Dominican Republic is known for its beaches, its perfect climate, its friendly and hospitable people, its hotels with all the services you could want, its excursions and activities to get to know more about the island, its history, gastronomy and culture, its natural areas protected … And it is not surprising that it is a destination chosen by many for their vacations, because it has everything.
There are some curious facts that you may not know about the island and we want to share them with you:
1. Share island with Haiti. The island is called Hispaniola and Haiti and the Dominican Republic coexist there.
2. It is the Caribbean country with more tourists. The Dominican Republic is a country that offers, in addition to beautiful beaches and perfect weather, a wide variety of tourist, gastonomic and cultural activities to ensure an unforgettable experience for all budgets. That is why many tourists choose it as a holiday destination. In 2018 it received 6.5 million tourists and 1 million cruise passengers.
3. It was the first Spanish settlement in America. The Dominican Republic was one of the first territories discovered by Columbus in 1942. Santo Domingo was founded on August 5, 1498 and became the first Spanish city in the so-called “New World.”
4. There are 14 archipelagos and islands in the Dominican Republic
Alto Velo Island
Cerro Gordo Island
La Matica y La Piedra
Maria Island (Dominican Republic)
Cayo de los Pájaros
Cayos Siete Hermanos
- Christopher Columbus stepped on Isla Saona for the first time on September 14, 1494 during his second trip, and named it Bella Savonesa in honor of Savonés Miguel da Cuneo.
5. What happened before the arrival of the Spaniards in the Dominican Republic? Before the arrival of Christopher Columbus on the island there lived in harmony the Taino Indians, who were also in the Bahamas, the Greater Antilles and the north of the Lesser Antilles. They called the island Quisqueya (mother of all lands) and Haiti (land of high mountains).
6. Origin of the word “Dominican”. It comes from the Latin “Dominicus” which means “Sunday“. It is because the country received the name in honor of Santo Domingo de Guzmán, founder of the Dominican Order. Columbus would have chosen that name because the day he arrived in the city a party was celebrated in honor of Santo Domingo de Guzmán.
7. It is the only flag with a bible. Religion has always been part of the history of this country and the flag that dates from its period of struggle for its independence confirms it. The shield is the only one in the world that has an open Bible in the center and its motto reads “God, Homeland, Freedom”.
8. They are up to date in fashion. Did you know that Oscar de la Renta was Dominican?
9. The “juego de pelota” (ball game), known internationally as baseball, is the Dominican national sport. Due to its good weather during most of the year, this sport is very popular on the island and some of the best players in history are Dominican.
10. Some of its beaches are considered as some of the most beautiful in the world.
- If you like endless beaches, crystalline waters and pure nature, do not forget to visit the islands of Saona and Catalina, pieces of paradise on earth in a protected natural park, which will make you live moments of film.