The Dominican Republic is located on a beautiful tropical island in the Caribbean Sea. Dominica, however, shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, one of the poorest and least developed nations in the world.
Unfortunately, due the extensive media coverage of the recent Haitian earthquake, many Americans and Europeans assume Dominica must be similar: a backward rural nation of illiterate, poor, and desperate people. Nothing could be further from the truth.
In reality, Dominica is one of the most developed countries in the Caribbean, an upper-middle income nation with the largest economy in Central America, and is the most popular tourist and vacation spot in the Caribbean Sea. Girls from The Dominican Republic are modern, urban, educated, and share many cultural similarities with Americans and Europeans.
Here are some of the reasons you should consider persuing Dominican women for marriage:
You will be hard pressed to be find women quite like Dominican girls anywhere else in the world. Europeans, Africans, and Taino Native Americans have been inter-marrying here for five hundred years. The result is a new and completely mixed ethnicity-in fact, 73% of Dominica's population can only be described as "multiracial"- but if you ask me, I would just describe them as Hot!
The exotic look of Dominican babes includes shiny black hair and dark eyes, curvy and voluptuous bodies that fill out a bikini nicely, and skin tones in every shade of brown imaginable.
In fact, Dominicans have had to stop using the simplistic "white" and "black" to describe skin tones in favor of more descriptive complexions such asmorena(brown),canela("cinnamon," or red-brown),blanca oscura(dark white), andtriguena("wheat-colored," or olive-skinned).
The number of international beauty pageants that Dominican babes have won is a clear testament to their beauty.
Like many Latinas, women from the Dominican Republic value family value highly. They place a high importance on raising happy and healthy children in an orderly, peaceful home environment.
Generally speaking, a woman who joins a Dominican dating site wants to meet a responsible, reliableman who treats her with respect and is honest, trustworthy, and faithful to her.
If you can meet her expectation, then in return you can expect a loyal, devoted wife and caring, affectionate mother.
The flip side of this equation is that your Dominican bride's parents, siblings, and extended family will also be highly important to her, and she will want to visit them often.
Given that Dominica is a hot vacation spot with beautiful beaches, this is not necessarily a bad thing.
The average annual temperature in the Dominican Republic is 77 degrees, with the mountains at the center of the island being much cooler. The island of Sanos, just off the southeastern coast, has perhaps the best beaches in the Caribbean.
And best of all, Those Hot DR girls are much closer than you think. The Dominican Republic is comparatively close to the United States - only a three-hour plane ride from Miami, Florida.
Forget what you've heard about voodoo; that exists mostly on the other side of the island in Haiti. Although the cultural influence of voodoo in society may be visible in Dominican girls in the forms of myths, legends, and superstitions, very few Dominicans are full-fledged voodoo practitioners.
In reality, 87% of Dominican girls are Christians of one denomination or another: 69% are Catholic, 17% are Evangelical Protestant, and 1.1% are LDS/Mormon.
While well over half of all Dominican ladies are Catholic, Dominican Catholicism is generally more relaxed than the Catholic traditions in other Latin American countries. This may be due to the strong French influence in the nation's colonial history.
Don't be surprised when free-spirited, fun-loving Dominican brides have children and grow into a devout Catholic mothers; in many ways, it's the best of both worlds.
In contrast to Haiti, over 87% of Dominicans are literate (and most of the illiterate population is from the older generations in the rural areas). In the Dominican Republic, primary education is both free and required from the ages of five to fourteen.
Middle and secondary school, although not compulsory, is free and widely available. Many Dominicans, especially in the urban areas, have at least the equivalent of a high school education.
While Spanish is the official language of the Dominican Republic, English is taught as a second language in most religious and private schools. Although many girls from the Dominican Republic may not be fluent and will almost certainly have an accent, they should be able to communicate in English and will quickly improve their linguistic skills once they marry and move to an English-speaking country where they are immersed in the language around them.
Dominica is a very modern, urban nation. Over 63% of the population live in cities. Broadband internet access is available throughout most of the country - making it very easy to maintain a long distance relationship.
Over 83% of Dominicans have mobile phones, and many internet service providers offer wireless 3G internet for laptops and smart phones. Dominica is also in the process of converting their radio and television stations to the digital spectrum through HDTV and HD radio.
Dominicans love their sports and their music. Baseball is by far the most popular sport in the Dominican Republic, followed by basketball, soccer, and boxing.
Musically, in addition to the traditional Dominican musical forms like meringue and bachata, local rock bands and dance music are popular throughout the country. In the last decade, Dominican rap and hip-hop has become increasingly popular, with many local artists popping up, especially in Santiago and Santo Domingo
Dominica, continuing its habit of breaking stereotypes, is also surprisingly secular for a Latin American country. Although mostly Christian, it has a long history of religious freedom, and contains communities from many religious faiths such as Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Baha'i... the list goes on.
Even more surprisingly, over 10% of Dominicans claim no religion at all-either agnostic, atheist, or religious but non-practicing.
Finally, the Dominican Republic has had a stable democracy since 1978. Any Dominican girl less than thirty years old has only ever known a democratic Dominica, and any woman younger than forty remembers the pre-democratic era as only a distant childhood memory.
In short, there are enough cultural similarities between Western men and their Dominican wives to form a bridge of understanding between the two that enables them to get along extremely well. Although foreign men may never learn all there is to know about their Dominican girlfriends and their country, it's fairly certain that you'll never get bored of trying.
It's the adventure of a lifetime... so what are you waiting for?
Dominican Republic dating is a lot more relaxed than in many areas of Latin America, perhaps because of the strong French influence on the island. Nearly every woman in the Dominican Republic is Catholic, but it is generally a morerelaxed Catholicism than in a lot of Central and South America.
Also, don't be surprised if you meet a Dominican babe who is interested in voodoo and very superstitious. Of course, Haiti is the epicenter of voodoo, but it has a strong presence everywhere on Hispaniola. However, superstitious Dominicans generally are not full-fledged voodoo practitioners.
Firstly because you're not from the DR you're automatically different and exotic for the women living here, so that gives you a major advantage to work with. The other part of being a foreign guy (gringo) is that you won't be viewed as being a machistas (overly masculine guy), which is something many DR guys are "guilty" of.
A machistas is basically somebody who is aggressive verbally, physically and views a woman as somebody to be dominated in a relationship instead of treated as an equal.
Women from the Dominican Republic will appreciate the fact that you at least tried to learn some Spanish to speak to them (and probably their family, if you're lucky), so make the effort to learn the language before you get there. There's no need to be fluido en Espanol (fluent in Spanish), but being able to hold a conversation in Spanish puts you well ahead of any competition.
Being polite and respectful towards your DR chica, and the people around her, will also put you in a good light with her. But as important as all of the above are, women from the Dominica Republic put a huge amount of emphasis and importance on your ability to stay loyal to her.
Most of the machistas think that cheating is their "right" as a man, so demonstrating that you can and will remain faithful to your woman will give you some pretty serious Brownie points.
Looks aren't particularly important to Dominican Republic ladies because they'd much prefer to date an "average" looking guy they can build a future with than some local machistas.
Be careful of "falling in lust" with DR women though, their beauty can be your undoing - you wouldn't be the first guy to fall in love minutes after arriving here.
Although you might have heard otherwise never approach your first date with a woman from the Dominican Republic expecting sex afterwards. If she's a typical DR chica then she won't be interested in jumping into bed with you straight away, and will probably cut your relationship short if sex is all you want from her.
The flip side of this is that as a visitor if you meet a girl who dates, falls in love and sleeps with you within 72-hours of your first encounter then you've probably just slept with somebody who's only interested in the contents of your bank account and an entry visa for your home country.
Kissing on a first date is also only a maybe with DR girls - gringos usually get special treatment when it comes to kissing on a first date i.e. she probably will. With that being said don't take kissing as an invite into her bed, because it's highly unlikely that will happen.
When it comes to what to wear on your first date do yourself a favor and don't dress like a schlub. You see the Dominican Republic might be viewed as being "poor" but that doesn't mean that you can turn up for your first date dressed in shorts, sandals and a shirt - it won't cut it.
Dressing to impress means showering, shaving, a haircut, some nice cologne, a shirt, pants, and good shoes. You won't need to spend $1,000 on a suit, but don't turn up in a $10 outfit either.
You'll definitely want to bring your wallet with you on your first date because most Dominican chicas are conservative, a little old fashioned, and based on that will expect you to pay for the meal, drinks, dancing and taxis for both of you.
It's not that they're materialistic, but this is what they believe is normal, respectful and polite behavior from a real gentleman, and not some gringo looking to get laid after 5 rounds of shots.
Most women in the Dominican Republic love trying new things on dates (bowling, etc) but will expect you to take the lead in choosing what to do. Always make sure you ask her what she thinks of what you have in mind though - that's just seen as being polite.
DominicanCupid is part of the Cupid Media empire, which is one of the true leaders in international dating. They run an extremely tight operation to ensure that you do not have to worry about scammers.
Every profile is individually reviewed before it's posted and this really helps keep everything on the up and up.
In fact DominicanCupid is so strict that we are unable to post any of their profiles on our site due to their membership agreement - but we won't be offended if you want to go on over there and check out their hot DR girls.
You can fly directly to the Dominican Republic from several locations around the world, including direct flights from multiple locations in the United States, Paris, Munich and Madrid.
Flying from the United States usually takes just a few hours, but international flights will obviously take much longer, and often require connecting flights to reach your final destination.
The island itself has several international airports, so you should find at least one airline in your country operating flights to the DR on a regular basis. When you arrive you'll need to purchase a $10 tourist card, but you can also buy this in advance online, plus you'll also need another $20 for the departure tax when you’re leaving.
Gas is extremely expensive in the DR, so expect taxis to cost a lot more than in most other parts of the world. Luggage handlers in the airport are usually reliable and trustworthy, but listen to your gut instinct on this one - if they look like they're bad news, then they probably are.
You do also have the option of traveling on local buses called "guaguas", but these aren't air-conditioned or comfortable because they're usually loaded down with people and luggage. Traveling by guagua gives you a taste of real local life, but it's probably not the best way to travel long distances.
Make sure that you exchange all your Dominican pesos before leaving the country - you'll probably find that most banks won't be able to exchange for dollars or euros it when you get home.
For As a beautiful as the Dominican Republic is you still need to maintain a certain level of self-preservation while traveling to and around the country. For example the hurricane season here goes from June to November each year, and although there are plenty of weather warnings you need to factor in that adverse weather is a fact of life in this part of the world.
It rains like crazy pretty much everywhere, but because of the prevailing ocean winds the South Coast tends to be in the rainy season when the North Coast is dry and vice versa. So, check the weather information before you go and you should be able to pick a destination with pretty decent weather.
There are severe penalties for consuming or importing drugs of any kind here, so please avoid people or places where these types of illegal activities are indulged in.
Credit card cloning scams are pretty common, so don't use your credit card unless you have no other choice - cash is a far safer option in most bars and restaurants.
Most cities in the Dominican Republic are extremely safe during the day and night, but you should still avoid traveling alone in unlit areas of any city after dark because muggers will see you coming a mile away.