The Dominican Republic, situated on the eastern half of La Isla Espanola, is not only a vacation hot spot due to its 1,000 miles of coastline, but also because of its expansive history in the region, dating back to the first landing of Christopher Columbus on Christmas Day, 1492.

Founded in 1496 by Bartholomew Columbus, Santo Domingo is the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the Americas. Besides the residences of the current inhabitants, Santo Domingo is home to the first university, cathedral, castle, monastery, and fortress established in the “New World.” This Caribbean city, situated on the southern tip of the Espanola Island, is a must-see if traveling to the Dominican Republic. For the history buff in the family, Santo Domingo is the perfect destination to view and experience some of the oldest buildings in the Western Hemisphere. The Catedral Santa Maria La Menor is the oldest cathedral build in the Americas, although the building is extremely old, it still stands today and is available for tourists to view. Santo Domingo is also the location of many museums, spanning from early European settlements to former Navy yards, the Zona Colonial District is the place to be if you’re interested in the expansive history of the area.

The most obvious and probably the most breathtaking attraction of the Espanola Island is its coastline, with over 1,000 miles of sandy beaches, the Dominican Republic is the perfect destination for any traveler looking to sit back, relax, and enjoy the sound of the waves hitting the beach. From your luxurious Time & Place vacation rental, the trip to the ocean is just a stones throw from the backdoor. Available for morning jogs, mid-afternoon picnics, or just casual nighttime drinking, the beaches of the Dominican Republic will literally wash away the worry of the world.

The ocean and sea surrounding the Dominican Republic are not just used for a retreat from the warm temperatures, but they are used to also adventure the ins and outs of the coastline. With the help of Catamaran Teresa- Private Tours the entire island of Espanola is your playground! A European owned and operated company; this catamaran tour is the best way to see the island from the water. In the capable hands of the boat captain, you will have the opportunity to relax on the water with a drink in one hand and a camera in the other. A boat tour is just another Dominican Republic attraction on offer.

Of all the Caribbean islands, the Dominican Republic offers the most expansive, cultural, and vibrant experience for all who visit. From its early settlement by the European conquerors, to its rich and colorful culture of today, the Dominican Republic is the perfect destination for all those looking to enjoy the sun whilst enjoying the luxury and calmness of the Caribbean Sea. Contact Time & Place today to book and plan your dream vacation!

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