Fun facts about the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is the one of the most interesting and beautiful holiday destinations in the Caribbean region. There’s much more to it than blissful beaches and delicious food. From dancing to fashion design and baseball to dinosaurs, take a look below at our list of interesting and fun facts.

They’ll give you a different insight into this stunning country before you visit.

Name Games

The large island that the Dominican Republic shares with Haiti was originally called Hispaniola.

Humble beginnings

Santo Domingo is the capital of the Dominican Republic and was the first main settlement developed on the island. It was founded by Bartholomew Columbus, the younger brother of Christopher Columbus, in 1496.

Home of the Free

The Dominican Republic is very proud of its independence. At various points in its history it has successfully won freedom from the influences of Spain, France, Haiti and the United States.