For marriage, couples must present an original passport, copy and translation of original birth certificates, and sworn declaration before a notary public. Divorce and death decrees are also required if applicable. Check with your Certified Destination Wedding Specialist for more details.
For non-residents, passports and tourist cards are required upon entry into the Dominican Republic. If you are a citizen of the US, visit travel.state.gov for more information on travel documents needed. For Canadian travelers, visit travel.gc.ca for relevant travel information.
Spanish is the official language of the Dominican Republic, though English is widely spoken and understood.
The Dominican peso is the currency of the Dominican Republic, but US dollars are often widely accepted in resort areas.
Climate & Beaches
Santo Domingo weather is tropical and humid with year round sunshine. The temperature is steady around 86 degrees F, with colder temperatures from November to April and warmer temperatures in summer months. Historically most hurricane activity in the Dominican Republic's part of the Caribbean has taken place in the months of August and September.
The principle beach near the capital is Boca Chica, with shallow, clear waters and a color reef. Caribe Beach, along with Guayacanes and Juan Dolio, are perfect for long walks under coconut palms.
Activities & Attractions
Zona Colonial has roots dating back to Columbus’ brother, with narrow cobblestone streets and beautiful palaces like the Alcazar de Colon. The oldest cathedral in the Americas, Catedral Primada de America, is also quite deserving of a visit. If you’re interested in shopping, try El Mercado Modelo for local crafts and antiquities. For a romantic stroll, the Malecon is a stunning Caribbean seaside boardwalk.