The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola. The diversity of the geography includes tropical rain forests, coral reefs, mangrove swamps, whitewater rivers, waterfalls, impressive mountain ranges, deserts, saltwater lakes, and miles of white sand beaches. Both the highest and lowest points in the Caribbean are located in the country, with Pico Duarte at 10,319 feet, and the saltwater Lake Enriquillo at 139 feet below sea level.
Study abroad students will be enchanted with the varied architecture, colonial museums, vast natural areas,and varied ecosystems. Whether visiting the Samaná Bay humpback whale breeding ground, exploring ruins over 500 years old, or watching the national sport of baseball, students will have numerous opportunities to experience Dominican culture while on their study abroad program.
The Dominican Republic is located next to Haiti, on the Caribbean Island of Hispaniola, which sits between Cuba and Puerto Rico.
The Dominican Republic makes up the eastern two thirds of the island of Hispaniola.
Tropical maritime climate with little seasonal temperature variation. Low temperatures are typically in the high sixties and low seventies while the high temperature is usually in the eighties.
Rain is frequent, particularly during the months of May through October. Humidity on the coast is typically around 90%. In the mountains around Santiago the humidity is lower, usually around 70%.