Dominican Republic Vacations

The Dominican Republic is located on eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean. It was Christopher Columbus who was the first European that "discovered" the island and laid claim for the Spanish in 1492. The capital, Santa Domenico, is located along the southern coast and has a historic center that dates back to when the Spanish first arrived. It is considered the "Colonial City" and has numerous landmarks, buildings and squares that date back to the 1500s. The main language of the Dominican Republic is Spanish. In addition to the unique history of the island, it is also known for its beautiful beaches. The main beach areas are Santo Domingo, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, and La Romana. Stretching across the island is a mountain range that includes the Pico Duarte peak, a mountain that rises to 10,000 feet.