Santo Domingo is the capital of the Dominican Republic and is usually overlooked by tourists in favor of the paradise beaches. Little do they know that Santo Domingo is such an interesting destination. It is known for being the biggest city in the Caribbean as well as being the oldest city in the ‘New World’. Make sure you get to see everything the city and its surroundings have to offer and rent a car to haul you and yours around in comfort.
A must see during your stay in Santo Domingo is Zona Colonial, which was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1990. This is where you will find most of Santo Domingo’s notable landmarks as well as numerous museums, such as the Museum of Alcázar de Colon, Museum of the Casas Reales, and Museo de la Resistencia Dominicana.
While you are in Santo Domingo, also pay a visit to the biggest military work La Fortaleza Ozama and Diego Columbus’ palace, Christoffel Columbus’ son. The cathedral of Santo Domingo should also be on your list as it is the oldest cathedral in the New World, which generally refers to North and South America. The city also has the oldest university, castle, monastery, and fortress in the New World.
Performing arts are very important in Santo Domingo. The city has several orchestras, and there are opera and ballet companies as well as theater groups. The Plaza of Culture is the center of activity, but there are performances all throughout the city. Another important gathering place is Casa de Teatro.
Nature and recreational areas are all around Santo Domingo. It is literally surrounded by the Santo Domingo Greenbelt. Within the city, you will also find several parks. Of course, the Dominican Republic is a very popular touristic destination because of the beaches. So why not drive out to a nice beach if you have enough time during your trip? Just outside of the city, you will also find Los Tres Ojos, another beautiful park with incredible caves.
Do you like views over the city? Malecon Center gives you a view from the south, while from midtown you can look over the city from Novo Centro. Speaking about Malecon, this is also the area where you will find great entertainment and nightlife.
And are you visiting Santo Domingo with kids? There are plenty of things to do. You will find playground all through the parks mentioned, but there is also a Trampoline Children’s Museum to entertain the little one. Besides that, there are several attractions, such as an aquarium and water park to spend a fun day at.
Four out of five national highways in the Dominican Republic cross through Santo Domingo. So, in case you have rented a car to get around in Santo Domingo, you can also opt to visit places outside of the city.
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