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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With 1,000 miles of shoreline, it’s easy to find a glorious spot to call your own. Which Dominican beach are you most excited to return to? #OpenDR

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Double tap if you have your holiday travel plans set on Dominican Republic. #OpenDR🐠🤿 📸:@theonegri
All aboard to Saona Island! Dominican Republic is open, our excursions are socially distanced, and we’re ready to welcome you! #OpenDR 📸: @bee_deville
On a scale of 1 – 10 how great does lounging at the pool sound right now? 😍 Head to our website to start planning your winter getaway to Dominican Republic. Link in bio. #OpenDR 📸:@blonde.travel
Looking for a picture-perfect getaway? Look no further than Punta Cana. Whether soaring above via parasail, zip lining through the forest or lounging with your toes in the sand, there is an itinerary for every traveler. Have you started planning your first trip back? Share below! 🇩🇴 📸: @carloshorton.a
One of the best ways to travel is with your taste buds―especially when visiting Dominican Republic! Here foodies can savor a sweeping variety of unique local flavors, from savory sancocho to fresh-picked tropical fruit. Whether you’re enjoying R&R at a resort or exploring our charming cities, you’re never far from your next amazing meal while in Dominican Republic.

Wondering which foods should be on your must-try list? You can’t go wrong with these 10 Dominican favorites. Head to the link in our bio to read more!
Checking out Salto de Jimenoa is a must! This protected waterfall is about 20 minutes from Jarabacoa, located in the central region of Dominican Republic. 📸:@garustrip
If you’re looking for an adventure on your next trip to Santo Domingo consider a day trip to the caves and crystal-clear water of El Tabernáculo in the San Cristóbal province. 😍📸:@carlostorresrd
Welcome to Dominican Republic. Immersive. Indulgent. And now worry-free, thanks to our free health coverage plan–the only country in the Caribbean offering you that peace of mind. Along with new safety measures on all of our properties. Start planning! #OpenDR
Pulse-pumping music, eclectic restaurants and wide-brimming smiles, Santo Domingo is alive and waiting for you. Double tap if you’re ready to reunite with us in La Capital. ❤️📸: @carloshorton.a
✨Breath in, and breath out ✨No matter where you are, take a minute, and picture yourself walking along Playa Cosón. Stay safe, we’ll be waiting for you when you’re ready to travel. 📸: @pedro.mestres
A sunrise, especially in Constanza, is worth a thousand words. Take a break from the beach and explore the magical rolling valleys of Constanza. 📸: @robertvasquez
Montecristi, where you’ll find wild and striking landscape ripe for off-the-beaten-track adventures. 📸:@wessly_estevez
Social distancing along our 1,000 miles of coastline? Not an issue. 📸: @blonde.travel
Immerse yourself in the true Dominican spirit on your next trip by taking in the magic of Santo Domingo. Hop on the Chu Chu Colonial train for a 45-minute tour of the area, hire a guide who will walk you down the first paved road of the Americas while sharing tales, or rent a bike and meander on your own. Cheers, we’ll see you soon.✈️

📸: @blonde.travel
The secluded beaches of Samaná are truly something special. Where’s your favorite Dominican beach?

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Bahía de las Águilas, located within the Jaragua National Park in Pedernales, boasts five-miles of white sand perfection. 💙🌊💦 📸: @viajero.soy
Tucked in the heart of Puerto Plata’s verdant plains and completely off the beaten track, this series of three waterfalls, El Charco de los Militares, empty into deep azure pools that are also affectionately called ‘God’s pool.’ Reaching here is part of the adventure–you’ll hike for an hour along part flat and part hilly pasturelands. A final makeshift cable-assisted climb up a short series of rocks leads you to the Charcos de Los Militares, where you’ll likely be the only ones there enjoying these natural rivers fed pools. Guided hikes to these magical falls leave from Tubagua Eco Lodge. Meet you there? 😍 📸: @ig_castb
If you’re looking for unparalleled Zen on your next visit, be sure to set your alarm for sunrise. We promise it won’t disappoint. ✨📸: @gissellefrias
Dominican Republic isn’t just a destination for beautiful beaches, watersports and R&R. Unknown to many travelers, the Dominican Republic’s lush central region is beloved for its rugged, mild and mountainous terrain, earning it the “Dominican Alps” nickname. It’s also home to Pico Duarte—the tallest point in the Caribbean.

Are you ready to explore new heights with us? Use the link in our bio to read our guide and start planning your Pico Duarte adventure! You know what they say, first one to the top wins. 🇩🇴⛰ 📸: @zicho.hu

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