Santo Domingo

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The Caribbean’s first city is a thriving metropolis that has colonial buildings and modern masterpieces, captivating museums and a lively boardwalk.

Santo Domingo is a fast-growing city known for its colonial architecture, modern art and an oceanfront boardwalk lined with restaurants and cafés. The Caribbean’s first city has had a turbulent history. Since it was founded by the brother of Christopher Columbus in 1498, Santo Domingo has been raided by pirates and slaves and ruled by a dictator. Today, the city reflects this past with colonial architecture and looks to the future with a growing cultural scene.

Spend your mornings around Santo Domingo’s El Malecon. Restaurants, cafés and parks line this popular oceanfront boardwalk. Sip espressos and people-watch at outdoor tables.

Towards the Santo Domingo Port, find the city’s UNESCO protected colonial zone. Here you can visit the city’s most significant historical landmarks, including the Alcázar de Colón, the former home of explorer Diego Colón. Catch your breath in the shady Colón Park before continuing to the National Pantheon, with its neoclassical façade. Visit the Ozama Fortress, which once protected the city from pirates. Climb to its balcony for a panoramic view of the city.

West of the colonial zone, explore charming residential suburbs and museums around the Plaza de la Cultura. Delve into historical books at the adjacent National Library or reserve a seat for a dance, opera or drama performance at the National Theater.

Nearby, the Museum of Modern Art displays the best of new Dominican artists in temporary exhibits. Learn about the pre-Columbian life of Hispaniola’s native Taino Indians at the Museum of the Dominican Man. Visit the Palace of Fine Arts to appreciate its vast columned façade with a bright Caribbean color scheme.

In the evenings, return to El Malecon and pick a terrace restaurant along the lively George Washington Avenue. Listen to karaoke, salsa and Merengue drum beats of street performers, particularly around carnival when parties reach their peak.

Santo Domingo is located on the south coast of the Dominican Republic. Fly into the city’s international airport then get around using public buses, taxis and públicos (private minivans).

Where to stay in Santo Domingo

Dominican Fiesta Hotel & Casino
Dominican Fiesta Hotel & Casino
4 out of 5
Av Anacaona 101, Esquina Cibao Oeste, Sector los Cacicazgos, Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥8,133 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
This family-friendly hotel is located in the city center, within 2 mi (3 km) of Plaza de la Bandera and Santo Domingo Country Club. Jardin Botanico Nacional ...
3.9/5 Good! (971 reviews)
"The price for the property was very reasonable. Check in was good as no one really in line. Check-out was another matter. Very very slow. Stood in line for almost a half hour with 3 couples in front of me. Ridiculous. The room was okay. Nothing dramatic but was clean. The air conditioning did not ..."

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2022

Dominican Fiesta Hotel & Casino
Catalonia Santo Domingo
Catalonia Santo Domingo
4.5 out of 5
Avenida George Washington No. 500, Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional
The price is ¥11,322 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22
Located in Ciudad Universitaria, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Convention Center Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Eduardo Brito National Theater. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (981 reviews)
"it was safe."

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2022

Catalonia Santo Domingo
El Embajador, a Royal Hideaway Hotel
El Embajador, a Royal Hideaway Hotel
5 out of 5
Ave Sarasota 65, Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional
The price is ¥11,983 per night from Feb 19 to Feb 20
Located in the heart of Santo Domingo, this luxury resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Bella Vista Mall, Malecon, and Blue Mall. Agora Mall is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) away. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (962 reviews)
"Major shopping centers, restaurants and entertainment places were within 15 to 20 minutes drive. An outdoor hot tub or a heated pool would have been excellent for this hotel as far as I am concerned."

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2022

El Embajador, a Royal Hideaway Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Tropical Island Aparthotel
Tropical Island Aparthotel
2.5 out of 5
Caracoles 67, Santo Domingo Este, Santo Domingo Este
The price is ¥3,154 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Located in Corales del Sur, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Assembly Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Three Eyes Park, and National Aquarium. Agua Splash ...
3.1/5 (192 reviews)
"Venez a tropical island,vous pouvez en rester pour une agreable sejour."

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

Tropical Island Aparthotel
Homewood Suites by Hilton Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Homewood Suites by Hilton Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Winston Churchill 107, Santo Domingo, Santo Domingo
The price is ¥13,059 per night from Feb 4 to Feb 5
Located in Downtown Santo Domingo, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Acropolis Center and Blue Mall. Agora Mall and Malecon are also within 2 mi (3 km). ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (138 reviews)
"Excellent customer service and the location is awesome!"

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Central Park Tower
Central Park Tower
3.5 out of 5
13 Luis Escoto Gomez, Santo Domingo
The price is ¥8,529 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Located in Santo Domingo Financial District, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Agora Mall and Blue Mall. Sambil Santo Domingo and Malecon are ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (107 reviews)
"Outstanding place !"

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2021

Central Park Tower
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