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The Dominican Republic’s capital city, Santo Domingo is also the most modern and dynamic metropolis in the Caribbean. La Capital—as it is affectionately called—epitomizes the pulse of Dominican culture, where the old and the new converge seamlessly from centuries old architecture and history, to large shopping malls, art galleries, an electric nightlife, and a booming gastronomy scene.

Exploring the Colonial City—the first European settlement of the Americas and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990—is a recommended experience for all travelers. This historic neighborhood consists of a pedestrian-friendly maze of narrow streets brimming with 16th to early 20th century architectural wonders. They lead toward colonial buildings turned museums, shops, hotels, restaurants, and sidewalk cafés. Hop on the Chu Chu Colonial train for a 45-minute tour of the area, hire a guide who will walk you down the first paved road of the Americas while sharing tales, or rent a bike and meander on your own. For a nature break, picnic on the lawns of the National Botanical Garden, the largest in the Caribbean, or stroll down the Malecón at sunset for sea views, roadside snacks, and people watching.

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Beyond the sights, a cultural experience is never far in Santo Domingo’s eclectic neighborhoods. Shop at one of the exclusive malls or at an artisan gallery in the Colonial City—get a linen chacabana shirt, a leather handbag, or a ceramic faceless doll. Dine in style at brand hotels citywide where renowned chefs create twists on Dominican and international cuisine. Relax with a Dominican puro at one of the open terrace-bistros overlooking Plaza de España, or mingle at rooftop lounges on Gustavo Mejía Ricart Avenue. And when you’re ready for the beach, a forty-minute ride lands you onto Boca Chica’s soft, white sands facing a crystal clear Caribbean Sea, where seafood restaurants and entertainment await. Whichever your preferred beat, Santo Domingo has it.

Las Americas International Airport (SDQ) is the main port of entry, half an hour east of the city center, while the cruise ship port sits just 10 minutes from the Colonial City.

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Built by the Spanish in the early 16th century, is the first permanent military structure in the Americas, marking the beginning of Spanish colonization. Christopher Columbus was once held captive as a prisoner.
Colonial City, Family-Friendly, Iconic Sights
One of Santo Domingo’s most historic churches was built by the Spanish to spread Catholicism in the New World. Despite earthquakes and pirate invasions led by Sir Francis Drake, the building has preserved its original design.
Churches, Colonial City, Family-Friendly, Iconic Sights
Isabel Villas is a simple course with nine par 3 holes that borders the Isabela River near residential communities. It has lights for playing at night and is open from 7am until 10pm during weekdays, and to 8pm on weekends. Location: Cuesta Hermosa III, Altos de Arroyo Hondo, Santo Domingo Holes: 9; Par: 27; Yardage: […]
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The largest botanical gardens in the Caribbean graces the capital city with over 400 acres of nature preserve filled with the island’s native trees, including multiple species of palm, flowers—over 300 species of orchids—and birds.
Family-Friendly, Iconic Sights, Urban Parks, Wedding Venues, Weddings & Romance
Operated by one of the country’s top cacao exporters, this part museum, part chocolate factory offers a comprehensive glimpse of the DR’s thriving cacao industry.
Colonial City, Family-Friendly, Museums
Close to Boca Chica hotels, the display features memorabilia from the World Baseball Classic won by the Dominican Republic in 2013, as well as bats and balls used in historic baseball moments, donated by Dominican MLB players.
Baseball, Family-Friendly, Iconic Sights, Museums
Stopping for a drink, a dance, or a bet is easy along the city’s seafront boulevard. Upscale and laid back hotel bars offer live music on their outdoor or poolside terraces, and dance clubs go on well past midnight.
Music + Nightlife
The city’s seafront boulevard is one of its iconic features. Lined with the Caribbean Sea on one end, and rows of hotels, restaurants, and nightlife on the other, the Malecón comes to life in the afternoon at sunset, and continuing into the night.
Family-Friendly, Iconic Sights
Part of the Sansoucí Santo Domingo Port, this small marina, located at mouth of the Ozama River, boasts panoramic views of the Colonial City. It offers parking space for up to 29 boats, and 33 moorings for medium length vessels, with water and electricity facilities. Take advantage of the proximity to the Colonial City, the […]
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Just past the private Club Náutico de Santo Domingo, Marina Zar Par is located in the Bahía San Andrés, in the beach town hub of Boca Chica, and offers 150 slips for boats up to 100 feet. Marina Zar Par is a fully equipped marina allowing the user full use of the facilities. Conveniences include […]
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