Exploring Dominican Culture
The Dominican Republic has a variety of landscapes, from deserts to alpine forests in the central mountains. Discover the highest mountain and deepest valley in the Caribbean, as well as rainforests, deserts, and white sand beaches! Dominican culture is a mixture of the cultures of Spaniard colonists, African slaves, and Taíno natives. European, African, and Taíno cultural elements are most prominent in Dominican food, family structure, religion, and music.
Dominicans are welcoming people with a great sense of humor who are happy to share all the things they consider to be muy dominicano. Dominicans are very fond of dancing to merengue and bachata. Merengue is the musical genre most often associated with the Dominican Republic and has been part of the Dominican musical repertoire since the mid-19th century. Dominicans often go out to dance or organize parties in their homes, where dancing is the main activity.