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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Spectacular sunset by the shores of Playa Cosón. Do you have a favorite sunset spot in Dominican Republic? 🌅 ❤️ 📸: @pedromestres
Ranked among TripAdvisor’s top 25 beaches in the world, Bávaro Beach in Punta Cana is waiting for you! 🌴☀️ 📸: @skyzonerd
Fact: You haven’t seen Dominican Republic until you’ve taken in the 360 views atop Montaña Redonda. 🤩 Head to our stories to learn more about how you can plan your day trip to Montaña Redonda in Miches! 📸: @tourdelust
An exploration through Los Haitises National Park is a must when visiting Samaná. Double-tap if you agree! #OpenDR @pedromestres
Craving a romantic getaway? Dominican Republic is the place to be, and we’re open waiting for you! #OpenDR 📸: @reganhillyer 📍Hodelpa Nicolás de Ovando
After a year of virtual happy hours and backyard hangouts, you and your girlfriends deserve a real vacation. From epic day trips swimming in cenotes and watching the sunrise atop Montaña Redonda to beachside hangs, we are open and ready for you! Visit the link in our bio for the perfect itinerary. From Punta Cana to Miches you’re sure to fall in love with our picturesque paradise. #OpenDR
Ready to experience another level of adventure and relaxation? Add Jarabacoa as a stop on your next Dominican getaway! 📸:@misviajesmidestino @lacasitademilard
Sahara Desert? Not quite! It’s Dunas de Baní - beautiful sandy dunes in the south of the island. 🌵 🌞📸: @korosipeter
“Nothing better than a bungalow in front of one of your favorite beaches!” We couldn’t agree more! 🙌 Will you be visiting Dominican Republic this year? 🌴
 📸: @andariegodominicano
Fact: Santo Domingo is brimming with hidden treasures. Just five miles east of Santo Domingo you’ll find Los Tres Ojos National Park, a beautiful nature break from the city and offers a solid glimpse of the Taino’s underground caverns once used for refuge or rituals. 🌿📸:@aristesaca
Dominican Republic is home to some of the most stunning and breathtaking waterfalls just waiting for you to discover!✈️Are you ready to join us? #OpenDR 📸:@aristesaca
Ready for a beach getaway? Our hotels are open with increased world-class safety measures, our excursions are socially distanced, and as announced yesterday our Free Health Coverage Plan has been extended to April 30, 2021. 🇩🇴

Head to our website to start planning and learn more. Link in bio. Cheers, we hope to see you soon! 🇩🇴✈️#OpenDR 📸: @_traveliri @hiltonlaromana
Looking to recharge and reset? Take the leap now and plan your trip to Dominican Republic today! White sand beaches, turquoise waters, unparalleled cuisine charming boutique hotels, premier golf courses and world-class safety measures are here, and they are waiting for you. #OpenDR
Strolls around Santo Domingo’s Colonial City. 💫 along the way, make sure to visit the oldest sites in the Americas, including the first cathedral, the first paved street, the first monastery, the first hospital, the first university, and the first military fortress of the new world♥️🇩🇴#GoDomRep
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Cultured, innovative, fast-paced, and breathtakingly beautiful: that’s Santiago. ✨Do you have a trip to Santiago in the books? If so, make sure to visit El Monumento, the city’s most visited and emblematic tower. 📸:@skyzonerd
Nothing better than a morning jog along the shores of Playa El Valle! This long golden stretch surrounded by lush valley and fisherman canoes will surely take your breath away. What’s your favorite way to start the day in DR? Drop below! 📸:@korosipeter
The magic of the Capital City is open and waiting for you. 🌅 📸: @j.benjaminb
Beyond our resorts and stunning beaches, Dominican Republic is home to a rich wildlife that ranges from dolphins, humpback whales, manatees, birds and so much more. Venture out and discover some of the most stunning wildlife views in the Caribbean. 🐬 💙 📸: @skyzonerd
Dominican Republic is a model of safe travel excellence and tourism delegates agree. We are honored to have been commended by various tourism delegates and organizations for the dedicated efforts we’ve put in place to help ensure the safety of locals and visitors alike amid the global pandemic. Have you started planning your first trip back? #OpenDR 🇩🇴
From pulse-pumping socially distanced adventure activities to world-class safety protocols across our resorts and excursions, now more than ever you deserve a chance to unwind and travel at ease, and Dominican Republic is the place to be. Are you ready to join us? #OpenDR

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