While you're in the Dominican Republic, try "Tostones", "Pollo Frito", "Habichuelas", "Sancocho" or "Bizcocho", if you want something sweet.
This country relies on tourism for a reason. There are many places to visit, but we recommend Samana, Bayahibe, Punta Cana, or Cabarete and obviously Santo Domingo.
African, Taino, & European traditions influence the Dominican culture. Dominicans are passionate for baseball and festivals flood the streets with dance, music and food festivals.
If you are greeting a local don't say "hola" for "hi" in the Dominican Republic; say "saludos" to sound more like a local