The Dominican Republic shares with the Republic of Haiti the Hispaniola Island , a sunny paradise in the Caribbean .
Discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492, it took about 500 years for Hispaniola to become known for the unique beauty of its beaches, its folklore and friendly people.
Nowadays the Dominican Republic is a desired destination, especially by the sun and sea worshippers, the golf buffs and all those who appreciate nature at its best.
Here you can enjoy most of the water sports: windsurfing and surfing, diving and snorkeling, fishing and speed boating.
Horseback riding, tennis and soft adventure are also readily available.
The Dominican Republic also features a number of National Parks, gourmet dining and deluxe accommodations, plush casinos and a vibrant night life.
Santo Domingo, the capital, is a modern city with a well preserved colonial district, museums and theatres and an active social life supported by discos, casinos and shopping centers.
San Cristobal is a very popular city for its historical sites.
Puerto Plata, on the Atlantic , is famous for its colonial architecture and San Felipe Fort and its fine sandy beaches.
La Romana, just less than two hours drive from the capital, features the Casa de Campo resort, an elegant complex designed by Oscar de La Renta.
The Dominican Republic has been chosen for important group and individual events, like conferences, weddings and special occasions. It is a great choice for those who want a combination of history, architecture and leisure.