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 * 1 of 2 countries that make of the island of

  Hispaniola (Haiti is the other)


* Home to more than 8.5 million people


* Capital is Santo Domingo, the oldest city

in the New World


* Responsible for both merengue and bachata music


* Has more than 1,000 miles of natural beaches


* Considered one of the world’s premier golf

destinations.“Teeth of the Dog” in La Roma is ranked among the top 50 courses in the world by Golf Magazine


* Home to the world’s largest cigar factory

  Tabacalera de Garcia 

The Dominican Republic was first inhabited by The Taínos or Taíno people from the 7th century till 1492 when Christopher Columbus landed on it's shores. It became the site of the first permanent European settlement in the Americas, namely Santo Domingo, the country's capital and Spain's first capital in the New World. After three centuries of Spanish rule, with French and Haitian interludes, the country became independent in 1821.

The Dominican Republic today is a colorful tapestry of Spanish, French, Haitian, and African influences woven by a rich and storied history. Columbus described this lush land as "a beautiful island paradise with high forested mountains and large river valleys." This statement is still true today. In addition to the comforts of the sun, sea, and sand, the Dominican Republic offers an exciting and unique cultural experience that captivates the senses.

The pulse-pounding thrill of the merengue, intriguing relics from centuries past, premium cigars, world-class baseball and of course unparalleled rum are all found in the Dominican Republic.