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The capital of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo, is a big city loaded with culture. Most international flights arrive at Santo Domingo airport, so it makes sense to arrange to pick up your rental car right away. You will want to have a vehicle at the ready to explore the varied landscapes on the island of the Dominican Republic. Book your flight, reserve your car, pick it up on arrival and get going the moment you land.

What to See in Santo Domingo

The largest city in the Caribbean, Santo Domingo as we know it today was found in 1496. It was the site of the first university, first cathedral, castle, monastery, and fortress in the New World. First, head to the Zona Colonial, a UNESCO world heritage site, to begin your journey through the city. You will find dozens of instagrammable spots that herald back to earlier times. Park your car on the edge and explore sites like the Catedral Primada de America. Take a walk along the Calle des Dumas to the Alcazar de Colon. These important historical sites are easy to access and tell the story of the city. Within this area, you will also find lots of restaurants, bars, and shops to browse and enjoy.

Before Europeans arrived in Santo Domingo the Taino Indians called the land home. Visit the Museum of the Dominican Man if you are a history buff who wants to see the biggest collection of Taino artifacts in the Caribbean. If you are more of a culinary adventurer, the ChocoMuseo may be more up your alley. It is a small museum with the chance to sign up for different classes and is all about chocolate. Continue the food exploration when you sign up for a food tour of Santo Domingo, where you can learn about the city through its cuisine.

Having a car on hand comes in hand to visit Los Tres Ojos, a national park on the edge of the city. Inside you will find a tranquil escape. Three limestone caverns, each with their own lake, are the centerpiece. You can explore by foot or boat but swimming is not allowed. Inside the caves can become too tight for those that are claustrophobic and difficult to traverse if you have any mobility issues. On a warm day, escaping to this spot might be the perfect experience.

Car Rental with Orbitz

Renting a car for your Santo Domingo explorations from Orbitz is the way to go. Start your island escape on a positive note when you’ve got your vehicle ready and waiting. Choose ahead of time and tailor to exactly what you want and need during your time in Santo Domingo. Simply drop it back off when you are ready to fly out from Las Americas Airport.