Let Santo Domingo Be Your
Ultimate Vacation In The Caribbean

If you are looking for the perfect getaway for a dream Caribbean vacation the fabulous capital city of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo, is just the place.

Santo Domingo Square, Kona Colonial

We all have dreams of the places we would love to head to on vacation. If your idea of the perfect vacation destination is a place that is steeped in history, immersed in culture and filled with natural beauty and fascinating attractions, then Santo Domingo could be the ideal destination for you!

It seems that Christopher Columbus was not the only intrepid traveler in the Columbus household, as this city was actually founded by his brother Bartolome Colombus in 1496!

It is actually the oldest city in the Americas, which is why it is the ideal place for those that want to combine a luxurious Caribbean vacation with the opportunity to delve into the past and explore some truly fascinating history.

Enjoy a full itinerary when you visit this city

If you are planning to combine relaxation with adventure when you visit Santo Domingo you will find plenty to keep you busy, so you can look forward to as full an itinerary as you can manage. Below is a sample of just some of the delights that await you in this city.

  • If you want to explore the Cacao culture in this city then a visit to El Sendero del Cacao is a must whilst those looking to take in some of the architectural delights of the first city of the Americas can enjoy a stroll down Calle de Las Damas.
  • Historical delights and attractions abound in this fascinating city so if your visit involves a trip into the past then you should make sure you make time for a visit to the Colonial Zone, or Zona Colonial, where you can take in everything from fascinating museums to historical architecture that can give you an insight into the early history of the Caribbean. You can even take in a walking tour of the Zona, giving you the opportunity to take in and photograph buildings that date back hundreds of years.
  • Other possibilities include a guided city tour, a visit to Fort Ozama, or a visit to Alcazar de Colon, which was built by yet another talented member of the Columbus clan – none other than Christopher's son!
  • For lovers of wildlife and nature, taking in the wildlife at Jardin Botanico Nacional is a great way to pass the time. This beautiful national park is a well tended botanic garden that is perfect for strolls and bird watching. Exquisite birds, flowers and plants fill the property. The area is popular for picnics and joggers. One section is a lovely Japanese garden with ponds and swimming turtles.
  • This city can get quite crowded in places, so if you want to get away from the action for a while and spend some time relaxing, Juan Dolio Guayacanes is a great place to go. A short day trip to the east from the city, this area has quieter beaches away from the commercialism and the crowds. Small fishing villages give visitors an idea of the real, traditional life of the Dominican Republic. Vendors fix a variety of delicious local foods.
  • You might be looking to pick up some gifts and souvenirs to remind of your time in the city, and Mercado Modelo is the perfect place to do this. Here you will find friendly vendors selling a range of wares – and if you are game for a little haggling you could get your purchases at a knock down price!


Spend time relaxing

Of course, in addition to a great variety of attractions and places of interest, Santo Domingo also offers a myriad of recreational opportunities, so you will have plenty of time to kick back, relax and unwind as you soak up the surrounding beauty and the tropical climate. With a huge range of dining options within easy reach you can enjoy international cuisine or better still enjoy the chance to dine like a local with a range of specialty cuisine available.


The attractive waterfront boulevard of El Malecon boasts stunning resort hotels and clubs as well as cafes run in a line. The high-end restaurants give a superb and seaside dining experience, serving seafood and local delicacies.

Many people who travel to the Dominican Republic on vacation are eager to take in the breathtaking beauty of the gorgeous beaches. Whilst this city is situated on the shore it does not have its own beach but you will find a number of stunning beaches within easy reach, so you will never be far away from the soft white sands and sparkling turquoise waters of the Caribbean!

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