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Discover Santo Domingo On A Visit To The Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Santo Domingo [Image Wikimedia Commons]
Many travelers visit the Dominican Republic to take advantage of its idyllic beaches and crystal-clear waters at its beautiful resorts. While Punta Cana is a popular destination for this reason, the island’s capital, Santo Domingo is also a worthy visit. Whether you love history or not, this beautiful city has much to offer.

Visit Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic

It was recently reported that the Dominican Republic is building a rail service between Punta Cana and Santo Domingo to promote the capital as a destination. Besides the city’s old-world charm and the past of its Spanish colonialism, the city also has a modern side which any traveler would love.

Santo Domingo
Santo Domingo [Image @godomrep/Instagram]
Speaking to Travel Pulse, Yudit Garcia, General Manager of JW Marriott Santo Domingo said,  “Santo Domingo has a beautiful heritage.”

Meanwhile, Garcia is also the President of the Hotel Association in Santo Domingo, and he added:

It’s the oldest colonial zone that we have in the Caribbean. But in addition to that, Santo Domingo has developed a lot in the last 20 years. As you can see, this property [JW Marriott Santo Domingo] is located in the financial district and you can look around and understand how the entire city is evolving.

Where to stay and what to do in Santo Domingo?

Shopping for art
Shopping for art [Image @godomrep/Instagram]
For travelers wishing to stay in the heart of the historic district, there is a choice of properties including the 5-star Hodelpa Nicolas de Ovando. Meanwhile, other hotels in the Colonial city include Courtyard by Marriott, JW Marriott and Renaissance Santo Domingo Jaragua Hotel & Casino.

On arrival in Santo Domingo, one of the best ways to learn about the city is on a Colonial City Tour, which takes visitors around the old streets of the city. While that is a lot of walking, visitors can also find out the city’s highlights on the Chu Chu Colonial. The small train features recorded audio, taking visitors around the city and past monuments and churches.

Chu Chu Colonial
Chu Chu Colonial [Image @chuchucolonial/Instagram]
Of particular interest in the capital city is the Museo de las Atarazanas Reales (Museum of the Royal Shipyards), a museum set in an old customs office and warehouse, originally built in 1514. Among its exhibits are artifacts from Spanish shipwrecks and other discoveries in the city. Meanwhile, another museum worth visiting is the Museo de las Casa Reales (Museum of the Royal Houses) with many fascinating exhibits relating to the city.

Retail therapy in Santo Domingo

Calle El Conde, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Calle El Conde [Image Wikimedia Commons]
Anyone who loves shopping can head to the financial district of the city to visit a number of high-end shopping malls, including the BlueMall, with upmarket brands, a movie theater, a food hall and even a park for the children. Meanwhile, Calle El Conde is a pedestrian-only street that runs for 11 city blocks. Here, visitors can browse the many shops, restaurants and colorful buildings.

For visitors who enjoy beer, the Republic Brewery is located in the heart of the historic center, where you can also enjoy a cheeseburger. Meanwhile, one excellent restaurant to visit is Larimar, with its excellent cuisine and beautiful décor.

Visit Santo Domingo on your next visit to the Dominican Republic. If you still want to spend time at the beach, it is a 45-minute drive away from the historical capital. Read more about the capital city and the Caribbean island on the official tourism website.


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