The Dominican Republic is a democratic nation with a population of more than 10 million people, has a territory that extends to 48,442 square kilometers on the territory of the island of Haiti, or, as it is customary to call its mainland – Hispaniola. In general, the island has several names, the Dominicans themselves say Santo Domingo, duplicating the name of the capital, as well as Quisqueya, which affectionately means “mother of all lands.” The Republic is slightly more than twice the size of New Jersey and about the same size as Costa Rica. Its many kilometers long coasts touch the Caribbean Sea in the south and the Atlantic Ocean in the north. In 2017, 6.2 million visitors remained and 1,147,000 cruise passengers passed through the Dominican Republic.
This is the first Spanish settlement in Las Americas, or in the New World, thanks to the arrival of Christopher Columbus during his first trip in 1492. In addition to choosing the Dominican Republic as his only home in the region, the colonists found that the land was blessed with fertile soils and gold deposits, Columbus and the Spanish crown used the country as a springboard for their conquests of the New World. Today, Santo Domingo, the first city in America, is the capital of the Dominican Republic and continues to flourish, preserving its history and original Spanish architecture.
In addition to these historical monuments, the Dominican Republic is one of the most diverse places in the Caribbean due to its geography, nature and population. Its landscapes range from the highest peaks in the region, Pico Duarte, to the lowest body of water, Lake Enricillo. With an amazing amount of 6000 species of flora and 7000 species of fauna, including flowers of cacti, endemic falcons and humpback whales. The country’s culture, consisting of Thai, European and African components, spawns a diverse population, joined by Jewish, Japanese and even Afro-Caribbean groups, proclaimed by UNESCO, who arrived in the Dominican Republic from the 19th century. Many tourists from all over the world who once visited a paradise island fall in love with the local nature and lifestyle, after which they decide to change their lives and move to the Republic for permanent residence.
Regardless of whether you decide to visit one of our beaches along more than 1,600 kilometers of coastline, our green mountain villages, fishing villages or landscapes decorated with cacti, you will discover the unique side of the Dominican Republic. Along the way, you will discover the Dominican passion for music and dance (merengue, bachata), their unique Criol cuisine, their love of baseball, family and hospitality. Together, these values are the essence of the Dominican spirit.