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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There’s plenty of reasons to explore outside of the resorts and tourist hubs, and the mysterious bridges of Samaná are a prime example. Halted construction in the 1970s left behind these gorgeous structures for tourists and locals alike to explore. 📸: @simonzouain
Grab your suit, lace up your shoes and head north to Río Rejoya, where you’ll find six cascading waterfalls. Don’t wait another day to experience one of Puerto Plata’s hidden gems. #OpenDR💃🏻: @chantyvargaspr 📸: @jonasshots @_kendrii
2020 was a long year but 2021 is here and we’re waiting to welcome you for a trip full of rest & relaxation under the palm trees at Isla Saona. #OpenDR 📸: @littlewanderbook
Is there anything better than a beach day with your best friend (or fur best friend)? ❤🐶📸: @koffer.kind
In search of an off-the-beaten path destination for your 2021 travels? Look no further than Pedernales! From exploring neighboring Lago Enriquillo, the largest hypersaline lake in the Caribbean and the region’s lowest point, to hiking Jaragua National Park, one of the most important natural reserves in the country and part of the first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in Dominican Republic, Pedernales boasts endless beauty and adventure. Check out our guide to Pedernales via the link in our bio! 📸: @carlostorresrd
Pack your bags, it’s time to explore the birthplace of tourism in Dominican Republic: Puerto Plata! We promise you’re sure to fall in love with this charming, sea-side city. 📸: @cbezerraphotos
We want to wake up to this view every morning. 😍 Who would you want to share breakfast with on this terrace? Tag your travel partner in the comments! 📸: @karinivaldez
We all earned a vacation this year. 💕 Dominican Republic has activities for every sort of adventure, whether you want to get out and explore or relax by the pool. Our award-winning resorts are waiting to welcome you with a poolside lounge chair, sunny weather and tons of pulse pumping activities at your beck and call. ☀ Book your trip! #OpenDR 📸: @theadrenalinetraveler @zoetryresorts
Looking to recharge and reset this new year? There’s no better way than kicking back along Punta Cana’s white sand beaches and turquoise waters. 🌴#OpenDR 📸: @kitkat_ch
There are hidden gems all around Dominican Republic. A multitude of beaches allows for blissful moments of solitude to relax and enjoy the beauty of Dominican Republic. Are you ready to Go Dominican Republic? 🏝 📸: @celia_tichadelle @carlostorresrd
Lush, green forests and cerulean blue waters are waiting to give you the adventure of a lifetime. Are you ready to explore with us in Las Terrenas? #OpenDR 📸: @carloshorton.a
Swimming, hiking, riding ATVs, ziplining; whatever you’re looking for, Dominican Republic has it all. For an adventure to remember, head to La Plaza in Barahona where you can venture through crystal-clear blue pools surrounded by limestone rocks within a jungle. #GoDomRep 📸: @theadrenalinetraveler
Planning for a 2021 adventure? Look no further than Punta Cana! Not only are there beautiful beaches, but you’ll also find heavenly nature hotspots, like this lagoon. Fun fact: According to a report from @expedia, Punta Cana ranks among the most-searched vacation destinations for 2021!  Use the link in our bio to visit our website and start planning. www.GoDominicanRepublic.com 📸: @kitkat_ch
As we reflect on 2020, we are beyond grateful for this community and to have the opportunity to share the beauty of Dominican Republic with fans from all over the world. Cheers, we’ll be waiting to welcome you and yours in 2021! 📸: @carloshorton.a
Dreaming of a 2021 Caribbean getaway? Dominican Republic is open, ready and well prepared to welcome you! Learn more about our world-class safety measures which includes extended access to our free health coverage plan until March 31, 2021. Learn more via the @travelpulse article link in our bio. #OpenDR 🇩🇴✈️ 📸:@robertvasquez
Rock formations and calming blue waters, endless adventures await you at Río Partido in Jamao al Norte! Are you ready to dive in?✈️#OpenDR 📸: @carlostorresrd
Take the leap and plan your trip to Dominican Republic today! Deep blue lagoons, white sand beaches and unparalleled cuisine are waiting for you. #OpenDR 📸: @ariadnatb @scapepark
Rise and shine, it’s time to soak up the last few days of 2020 with another showstopping sunrise over the mountains of Samaná. Tag someone you want to enjoy this view with in 2021! 😎 📸: @timphilippus
The holidays may look different this year, though we hope yours are still just as magical. Merry Christmas Eve to all! ✨📸:@skyzonerd
The perfect cove does exist and it’s waiting for you in Samaná! Double tap if you’d embark on a soak within this stunning natural pool located within the Cap El Limon property. #OpenDR 📸: @elincapellan @capellimonsamana

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