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Dominican Republic Geography
 
 
 

General

The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola (Española) and includes the islands of Beata, Catalina, Saona, Alto Velo, and Catalinita in the Caribbean Sea, and several islets in the Atlantic Ocean. It has an area of 48,730 sq km (18,815 sq mi), with a length of 386 km (240 mi) east to west, extending from Cape Engaño to the Haitian border, and a width of 261 km (162 mi) north to south, extending from Cape Isabela to Cape Beata.

Comparatively, the area occupied by the Dominican Republic is slightly more than twice the size of the state of New Hampshire. Bounded on the north by the Atlantic Ocean, on the east by the Mona Passage (which separates it from Puerto Rico), on the south by the Caribbean Sea, and on the west by Haiti, the Dominican Republic has a total boundary length of 1,648 km (890 mi), of which only 360 km (194 mi) is the length of the land boundary with Haiti.

The Dominican Republic's capital city, Santo Domingo, is located on its southern coast.

The Dominican Republic is generally mountainous, with deserts in the extreme western regions. The principal mountain range, the Central Cordillera, running from east to west and extensively pine-forested, bisects the republic. Between the Central Cordillera and the Northern Cordillera (and their associated plains) lies the famous Cibao (La Vega Real) Valley (225 km/140 mi long, with an average width of 23 km/14 mi), noted for the excellent quality of its soil. Fertile valleys also abound in the central and eastern areas. The country contains both the highest mountain in the West Indies, Mt. Duarte (Pico Duarte, 3,175 m/10,417 ft), and the lowest-lying lake, Lake Enriquillo (46 m/151 ft below sea level). The Yaque del Norte, the Yaque del Sur, and the Yuna are the principal rivers.

Climate and rainfall vary with region and altitude. Generally, however, average minimum and maximum temperatures range from 18°C to 29°C (64°F to 84°F) in the winter and from 23°C to 35°C (73°F to 95°F) in the summer. The coastal plain has an annual mean temperature of 26°C (79°F), while in the Central Cordillera the climate is temperate and the mean is 20°C (68°F). Rainfall varies from an annual average of 135 cm (53 in) in the eastern regions, with an extreme of 208 cm (82 in) in the northeast, to a mean of 43 cm (17 in) in the western areas. The rainy season generally extends from June to November and the dry season from December to May. The nation lies within the hurricane belt, and tropical storms constitute a major weather hazard.

Overview

Location
Caribbean, eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Haiti

Geographic coordinates
19 00 N, 70 40 W

Map references
Central America and the Caribbean

Area
total: 48,670 sq km
land: 48,320 sq km
water: 350 sq km

Area - comparative
slightly more than twice the size of New Hampshire


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