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The second-largest nation in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic shares about 60% of the island of Hispaniola with Haiti. Referred to as “the DR” in shorthand, the island has a long history and was home to the first permanent European settlement in the Americas. It is the most visited destination in the Caribbean thanks to its unique geography of soaring mountains and beautiful beaches, its biodiversity, and its history. The DR has one of the fastest-growing economies in the Americas, though a large portion of the population still lives below the poverty line.

The resort town of Punta Cana is one of the most popular destinations in the Dominican Republic. It is known for many outdoor activities from snorkeling to windsurfing to catamaran cruises and even golf. On the opposite site of the island, Puerto Plata is growing in popularity thanks to the recent addition of a cruise port at Amber Cove. The area is renowned for its waterfalls and mountains as well as its beaches. The capital city, Santo Domingo, is known for its history and culture–its Colonial Zone has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.