Mother of all lands
Quisqueya (pronounced Kiskeya) means "Mother of all lands" in the Taíno language, who were the indigenous people living in the island when the Spanish arrived, thus making it the first permanent Spanish settlement in the Americas.
Christopher Columbus' first voyage to the island dates to 1492 and Quisqueya became the catapult for the Spanish crown to make other Caribbean conquests.
Santo Domingo, the Capital of the Dominican Republic, was the first city in the Americas and continues to boast incredible Spanish Architecture, maintaining a close bond to its European roots.
Blessed with both the Caribbean Sea (south) and the Atlantic Ocean (north), this Caribbean island is one of the planets most diverse countries in geography, culture and people. Our culture is made of a mix of Taíno, European and African backgrounds, which through history have welcomed communities including Jewish, Japanese and UNESCO-proclaimed Afro-Caribbean groups. With countless species of flora and fauna including cacti flowers, endemic hawks and humpback whales, our biodiversity is second to none. This island is never shy of beautiful sights.
Our unique geography allows our curious travelers to explore beaches, deserts, rainforests and the highest mountain range in the Caribbean, all within a 3-hour drive. Quisqueya will expose you to Caribbean flavoured gastronomy, the juiciest fruits you've tasted and one thousand excuses to enjoy our cocktails.
Let our people charm you through our laid-back demeanour and come dance with us "al ritmo de la tambora" (to the beat of the drums) our merengue, bachata and son.
This combines the essence that makes us Dominicans.