rainfall usually occurs during the night and does not last long.
The Atlantic hurricane season begins on 1st June and extends through 30 November. Historically, most of the hurricanes that have affected the Dominican Republic have occurred in the month of September.
For more information about the time in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, you can check out http://timeanddate.com/worldclock/city.html?n=230
The official currency of the Dominican Republic is the Dominican peso. The ISO code for the Dominican peso is DOP, although the symbol RD$ is also commonly used. Because the exchange rate can fluctuate, we suggest obtaining the latest information on the following website: http://www.xe.com/ucc/.
In the Dominican Republic the standard voltage is 110V and the frequency is 60Hz. Dominican plugs are the same as most found in the USA (two flat parallel pins or two flat parallel pins and a grounding pin).
It is customary to tip 10% of the amount of the bill in cafeterias and restaurants. It is also customary to tip porters.
The country code is +1. There are three area codes: 809, 829 and 849.
It is not safe to drink tap water in the Dominican Republic, as it is not purified. Always drink bottled water, which is abundantly available at resorts or stores and supermarkets throughout the area.
In case of an emergency requiring an ambulance, the fire department or the police, dial 911. You can also contact CESTUR (the agency specializing in tourist security) by dialing 311. If you are the victim of a crime, CESTUR agents will help you file a complaint and seek any other type of help you may need.