by Simon Black
On December 5, 1492, during the first of his voyages in search of India, Christopher Columbus landed on Hispaniola – the island currently shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
Upon arrival, he reportedly declared the island “the most beautiful land that human eyes have ever seen.”
Another source recounts his exact description of Hispaniola as “the fairest land under heaven.”
Whatever the case, the sentiment is hard to dispute.
The Dominican Republic (not to be confused with another Caribbean island called Dominica) boasts a beautiful coastline, including some of the most highly ranked beaches in the world.