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Santo DomingoDominican Republic

The Caribbean’s first city is a thriving metropolis that has colonial buildings and modern masterpieces, captivating museums and a lively boardwalk. 

Santo Domingo is a fast-growing city known for its colonial architecture, modern art and an oceanfront boardwalk lined with restaurants and cafés. The Caribbean’s first city has had a turbulent history. Since it was founded by the brother of Christopher Columbus in 1498, Santo Domingo has been raided by pirates and slaves and ruled by a dictator. Today, the city reflects this past with colonial architecture and looks to the future with a growing cultural scene.

Spend your mornings around Santo Domingo’s El Malecon. Restaurants, cafés and parks line this popular oceanfront boardwalk. Sip espressos and people-watch at outdoor tables.

Towards the Santo Domingo Port, find the city’s UNESCO protected colonial zone. Here you can visit the city’s most significant historical landmarks, including the Alcázar de Colón, the former home of explorer Diego Colón. Catch your breath in the shady Colón Park before continuing to the National Pantheon, with its neoclassical façade. Visit the Ozama Fortress, which once protected the city from pirates. Climb to its balcony for a panoramic view of the city.

West of the colonial zone, explore charming residential suburbs and museums around the Plaza de la Cultura. Delve into historical books at the adjacent National Library or reserve a seat for a dance, opera or drama performance at the National Theater.

Nearby, the Museum of Modern Art displays the best of new Dominican artists in temporary exhibits. Learn about the pre-Columbian life of Hispaniola’s native Taino Indians at the Museum of the Dominican Man. Visit the Palace of Fine Arts to appreciate its vast columned façade with a bright Caribbean color scheme.

In the evenings, return to El Malecon and pick a terrace restaurant along the lively George Washington Avenue. Listen to karaoke, salsa and Merengue drum beats of street performers, particularly around carnival when parties reach their peak.

Santo Domingo is located on the south coast of the Dominican Republic. Fly into the city’s international airport then get around using public buses, taxis and públicos (private minivans).

Where to stay in Santo Domingo

Fort Ozama featuring heritage elements

Zona Colonial

4/5Very Good!(615 area reviews)

Zona Colonial is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Parque Colon and Cathedral of Santo Domingo while in the area.

Zona Colonial
Mermaid pool

Downtown Santo Domingo

4/5Very Good!(461 area reviews)

You might take some time to check out the abundant dining options in Downtown Santo Domingo. Spend some time visiting top spots like Blue Mall, and catch the metro at Freddy Beras Goico Station or Juan Ulises Garcia Station to see more of the area.

Downtown Santo Domingo
Plaza de la Cultura which includes a square or plaza


4/5Very Good!(452 area reviews)

The abundant dining options and seaside views are just a few top-rate features of the neighborhood. Make a stop by Museum of the Dominican Man or Museum of History and Geography while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Casandra Damiron Station to get around town.

Beautiful beach in Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic! Just an hour and half outside of Santo Domingo. It is a big beach with lots of space and good swimming. Lots of places to eat around the corner. Loved it!

Juan Dolio - El Pueblo

3/5(7 area reviews)

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Juan Dolio - El Pueblo and surrounding area, you can visit Guayacanes Beach and Guavaberry Golf and Country Club.

Juan Dolio - El Pueblo

Villas Del Mar

4/5Very Good!(92 area reviews)

Though Villas Del Mar might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Guayacanes Beach and Guavaberry Golf and Country Club.

Villas Del Mar
Dominican Republic featuring general coastal views

Reparto Ibarra

3.5/5Good!(33 area reviews)

While Reparto Ibarra isn't home to many top sights, Boca Chica and Coral Hamaca Resort are some notable places to visit nearby.

Reparto Ibarra

Top Hotels in Santo Domingo

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
El Embajador, a Royal Hideaway Hotel
El Embajador, a Royal Hideaway Hotel
5 out of 5
Ave Sarasota 65, Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional
Free Cancellation
The price is NT$3,310 per night

Located in the heart of Santo Domingo, this luxury resort is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Acropolis Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Blue Mall and Sambil Santo Domingo. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (999 reviews)

"Excellent location, service 1A+. Highly recommended!"…"

Reviewed on 2020/6/2

El Embajador, a Royal Hideaway Hotel
whala!boca chica - All inclusive
whala!boca chica - All inclusive
3 out of 5
Avenida Abraham Núñez, Boca Chica, Santo Domingo
The price is NT$2,340 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Boca Chica property is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nautical Club of Santo Domingo and Boca Chica. Caucedo Port is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) away.

3.4/5 (567 reviews)

"The rooms need upgrade there no iron or coffee maker in the rooms. They give u 2 bottles of water after you are done u have to refill the bottles with a cooler that out side ur room. Positive is that they are very clean food is good. The beach is nice and clean staff very friendly."…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/18

whala!boca chica - All inclusive
Catalonia Santo Domingo
Catalonia Santo Domingo
4.5 out of 5
Avenida George Washington No. 500, Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional
The price is NT$2,630 per night

Located in Ciudad Universitaria, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Convention Center Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Eduardo Brito National Theater. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,001 reviews)

"Is a good place, with a great food, and a beautiful oven view"…"

Reviewed on 2020/6/28

Catalonia Santo Domingo

Popular places to visit in Santo Domingo

Calle Las Damas
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Calle Las Damas

4.5/5(154 reviews)

During your trip to Santo Domingo, you can find the perfect gifts to bring home at Calle Las Damas. While you're here, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.

Fort Ozama
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Fort Ozama

4.5/5(100 reviews)

The oldest military structure in the New World, this imposing fort is the site from where the Spanish launched several key colonial conquests in the Americas.

Reviews of Santo Domingo


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5 - Excellent
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Amazing city, lots of restaurant options, historic places, night life a city to visit

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 30, 2020

Santo Domingo, is a favbulous Capital for vacationing. Streets and sidewalks should be cleaner.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 24, 2020

There is an pandemic around the wourld and I have to say people of Dominican Republic do help each other.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 22, 2020

I love this place its is beautiful and people are friendly and helpful. I will return. Only thing that went wrong is that the boarders were closed because of coronavirus and everything shut down hotels and stores .i stuck here another 15 days.

4/5 - Good


Mar 22, 2020

The city is vibrant and has lot to offer. Just use the same safety precautions you will use in any cosmopolitan city. Remember Santo Domingo has about 4 millions and is not small at all.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 19, 2020

Womderfull place

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