Operation Easter Week / Operativo Semana Santa

Semana Santa / Easter Weekend Dominicans hit the roads. Heading to the beaches, rivers, to visit family and friends. The roads and beach areas are congested. Lots of people enjoying and partying. Enjoy but please be careful.

School is out from Monday, 18 April to Friday, 22 April. The peak travel period is from Thursday, 21 April to Sunday, 24 April when everyone returns home.

Civil Defense / Defensa Civil has announced the rules for the Easter weekend.

Here in Dominican Republic there are many special preventive measures in place to protect the crowds that take to the roads each year. There will be 1,407 Civil Defense workers and volunteers on all the main roads, many secondary roads and places most vulnerable to make sure people use caution. Also there will be 14,070 volunteers and staff present on the beaches with many first aide stations and emergency services to help with any problem that may arise. All working to insure that Easter Weekend is safe for all.

Some of the rules:
*Heavy vehicles will be banned from 6:00 am on Holy Thursday until
6:00 am on Monday 25 April.
*Motorcyclists, pasoleros and open vehicles that carry people in the back,not following set standards will be stopped.
*Boats with outboard motors are banned
*No night time swimming
*No glass on beaches
*Beaches will be cleared out of bathers at 5:45PM

169 Beaches and Resort Areas will be closed:
Santo Domingo and the National District / Distrito Nacional – 24
North Central Region / en la región Norcentral – 18
Santiago – 12
Provincia Espaillat – 6.
North East / Noroeste – 17
Valverde – 6
Santiago Rodríguez – 6
Monte Cristi – 3
San Pedro de Macorís – 23
Azua – 4
San Juan – 4
La Romana – 4
Nagua – 3
Monte Plata – 3
Bayaguana – 3
Sabana Grande de Boya – 3
Yamasá – 3
La Vega – 3
Samaná – 8
Barahona – 8
Monseñor Nouel – 11
Sánchez Ramírez – 6
The Provincia de Peravia – 14

To see a map with all the Provincias listed
Dominican Road Trip

Remember to try some Habichuelas con Dulce. This is a Dominican tradition in English its called Sweet Beans. It sounds a bit strange but it tastes so good