The Dominican Republic appears high on the list of preferred Caribbean islands to visit.
• Culturally, the island boasts preserved cave paintings and pottery designs from the Arawakan-speaking Taíno culture of the seventh to fifteenth centuries A.D.
• Geologically, it claims the Caribbean’s highest mountain with 10,164-foot (3,097.99-meter) high Pico Duarte and largest lake and lowest elevation with Lago Enriquillo 9 – 12 miles (14.48 – 19.31 kilometers) wide and 148 feet (45.11 meters) below sea level.
Historically, it is the site of Genoa-born New World discoverer Christopher Columbus’s (October 31, 1450? – May 20, 1506) first permanent settlement after landing on December 5, 1492.
• Socio-economically, it offers world-respected fashions.
• Traditionally, it outsources the Marian legend recreated in “A Gift of Gracias.”