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Santo Domingo

This is the largest, most animated, cosmopolitan and people-friendly city in the Caribbean and Central America. Avoid peak hour traffic, and you are in a metropolis that has it all.

Every first time traveler is advised to leave the comfort of their resort and, for at least a day, visit the Colonial City, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The Colonial City is a very walkable grid of 16 short streets with jewels of 16th to early 20th century architecture. Cobblestone lanes and iron street lamps lead to the many small museums, shops, hotels, restaurants and bars that are tucked away on every street. The Chu Chu Colonial offers a 45-minute trip around the city to help newcomers get their bearings.

In the city, marvel at the lushness of the Botanical Gardens. Walk over to the Malecón and watch the people and the sea views.

Shopping is big at the malls in Santo Domingo. Look for Dominican shops to buy a linen guayabera, leather handbag or original designed clothing. Eyeball gorgeous men and women at one of the better gyms. Then relax and smoke a good cigar at one of the open terrace-restaurants at Plaza de España or Av. Gustavo Mejia Ricart. The city is yours.

Las Americas International Airport (SDQ) is the main port of entry, half an hour east of the city. Cruise ship passengers arriving to Santo Domingo by sea are 10 minutes from the leading attraction of the Colonial City.

<>Alcazar de Santo Domingo

    La Isabela International Airport (JBQ)

    Las Américas International Airport (SDQ)

    Sans Souci Terminal

    Don Diego Terminal

  • Airports & Seaports4
  • Santo Domingo – Estadio Quisqueya

  • Baseball1
  • Santo Domingo Nightlife

    Santo Domingo Casinos

    Santo Domingo Dining

  • Dining & Nightlife3
  • Zoo & Botanical Gardens

    Museum Tour

    Night Tour

    Shopping Tour

    Santo Domingo Colonial City Tour

    Santo Domingo City Tour

  • Excursions6
  • Los Tres Ojos

  • Family1
  • Santo Domingo Country Club

    Isabel Villas Golf & Country Club

    Cayacoa Golf Club

  • Golf3
  • Antiguo Hotel Europa

    Barceló Santo Domingo

    Billini Hotel

    Boutique Hotel Palacio

    Casas del XVI

    Catalonia Santo Domingo

    Conde de Peñalba

    Courtyard Santo Domingo By Marriott

    Crowne Plaza Santo Domingo

    Dominican Fiesta Hotel & Casino

    El Beaterio Casa – Museo

    El Embajador, A Royal Hideaway Hotel

    Embassy Suites by Hilton Santo Domingo

    Hodelpa Caribe Colonial

    Hodelpa Nicolás de Ovando

    Holiday Inn Santo Domingo

    Hostel Plaza Toledo

    Hotel Aladino

    Hotel Boutique Doña Elvira

    Hotel Discovery

    Hotel Villa Colonial

    JW Marriott Santo Domingo

    Luca Life Tasting Hotel

    Mercure Comercial Santo Domingo

    Napolitano Hotel

    Plaza Colonial Residence

    Quality Hotel Real Aeropuerto Santo Domingo

    Radisson Santo Domingo

    Real InterContinental Santo Domingo

    Renaissance Santo Domingo Jaragua Hotel & Casino

    Sheraton Santo Domingo

    Weston Suites Hotel

  • Hotels32
  • Convento de los Dominicos

    Parque Colón

    Parque Independencia

    Mirador del Sur

    Parque Iberoamérica


    Acuario Nacional

    Alcázar de Colón

    Centro Cultural de las Telecomunicaciones

    Museo Memorial de la Resistencia Dominicana

    Museo Bellapart

    Museo de Arte Moderno

    Museo del Hombre Dominicano

    Faro a Colón

    Museo de las Casas Reales

    Fortaleza Ozama

    Catedral Primada de América

    Jardín Botánico Nacional

  • Landmarks & Culture18
  • Meetings in Santo Domingo

  • Meetings & Conventions1
  • Santo Domingo Shopping

    Shopping Tour

  • Shopping2
  • Convento de los Dominicos

    Museo de las Casas Reales

    Catedral Primada de América

    Jardín Botánico Nacional

  • Weddings & Romance4

Some of its architecture can be stunning. The city lit up at night is gorgeous in both historic and modern areas. The lighting of the Colonial City takes you back to the 16th century, but in the city centerit is 21st century all the way. Most nightspots are located in on Winston Churchill, Gustavo Mejía Ricart, Abraham Lincoln, Roberto Pastoriza, Sarasota or Rómulo Betancourt, Venezuela, on the Malecón, and the many streets of the Colonial City. Many are open-air terraces and bars for people watching and easy socializing. Big hotels have their music spots, such as L’Azotea at the Dominican Fiesta, Las Palmas at the Hotel Santo Domingo or Merengue Bar at the Jaragua. For Latin music dancing, Lucia 203 and Onno’s are popular in the Colonial City. Serious dancers are drawn to the Avenida Venezuela. In the city, upscale discos boast that they play the same music that is being heard at the top nightspots abroad. Acclaimed performers are booked all year for the Teatro Nacional or Bellas Artes halls. However, more casual theaters are located in the Colonial City such as Hard Rock Café facing Columbus Park and Casa de Teatro, the off-Broadway hang out in Santo Domingo, where the next Juan Luis Guerra will perform first. The small Guloya and Las Máscaras theaters stage comedy, drama and other plays all year long at their Colonial City address. Dating back to the 16th century, the Ruinas de San Francisco, the first monastery in the Americas, is today famous for the live Bonyé musical entertainment that attracts hundreds of people at sunset on Sundays. Hostos St. between Emiliano Tejera & Restauración streets. Plaza de España is the magical large plaza fronting the Alcazar de Colón. Restaurants and bars line the top of the steps overlooking the Alcazar. On Fridays and Saturdays watch folklore shows sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism. Compared to US and European cinemas, movie theaters are a bargain in Santo Domingo. Those located at the new malls feature the latest technology. Live comedy shows and artistic performances are now taking place at some of the larger halls at the cinemas.