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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic


Santo Domingo
I have spent quite some time in the Colonial district (zona Colonial) of Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic and the first real city in Spanish America. Santo Domingo combines an unsurpassable historical heritage with a modern and cosmopolitan ambience that is best being illustrated by the large number of fancy shops, trendy boutique hotels, super styled restaurants and swanky (cocktail) bars that open up all over town. I love the Dominican capital, especially the Zona Colonial, for its uncomplicated, laid back atmosphere. Santo Domingo surprises with its frequent world class cultural events and exciting festivals. more...

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Santo Domingo Information


The independence of the Dominican Republic from Haiti was declared in Santo Domingo on the 27th of February 1844. The town founded in 1496 by Christopher Columbus’s brother Bartolomeo is a monument of the irreversible and arguably inevitable change of times, in this case at the cost of the rapid demise of more than one million –mainly- Taino Indians under all kinds of horrific circumstances.

A decade into the 21st century, Santo Domingo has transformed into an exciting town with an old Colonial District known as “Zona Colonial” which offers some of the best things life in the Dominican Republic has to offer. I am particularly fond of the terrace of Hotel de Conde de Penalba, great for lunch and some people watching. Plaza España is another hot spot with excellent restaurants like Grillo Bravo and Pat’e Palo. On Saturday nights, Plaza España offers excellent (free) live entertainment. A visit to Patio Lounge el Canario, a classy cocktail lounge owned by José Alberto a Dominican Salsa star gives you a good idea of the style and sophistication Santo Domingo seeks to adopt.

In order not to miss one single highlight of the Zona Colonial it pays off to hire one of the many expert tour guides like Lorenzo Bido, who puts the lonely planet to shame and will take you from one great monument to an even more impressive one like the Catedral Primada de América, which was finally completed in 1540, 26 years after Diego Columbus, the son of Christopher Columbus, laid the first stone. Santo Domingo is a city boasting many exclusives like the first hospital, university and monastery in the Americas as well as the oldest street, Calle las Damas. The main museums in the Zona Colonial I recommend visiting are Museo de las Casas Reales, interesting for its recovered treasures from Spanish galleons that parished in the coastal waters as well as vast collections of superb maps and Museo Alcázar de Colón, the fabulously renovated mansion of Diego Columbus and his wife, featuring many objects that belongedto the Columbus family.

It is fun to check out the bars and restaurants along the Malecón also known as Avenida George Washington that follows the coast. Beyond the Zona Colonial the fast-moving metropolis of over two million people gradually absorbs you. Here you will be able to find the best shopping and (movie) theaters in the Dominican Republic as well as various museums that are worth a visit. The botanical garden, located in the northern suburb Arroyo Hondo displays over 300 kinds of orchids and an extensive collection of tropical flora that can be found in the Dominican Republic.

Las Americas International Airport, located just 30 minutes from town makes it easy and worthwhile to include Santo Domingo on your itinerary, even when you plan to spend your vacation in one of the other fantastic destinations the Dominican Republic has to offer.

How to get there
Santo Domingo is located about 30 minutes by car west of Las Americas International Airport. Within Santo Domingo there are excellent and affordable taxi services. Affordable luxury buses depart from Santo Domingo to a large number of popular tourists destinations.

- Dominican Republic International and Domestic Flights

Tours and excursions
I took a guided city tour of Zona Colonial and found it to be a fun and efficient way to take in all in the historical highlights within an afternoon. The nearby towns of Boca Chica and Juan Dolio are great for a fun daytrip to the beach.

- Debbie Meets: Lorenzo Bido, local tour guide



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& Casino Naco Santo Domingo 1 reviews

& Casino Napolitano Santo Domingo 1 reviews

Abyta Hotel Santo Domingo 1 reviews

Acuarium Resort Hotel Santo Domingo 1 reviews

Aladino Aparta Hotel Santo Domingo 1 reviews

Alcaldeza Santo Domingo 1 reviews

Atalaya Apart Hotel Santo Domingo 1 reviews

Atarazana Santo Domingo 3 reviews

Aurora del Sol Hotel & Casino Santo Domingo 1 reviews

Bellavista Santo Domingo 1 reviews

BQ Santo Domingo Santo Domingo 1 reviews

Carey House Santo Domingo 1 reviews

Caribeno Santo Domingo 1 reviews

Cervantes Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Coco Boutque Hotel Santo Domingo 1 reviews

Conde de Penalba Santo Domingo 1 reviews

Continental Hotel Santo Domingo 1 reviews

Courtyard Santo Domingo 1 reviews

Discovery Zona Colonial 1 reviews

Dominican Fiesta Hotel & Casino Santo Domingo 1 reviews

El Beaterio Zona Colonial 2 reviews

Europa Boutique Zona Colonial 4 reviews

ExploraCafe Bavaro Ocean Village Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Frances Santo Domingo Zona Colonial 1 reviews

Freeman Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Green House Aparta Hotel Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Hilton Santo Domingo Santo Domingo 1 reviews

Hispanola & Casino Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Hodelpa Caribe Colonial Zona Colonial 1 reviews

Hostal Nicolas Nader Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Hotel Plaza Naco (Santo Domingo) Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Jaguar Apart Studios Santo Domingo 0 reviews

La Casona Dorada & Restaurant Santo Domingo 0 reviews

La Hostal Colonia Santo Domingo 2 reviews

Maison Gautreaux Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Meliá Santo Domingo Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Mercure Comercial Zona Colonial 0 reviews

Metur Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Micro Hotel Suites & Condo Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Naemie Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Napolitano Hotel & Casino Santo Domingo 1 reviews

Palacio Santo Domingo 1 reviews

Plaza Colonial Apart Hotel Santo Domingo 1 reviews

Plaza Florida Suites Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Quality Hotel Santo Domingo Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Quality Real Aeropuerto Santo Domingo Santo Domingo 1 reviews

Renaissance Jaragua (Hotel & Casino) Santo Domingo 2 reviews

Residence City Santo Domingo 2 reviews

Ruben's Hotel Santo Domingo 1 reviews

San Geronimo Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Santo Domingo Santo Domingo 1 reviews

Suite Colonial Zona Colonial 1 reviews

V Centenario Santo Domingo Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Villa de las Americas Santo Domingo 1 reviews

Villa Italia Santo Domingo 1 reviews

Santo Domingo Restaurants


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Adrian Tropical Santo Domingo 1 reviews

Angelo Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Cafe del Tapao Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Cappuccino Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Citron Santo Domingo 0 reviews

David Crocket Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Don Nacho Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Don Papo Santo Domingo 0 reviews

El Agave Santo Domingo 0 reviews

El Conuco Santo Domingo 0 reviews

El Meson de la Cava Santo Domingo 0 reviews

El Samurai Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Fellini Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Friends Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Gautreaux's Restaurant Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Green & Grill Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Grillo Bravo Restobar Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Hotel Conde de Penalba Santo Domingo 0 reviews

La Briciola Santo Domingo 0 reviews

La Casa De Las Paellas Santo Domingo 0 reviews

La Fromagerie Santo Domingo 0 reviews

La Résidence Santo Domingo 0 reviews

La Taberna del Pescador Santo Domingo 0 reviews

La Taberna Vasca Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Lina Restaurant Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Lupe Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Marocha Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Meson de Luis Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Michelangelo Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Mitre Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Mix Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Mr. Donuts bar, restaurant and lounge Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Pala Pizza Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Pasteleria Del Jardin Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Pat'e Palo Santo Domingo 1 reviews

Peperoni Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Piegari Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Pizza Hut Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Pizzarelli Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Porter House Grill Restaurant Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Quattro Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Red Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Red Grill Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Sake Sushi Bar Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Segafredo Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Sophias Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Sully Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Sushi Ya Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Tequila John's Santo Domingo 1 reviews

The Boat House Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Tony Roma's Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Tropico Madera Restaurante & Lounge Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Vigo Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Yokomo Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Santo Domingo Bed And Breakfast Accommodations


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Casa Marion Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Santo Domingo Tours


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Active Vacation Bayahibe Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Adventure Rancho Baiguate Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Culture & dancing in Santo Domingo Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Dominican Republic Adventure Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Dominican Republic Roadtrip Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Eco-Adventure Dominican Republic Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Highlights Dominican Republic Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Mountain climbing Pico Duarte Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Nature & beaches Road Trip Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Sto Domingo Tour Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Santo Domingo Excursions


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Chocolate, Clay and Sugar Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Chu Chu Colonial Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Churches of the First City Santo Domingo 0 reviews

El Sendero del Cacao Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Santo Domingo by night Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Santo Domingo Sightseeing Tour Santo Domingo 0 reviews

Tour Zona Colonial Santo Domingo 0 reviews

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