The Dominican Republic as a culturally diverse land of contrasts, founded by Spanish and later mixed by Europeans following the discovery of America. A Caribbean island blessed with a tropical landscape and rich cultural heritage that spans generations since the day Columbus first set foot on discovering America, in October 1492. Famous as a top tourist destination since the early 1980`s, when tourism began to take shape in the island, the all inclusive hotels are now found as far as Punta Cana, in the East end of the country.
Its capital, Santo Domingo, still has the old charm of the colonial period, with a preserved old city from the Columbian time, called Zona Colonial, or Colonial Zone; still the main plaza has Christopher Columbus`s house in one piece, exactly as it was more than 500 years ago. But more than the rich history of the buildings and its people, the main attraction of the Dominican Republic is the endless kilometers of golden sand beaches, mountain landscapes and natural resources. A thriving industry brings millions of tourists from all over the world each year, and the number keeps growing as the infrastructure, communications, new resorts and developments are being created all across the island.