To know Santo Domingo is to know the first place where the first European discoverers landed in the America. The city is a former Spanish colony unlike elsewhere in the Caribbean, Santo Domingo has maintained an area with its colonial essence. The tourism in Santo Domingo is not the all-inclusive-resort style, but travelers have the opportunity to experience the city, discover each of its corners, and soak up its culture, traditions and art. The city has a great heritage to visit, including monuments, galleries, museums, historic sites, as well as great beaches. Santo Domingo is a very active city with a wide range of places to visit for nightlife and cultural tourism. It has the best restaurants, bars, cinemas, parks and recreational areas, hotels and shopping centers. It is a bustling city, day and night.
Known as Faro Colon, it is a Dominican monument and museum whose construction was in honor of Admiral Christopher Columbus, discoverer of America. In the evening the Faro Colon lights turn on and create spectacular scenery projecting into the clouds and portraying an immense cross like figure. It is located in El Pensador sector of Villa Duarte in the city of Santo Domingo.
Known as Jardín Botánico Nacional Dr. Rafael María Moscoso it is a beautiful garden dedicated to the conservation and dissemination of Dominican flora. In its approximately two million square meters a great diversity of plants, flowers and buildings are displayed. This important green area is considered one of the 10 best Botanical Gardens in the world.
The ruins of Engombe are a unique and magnificent sixteenth century site that form part of the riches of the Dominican Republic. It is considered a National Monument as well as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations. Located west of Santo Domingo and formed by its four buildings: La Casona or Palace, the Church, the Galpón and the Trapiche, which was the first sugar mill in the American continent.
It is considered the most important beach in the capital. It is located about 30 kilometers east of Santo Domingo. With a length of almost one and a half kilometers, this stretch is well protected by a large coral reef, its shallow and calm turquoise waters and its beautiful white sands make it the favorite beach of all families.
Located in San Souci, Santo Domingo, the capital of Dominican Republic, it is one of the most comprehensive aquariums in the entire Caribbean region and it is a widely visited place, both by Dominicans and tourists from various parts of the world. The interesting tour within the facilities of the National Aquarium begins with the lake of turtles, also inhabited by several species of fish.
The Santo Domingo Cable Car transportation service has four stations located in a five- kilometer journey. These stations are: Gualey, Los Tres Brazos, Sabana Perdida and Charles de Gaulle where you can enjoy seeing the different sectors of the city of Santo Domingo.
It is the city’s waterfront, located on George Washington Avenue displaying the Caribbean Sea on one side and the beautiful historical monuments as well as the fabulous nightlife on the other side. There are two historical monuments in the form of obelisks, recreational parks and rows of exquisite restaurants and hotels It is an ideal area to relax and enjoy the beauty of our country.
Beautiful cavern with a fresh water lake, divided naturally into three lakes that can only be seen from inside and one other lake that can be seen from outside. Just eight kilometers east of Santo Domingo it is a magnificent natural relaxation area near the city. The fourth lagoon is accessible via a small wooden barge, which reveals an outstanding view of rock formations covered by lush vegetation.
The excellence of the Colonial Zone has made it the major tourist attraction of Santo Domingo. Its old narrow streets and the walls of their colonial buildings hold secrets and legends that date back to 1492 when Columbus first made landfall on Hispaniola.
The Alcazar de Colon is constructed as a fortified home for Don Diego Colon. Work on the Alcazar began in 1510, under the direction of Spanish architects brought to Santo Domingo for this purpose, and approximately 1500 indigenous workers. The Alcazar was the seat of the first Spanish Court in the New World and of the Vice Regal Court.