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Places to Visit in Santo Domingo
Almost ready to go on your Santo Domingo vacation? Haven't got a clue what to add to your travel program? Don't worry — we're here to give you some handy hints. You'll find yourself surrounded by wonderful things to do and see, like Alcazar de Colon and National Palace. If you'd really like to squeeze the most out of your visit, also swing by Cathedral of Santo Domingo and Parque Colon. We all love feathered and furry critters, but how about getting acquainted with those who can be a tad more slimy and scaly? Enjoy an encounter with some of the fascinating animals of the underwater realm at National Aquarium. Adventurers in this destination have a great range of options. Palace of Fine Arts hosts an array of exhibits throughout the year. Browse the calender of events to find your next activity. Still got some time to spare? The intimacy and artistry of live theater has to be experienced. Purchase your ticket for a production at National Theater and experience the magic for yourself!
Travel isn't about famous destinations and plush hotels. It's about the experiences you embrace and the unforgettable memories you collect along the way! Kick off your trip to Santo Domingo by trying out a few of these activities:
- Santo Domingo Colonial Sunrise Walk & Taste
- Santo Domingo Colonial Morning Walk
- Santo Domingo Colonial Walking & Sightseeing Tour
- Full-Day Santo Domingo City Tour from Punta Cana
- Full day excursion to Santo Domingo Tour from Punta Cana
- Samana Day Trip with Bacardi Island and Limon Waterfall
Have a little time on your side? Make your way to our Santo Domingo things to do page for a full range of options.
Santo Domingo Accommodations
Find somewhere to stay before you start arranging all your awesome adventures in Santo Domingo. Pick from the national capital's 99 Expedia properties and you'll be on your way to your next luxury getaway or cheap vacation. If a lavishly stocked minibar and a sunken bathtub sounds good to you, grab a bottle of wine and soak yourself in luxury at the JW Marriott Hotel Santo Domingo (Winston Churchill Avenue No. 93,ensanche) or the Casas del XVI (Calle Padre Billini No. 252). Alternatively, if you're traveling on a shoestring, the Hotel Doña Elvira (207 Padre Billini) or the Casa Naemie (CALLE ISABEL LA CATOLICA #11) could be more to your taste.
Nearest Airports to Santo Domingo
Positioned just 15 miles away, Las Americas International Airport (SDQ) is the most convenient terminal to your destination. Fasten that seat belt and turn off that in-flight film — your well-deserved trip to Santo Domingo isn't far off now!
Top Pre-Packaged Vacations & All Inclusive Resorts in Santo Domingo
Santo Domingo is many things — urban center, tropical paradise and deeply historical capital city — but the overwhelming passion of its residents is what makes this destination truly shine. Stand in the middle of town, and you’ll be surrounded by a zeal for life: men throwing dominos on a park table, families strolling the cobblestone streets and merengue beats wafting from every car and storefront in sight. This city is the Dominican Republic’s pulse, and Santo Domingo vacations are all about getting into the swing of local life.
There’s no better place to start than the city’s Colonial Zone. Fanning across 12 downtown blocks, this area is known for its position as Europe’s first New World settlement, and many tourists book Santo Domingo all inclusive packages specifically to soak up the district’s 15th-century sights. Spend some time visiting important landmarks like the Parque Independencia and Alcázar de Colón, but don’t miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in the Colonial Zone’s vibrant social scene. On weekend nights, the medieval Ruinas de San Francisco plays host to a variety of bachata and salsa bands, and La Atarazana features several 16th-century buildings that house galleries, shops and candlelit cafes. These experiences are just as important to Santo Domingo’s culture as the historical sights that surround them.
From the Colonial Zone, walk to the museum-laden Gazcue district to get your first glimpse of the city’s Malecón. This beachfront boulevard snakes along the coast for more than four miles, and you’ll find breezy cafes, innovative boutiques and authentic restaurants perched along the way. This is also where the best Santo Domingo all inclusive beach resorts are located, but head to the parallel Avenida Independencia for a more off-the-beaten-path place to stay. In this tree-lined area, an inexpensive mix of boutique inns and hushed hotels cater to tourists, and browsing its adjacent shops and restaurants is the perfect way to add a little residential charm to your Santo Domingo vacation.
Of course, outdoor enthusiasts also have plenty of options. Many Santo Domingo vacation packages focus on rustic adventures, and you’ll discover an array of biking, backpacking and camping spots just beyond the city’s central districts. Make your way to the Parque Mirado del Este to hike and bike through the woodlands, and stop by the park’s Los Tres Ojos caves to boat around the freshwater lagoons. The Jardín Botánico is an equally beautiful place to spend an afternoon, and locals and tourists alike come to this network of gardens to escape the city's bustling center. In Santo Domingo, an unforgettable experience is right around every corner.