Occupied by the two countries of Haiti
and the Dominican Republic
, this island offers a sensational variety of landscapes
: it is lapped by the Caribbean Sea
, on one side, and by the Atlantic Ocean
, on the other; it is awash with sources of fresh water
and nature reserves
; it is criss-crossed by mountain ranges with peaks of over 3,000 metres
; the towns of the hinterland are characterised by brightly coloured shacks
, whereas the centre of the capital city plays host to myriad skyscrapers
Discovered by Christopher Columbus
in 1492, Santo Domingo was the cradle of the first colonial settlement
in the New World; the traces of the colonial past can still be seen in the colonial quarter
near the city centre.
Deep-sea fishing and diving at La Caleta, the 60-metre waterfall at El Limón, whale-watching at Samaná, the famous kite-surfing schools at Cabarete – these are just some of the places to visit in what is a true natural paradise, the beauty of which is epitomised by Boca Chica, with its white, sandy beaches caressed by the warm water of the lagoon created by the coral reef.