Go toDominican Republic Turism. Sharing the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, what is today the Dominican Republic was the site of the first European settlements in the Americas as of the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492. Once you arrive, you’ll want to start off your day with a hearty breakfast – we suggest mangú (mashed plantains) with eggs – because unless you’re here solely for the beaches (and that would be a shame), you have a lot on the menu, and you’ll need your energy. A little merengue here, bachata there, lots of golfing choices over there, for starters. Other cool options include checking out the Caribbean’s highest mountain, Pico Duarte, and largest lake, Lago Enriquillo; some superb snorkeling, diving, and other water sports; colonial and Victorian architecture and history; cigar factories; some of the hemisphere’s best baseball games; and much much more.