Tourism in Santo Domingo - Dominican Republic

Travel guide and tourist information to visit Santo Domingo and around: what to see, what to do, what to visit, which excursions... in Santo Domingo, the capital of Dominican Republic.
Santo Domingo - Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo - Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo is the capital of the Dominican Republic. It is located on the Caribbean Sea, it was founded in 1496 by Bartholomew Columbus (Christopher Columbus' brother), along the Ozama River. She is known worldwide as the first European city. In 1990, the Colonial Zone, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Santo Domingo is the most populous city in the Caribbean, the largest and most developed of the Dominican Republic. This is the country's economic hub, many national and international companies have their main offices here.
Santo Domingo has a range of amenities and tourism attractions, especially history. The first buildings in America, as the first cathedral of America, the Ozama Fortress, the first fort in the Americas, and the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, the first university in the New World.
The Colonial Zone, bordered by the Ozama, also has an impressive collection of sixteenth-century buildings, including lavish homes and churches that reflect the architectural style of the medieval period.

Santo Domingo is a bustling town with a wide range of offers for nightlife and cultural tourism. It has the best restaurants, cinemas, shopping centers in the country. It also has museums, parks and recreation areas.
Is a bustling city, day and night.
The city has some of the best hotels of Dominican Republic and many hotels and aparthotels for tourists, businessmen, diplomats... They are spread throughout the city, but the greater part of the hotels are along the Malecon and the Colonial Zone.

Tourist attractions and places to visit in Santo Domingo

The Colonial Zone

Colonial Zone Santo Domingo Listed as World Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO first city in the Americas, where there are many buildings to visit, numerous hotels, restaurants and bars. The Colonial Zone is one of the essential tourist attractions of Santo Domingo.

Alcazar de Colon

Alcazar de Colon Santo Domingo The Alcazar de Colon was the home of Don Diego Colon, today is a museum dedicated to him. This palace was built in 1510 on the banks of the river Ozama. It is located Plaza Espana in the Colonial Zone. This is one of the most visited museums.

Ozama Fortress

Ozama Fortress Santo Domingo It's the oldest fortress in the Americas. It was built in 1507 to protect Santo Domingo pirates and conquistadors English, French and Portuguese. It is located Calle de las Damas in the Colonial Zone.

Casa Rodrigo de Bastidas

Casa Rodrigo de Bastidas La Casa de Bastidas Rodrigo belonged to a family of Santo Domingo, she also served as a barracks and military hospital. Today it welcomes the museum of the child Dominican (Museo del Niño Dominicano). It is located Calle de las Damas in the Colonial City of Santo Domingo.

La Calle de las Damas

Calle de las Damas Colonial Zone First street of Santo Domingo, originally it was called Calle de la Fuerza. Then its name has changed since the ladies of the court enjoyed walking in the street. In this street are a few of the oldest buildings in the capital of Dominican Republic.

Cathedral Santa Maria la Menor

Cathedral Santa Maria la Menor It's located in the Colonial Zone, is the oldest cathedral of the New World, it was built in 1523 with a mixture of Gothic and Renaissance.


Malecon Santo Domingo The Malecon is the Avenue George Washington is over 8 km along the Caribbean Sea where the most prestigious hotels of the city, some great restaurants, bars, nightclubs and casinos. The Malecon is one of the busiest streets of Santo Domingo.

Faro a Colon

Faro a Colon Santo Domingo The Faro a Colon (Columbus Lighthouse) is an imposing monument in the eastern of the capital. It was built in honor of Christopher Columbus and was inaugurated in 1992 (after six years of work) to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the discovery of the Americas.

National Aquarium

National Aquarium The National Aquarium to discover the flora and fauna underwater Caribbean and Dominican Republic.

Los Tres Ojos (Three Eyes)

Los Tres Ojos Los Tres Ojos (The Three Eyes) is an archaeological site in eastern Santo Domingo which is composed of a cave with three underground lakes and a lake in the open air. Water from three underground lakes is extraordinarily clear and limpid.

National Pantheon

National Pantheon The National Pantheon is a mausoleum where lie the important people of the Dominican Republic. It is a monument of the eighteenth century with a remarkable architecture, was originally a Jesuit church.


Many museums to see art and culture Dominican Taino museum, the Museum of Dominican Man, Museum of Las Casas Reales, the museum Mundo de Ambar...

Gardens and parks.

The National Botanical Garden, the Park East, Park Mirador, park Manantiales del Cachón...

Zoological Park

The Zoo of Santo Domingo to see mammals, birds and reptiles, but also species endemic to the Dominican Republic.

Guibia Beach

The Guibia beach is located on the Malecon of Santo Domingo, it became a recreation center for families in the capital, the municipality has created a playground and recreation. On this beach (where it is not advisable to bathe) surfing competitions are held.

Places to visit near Santo Domingo

Boca Chica beach

This is the beach of Santo Domingo, with many people on weekends and holidays.

National Park underwater La Caleta


Playa Caribe

Small beach between Boca Chica and Juan Dolio.

Guayacanes beach

Popular beach just before Juan Dolio.

Palenque beach

Popular beach south of San Cristobal.

Najayo beach

Small beach west of Santo Domingo.

Juan Dolio beaches

Beach about 1 hour from Santo Domingo.

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