The Dominican Republic

Climate

The Dominican Republic is clearly in the tropics but it has a surprising variation of weather and climatic conditions. Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is not the only tropical place which falls below freezing point.Duarte Peak is the highest point in all of the Caribbean islands and in addition to white sand beaches and tropically green areas there is also a desert area in the south west of the country. Any of the many tourist web sites will provide a good description of the climate and there are many offering graphical representations. Some sites include other information and some useful maps of the country and its location in the Caribbean. Full graphical and statistical information is also easily available. One important and unavoidable fact is that The Dominican Republic is in an area which experiences hurricanes although many of the tourist sites tend to make light of the dangers of this weather phenomenon.

Although exhibiting many climatic conditions none can be said to be extreme with the sole exception of the of the hurricane. From the mountains to the desert and the beaches to the towns it should be possible to find a weather situation that will suit anyone. If isolation is also a part of the life style requirement then perhaps one of the offshore islands which are also part of The Dominican Republic may be attractive.

Time

Natural or Sun time is a function of the earth’s rotation on its axis. As the earth turns from west to east so the Sun rises later in locations west of any given location. Amanda Briney describes the relationship between longitude and time in more detail than is needed here.

There are a number of web sites that allow a display of time at various places around the world. The Worldtimeserver.com is one such site and another can be seen here. The standard for this kind of information is the timeanddate.com site which allows at one of the pages the construction of a personal world clock which can display the time at many places simultaneously.

The Dominican Republic is a small country. It extends 240 miles (386 kilometres) east to west and 162 miles (261 kilometres) north to south. It crosses no time zones and is in the tropics so there is no point in daylight saving arrangements. Working out the time in other parts of the world relative to the time in The Dominican Republic is thus simplified and need be done just once wherever you may be in the country. This fact and the climatic conditions described above must be put on the positive side in any assessment of The Dominican Republic as a place to which to retire.

The subjects of climate and time can be fully researched by reference to the links at the "Resources" tab on this site and the book "How to Retire in the Dominican Republic" by Les Johns which can be bought directly from this site.