The Dominican Republic is a Latin American country with around 10 million inhabitants. With capital in Santo Domingo is an island located in the Caribbean Sea of tourist importance; It reached its independence in the 20th century and covers an area of 50,000 square kilometers.
We share with you some curiosities about the Dominican Republic:
- The Dominican Republic has the largest economy in Central America and the Caribbean.
- Cristóbal Colón arrived on the island on December 5, 1492, where the Taínos had lived since the 7th century. It became the first permanent European settlement in the Americas. Called Santo Domingo, it is the oldest continuously inhabited city and the first seat of the Spanish colonial government of the New World. It is the first capital of North and South America, the seat of the first Catholic cathedral, the first university and hospital. Some of the original buildings have been restored and can be visited in the Colonial City of Santo Domingo (Colonial Zone). Do you want to visit the capital? Book your excursion!
- Baseball (pelota) is your national sport. It was introduced at the end of the 19th century in the city of San Pedro de Macorís by Cuban immigrants. Some of the best baseball players in the world are Dominicans.
- The beaches of Punta Cana are considered among the best in the world receiving millions of tourists every year. * Although Punta Cana has it all, you should not miss visiting hidden and precious places that will help you to know more about the authenticity of the country. Without a doubt we refer to Isla Saona and Isla Catalina. Two islands located near La Romana, which can be reached by boat and belong to protected natural areas. Them are bits of paradise on earth. Do you want to visit a trip to Saona or Catalina? Book from your hotel!
- The Dominican flag is the only one that has a Bible in it. This was approved on November 6, 1844, this is one of the oldest flags in the world. It has its roots in the Haitian flag of the 19th century.
- They are the creators of the musical genres of merengue or bachata.
- The name of the country is due to Santo Domingo de Guzmán, creator of the order of the Dominicans.
- It is the tenth most populated island in the world.
- The Larimar gemstone, also called “Stefilia Stone”, has a rare blue variety of the Pecto lita silicate mineral found only in the Dominican Republic. Its coloration varies from white, light blue, green-blue to dark blue. It is the most visited destination in the Caribbean.
- The Dominican Oscar de la Renta, born in Santo Domingo, was one of the best-known fashion designers of the 21st century.
- The director Francis Ford Coppola filmed scenes of El Padrino II in the capital of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo. The film of Blue Lake was recorded in the spectacular Saona Island. In 1979, the Chavón river, in La Romana, served as a stage to record some scenes from the movie Apocalypse Now.
- The national flower is La Rosa de Bayahibe and the national tree is La Caoba. The national bird is the cigua palmera or “Dulus dominicus”.
- The location of the supposed tomb of Columbus is located in the Faro a Colón in Santo Domingo. Although there is controversy and it may be that the remains of Columbus were divided between Santo Domingo and Seville.