The Dominican Republic lies south of the Bahamas and east of Cuba. The indigenous inhabitants of the island were the Taino Amerindians. They were wiped out by the Spanish after Christopher Columbis arrived on his 1492 voyage to the Americas.
The largest city in the Dominican Republic is Santo Domingo, and it is the capital of the country. The major languages spoken are Spanish and English. Baseball is the most popular sport, and some famous Major League players like Sammy Sosa and Pedro Martinez hail from here.
The currency of the Dominican Republic is the Dominican Peso (RD$), although US dollars are also accepted. When we were there in October 2006, the exchange rate was approximately 33 RD$ to 1 US$ (ex: $100 RD = $3 USD)
We stayed at the Hamaca Coral in Boca Chica, an all-inclusive resort located east of the city of Santo Domingo. The weather was great the entire time (around 85-90 degrees) and the water temperature was around 87 degrees for diving.