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The June solstice has arrived! This means that today –June 21st– is the longest day of the year. This astronomical event that occurs annually throughout the world, is recognized in all countries located in the northern hemisphere as the start of SUMMER TIME!

The summer is characterized by longer days and shorter nights, as well as of course higher temperature. Unlike other nations, the Dominican Republic is hot most of the year, because it is located between the Tropic of Cancer and the equator – which means that  in this country the seasons are not very pronounced and that we enjoy beautiful tropical weather all year around.

A sunny day at Minitas Beach in Casa de Campo

Summertime is the perfect season to have fun at the beach, swim, enjoy walks…  everything you can imagine. Which is why Casa de Campo offers very interesting things TO DO this summer (see below for a list of summer camps that will be held at Casa de Campo).

What is the solstice?

The solstice is an astronomical event that occurs twice each year as the sun reaches its highest or lowest point relative to the celestial equator on the celestial sphere. As a result, on the day of the solstice, the sun appears to have reached its highest or lowest annual altitude in the sky above the horizon at local solar noon. The day of the solstice is either the longest day of the year (in summer) or the shortest day of the year (in winter) for places outside of the tropics.

The solstice occurs at the same time throughout the Earth, but most of the countries in the world have different times.

The solstice in summer occurs annually on about June 21st. This marks the start of the summer in the Northern Hemisphere and the start of the winter in the Southern Hemisphere. For example, in Argentina today the winter season begins.

hemisferios tierra

Imaginary lines and hemispheres of the Earth

The winter solstice occurs around December 21st in the northern hemisphere, or “summer” in the southern hemisphere. The December solstice is the longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere and the shortest in the southern hemisphere. That means that on December 21st this year we will have the longest night of the year.

The June solstice of 2013 will occur today, Friday June 21st at 5:04 pm Universal Time –  the time in Greenwich, England. In the Dominican Republic this will be at 12:04 pm!

Source: Wikipedia

Main picture: José Calzada León

The following are the Casa de Campo summer camps 2013:

 Casa de Campo summer camp

campamento villa

Wondering what to do with you little ones this Summer? Well, think no more! Casa de Campo’s “Fun Summer Camp 2013″ is a great option and will this year run from June 24th to August 2nd.

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The Golf and Tennis Academy

golf tennis academy

Do your kids love soccer!? Well now in addition to the Golf & Tennis specialism being offered by the Golf & Tennis Academy at Casa de Campo this summer – there is also a Soccer option!

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Summer Camp Altos de Chavón Regional Archaeological Museum

This summer let your kids discover the exciting world of the Tainos at the ”Archaeology, Exploration and Adventure” summer camp organized by the Altos de Chavón Regional Archaeological Museum from the 8th to the 19th of July.

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