Santo Domingo Travel Guide

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Santo Domingo Things to Do

  • Zona Colonial - Old Town

    Amber is a vegetable fossil resin that when hardened becomes a semi precious gem used in jewelry. The range of its colors go from pale yellowish to bright red, and more rarely green and blue. It differentiates from Baltic amber in the tree where they're originated from. Larimar is a variety of pectolite rock, blue/turquoise, that's only found in...

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  • Alcázar de Colón - Columbus' house

    This mansion was the house of the Columbus family in Santo Domingo. It was built by Christoper Coulmbus' son, Diego in 1515. Today, it's a museum furnished with original and period furniture. This is by far the best of Santo Domingo's attractions.

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  • Catedral Primada de América - The...

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Built between 1521 and 1540, this was intended by the Vatican to be the religous center of the West Indies. The church structure is a mixture of Gothic and Romanesque styles. This was the first cathedral built in the Americas.

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Santo Domingo Restaurants

  • El Conuco

    4 out of 5 stars

    Gloria (the guide) asked us if we wanted to shop, and I said no, so we got back into the car and drove to a restaurant called El Conusco. She said this is where all the tours go for lunch. It is well set up for large groups of people and has a buffet of national foods for people to eat. Egarrido explained to me that the word "conuco" is a Taino...

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  • Museo de Jamon

    4 out of 5 stars

    I don't know how to classify this restaurant, as it is meant to be like a bit of Spain in the capital of the Dominican Republic. The restaurant is in a historic and fitting setting - the Plaza España, just across from the Alcazar Colón, and its distinguished by its large Spanish flag and faux Navarran façade. Watch out for the hanging prosciutti!...

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  • Baskin Robbins

    1 out of 5 stars

    One scoop of icecream in a small cup, one chocolate milkshake made from a scoop of icecream plus ice, milk (I think) and cream on top: $9.00. Was it worth it? Would you pay this at home? Nope. Nope. The mango icecream was very good and so it should be at $4 per scoop, but it wasn't $4 good.

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Santo Domingo Nightlife

  • NightLive disco

    The onnos bar is in the zona colonial. Its a bar and restaurant happy houers at 5-9 2for1 in drinks and pitchers and pizza!!!Afer 10.30 it tursn into a nightclub with dj.Thy ar famus for the coctails the speciall margarita gigante!!(big)Open freom wednesday till sunday, ladys night on wednesday and thursday(free drinks)Ask for sonja the swiss...

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  • NightLive disco

    The onnos bar is in the zona colonial. Its a bar and restaurant happy houers at 5-9 2for1 in drinks and pitchers and pizza!!!Afer 10.30 it tursn into a nightclub with dj.Thy ar famus for the coctails the speciall margarita gigante!!(big)Open freom wednesday till sunday, ladys night on wednesday and thursday(free drinks)Ask for sonja the swiss...

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  • Laidback Soul in the Zona Colonial

    This "pub" is a great alternative to the techno/hip-hop/bass-filled nightspots that inundate Santo Domingo.Maria, the Spanish expat bartender and owner, runs the oldest bar in the Colonial Zone with soul. Warm and tranquil, this bar is adorned with posters of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, BB King and the like. So perfect a place to zone out (or in)...

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Santo Domingo Transportation

  • By taxi

    By far the best taxi I have ever gotten in Santo Domingo, DR. If you speak English call this guy. He is fluent in English and is one of the few taxis with a nice clean car. Weather you need a ride form the airport or just a ride to one of the resort towns. He is also a wealth of information as he is born and raised in that city. Reasturants, sites...

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  • Metro/Caribe Tours (first class buses)

    One of the best and probably cheapest way to travel on the island is by bus with Caribe tour. The busses are equipped with air-conditionning and television. For a 4 or 5-hour-fare, you'll only pay +/- 100 pesos.

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  • Airports

    I paid to have VIP Travel Services transport me from SDQ airport to Santo Domingo (Colonial District) but when I arrived no one from VIP was there. I was told it happens often. I had to take a taxi to my hotel. If you use VIP, plan for taxi fare just in case they do not show up.

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Santo Domingo Shopping

  • Calle El Conde - El Conde street

    This "Pedestrian Only" shopping street is both the center of tourist goods and western designer clothes. It runs from Parque Colon to Parque Independencia. The street name honors the Count of Penalba, who defeated the English during the 17th century.

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  • Plaza Lama

    The biggest department store in Santo Domingo. We entered there as I wanted to buy a couple of disposable cameras (my camera stopped working on my second day in SD... why they never break down when you're at your home place??? :) What was supposed to be a 10-minutes shopping, ended as kind of funny tour around the place for a couple of hours!...

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  • Malls

    Megacentro is a mall with everything you can imagine under it: beauty parlors for men and women, a movie theater with 10 rooms, clothes shops, make up shops, jewelry, souvenirs, a pool place, banks, a supermarket, a Disney like park for the kids and plenty of options to eat and satisfy everyone's taste. Clothes, food, jewelry, souvenirs... What...

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Santo Domingo Local Customs

  • Dominican food

    Dominicans love stew Goat meat and Michelangelo Restaurant is consider the best places to eat this exotic dish. Goats in some providance are fed oregano plants so the Goat would absorb the oregano during the feeding. Michelangelo is a International and Seafood Gourmet Restaurant, but 8 years ago they were requested to make this dish for a going...

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  • Jugo de caña - Sugar cane juice

    Jugo de caña means sugar cane juice and it's delicious! The way to get the juice is to grind the sugar cane, and they usually do it in front of you when you order your juice. The juice is sweet and also an excellent diuretic! I recently bought a glass of sugar cane juice for 25 pesos (a little less than 1 US) at La Sirena on Ave. Venezuela but...

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  • Sightseeing is hard work

    Everybody who has been to the imperial capitals of Europe has noticed that roofs are not meant to restrict or square off buildings. The rich and ambitious monarchies have most probably followed the example of the richest monarchy of them all – the Vatican. This realm’s ultimate achievement and potent symbol, the cathedral of St. Paul, is studded...

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Santo Domingo Warnings and Dangers

  • Beware of SOME street vendors -...

    With this I don't mean candy sellers, but food street vendors. It's just that these people cook their food without any hygienic methods/ways whatsoever and your tummy might not be used to it, causing what's known as Montezuma's revenge, except that here we call it Caonabo's revenge. If you happen to fall victim of this outrageous state of mind and...

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  • plastic horrors

    Hi,I am preparing to go to the CECIP hospital in Santo domingo in April for a breast reduction and lipo. I just wondered how your procedure went. Is there anybody out there also going for a procedure in April. Has anybody had a breast reduction and lipo done there

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  • Beggars

    There's a lot of men, women and kids begging for money. Us locals don't give them anything so I wouldn't recommend you do either, no matter what trick they come up with: injuries in fingers, hands or legs, handicap people, people saying they need money for a prescription, etc. These people just want to buy booze with that money.

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Santo Domingo Tourist Traps

  • Café de las flores.... not so cute and...

    We went to Café de la Flores on el Conde because Lonely Planet said that it was an inexpensive way to pass an evening while being able to people watch. And what people! This dive is in fact a local meeting spot for prostitutes and their foreign clients. In general, older European or North American men come to sit at the tables and the "ladies" of...

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  • TODO NATURAL

    La playa de Bocachica tiene muy mala reputacionno se porque sera alli me hice las tipicas trencitas que no son tan baratas

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  • miles of sandy beach....

    In all the tourist guide books, you have the flawless picture of the sandy white beach and the "swaying" palm tree. They seem to be everywhere right? Not so... If you are planning to be in Santo Domingo and drive to the beach, please note that there isn't one. We were told that we could be in Santo Domingo and then drive 30 minutes to Boca Chica...

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Santo Domingo What to Pack

  • Easy Travel

    bathing suit, sunglasses are a must, sandals, t-shirts, tanks, pack for hot weather all year round and if going during december, january, pack a light long sleeve shirt you can put on at night for if it gets cool. But generally be ready for heat 99% of the time. Never ever forget sunscreen. I had a hard time finding some because the locals dont...

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  • Packing Up!

    Essentials of course. Leave room for souvenirs. Walking alot? Don't suggest sandals or flip-flops. I'd rather take comfortable walking shoes... it rains sporadically throughout the day so keep a small umbrella handy. Save the sandals for the beach! Take some Wet Ones.OFF bug repellant!Keep a First Aid kit handy. Definitely stack up on...

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Santo Domingo Off The Beaten Path

  • Los Tres Ojos - The 3 Eyes National Park

    Los Tres Ojos are 3 lagoons inside 3 caves, and then there's a fourth eye, an "open lagoon", that's not considered an "eye". All of them are fed by a subterranean river. The taíno people, the islands first habitants, used these caves for religious ceremonies. At the beginning all 3 caves were one but an earthquake made them in the shape they are...

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  • Zona Colonial - Old Town

    Puerta de la Misericordia is usually not on the standard tourist retinue because it is a bit out of the way, but it still an interesting part of the city's history. The western-most gate in the city's defences, it stands beside the ruins of the San Gil Fort. The Puerta gets its name from the fact that, after a massive earthquake in 1842, a group of...

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  • Jardín Botánico - Botanical Garden

    The Jardin Botanico, located in Santo Domingo, is a wonderful place for nature/bird lovers, families, joggers, couples, and just about anyone else to spend a morning or afternoon. The well-maintained park has a main road the loops around the entire garden, allowing you to see all parts easily. The Japanese garden is lovely and meticuously...

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Santo Domingo Sports & Outdoors

  • Baseball

    If you're in Santo Domingo you must go and see a baseball game. The local teams are Licey and Escogido and they both play at Estadio Quisqueya. Dominican baseball is of a high standard, and many players also play in the Major League in USA.There's a fantastic atmosphere in the stadium during the match: Drums, singing, dancing... Games can be sold...

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  • See a baseball game at Quisqueya Stadium

    The Quisqueya Stadium is the biggest baseball stadium in Santo Domingo and the home of the 2 city teams Tigres del Licey (Licey tigers) and Leones del Escogido (Escogido lions). Licey was the first baseball team formed in the country and have won most of the league tournaments (if they haven't then the Cibao team Aguilas has - at the moment I don't...

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  • Sebelén Bowling Center

    Do you like bowling? Then Sebelén Bowling Center is the place to go. It's 2 levels with 48 bowling lanes and some arcade machines. If hunger attacks, there's a cafeteria and Split café/sport bar and billiards with 2 billiard/pool tables.And for those who want to learn how to (properly) bowl, there's a bowling school (La Escuelita) for ages 6 and...

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Santo Domingo Favorites

  • Zona Colonial - Old Town

    Besides comfortable shoes and clothing and a water bottle (or 2), a good map of the Old Town is good to have if you want to know where you walked by or information in general. A good one can be found at Colonial Zone. They have a printable version and the one on the link, where you can click on the numbers to find out about the places.

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  • **Important** Save time at Las Américas...

    The airport is the place where you get the first and last impression of a city/country, and of course you want to spend the least amount of time possible there as well as having a smooth check in and out - at least I do! So here I share my little guide on how to spend less time there and more time enjoying your vacation. On arrival (1) Make the...

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  • Caña y jugo de caña (sugar cane and its...

    Dominicans like enjoying a glass of sugar cane juice on a hot day. Not only is it delicious but it helps cleanse the kidneys. Before there used to be a lot of sellers selling the juice in tricycles but as of Feb 2008 I only saw one at El Malecón but the juice can be bought at the big supermarkets.When I was a child I also used to eat sugar cane...

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Top 5 Caribbean Islands: Santo Domingo

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Sharing _ of an island with French-colonized Haiti, the Dominican Republic was colonized by the Spanish, and though its origins permeate the culture, the nation has also grown into an identity all its own. Known around the world for its gorgeous beaches, colonial capital, and home-grown baseball stars, the Dominican Republic is also well-positioned for hurricane season. The resort area of Punta Cana is an especially safe area, naturally protected by nearby Puerto Rico and the Mona Channel, whose different temperatures and conditions in most cases pressures tropical storm and hurricane formations to make their turn north to Samaná or south to the Caribbean Sea. On the other side of the island, Puerto Plata is also known for being infrequently hit by hurricanes. Once you've gotten to the island, the variety of activities is endless. Santo Domingo, America's first city, is an UNESCO world Heritage site. Partake in some Dominican specialties, such as rum, chocolate, coffee, merengue, amber and larimar while strolling the colonial city. Another unique aspect to the Dominican Republic is its kitesurfing culture. Cabarete Beach, located on the island's North Coast, has been repeatedly named one of the top five kiteboarding and windsurfing beaches in the world, hosting a number of international championships.

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