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Dominican Republic

  
Christopher Columbus landed on the island he later named Hispaniola during his first voyage to the New World in 1492. On his return to Spain he crumpled a piece of paper in his fist, released it and reported to the king and queen that it resembled the mountains of a paradise he had discovered. He wrote of the beauty of the rivers, shady palm trees, birds and flowers, going so far as to say that it surpassed all the rest of the world in beauty.
  

What to Do - What to See

Occupying the eastern half of the island of Hispaniola, the Dominican Republic is the most visited tourist destination in the Caribbean. And the country’s image as a sun-blessed playground is merited – you can happily spend your days on sandy beaches framed by crystal-clear waters and lofty palm trees, and fill your nights with merengue and dark rum.

But there’s a lot more to the DR, as it’s commonly known.