With a rich history of Spanish influence, including the final resting place of Christopher Columbus, the Dominican Republic is a true gem of the Caribbean. It’s main city, Santo Domingo was formed by Bartholemew Columbus, Christopher’s brother (1496). The “Colonial CIty” in Santo Domingo is where to go see the oldest church in the new world “The Cathedral of Santa Maria” (1514). Then, grab a bite at one of the local restaurants and have a wonderful meal with Caribbean flair. At night, dance the night away to the latest “merengue”, the country’s local dance.Finally, visit one of the numerous all-inclusive resorts thoughout the city and eastern costs, like Punta Cana or one of the Caribbean’s newest gems Cap Cana (www.capcana.com). You’ll be amazed at the beautiful,prestine beaches and remarkable accomodations. If you like baseball, travel over to a local baseball park, where you may see one of the riisng stars for the Major Leagues. Heard of Sammy Sosa, he’s from this country. Want to smoke a cigar? Grab one its famous ones like a Partagas or Dunhill, and when your thirsty for a real cold one, pop open a Presidente, the country’s premier beer. Finally, take a leisure stroll down in Santo Domingo’s Malecon, where you’ll get a real sense of the city’s warm people and true island hospitality. With so many things to see, do and experience you’ll never want to leave this wonderful island. To learn more, please visit www.dominicanrepublic.com and see why Christopher Columbus called this remarkable island “home”.