The second-largest Caribbean nation is the most popular tourist destination in the Caribbean. Unbeknown to most, the Dominican Republic is the site of the first permanent European settlement in the Americas, although the indigenous Taino people have been inhabiting the land since 10,000BC. For a blast to the past, Santo Domingo’s Colonial Zone is the place to be at. With its quaint cobblestoned streets, the first cathedral, castle, monastery and fortress in the Americas are all found in this UNESCO World Heritage site. For a deep dive into nature, Samana is the answer. This town is home to many coves, bays, waterfalls and mountains. As ecotourism is big in the Dominican Republic, there are many National Parks to visit such as Los Haitises National Park which contains islets, mangroves, caverns and hills. Migratory humpback whales frequent some of the bays and coves around the country. The region’s highest mountain peak, Pico Duarte and the Caribbean’s largest lake, Lake Enriquillo are located in the Dominican Republic. For a serene getaway, tranquillity and charm are in abundance at the idyllic luxury beachfront resorts with its renowned sprawling golf ranges which can be found in the coastal cities of La Romana and Punta Cana.