About
Dominican Republic

About the Country

A Democratic nation with a population of over 10 million people, the Dominican Republic has a territory stretching 48,442 square kilometers (18,704 square miles). That’s just over twice the size of New Jersey, or nearly the size of Costa Rica. Its coveted shores face the Caribbean Sea in the south, and the Atlantic Ocean in the north. As of 2017, 6,187,542 overnight visitors and more than 1,100,000 cruise passengers make their way to the Dominican Republic every year.

Quisqueya, as Dominicans affectionately call their home–meaning “mother of all lands”– is a country of superlatives. This was the first permanent Spanish settlement in the Americas or the “New World,” with the arrival of Christopher Columbus on his first voyage in 1492. Aside from choosing the DR as his sole residence in the region­–a land blessed with fertile soil and gold deposits–Columbus and the Spanish Crown used the country as a launching pad for conquests across the Caribbean and United States. Today, the first city of the Americas, Santo Domingo, is the capital of the DR, and continues to thrive while preserving its history and original Spanish architecture.

Aside from historic firsts, the Dominican Republic ranks among the most diverse Caribbean countries in geography, nature, and people. Its landscape ranges from the highest peak in the region, Pico Duarte, to the lowest body of water, Lago Enriquillo. A whopping 6,000 species of flora and 7,000 species of fauna include cacti flowers, endemic hawks, and humpback whales. The country’s cultural make up–Taino, European, and African–includes a diverse population welcomed in the DR since the 19th century, from Jewish and Japanese communities to UNESCO-proclaimed Afro-Caribbean groups.

Whether you choose to visit our shores along our more than 1,600 kilometers (nearly 1,000 miles) of coastline, our verdant mountain towns, our fishing villages, or our cactus-lined landscape, you’ll uncover a unique side of the DR. Along the way, you’ll experience a unified passion for our music and dance–merengue, bachata, and son–our diverse gastronomy taking you beyond rice and beans, our love for baseball, family, and hospitality. Together, they make up the essence of our Dominican spirit.

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Instagram post 2278559512540742470_409040196 This too shall pass. And when it does, we will all come out stronger, renewed, eager to venture out into the world and to the beautiful landscapes of Dominican Republic again. ✨: 📸: @celine.beyond47
Instagram post 2277747167022438846_409040196 Take a humpday pause and do a little #DRdaydreaming with us.
Instagram post 2276313567120407036_409040196 Like you, this time has allowed us to rethink and reevaluate. We believe this uncertain time is full of opportunity to stay positive and uplift each other so we can come together even stronger. We also believe actions speak louder than words, so over the coming days, we will be introducing a variety of positive actions we're taking to help uplift this community. #DRdaydreaming
Instagram post 2275043366277579323_409040196 In search of rich culture, cafés, boutiques, street art and more? You’ll find it all in the Colonial City! 📸: @drewbinsky
Instagram post 2273485580062284423_409040196 Los Tres Ojos National Park: “You have to visit this place!✨😍 Only 8 kilometers from the center of Santo Domingo there is a place that seems from the prehistoric era.” 📸: @thewanderlustchick 📍 Tres Ojos National Park, Santo Domingo
Instagram post 2272775926483104160_409040196 Hiking, bird watching, or sand dune exploring. What would you rather be doing right now? 📸: @checoborellini
Instagram post 2272052167367275166_409040196 Whether you’re a surfer or just a beach enthusiast you MUST add Playa Macao to your bucket list! 📸: @carloshorton.a
Instagram post 2270597399256565180_409040196 Double tap if you wish you were celebrating #WorldWaterDay stand up paddling along the Yaque Del Norte, the longest river in the Caribbean!
Instagram post 2269957334347573359_409040196 Walking, boating or soaring above, however you decide to take in the views, we promise you’ll be mesmerized. 📸: @thetinynomad
Instagram post 2269099163995961189_409040196 Bright blue water, incredible snorkeling and plenty of sunshine await you in Sosúa Bay ☀️
Instagram post 2268415796631820524_409040196 Please view the link in our stories and highlights to read The Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism's statement and travel updates in relation to Covid-19.
Instagram post 2268335653069846581_409040196 Found this cool little street while roaming downtown Puerto Plata! Really enjoyed my time in the Dominican Republic.” Until your next adventure, @brendon!
Instagram post 2267702998901082403_409040196 “Here I stand, right between an old statue of Christopher Columbus and the first cathedral of the New World”. Cultural explorations are never far in Santo Domingo.📸: @timphilippus
Instagram post 2266971289214215665_409040196 Captivating landscapes, irresistible charm, and endless beauty, tune in to discover #TheRealDR with @wesselbabtist from his travels throughout Dominican Republic.
Instagram post 2266229062107937001_409040196 From a homestay in a small coastal town to a cabin above sea level, @sunandstilettos has you covered with tips and tricks for your trip to Dominican Republic. Use the link in our bio to start planning!
Instagram post 2265550290450522167_409040196 Beautiful Baní. Do you have the southwest of Dominican Republic on your bucket list? 📸: @carlostorresrd
Instagram post 2264969594623772740_409040196 Playa Cosón: Often ranked among the top three most stunning beaches in Samaná. This golden, soft-sand stretch is ideal for long walks! 📸: @letyouwander
Instagram post 2263260413644946055_409040196 “Spent the last week exploring the Dominican Republic! One of my favorite days this trip was spent on this tiny island eating fruit and drinking rum with the locals under their beach huts.” 📸: @brendon
Instagram post 2262621024616325277_409040196 “I never get tired of discovering paradisiacal places and corners in our country.” You and us both, @theadrenalinetraveler!
Instagram post 2261839588813099663_409040196 Dominican sunsets. They’ll keep you coming back for years. ❤️

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