“The most beautiful land eyes have ever seen…” – Christopher Columbus
Beyond the sun-kissed beaches and laid-back vacation lifestyle, the Dominican Republic offers a rich and vibrant history connecting Europe with the New World.
In 1492, Christopher Columbus guided his flagship, the Santa Maria, to the North Coast of La Isla Española, a paradise that would come to be known as the Dominican Republic.
By 1496, his brother, Bartolomeo Columbus, founded Santo Domingo – the first official city of the New World and now the capital of this enchanted Caribbean country.
Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1990, the capital city’s historic Zona Colonial offers 100 square blocks of historic Spanish-Colonial sites and architecture dating back five centuries. In many ways, the Dominican Republic offers a landscape of contrasts.
Alpine mountains and white-water river rapids. Lush rainforests teeming with wild orchids and bougainvillea. Miles of pristine beaches studded with coconut palms. And the warm, welcoming smiles of the multi-cultural people who call this beautiful country home. It’s no wonder visitors return to the Dominican Republic year after year after year.