Toronto, Canada (YYZ)

Toronto is the capital city of the province Ontario and is home to the CN Tower, home to the world famous Toronto Maple Leafs and about an hour from Niagara Falls.  This melting pot is soaring with towers and crawling with millions of people who all bring some unique luxury that will satisfy.  Sightseeing, nightlife, and pro sports teams, world-class golf courses, concert halls and sports venues are bountiful with tons of emerging talent at every corner.

As the third busiest city in North America, behind, New York and Los Angeles, Toronto is a growing metropolis that offers the best from around the world.  The city is a melting pot that features events, shows and games between the world’s best and brightest athletes and artists.

What to do in YYZ.

Toronto is full of unique treasures and wonders like the CN Tower and Niagara falls, known as “Hollywood North” Toronto hosts TIFF a film festival that and local teams in the NHL, NBA, MLB, CFL & MLS, games plus a theater scene second to Broadway with comedy, art shows & musical concerts to choose from.

Impossible to overlook the national treasures like that dominate the Toronto skyline like the CN Tower.  Local Boat Tours offered at the Pier get you to Toronto Island  that is out far enough for photos to capture famous skyline.

Feature Packaged Experiences

NBA Toronto Raptors

NHL Toronto Maple Leafs

MLB Toronto Blue Jays

CFL Toronto Argonauts

MLS Toronto FC

Honda Indy Toronto

How you get to Toronto.

Getting to Toronto is easier than ever with the option to fly into one of two international airports (YTO), take in the views from the road with seat on a double deck coach bus where you arrive in the heart of downtown at the coach bus terminal and last but not least the good ol’, always on time train.

Most international and domestic flights into Toronto arrive at, Pearson International Airport (YYZ) publicly serviced by nearly all international carriers whereas Bill Bishop Toronto Island (YTZ) currently is only publicly serviced by Air Canada and Porter.  Otherwise very popular bus from Toronto Coach Terminal (TCT) or trains from Union Station (TWO) offer “round-trip” tickets from most nearby Canadian and North American region hubs.

Where to stay in Toronto.

Stay where the action is, OS Travel Agency offers options areas such as Yorkville, Entertainment District, Fashion District, Financial District, King West and Harbourfront and now CNE Exhibition Grounds.  The best way to have a good time is to plan based on your wants and needs, so depending on the reason for your trip or stay, finding the best option nearest to your points of interest can require more attention but that is the OS Travel Agency Advantage.

When's the best time to visit Toronto?

With festivals, events, shows, tours, games and activities happening year round there is no bad times to take in this beautiful city of Toronto.

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Good to know about Toronto

TIME ZONE

Local time is GMT -4. It is an hour ahead of Atlantic Standard Time in the United States in the winter. Unlike the United States and Europe, the Dominican Republic does not observe daylight saving time.

LANGUAGE

Spanish is the official language of the Dominican Republic. However, you’ll be surprised how many hotel and tourist destination employees speak English, French, German and Italian. If you decide to venture out of the tourist areas, it is helpful to learn some basic phrases in Spanish.

CURRENCY

The Dominican Peso (RD$) is the official currency of the Dominican Republic. You can find the peso exchange rate for several international currencies at www.bancentral.gov.do/tasas_cambio/TMC4001.PDF

Major credit cards are accepted at most tourist locations, but it is best to check in advance at small hotels, restaurants and shops.

ATMs are located in almost all of the Dominican Republic’s cities, as well as at most resorts. Large supermarkets have ATMs that are open until late.

Interesting Facts

The capital of the country–Santo Domingo–is the oldest city in the new world.
the second-largest island in the Caribbean, behind Cuba.
Coffee is their national drink, and baseball is their national sport. D.R. is also known for producing excellent rum.

Sugar processing is one of the country’s main industries.  Coffee, sugar and tobacco are the island’s main sources of income. Tourism is also playing an important part in supporting the economy now.

The country is blanketed with world renown golf courses that are set along the breathtaking coast.  It no wonder why Dominican Republic is such a popular destination for weddings and honeymoons.

Official Government Website

GOVERNMENT

The Dominican Republic is a representative democracy. There are three branches of government: Executive, Legislative and Judicial. Every four years the country elects its president, vice president, legislators and city government officials. President Danilo Medina and Vice President Margarita Cedeño were elected for a four-year term that began on 16 August 2012 and ends on 16 August 2016.

Country Tourism Canada

TOURISM STATISTICS

5,959,347 non-resident visitors flew to the Dominican Republic in 2016. Among these visitors, 825,237 non-resident Dominicans chose to visit the country in 2016.

Most air arrivals landed at the Punta Cana airport, 52.74% of all air traffic. Santo Domingo was the second destination of arrivals with 27.57%, followed by Santiago 10.26%, Puerto Plata 6.69%, La Romana 1.59% and Samaná 0.97%.

In 2016, most tourists visiting the country by air came from:

United States    41.6%

Canada 15.0%

Germany             5.0%

France  4.3%

Venezuela          3.2%

United Kingdom               3.2%

Spain     3.1%

Argentina            2.7%

Puerto Rico         2.6%

Russia   2.6%

Brazil     2.4%

Colombia             1.9%

Italy       1.5%

Belgium                0.8%

In 2016, seaport activity was 832,916 passengers:

La Romana          357,952 passengers

Puerto Plata       349,092 passengers

Santo Domingo 77,581 passengers

Samaná                48,291 passengers

The Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism reports there are 737 hotels with a total of 75,030 hotel rooms in the Dominican Republic as of December 2016.

Detailed Country Information

LOCATION/GEOGRAPHY

The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with the Republic of Haiti. The country is the second largest in the Caribbean region, with a surface area of 18,704 square miles  (48,442 square kilometers). Located in the heart of the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and to the south by the Caribbean Sea.

Currency: Dominican peso
Population: 10.4 million (2013) World Bank

Toronto Weather Reports

WEATHER WARNINGS

For updated lists of current weather warnings for Toronto, click here.

Destination Related FAQ’s

Some have asked, so here are the answers.

Which drink is Toronto best known for?

Pina Colada one of the top of drinks you need to try while you are in the Dominican Republic but the one most known in D.R. is Mamajuana.

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Mama Juana (or mamajuana) is a drink from the Dominican Republic that is concocted by allowing rum, red wine, and honey to soak in a bottle with tree bark and herbs. The taste is similar to port wine and the color is a deep red.

Mama Juana – Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mama_Juana

Do you need shots to go to Toronto?

Hepatitis A vaccine is recommended for all travelers to the Dominican Republic. You may want to consider typhoid vaccine if you will be leaving the resorts for more rustic eateries or visiting local residents. Hepatitis B is recommend for prolonged stays, those who may need health care while in the Dominican Republic.

Mar 31, 2013

Do You Need Vaccines for Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic …

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Do you have to have a passport to go to the Toronto?

A passport valid for six months is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above to enter the Canada

Can you drink the water in the Canada?

Drinking water is definitely recommended and is available everywhere in the Canada. Hotels and restaurants use purified water to clean and cook their food, and purified water is used to make all ice. It is not recommended that you drink tap water.

FAQs about traveling in the Dominican Republic by Hispaniola.com

www.hispaniola.com/dominican_republic/info/faq.php

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A Brief View of Toronto, Canada

Toronto in the Capital City of Ontario and has grown into a powerhouse, supporting professional teams in the NHL, NBA, MLB, CFL and MLS, plus a host of Indy Car Races in July on the Exhibition Grounds and TIFF in September on in the Entertainment District on King St and Queen St.  The city features an expansive Entertainment Industry, with venues such as Rogers Center(formerly the Skydome), ACC (Air Canada Centre), BMO Feild, Massey Hall, Enercare Centre, The Royal Ontario Museum, Sony Center, Royal Alexandra Theatre, Princess of Wales Theatre, Four Seasons Centre, Roy Thompson Hall and many more.  The city boasts an expansive waterfront where Cherry Beach and Woodbine Beach are enjoyed in summer months.  Exquisite restaurants will satisfy if not positively overwhelm your taste buds with some of the best restaurants in the city featuring dishes from around the world.

Greater Toronto Area has a population of around six and a half million people.  Toronto has two main airports providing city access, Pearson International Airport (YYZ) publicly serviced by nearly All International Carriers and Bill Bishop Toronto Island (YTZ) currently is only publicly serviced by Air Canada and Porter.

* Note: An entry charge for a Tourist Card is applicable as well as a departure tax. This is not usually included in airfares so remember to save some money to get to your flight home.

The main currency used is the Canadian Dollar (CAD).

The Dominican Republic enjoys a tropical climate year round, with average temperatures ranging from 66° to 93° F (19° to 34° C). The coldest season is between November and April, and the hottest season is between May and October. August is the hottest month.

The voltage used is 110V.

The language spoken in Dominican Republic is Spanish but English is also used.

The time zone in Dominican Republic is GMT (UTC)-4.

Documents required to visit Dominican Republic
Canadian Citizens please click here
Non-Canadian citizens please contact the consulate or embassy for information.