The Dominican Republic is the top Caribbean destination for tourists from the USA and Canada. The coast line is lined with palms and is home to the largest concentration of hotel rooms in the world. Punta Cana has been the winner of TripAdvisors 'Travelers Choice Destinations 2010' and is considered one of the worlds best beaches. A lot of hotel chains own a luxury hotel along the fifty kilometers of pristine beach. Many of the hotels are fairly new and offer all the amenities you can think of: spas, various pools, high end bistros and terrific evening amusement.It all began on December 5, 1492. On that day Christopher Columbus landed on the island of Hispaniola. Hispaniola was home to the Taino Indians. These natives resided in small family groups and were relaxed and friendly. When Columbus arrived on the island there were approximately 400.000 Indians. Columbus was surprised of the sophisticated level of organization of the Tainos, who had been organized in 5 larger tribes. However most of the Tainos died shortly after the arrival of the Spanish due to the strange diseases brought from Europe.This is a vacation spot with a specific history. Check out this kind of gorgeous tropical isle close to the USA, it assures a fantastic vacation. And before going, learn about this tropical island in the many vacation guides that are available online!