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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Keep your head up! There’s light at the end of t Keep your head up! There’s light at the end of the tunnel and we will get through this together. #DRdaydreaming 📸: @leonardopicollo
Bursting with culture, a thriving baseball scene a Bursting with culture, a thriving baseball scene and a vibrant entertainment district, Santiago is a can’t-miss Dominican destination! Do you have the “Ciudad Corazón” on your DR bucket list? 📸: @volandodr
With travel on pause, we thought it fitting to ref With travel on pause, we thought it fitting to reflect on Puerto Plata where tourism in Dominican Republic all began. With bright architecture, stunning beaches, amazing rivers and plenty of adventures, what types of trips are you daydreaming about? 📸: @felix_olivo #DRdaydreaming 📍 Tubagua Plantation Eco Village, Puerto Plata
Swimming, sunbathing, kayaking and more, Cayo Leva Swimming, sunbathing, kayaking and more, Cayo Levantado has it all! What kind of adventure are you #DRdaydreaming of? 📸:@thetravelgift_
Stay home and stay healthy. The cascading waters o Stay home and stay healthy. The cascading waters of Río Partido will be waiting for you as soon as we can travel again. 📸: @carlostorresrd
The wanderlust is REAL in quarantine. Tag your tra The wanderlust is REAL in quarantine. Tag your travel partner below and let us know which Dominican Republic beach you’re #DRdaydreaming of. 📸: @unpasajeparados
Did you know the Samaná region in Dominican Repub Did you know the Samaná region in Dominican Republic has the highest density of palm trees in the Caribbean? The region produces TONS of coconuts and it’s probably why the combination of fresh coconut and seafood originates from the area. The popular dish can be made in endless combinations, but the most popular is sautéed grouper or snapper with a coconut sauce. Stay tuned for weekly Dominican recipes that you can make from the comfort and safety of your home. Check out the link in our bio for a great #coconutsauce and fish #recipe.
We’re #DRdaydreaming about a trip to Punta Rucia We’re #DRdaydreaming about a trip to Punta Rucia. The uncrowded, white sand beaches are calling to us. How gorgeous is this cotton candy sky?😍📸: @dani_the_explorer
Working on your bucket list? Make sure to include Working on your bucket list? Make sure to include the pristine beaches of Pedernales! 📸: @by.iris.sophia with @authenticchica & @larissabruin
Looking to brighten up your next video call? Add a Looking to brighten up your next video call? Add a piece of Dominican Republic to the background! Check out our most recent blog post for 17 amazing landscapes. From the cascading waterfalls of Jarabacoa to the pristine beaches of Pedernales, being inside doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the beauty of Dominican Republic. Which destination will you explore first? Be sure to tag us so we can follow along! Link in bio.
Stunning capture by @timphilippus of our Caribbean Stunning capture by @timphilippus of our Caribbean waters! How are you staying active, while staying apart?
Miches: “The most beautiful beach town you’ve Miches: “The most beautiful beach town you’ve never heard of”. Read more from @shermanstravel to learn about this untouched, off-the-beaten-path destination. Link in bio. 📸: @carlostorresrd
How do you like your passion fruit juice? Fresh pa How do you like your passion fruit juice? Fresh passion fruit is a popular staple all over Dominican Republic and is commonly used in drinks, desserts or even on it’s own. Stay tuned for weekly Dominican recipes that you can make from the comfort and safety of your home. Check out the link in our bio for a great #passionfruitcocktail #passionfruitmocktail #recipe.
Did you know Dominican Repubilc is a leader in eco Did you know Dominican Repubilc is a leader in ecotourism in the Caribbean? Most of our land and coastline are protected as national parks, reserves and sanctuaries. The best part is, it’ll be waiting for you once it’s safe to travel again. 📸:@hetisdemerckx
In this time of quarantine, we’re all sticking t In this time of quarantine, we’re all sticking together by staying apart. Tag the BFFs you can’t wait to travel with once it’s safe and use #DRdaydreaming 📸: @larissabruin with @by.iris.sophia & @authenticchica 🇩🇴
Staying safe inside has @travelmina_ reminiscing a Staying safe inside has @travelmina_ reminiscing about her trip to Punta Cana. A stunning picture like this definitely has us #DRdaydreaming about long walks on the beach, how about you? 😍
Sunsets are the perfect reminder that each day can Sunsets are the perfect reminder that each day can have a beautiful end and resets us for the bright dawn tomorrow. We will get through this and come out even stronger, together. 📸: @gerts.photography #DRdaydreaming
Raise your hand if you wouldn’t mind self-isolat Raise your hand if you wouldn’t mind self-isolating on this gorgeous catamaran✋ stunning views day and night, and dips in crystal-clear waters daily. Sign us up! 📸:@wesselbabtist
Have you tried sancocho? It’s one of Dominican R Have you tried sancocho? It’s one of Dominican Republic’s most iconic dishes and is typically made for family gatherings. Every recipe is different, but typically incorporates root vegetables and a variety of meats and seasonings. Stay tuned for weekly Dominican recipes that you can make from the comfort and safety of your home. Check out the link in our bio for a great #sancochorecipe.
“It’s like literally living in this lost parad “It’s like literally living in this lost paradise with my kids.” During quarantine, @dominicantreehousevillage owner Bartolo Griffin and his family, are disconnecting and exploring every inch of the 22-unit treehouse resort nestled within the tropical forest of El Valle, Samaná. Use the link in our bio to read more about the Griffins' journey to Dominican Republic and how they have transformed their corner of the jungle into a resort paradise. Where do you wish you were quarantining in DR? 💚#DRdaydreaming

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