The Dominican Republic is about a four hour flight from New York, where many Dominicans live.
It shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti which makes for many interesting observations and comparisons. The Dominican has about 5/8 of the land. Many Haitians do live in the Dominican Republic.
The island is part of the Greater Antilles archipelago of the Caribbean region. The Dominican Republic is the second-largest nation in the Antilles by area (after Cuba) at 48,671 square kilometers (18,792 sq mi), and third by population with approximately 10.5 million people (2020 est.), of whom approximately 3.3 million live in the metropolitan area of Santo Domingo, the capital city.
The official language is Spanish.