The Island

The Dominican Republic is a special place in the heart of the Caribbean, and is part of the Greater Antilles (Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola, and Puerto Rico). Occupying approximately two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, it’s slightly larger than Vermont and New Hampshire combined with a population of over 9,500,000. (2009)

Geographically diverse, the topography of the island ranges from rain forest to farmland, from mountains to desert. Which means this tropical paradise offers something for everyone: whether you’re looking for mountain adventures, windsurfing in the Bay of Cabarete, jungle safari or Caribbean snorkeling.  You will find some of the most picturesque beaches in the world here, many still unspoilt and undeveloped. 

The Dominicans love Americans. Our countries enjoy close ties, with over 1.2 million Dominicans living in the U.S. You’ll be welcomed with friendly, open arms, which may explain why Dominican Republic travel has overtaken Jamaica as the number one destination for Americans visiting the Caribbean.

The Dominican Republic is stable politically, with a representative government. It has enjoyed a GNP growth rate amongst the highest in the Western Hemisphere and the US dollar still goes a long way during Dominican travel. We built our Sunrise Villa here in Orchid Bay, Cabrera, because the Dominican Republic has a low crime rate and it’s especially worth noting that violent crime against tourists is extremely rare.

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