Containing the best and most luxurious beaches in the world is the tropical island of the Dominican Republic. Graced by the majestic bodies of water, the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, the Dominican Republic offer an out of this world recreational experience you should not miss. It has a rich history, a diverse culture, accommodating people and more, which would make your trip memorable and worth all your time and effort. This place is a collage of amazing natural formations, historical landmarks, and modern accommodations that overall portrays the beauty of life. Create wonderful memories and start an adventure in the Dominican Republic.
Dominican Republic – Important and Interesting Facts
- Dominican Republic is the second largest country in the Caribbean Region.
- Cabarete Bay is the Kiteboarding Capital of the World and it is located on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic. The trade winds and warm water make the conditions just right for kiteboarding.
- The 27 Waterfalls of Rio Damajagua are known as one of the best eco-adventure sites in the Dominican Republic. Visitors can jump, slide and swim through Mother Nature’s water park.
- Los Tres Ojos (The Three Eyes) in Santo Domingo is several caves beneath the earth. In the caves there are three/four freshwater lagoons (the eyes) and many stalactites and stalagmites.
- “Presidente” is the Dominican Republic‘s beer that is most popular and served in just about every establishment in the country. It is also brewed in Santo Domingo.
- The Dominican Republic is known as the “Breadbasket of the Caribbean” because it grows farms and catches almost everything that’s served for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Dominican Republic’s main agriculture exports are Sugar, tobacco, cocoa and coffee.
- Brugal, Bermúdez and Barceló are some of the world’s most well-known brands of rum from the Dominican Republic.
- Mamajuana is a special Dominican Republic drink that contains a combination of rum, red wine, honey, herbs and tree bark. The taste is similar to port wine and is recognized as an aphrodisiac.
- Dominican Republic is one of the Caribbean Islands that lies in the middle of the hurricane belt and is subject to shorttropical storms from June to October.
- Dominican Republic has the only national flag with a bible in it. The blue and red are from theflag of Haiti, which once controlled the Dominican Republic. The white cross is symbolic of faith. The centered coat of arms appears on the flag for national and state use only.
Dominican Republic – COOL, FUNNY AND FUN FACTS
- Director Francis Ford Coppola filmed scenes of the “The Godfather Part II” in the Santo Domingo.
- Many of the world’s greatest baseball players are Dominican such as the well-known David Ortiz, Pedro Martinez, Albert Pujols, Hanley Ramirez, Miguel Tejada, Juan Marichal, and Sammy Sosa.
- Oscar de la Renta is one of the best-known fashion designers of the 21st century. He was born on July 22, 1932 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
- Arlenis Sosa is a World-renowned model, and was recently featured as part of People magazine’s “100 Most Beautiful List.” She has walked shows for some of the most prestigious designers and fashion houses in the world, including Hermes, Carolina Herrera, Diane con Furstenberg, Oscar de la Renta and Ralph Lauren.
- Rose Cordero who is a Dominican model has graced the pages of Vogue and W magazines and has walked shows for Burberry, Marc Jacobs, Zac Posen, Louis Vuitton in New York and Paris.
- Dominicans almost never smoke cigarettes but the country is a major exporter of tobacco in the world.
- Dominicans are very religious. Everywhere in the country, you can see the inscriptions about the God: On machines, in cafes, in shops. You can often see a sign “The God has blessed this business” in the shops.
- 99% of all salons makes a hair straightening because in the Dominican Republic all women has curly hair and they are constantly trying to straighten it.
- The Amber Museum in Puerto Plata houses is the famous amber stone with a prehistoric mosquito preserved inside which can be seen in the box office hit, “Jurassic Park.” Amber is a fossil tree resin found in only a few places in the world.
- Lago Enriquillo lake in Dominican Republic is one of the largest salt lakes in the world. It has about 400 species of the American crocodile. The size of the lake is 370 square kilometers.
Dominican Republic – HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL FACTS
- The world’s largest pot of Sancocho was prepared at the Seventh Annual Dominican Fair at La Sirena on Feb. 12, 2007. They used 300 pounds of beef, 250 pounds of pork, 150 pounds of chicken and 500 plantains to make the Sancocho.
- In October 25, 1492, Christopher Columbus discovered the Dominican Republic which is the oldest country of the Americas on his first trip at Santa Maria lands.
- Santo Domingo was chosen as the Cultural Capital of the Americas for 2010. The prestigious nomination is comparable to being selected to host the World Expo or Olympic Games.
- The Palmchat (Cigua Palmera) is the national bird of the Dominican Republic which lives in any environment but they prefer settling in the palm plantations. There are many of these on the Saona Island.
- The West Indian Mahogany (Swietenia Mahagon) is the national flower of the Dominican Republic that is a species of Swietenia native to southern Florida in the United States and islands in the Caribbean including the Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica, and Hispaniola. It is the species from which the original mahogany wood was produced.
- In 5 August 1498, Santo Domingo is declared as the oldest European city in the Americas.
- In June 1502,Santo Domingo was destroyed by a major hurricane, and the new Governor Nicolás de Ovando had it rebuilt on a different site on the other side of the Ozama River.
- In 1930, the city was struck by hurricane San Zenón which caused major damage. After its rebuilding, Santo Domingo was known officially as Ciudad Trujillo in honor of Dictator Rafael Leónidas Trujillo, who governed from 1930.
- The Columbus Lighthouse – Faro a Colón – was erected in Santo Domingo to honor the 500th anniversary in 1992 where Christopher Columbus discovered the America.
- TheDominican Restoration War was a guerrilla war between nationalist and Spain. The war began in 1863 and ended in 1865 when the Spanish forces withdrew from the country.