Every year, from January through March, Samaná Bay is taken over by humpback whales. The DR has created a whale sanctuary in order to protect them from being hunted.
Director Francis Ford Coppola filmed scenes of the "The Godfather Part II" in the DR’s capital city, Santo Domingo.
The DR features many historic churches and cathedrals, including La Catedral de Santa Maria La Menor. It has survived pirate attacks, earthquakes and was the first cathedral built in the Americas.