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With a glance at the Dominican calendar, one sees month after month of holidays patriotic in nature. While some believe this stems from the Dominican people's love of a good fiesta, it's actually the country's long and storied history that is responsible. Holiday's such as Juan Pablo Duarte's birthday and Restoration Day all point to the turbulent history of this now tranquil tropical getaway.

The Dominican Republic was discovered on December 5th 1492 by Christopher Columbus during his first voyage to the new world. Columbus, in his journal, described it as "a beautiful island paradise with high forested mountains and large river valleys."

The Dominican is a mix of Spanish, French, Haitian, and African influences. Enjoy the meringue at night, explore the ancient relics, exotic beaches, water sports even the world respected baseball by day. This island has something for all ages and tastes.

 

Quick facts

  • The average temperature of the Dominican Republic ranges from 78ºF-88ºF
  • The official language of Dominican Republic is Spanish but most employees in hotels and tourist destinations speak English.
  • The official currency of Dominican Republic is the Dominican Peso but US Dollars are accepted at most tourist establishments.
  • 85% of the humpback whales of the North West Atlantic are born in Dominican waters, where they return every year to breed and give birth. At present, the humpback whale is an endangered species as there are only about 6,000 of them in the entire world. Of those, it is estimated that some 2,000 to 3,500 visit the Silver Bank and the Marine Mammal Sanctuary in these northern waters

 

Diverse terrain and extraordinary natural beauty is a hallmark of the Dominican Republic's six main regions.  

Here are some examples of Wedding Day Away locations...

 

Central and the East Coast

La Romana, Dominican Republic

Home to some of the country's lushest and furtile lands, the Central region of the Dominican Republic includes the towns of Santiago and La Vega, as well as the stunning Cordillera Central mountain ranges and the Cibao Valley. Well endowed with rich soil and natural resources, this region attracts natural lovers cigar connoisseurs and adventurers.

The East Coast contains the most popular and fatest growing tourist area in the country - Punta Cana / Bavaro. One look at the surroundings and there is no question as to why. This is the place to be if tourists are seeking an all inclusive style vacation set on one of the most picturesque beaches in the world.

Vacationers don't have to travel far for a change of scenery. Just south of the thriving area is the enviromentally forward Bayahibe. This area not only contains one of the most celebrated national parks but also received two awards for its conservation efforts in tourism.

Another popular east coast destination is La Romana. Most people who know a thing or two about the Dominican Republic instantly think of Casa de Campo when asked about this quaint area. While the luxurious resort frequented by many celebrities is a top attraction, the city of La Romana is historically important, especially for baseball fans, and worth a visit.

La Romana is a beautiful place. The beaches are among the world's best. The water is crystal clear and the pink sands extend for miles. There are a variety of activities for all and the resorts are located less than 100 miles from the Punta Cana airport.

Quiet and uncomplicated, Punta Cana was the Caribbean's hidden gem known until just a decades ago only to locals and wildlife. Today, subtle but continuing commercialization have brought this destination into the public conscience. It's still natural environment of 200 plus miles of beaches spans the entire region, the most famous of which is the palm tree lined sands of Punta Cana.

 

NEED TO KNOW FACTS FOR MARRIAGE

  • A passport is required for entry valid for 6 months after the date of travel.
  • You need to be on the Island 24 hours before the marriage for the wedding license which costs $100 and is valid for 90 days. You will register to be married with the Oficialia del Estado Civil (City Clerk). A fee of approximately $125 is required for registration and there is no waiting period. The following paperwork must be submitted: Passports and Original copies of birth certificates.
  • Two witnesses over the age of 18 must be present during the marriage. If these witnesses are not Dominican Republic residents, they will require passports to verify their identity.
  • Under 18's need consent forms from the Registrars Office.
  • All documents must be notarized including a declaration certifying that neither party has been married before. Single Status Affidavits that have been translated by an official translator into Spanish at the Dominican Consulate are required. Divorcees need their original final decree or a certified copy and widows will need a copy of the death certificate. It is also required that divorce certificate(s) have been translated by an official translator into Spanish at the Dominican Consulate.
  • No blood test is required.
  • After the ceremony, the bride and groom will be given a document that confirms that the wedding took place. A Marriage Certificate must be requested from the Local Justice of the Peace and will usually be ready a day or two after the ceremony. This document is legal and recognized everywhere in the world.

 

Disclaimer:
Laws do change and so we cannot guarantee that all information regarding rules, regulations, and marriage requirements at particular sites are completely accurate at the time of viewing. Before making marriage decisions on a particular destination, we highly recommend you speak with one of our wedding planners.

 


The North

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

It seems that each of the Dominican regions has a nickname and the North Coast is no different. Featuring the popular town's of Puerto Plata, Cabarette and Sosua, the north coast has been referred to as the Amber Coast due to it's prevelance of this semi-precious gem, the Discovery Coast thanks to Christopher Columbus discovery of the island of Hispaniola at Cape Isabella and even the Silver Coast after Columbus named the Puerto Plata or silver port because of the effect the sun made on the water as he approached.

Regardless of what visitors call it the north coast brings together some of the country's best features - lush jungle forests, rolling mountain ranges, ethereal blue waters and golden sandy beaches. And it is because of these characteristics that this area is today considered the country's most versatile playground. Here visitors can jump river beds on mountain bikes, fight the waves on a kite board, test their strength on a rock face or rub elbows with the rich and famous who come for the north coast's luxurious new accomodations. No matter what activity visitors choose to partake in they'll find that everything is done with the legendary Dominican flair.  

 

NEED TO KNOW FACTS FOR MARRIAGE

  • A passport is required for entry, valid for 6 months after the date of travel.
  • You need to be on the Island 24 hours before the marriage for the wedding license which costs $100 and is valid for 90 days. You will register to be married with the Oficialia del Estado Civil (City Clerk). A fee of approximately $125 is required for registration and there is no waiting period. The following paperwork must be submitted: Passports and original copies of birth certificates.
  • Two witnesses over the age of 18 must be present during the marriage. If these witnesses are not Dominican Republic residents, they will require passports to verify their identity.
  • Under 18's need consent forms from the Registrars Office.
  • All documents must be notarized including a declaration certifying that neither party has been married before. Single Status Affidavits that have been translated by an official translator into Spanish at the Dominican Consulate are required. Divorcees need their original final decree or a certified copy and widows will need a copy of the death certificate. It is also required that divorce certificate(s) have been translated by an official translator into Spanish at the Dominican Consulate.
  • No blood test is required.
  • After the ceremony, the bride and groom will be given a document that confirms the wedding took place. A Marriage Certificate must be requested from the local Justice of the Peace and will usually be ready a day or two after the ceremony. This document is legal and recognized everywhere in the world

 

Disclaimer:
Laws do change and so we cannot guarantee that all information regarding rules, regulations, and marriage requirements at particular sites are completely accurate at the time of viewing. Before making marriage decisions on a particular destination, we highly recommend you speak with one of our wedding planners.

 


South West

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

If the Dominican Republic has a well kept secret, the Western region of the country is it. Essentially this region includes the area west of San Domingo, and is still an undiscovered area by many tourists. Visitors seeking the path less travelled would be wise to experience this peaceful region before it becomes too popular. Its further reaches are just a three hour drive from Santo Domingo or Santiago airports.

Although Dominican Republic provides a change of scenary at virtually every turn, this region is the most diverse ecologically. Two salt water lakes, one being the largest in the Caribbean, provide a haven for massive populations of birds and reptiles. And while some sections of the area are mountain rain forest, other parts are pine forest and even desert

 

NEED TO KNOW FACTS FOR MARRIAGE

  • A passport is required for entry valid for 6 months after the date of travel.
  • You need to be on the Island 24 hours before the marriage for the wedding license which costs $100 and is valid for 90 days. You will register to be married with the Oficialia del Estado Civil (City Clerk). A fee of approximately $125 is required for registration and there is no waiting period. The following paperwork must be submitted: Passports and original copies of birth certificates.
  • Two witnesses over the age of 18 must be present during the marriage. If these witnesses are not Dominican Republic residents, they will require passports to verify their identity.
  • Under 18's need consent forms from the Registrars Office.
  • All documents must be notarized including a declaration certifying that neither party has been married before. Single Status Affidavits that have been translated by an official translator into Spanish at the Dominican Consulate are required. Divorcees need their original final decree or a certified copy and widows will need a copy of the death certificate. It is also required that divorce certificate(s) have been translated by an official translator into Spanish at the Dominican Consulate.
  • No blood test is required.
  • After the ceremony, the bride and groom will be given a document that confirms the wedding took place. A Marriage Certificate must be requested from the local Justice of the Peace and will usually be ready a day or two after the ceremony. This document is legal and recognized everywhere in the world

 

Disclaimer:
Laws do change and so we cannot guarantee that all information regarding rules, regulations, and marriage requirements at particular sites are completely accurate at the time of viewing. Before making marriage decisions on a particular destination, we highly recommend you speak with one of our wedding planners.

 


The North East Coast

Samana, Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic really does offer something for everyone. For those who dream of a one on one with Mother Nature, a visit to the Samana peninsula on the NorthEast coast is like oulling up a chair on her front porch.

Samana's beauty lies in her simplicity. Here, unspoiled beaches serve as a threshold to vibrant coral reefs while mountain waterfalls intersect lush rain forests. But while Samana is a top destination for eco-tourists and naturalists, some come to this off the beaten path peninsula to interact with humpback whales. After all, Samana is home to one of the largest and best breeding grounds in the world for this elusive mammal.

But while Samana's beauty is the stuff of legends, its history is fodder fit for a fairytale. Columbus stopped here on his discovery of the New World but the area didn't become populated until late in 1756 when people began migrating from the Canary Islands. Soon Samana became a lair for pirates who pillaged passing ships. What followed was a short ownership by Napoleon Bonaparte and later, settlements freed by freed American slaves.

All this history and meshing of cultures has left Samana as one of the most impressive melting pots in the Dominican Republic. Americanos, descendants of the African American inhabitants, mix with Europeans from France, Spain and Italy. Not only do the locals look different from their Dominican brethren, but the food and even the language has a twist all of its own.

 

NEED TO KNOW FACTS FOR MARRIAGE

  • A passport is required for entry valid for 6 months after the date of travel.
  • You need to be on the Island 24 hours before the marriage for the wedding license which costs $100 and is valid for 90 days. You will Register to be married with the Oficialia del Estado Civil (City Clerk). A fee of approximately $125 is required for registration and there is no waiting period. The following paperwork must be submitted: Passports and original copies of birth certificates.
  • Two witnesses over the age of 18 must be present during the marriage. If these witnesses are not Dominican Republic residents, they will require passports to verify their identity.
  • Under 18's need consent forms from the Registrars Office.
  • All documents must be notarized including a declaration certifying that neither party has been married before. Single Status Affidavits that have been translated by an official translator into Spanish at the Dominican Consulate are required. Divorcees need their original final decree or a certified copy and widows will need a copy of the death certificate. It is also required that divorce certificate(s) have been translated by an official translator into Spanish at the Dominican Consulate.
  • No blood test is required.
  • After the ceremony, the bride and groom will be given a document that confirms the wedding took place. A Marriage Certificate must be requested from the local Justice of the Peace and will usually be ready a day or two after the ceremony. This document is legal and recognized everywhere in the world

 

Disclaimer:
Laws do change and so we cannot guarantee that all information regarding rules, regulations, and marriage requirements at particular sites are completely accurate at the time of viewing. Before making marriage decisions on a particular destination, we highly recommend you speak with one of our wedding planners.

 


 South Central

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

While the Dominican Republic's coastline provide relaxation at every turn, Santo Domingo and the South Central region are all hustle and bustle. With just over 3 million inhabitants, Santo Domingo serves as the Caribbean's most diverse destination, and arguably, the most vibrant. The city itself displays contrast at every turn.

Contemporary hotels sit on ancient cobblestone streets, luxury cars are parked beside well worn scooters, and eclectic cuisine at hip restaurants is served next to street vendors serving traditional Dominican fare.

As the oldest city in the New World, Santo Domingo features the first cathedral, the first university and the first hospital of the Americas. In fact, visitors often note that the well preserved Zona Colonial makes them feel as though they've been transported in time.

Despite all this history, Santo Domingo is quite modern and very continental. The city's restaurants offer just about any cuisine in the world, boutiques and major chain retailers from the U.S and Europe have set up shops, and a wealth of museums, galleries and theaters ensure countless cultural events.   

 

NEED TO KNOW FACTS FOR MARRIAGE

  • A passport is required for entry valid for 6 months after the date of travel.
  • You need to be on the Island 24 hours before the marriage for the wedding license which costs $100 and is valid for 90 days. You will register to be married with the Oficialia del Estado Civil (City Clerk). A fee of approximately $125 is required for registration and there is no waiting period. The following paperwork must be submitted: Passports and original copies of birth certificates.
  • Two witnesses over the age of 18 must be present during the marriage. If these witnesses are not Dominican Republic residents, they will require passports to verify their identity.
  • Under 18's need consent forms from the Registrars Office.
  • All documents must be notarized including a declaration certifying that neither party has been married before. Single Status Affidavits that have been translated by an official translator into Spanish at the Dominican Consulate are required. Divorcees need their original final decree or a certified copy and widows will need a copy of the death certificate. It is also required that divorce certificate(s) have been translated by an official translator into Spanish at the Dominican Consulate.
  • No blood test is required.
  • After the ceremony, the bride and groom will be given a document that confirms the wedding took place. A Marriage Certificate must be requested from the local Justice of the Peace and will usually be ready a day or two after the ceremony. This document is legal and recognized everywhere in the world

 

Disclaimer:
Laws do change and so we cannot guarantee that all information regarding rules, regulations, and marriage requirements at particular sites are completely accurate at the time of viewing. Before making marriage decisions on a particular destination, we highly recommend you speak with one of our wedding planners.

 


Things To Do

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Year round sports, effervescent nightlife, distinctive souvenir shopping, magnificent national parks, and world class gambling make for jam packed vacation to do list. But when you see the spectacular beaches, you might just want to pull up a chair and relax. 

Outdoor activities like golf, snorkelling, windsurfing, kiteboarding, and boating are a thrilling way to experience the natural beauty of land and sea. With over two-dozen national parks, other quieter options for communion with nature like hiking and bird watching are also available. Indoor activities offer you the chance to strike it rich, dance the night away or shop for curious mementos like carnival masks, amber, and a strange, cure-all, liquid called Mamajuana.

 

SPORTS AND RECREATION

The most expansive coastlines in the Caribbean, with more than 800 miles of diverse ecological environments ranging from desert to tropical rainforest, make the Dominican Republic a fantastic setting for boating. The many gentle stretches of beaches, strong surf and powerful winds offer many ideal locations for water sports like wind surfing, boogie boarding and kiteboarding. Incredibly clear waters and a variety of colorful marine life also make it a favorite for snorkelling enthusiasts and scuba divers.

Golf courses designed by legends such as Pete Dye, PB Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Robert Trent Jones, Gary Player, Tom Fazio and Nick Faldo combined with perfect weather make the Dominican Republic the premiere golfing destination. Player enjoy challenging themselves on world class courses favored by former Presidents Clinton and George Bush and other luminaries. 

Fisherman recognize the Dominican Republic as one of the best hideouts for dozens of species of prized fish. It is the home of several international billfish tournaments each year such as ESPN's Billfish Xtreme Tourament at Punta Cana Resort & Club.

 

GAMING AND CASINO'S

After a full day of sun, sand and surf, visitors to the Dominican Republic can spend the evening hours trying their luck at any of the islands casinos. Colorful flashing lights, friendly card dealers and the sounds of winning cheers are sure to draw even the novice gambler to a blackjack table or slot machine.

Most casinos are conveniently located within major resorts and are open till late if not 24 hours. Dominican casinos use Vegas odds, so the casinos profits and players winnings are relatively the same and considered fair by all. To provide easy access to gambling funds, many of the casinos offer ATM machines, cash travelers checks and charge playing chips to a credit card. With a major stroke of luck one may even be able to pay off their vacation.

 

DINNING AND NIGHTLIFE

From saucy nightclubs to enticing restaurants, there are no shortage of activities to fill the evening hours, the only challenge is finding the time to fit it all in.

The coastlines offer a variety of unique eateries that sprinkle both the cities and villages. Culinary specialities of the country vary from region to region but the simple tastes and staple food are sure to please even the finicky eater. The inspiration for the local dishes comes from native Antillean and hearty Creole recipes and is prepared in a similar way to the dishes of Central and South America with rice, fish and other seafoods, meat and and vegetables. Light spices or coconut add depth and warm the soul. Those with more daring palates can try local dishes such as Sancocho prieto, which includes a combination of seven meats, including goat, and wash it down with El Presidente beer.

The island is well known for its vibrant nightlife, characterized by the pulsing music beats that fill the air. Locals and tourists alike are drawn night after night toward the crowded dance floors of the flashy clubs. A way of life on the islands, dancing is seen as an art, the Dominicans take pride in sharing their native movements with others.

Anyone doubting their two feet can feel at ease about asking a local expert to demonstrate the correct steps. However, in hopes of making all visitors leave with the ability to dance like a pro, it's the locals who will probably be the first to approach.

 

NATIONAL PARKS

With colors straight out of a crayon box and landscapes too magnificent for words, the Dominican Republic provides a picture perfect view, regardless of where the spectator stands. Proud of its beauty and careful to maintain it, the government has taken a very systematic approach to ensuring these colors do not fade for future generations. Setting aside 20% of the country's land for preservation has resulted in 83 areas: 19 national parks, six scientific reserves, 32 national monuments, 15 nature reserves, 2 marine sanctuaries and nine protected parcels of islands also called panoramic views.

 

       

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