Visit Santo Domingo: Your travel guide

Things to do in Santo Domingo
Colonial City of Santo Domingo
The oldest city in the New World, Santo Domingo's colonial centre is packed with charming Spanish architecture, atmospheric squares and fascinating museums. Stroll the ancient streets, stopping off at the Columbus palace, the botanical gardens and the seaside promenade along the way. Come evening, the city's many excellent restaurants beckon.
Eastern National Park
Eastern National Park is home to hundreds of plants and animals, plus one of the largest marine parks in the Caribbean. In the tropical waters of the coral reef, you can dive and snorkel with sea turtles, manatees, bottlenose dolphins and many kinds of fish. The sandy shores of Isla Saona are lovely for sunbathing, and the caves dotting the interior hide pre-Columbian art.
Day Trip to Punta Cana
Punta Cana is popular for a reason. This bustling town is packed with resorts, golf courses and palm-lined beaches. Adrenaline-seekers can head to the Scape Park, with its zip lines and dune buggy adventures, or go surfing at the public beach. For those after a bit of peace and quiet, El Macao is a quaint fishing village just a short trip north.
Altos de Chavon
Altos de Chavón, a charming replica of a 16th-century artisan's village, is located on the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic. Here you'll find spectacular views and crafts shopping. The luxurious Casa de Campo resort is also nearby, with one of the best golf courses in the Caribbean.
Samaná Bay
Samaná Bay is a wonderland of palm-lined beaches, jungle-covered islands and warm water jam-packed with marine life. You can snorkel, cycle, hike or ride horseback across the peninsula. The national park has waterfalls, caves and strange rock formations covered in diverse birds. Don't miss Playa Rincon, one of the most beautiful beaches in the country.

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Traveller's reviews and photos

8
Very good
On Sundays you should visit and have a good music and dancng place they name The Bonje, the Malecon, the fort Ozama the Colonial area and others. I ate at La Casona Dorada on the Independencia ave . Getting around the city is not that bad and there are fun for everyone.
Victor
USA
10 March 2017
10
Exceptional
It has many historical places which I think the average visitor forgets. The place has been around for a very long time. My hotel was located almost in the center of the cultural center. For example I was ten minutes from the Museum of Modern Art which I did visit and would recommend it.
Melvin
USA
15 March 2017
10
Exceptional
Very good place to visit with a complete touristic offer: Beach at 30 minutes, very good restaurants, several good level cultural activities. etc.... Not for long stays but a place to visit and to return once and a while....
Hugo
Portugal
14 March 2017
10
Exceptional
Great city they add more security in the colonial zone I'm happy about that..
ALex VAcation
USA
13 March 2017
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Review score
taxi drivers and locals do not respect the law........policemen escroquery....Witness a bad accident ,the driver ran a red light...........
christian
Guadeloupe
13 March 2017

Accommodation and hotels in Santo Domingo

Radisson Hotel Santo Domingo

8.2 Very good

Score from 394 reviews

£57

Average price per night
Weston Suites Hotel

7.5 Good

Score from 1,182 reviews

£64

Average price per night
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El Embajador, a Royal Hideaway Hotel

8.4 Very good

Score from 389 reviews

£104

Average price per night
  • “beautiful building”
    36 related reviews
  • “great pool area”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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Dominican Fiesta Hotel & Casino

7.7 Good

Score from 565 reviews

£57

Average price per night
  • “great pool area”
    28 related reviews
  • “excellent quality of food”
    25 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
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Boutique Hotel Palacio

8.2 Very good

Score from 623 reviews

£49

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  • “location was great”
    62 related reviews
  • “beautiful building”
    57 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
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Holiday Inn Santo Domingo Hotel & Suites

8.7 Fabulous

Score from 171 reviews

£79

Average price per night
Napolitano Hotel

7.6 Good

Score from 431 reviews

£68

Average price per night
El Beaterio Casa Museo

9.1 Superb

Score from 348 reviews

£64

Average price per night
Sheraton Santo Domingo

8.6 Fabulous

Score from 282 reviews

£79

Average price per night
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Recommendations for Santo Domingo

Booking.com asked travellers...

Describe the nature in Santo Domingo.

Weather, beaches, natural vegetation were beautiful. Evenings were especially nice.

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How do they keep Santo Domingo so clean?

There should be dust bin every where, with recycle logo

blue mall, agora mall, ikea, casa cuesta

there are a lot of, very well located

All the brick castle and buildings

Couldn't be better!

The street is calm

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