As the centerpiece of the northern reaches of the Caribbean Sea, the Dominican Republic makes up the western five-eighths of the island of Hispaniola, sharing the space with Haiti, which it lies to the east of.
Miles and miles of tropical shoreline make this one of the world’s most coveted vacation spots for its beach spa properties, watersports, sunbathing, fishing and more. There’s also lovely preserved colonial quarters, hiking, waterfalls and caves to explore.
The larger of the two nations on the second-largest island of the Greater Antilles archipelago, the Dominican Republic has almost 11 million people living within its borders. Originally a Spanish colony, it has been a sovereign country since 1844. A wide array of cities and areas attract tourists year-round including Punta Cana, Puerto Plata, Las Terrenas, Santo Domingo, Cabarete, Samana, Isla Saona and La Romana. Nearby nations and islands include Puerto Rico, Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica and the British Virgin Islands.