THE COUNTRY

The Dominican Republic (48,734 KM or 30,282 MI) occupies two thirds of the island of Hispaniola (which is shared with Haiti). It is situated within the Antillean Archipelago with close proximity to the Tropic of Cancer.

According to its constitution, the Dominican Republic is a democracy whose government is divided into three separate powers: Executive, Legislative and Judicial. They are represented by a President, who is elected by direct vote for a 4 year term. The system of government is defined as democratic, republican and presidential. Geographically, it is the country with the greatest number of contrasts and diversity of landscapes in all of the Caribbean.

Its topography, which is characterized by mountain ranges and valleys which flow into one another with impressive multileveled landscapes, possesses an immense plain all along the eastern coast whose beauty is intensified by abrupt changes in land surface and by beautiful, powdery, white sand beaches. 
From the point of highest elevation in the Antilles (Duarte Peak at 3,175 Meters or 10,417 Ft) to the Haya de Enriquillo (50 meters or 164 Ft below sea level) the landscape is revelry of nature wonderfully arranged by God for the delight and awe of all who behold it.

Its population, an interesting cocktail of different races and cultures, at present surpasses 9 million inhabitants, according to the latest census, and is concentrated in the urban areas.  The migratory movement (as much into the country as out of the country) is constant, reason why it is difficult to determine an exact number of inhabitants in this part of the island. However what is astonishing is the growth undergone in the last century: from only 500,000 inhabitants (at the start of the 20th century) to an undetermined number in the proximity of 8 to 10 million, according to some of the experts in this field.

The tropical Caribbean climate with median temperatures of 25 C(77 F) and its strategic geographical location ( which has placed it in an interesting position for commercial activity in America), are two of the reasons that has made the Dominican Republic one of the most important destinations for vacationers from different parts of the world. Since the launching of touristic activity in the mid 70's, it has become the main resource of the nation's domestic production.

With one of the highest economic growth rates in Latin America, the stability of the Dominican Republic- political as much as social, has allowed for its sustained growth and development. Foreign investment has grown since 1993, from US$91 million to an estimated US$624 million in 1997 and it continues to grow.  According to Forbes Magazine's publication of September 21st, 1998, “The Dominican Republic proposed to reinvent itself at the beginning of the '90s. Now, a few years later, a new generation of leaders has determined that the Dominican Republic can change and compete in the 21st century global economy."

The most astute investors have begun to notice this and have discovered the possibilities and benefits that exist behind the contagious merengue and beautiful beaches.