Discover Santo Domingo, the amazing capital of the Dominican Republic
Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, is also the most modern and dynamic metropolis of the Caribbean. “The Capital”, as it is affectionately called by the locals, transmits the pulse of Dominican culture, where the old and the new converge perfectly, from the architecture and history of centuries of antiquity, to the big shopping centers, art galleries, an active and interesting nightlife and an irresistible gastronomic scene.
Exploring the Colonial City, the first European settlement in the Americas and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1990, is a recommended experience for all travelers.
This historic neighborhood consists of a labyrinth of narrow streets full of architectural wonders that go from the sixteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth. Its streets will take you to colonial buildings converted into museums, shops, hotels, restaurants and sidewalk cafes.
Hop on the Chu Chu Colonial train for a 45-minute tour of the area, hire a guide who will take you down the first paved street in America while you share stories, or rent a bike and ride on your own.
For a rest surrounded by nature, enjoy a picnic on the lawn of the National Botanical Garden, the largest in the Caribbean, or walk along the Malecon at sunset to enjoy views of the Caribbean Sea, food stalls and watch people go by.
Beyond the places of interest, a cultural experience is never far away in the eclectic neighborhoods of Santo Domingo. Go shopping at one of the exclusive shopping centers or at an art gallery in the Colonial City. Get a typical linen shirt called chacabana, a leather bag or a faceless ceramic doll.
Dinner with style in renowned hotels throughout the city where renowned chefs prepare fusion dishes of Dominican and international cuisine. Relax with a Dominican cigar in one of the bistro terraces overlooking the Plaza de España or enjoy terraces on the roofs of Gustavo Mejía Ricart avenue.
And when you’re ready for the beach, a forty-minute ride will take you to the soft, white sands of Boca Chica facing the Caribbean Sea, where seafood and entertainment restaurants await you.
Whatever your style, you will find it here, stay in a Santo Domingo resort and get ready to experience an adventure like no other.