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The Dominican Republic is situated on the eastern part of the second-largest island in the Greater Antilles, Hispaniola. It shares the island roughly at a 2:1 ratio with Haiti. The country’s area is reported variously as 48,442 km2 (18,704 sq mi) (by the embassy in the United States) and 48,730 km2 (18,815 sq mi), making it the second-largest country in the Antilles, after Cuba. The Dominican Republic’s capital and largest metropolitan area Santo Domingo is on the southern coast.

There are many small offshore islands and cays that are part of the Dominican territory. The two largest islands near shore are Saona, in the southeast, and Beata, in the southwest. To the north, at distances of 100–200 kilometers (62–124 mi), are three extensive, largely submerged banks, which geographically are a southeast continuation of the Bahamas: Navidad Bank, Silver Bank, and Mouchoir Bank. Navidad Bank and Silver Bank have been officially claimed by the Dominican Republic.

The Dominican Republic has four important mountain ranges. The most northerly is the Cordillera Septentrional (“Northern Mountain Range”), which extends from the northwestern coastal town of Monte Cristi, near the Haitian border, to the Samaná Peninsula in the east, running parallel to the Atlantic coast. The highest range in the Dominican Republic – indeed, in the whole of the West Indies – is the Cordillera Central (“Central Mountain Range”). It gradually bends southwards and finishes near the town of Azua, on the Caribbean coast.

In the Cordillera Central are the four highest peaks in the Caribbean: Pico Duarte (3,098 meters or 10,164 feet above sea level), La Pelona (3,094 meters or 10,151 feet), La Lucilla (3,049 meters or 10,003 feet), and Pico Yaque (2,760 meters or 9,055 feet). In the southwest corner of the country, south of Cordillera Central, there are two other ranges. The more northerly of the two is the Sierra de Neiba, while in the south the Sierra de Bahoruco is a continuation of the Massif de la Selle in Haiti. There are other, minor mountain ranges, such as the Cordillera Oriental (“Eastern Mountain Range”), Sierra Martín García, Sierra de Yamasá, and Sierra de Samaná.

Between the Central and Northern mountain ranges lies the rich and fertile Cibao valley. This major valley is home to the cities of Santiago and La Vega and most of the farming areas in the nation. Rather less productive are the semi-arid San Juan Valley, south of the Central Cordillera, and the Neiba Valley, tucked between the Sierra de Neiba and the Sierra de Bahoruco. Much of the land in the Enriquillo Basin is below sea level, with a hot, arid, desert-like environment. There are other smaller valleys in the mountains, such as the Constanza, Jarabacoa, Villa Altagracia, and Bonao valleys.

The Llano Costero del Caribe (“Caribbean Coastal Plain”) is the largest of the plains in the Dominican Republic. Stretching north and east of Santo Domingo, it contains many sugar plantations in the savannahs that are common there. West of Santo Domingo its width is reduced to 10 kilometers (6.2 mi) as it hugs the coast, finishing at the mouth of the Ocoa River. Another large plain is the Plena de Azua (“Azua Plain”), a very arid region in Azua Province. A few other small coastal plains are on the northern coast and in the Pedernales Peninsula.

Four major rivers drain the numerous mountains of the Dominican Republic. The Yaque del Norte is the longest and most important Dominican river. It carries excess water down from the Cibao Valley and empties into Monte Cristi Bay, in the northwest. Likewise, the Yuna River serves the Vega Real and empties into Samaná Bay, in the northeast. Drainage of the San Juan Valley is provided by the San Juan River, a tributary of the Yaque del Sur, which empties into the Caribbean, in the south. The Artibonito is the longest river in Hispaniola and flows westward into Haiti.

There are many lakes and coastal lagoons. The largest lake is Enriquillo, a salt lake at 45 meters (148 ft) below sea level, the lowest point in the Caribbean. Other important lakes are Laguna de Rincón or Cabral, with freshwater, and Laguna de Oviedo, a lagoon with brackish water.

The Dominican Republic is located near fault action in the Caribbean. In 1946 it suffered a magnitude 8.1 earthquake off the northeast coast. This triggered a tsunami that killed about 1,800, mostly in coastal communities. The wave was also recorded at Daytona Beach, Florida, and Atlantic City, New Jersey. The area remains at risk. Caribbean countries and the United States have collaborated to create tsunami warning systems and are mapping risk in low-lying areas.

Dominican Republic Golf Courses

The Dominican Republic may be considered a tropical paradise for those who enjoy the white sandy beaches and the turquoise waters – sipping pina coladas and drinking local beer under the nearest coconut palm, but what other hidden treasure does the Dominican Republic offer?

The Dominican Republic is home to some of the most astounding golf courses not just in the Caribbean, but in the entire world. Ranked highly in Golf Digest are many of the courses one can find in Punta Cana. Below you will find a comprehensive list of the Golf Courses in the Dominican Republic.

Barcelo Bavaro Golf Course

Bavaro, La Altagracia province

Dominican Republic

Casa de Campo – Dye Fore

Casa de Campo,La Romana Province

P.O. Box 140, La Romana Dominican Republic

Cocotal Golf & Country Club

Bavaro Beach, Punta Cana

Dominican Republic

Iberostate Bavaro Golf Club

Playa Bavaro

Higuey, Dominican Republic

La Romana Country Club

La Romana

Dominican Republic

Los Mangos Golf Course

Calle Principal, Costambar

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Playa Dorada Golf Course

Playa Dorada Golf Club

Puerto Plata

Dominican Republic

Puntacana Resort & Club – Corales Course

PUNTACANA Resort & Club

Punta Cana, Higuey, Republica Dominicana

Santo Domingo Country Club – Championship Course

Calle Isabel Aguiar

Santo Domingo, D.R.

Cana Bay Palace Golf Club

1600 Blvd. Turistico del Este, km 28 #74, Macao

Municipio de Higuey, Punta Cana

Dominican Republic

Casa de Campo – Teeth of the Dog

Casa de Campo,La Romana Province

P.O. Box 140, La Romana Dominican Republic

Costa Azul Golf Course

Sosua-Cabarete, Puerto Plata

Dominican Republic

Isabel Villas Country Club

Avenida Belice, Urb. Isabel Villas

Cuesta Hermosa III, Arroyo Hondo, Santo Domingo

Las Aromas Golf Course

Bella Vista, Santiago de los Caballeros

Dominican Republic

Los Marlins Golf Course at Metro Country Club

Metro Country Club, Las Americas Highway

Juan Dolio, San Pedro de Macoris


Playa Grande Golf Course

Km 9 Carretera Rio San Juan-Cabrera

Dominican Republic

Puntacana Resort & Club – Hacienda Course

PUNTACANA Resort & Club

Punta Cana, Higuey, Republica Dominicana

Santo Domingo Country Club – Los Robles Course

Calle Isabel Aguiar

Santo Domingo, D.R.

Cap Cana – Punta Espada

Cap Cana

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Casa de Campo – The Links

Casa de Campo,La Romana Province

P.O. Box 140, La Romana Dominican Republic

Guavaberry Golf & Country Club

Nueva Autovia del Este Juan Dolio

San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic

La Estancia Golf Course

La Romana

Dominican Republic

Las Lagunas Country Club

Km. 20 Duarte Highway

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Naco Golf & Country Club

Club Deportivo Naco

Calle Salvador Sturla esq. Av. Central

Ensanche Naco

Santo Domingo, Republica Dominicana

Punta Blanca Golf & Beach Resort

Carretera Arena Gorda-Macao Bavaro

Punta Cana, Republica Dominicana

Puntacana Resort & Club – La Cana Course

PUNTACANA Resort & Club

Punta Cana, Higuey, Republica Dominicana

White Sands Golf Course

White Sands Golf y Playa Resort

Area Hospitals & Medical Centers

Both Bavaro and Punta Cana offer exceptional medical care in nearly all fields of medicine. being an internationally recognized “tourist” destination, the Dominican Republic recognizes the need to provide top-notch service and medical treatment to both visitors and residents alike. While there are many specialty centers around the area for services from dental to vision and more, the two major health clinic/hospital/medical center networks in the region are Centro Medico (see Centro Medico Punta Cana) and Hospiten. Both medical centers offer a wide variety of specialist services, and what is not offered here in Punta Cana is more than likely available at ancillary centers within Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

If you require services that you can not locate within these two websites, feel free to Contact Us and inquire about the services that you desire in the local area and we will try to assist you with the needed information.

Centro Médico Punta Cana


Emergency Air Ambulance Service

Aeroambulancia is the first and only company in the Dominican Republic, which offers the most complete and modern air ambulance service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the entire year.

HELIDOSA Aero Ambulancia – Air Ambulance Emergency 809 826 4666

When minutes count, it is very important to receive immediate attention in a safe and trustworthy way. Aeroambulancia will be by your side offering the most qualified assistance for you and your family.

Our compromise is to provide excellent service and to be your best allies when a medical emergency comes up. We believe that the difference between life and death of a patient depends on how fast you receive assistance and are transported adequately to a level 1 trauma center, close by.

Rural areas of the Dominican Republic lack optimum health centers to take care of patients with severe traumas caused by accidents or critical medical conditions; this is why Aeroambulancia offers quick access to the best medical attention possible.

Our membership program is based on an annual payment that allows members to access our services without any additional cost. This means, helicopter transportation, medical attention at the accident or emergency scene, and onboard until we get to the medical center, are all-inclusive.

Aeroambulancia has a crew of equipped helicopters with everything that you need for intensive care and for the attention of the medical crew and medics that are highly qualified to manage health issues in critical conditions.