Lying 600 miles southeast of Florida, Dominican Republic is spread across the eastern part of Hispaniola. It occupies an area of 48,380 sq kilometers. Its total population is estimated at 8,500,000, the mixed races of the middle class form about 73 percent of the population. The people of Dominican Republic enjoy higher standards of living and they are provided with good health care services. Santo Domingo is the capital city of Dominican Republic and their official currency is Dominican Republic peso. This country has the Caribbean's highest peak, Pico Duarte, and crocodile-infested Lake Enriquillo as its lowest point. About twenty-four per cent of the population is works on the farms, the chief crops are tobacco, sugar, and cocoa and nickel, amber, and gold mining are important industries. The Dominican Republic is the largest tourist destination in the Caribbean, which attracts two million each year. The holidaymakers flock to the island for its long, pearly beaches and wildlife.