Specialities

 

RUM

It's omnipresent in Dominican Republic.
Here it is called "Ron" and you will find it everywhere (in the hotels, the airports, the stores....).

Rum is made in the 15 rum roasting plants.

It is drunk either straight, or in cocktails, like Pina Colada (Rum, coconut milk, freeze crushed and pineapple juice), Daiquiri (Rum, juice of lemon and crushed ice) and Cuba Libre (with Coke).

MAMAJUANA, the Dominican aphrodisiac is a mixture of rum, herbs and spices.

The local beer is : President



L' art Haitien

ART

You will find this naive paintings everywhere, even on the beaches. This art comes from Haiti, but the Dominican renewed this style by adding new symbols.

Please note that this paintings are mass produced so to acquire paintings of quality, you'll have to go to reputable art galleries (and be prepared to pay for them).

  Le Rhum

 

CIGARS

The Talnos Indians already used to smoke tobacco and since 1531, Spanish began its commercial exploitation.

The first manufacture of Cuban cigars was created in 1902, but the American embargo on the cuban products allowed the takeoff of the industry of the cigar in Dominican Republic, with, for consequence, the establishment of significant American companies. The Dominican Republic became since 1994 the first world exporter of cigars.

Each year 80 million of cigars are rolled, primarily by the men, who prefer this activity with hard work in the fields.

It can be a beautiful gift for people around you. It is possible to visit manufactures of cigars and you will be able to buy some ones there.

Please note that, as always, to avoid bad manufactured cigars it's always better to buy them in a shop.



DOLLS

Following many colonizations, there is'nt a particular Dominican facies, therefore the dolls, wearing the traditional Dominican costumes, are always FACESLESS

AMBER

This fossil is extracted in the northern part of the island (la Costa del Ambar, or coast of Amber). There are some of the richest mines of the world.

Some people believed this semi-precious stone had magnetic capacities and a positive energy.

So it was used as amulet against malefic influences. Today, this stone of a milky color "brown" and sometimes transparent is always weared as amulet.

Amber stones can contain insects or parts of leaves. Certain parts offer inclusions of butterflies or insects : they are several tens of million years old !






Larimar 1



FOOD

The basic dish is“the Bandera Dominicana” composed of rice, kidney beans and chicken.
One also finds the “empenadas”: fritters furnished with local products,
the “chivo guisado”: meat of goat marinated with origan and rum,
the “sancocho”: ragout of 7 meats and vegetables prepared only on Sundays, a true institution;
the “chicharones”: marinated pork rind,
the “pica pollo”: fried and seasoned chicken often accompanied by “tostones”: fried bananas plantains, and also “mondogos”: tripe of seasoned green lemon ox or pig,
the “dulces of milk” preparation of condensed milk sugar mixed with coconut.
And of course all products of the sea : lobsters, crabs, shrimps and fish.

The local production makes it possible to eat tasty fruit and vegetables all year.

Also, one should not miss enjoying the excellent local coffee : the cafecito


Famous Dominicans

The designer Oscar de la Renta, 
the singer and composer Juan Luis Guerra, 
the player of baseball Sammy Sosa, which played with Rangers of Texas, White Sox and Chicago’s Cubs, 
first Dominican elected Miss Universe in 2003 Amelia Vega at 18 years old, 
the athlete Felix Sanchez gold medal in Athens in 2004 and the boxer Felix Dias gold medal in 2008 in Beijing.


 

 

  Ambre


LARIMAR

Another speciality of the island is the larimar.
This light blue coloured, semi-precious stone, is also called "dominican turquoise".

Until the beginning of the seventies, it was neglected by the craftsmen.

Today, you can find it only in the Dominican Republic, generally in the foim of pin, earrings, rings, crimped on silver or gold mountings.

Be careful: street hawkers can propose them cheaper. .. but they are all fake !


MUSIC

The merengue, which is the national dance and which everyone can hear on all the radios, is played traditionally with an accordion, a drum and a “guira”: a metal instrument which resembles to a cheese grater.

The bachata, appeared in the Sixties in popular environments, is characterized by its slower and more languorous rhythms and became the national variety since the Nineties.

The regaeton is the new popular dance for the young people.

It is preferable to buy CD in store as the copies sold in the streets are often of bad quality.

The most famous actual singers are :
Frank Reyes, Aventura, Tono Rosario, ...

 

To listen to the local radio from your computer :
www.bachataradio.com/livemusic.htm


Sports

The national sport is the baseball which is played everywhere and all year, there are 6 professional teams in the country.



You also can bring back : leather's object, jam, liquid vanilla and coffee.


Don't hesitate to haggle in the small shops. And Enjoy....

 


 

Photographe Punta Cana