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Santo Domingo Attractions

Santo Domingo, the capital city of the Dominican Republic, is home to over 2 million inhabitants. This once European colony sits in the middle of the Caribbean ocean and features a number of white sand beaches and wonderful resorts. Any tourist will enjoy the diversity Santo Domingo has to offer and the variety of Santo Domingo activities available.

Santo Domingo is famous for being the oldest remaining European city in North America. As such, there are a variety of historical buildings and monuments that are left over from the times of Christopher Columbus. One such building is the Alcazar de Colon. Built in 1510 by the son of Christopher Columbus, this amazing piece of architectural history has been well preserved throughout the years and is one of the best places to see in the city.

Because there are so many Santo Domingo excursions and activities to experience during your stay in the city, Expedia.com recommends visitors take part in one of the Santo Domingo tours and you carry a map at all times. If you do decide to take a tour, choose one that makes a stop at the Park of Three Eyes of Water. This famous network of caves attracts thousands of tourists from around the world every year, and for good reason. It is one of the Caribbean's top destinations for kayak and nature enthusiasts alike.

Among the many things to do in Santo Domingo, a must see attraction is the Cathedral of Santo Domingo. This Cathedral, known as one of the oldest still in existence in the Americas, boasts impressive architecture and an atmosphere that makes it feel like you've stepped back in time to the days of Spanish rule. Many of the local citizens come here on a daily basis to escape the heat and stress of life.

History, food, exciting nightlife, and the wide availability of attractions in Santo Domingo is what brings tourists from around the world to visit this great city. Book your Santo Domingo vacation with Expedia.com today and experience some of the most popular spots in the Caribbean!

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Free Things to Do in Santo Domingo

A trip to Santo Domingo doesn't have to cost a lot. You can leave your wallet at home if you go to:

Amber World Museum - Wander around and appreciate the interesting displays and carefully curated collections at this respected museum.

Plaza de la Cultura - If you like modern-style design and architecture, add this attraction to your list of must-sees.

The Count's Gate - Soak up some of the fascinating history of the region through this site.

Plaza España - This is a lively area where you can soak up the vibe and appreciate local life.

Mercado Modelo - Make time to stroll around this place of local significance.

Iglesia de San Lázaro - Spend a moment in prayer or meditation at this revered sacred place.

Guibia Beach - Get stuck into the latest bestseller or listen to some music while you're soaking up those rays.

Hostos Park - Grab your picnic blanket, pack some finger food and find a shady spot to be at one with nature.

Things to Do in Santo Domingo with Kids

There are plenty of awesome experiences in Santo Domingo that the whole gang will get a buzz out of. These are some of the most popular family friendly experiences around.


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Frequently asked questions

What to do in Santo Domingo on a sunny day?
What to do in Santo Domingo on a rainy day?
If the heavens open up and you’re on the hunt for something to do, put down your umbrella and have a go at a Full-Day Santo Domingo City Tour from Punta Cana.
What is Santo Domingo famous for?
Boca Chica lives up to its reputation as an iconic sight you just can’t miss.
What should I not miss in Santo Domingo?
If you want to experience the best of this destination, pencil these attractions into your itinerary:

  • Parque Colon
  • Cathedral of Santo Domingo
  • Quisqueya Stadium
  • Centro Olimpico

Are there cheap things to do in Santo Domingo?
What can you do in Santo Domingo for free?
You’ll hardly have time to pull your wallet out of your pocket with so many wonderful free attractions:

  • Boca Chica
  • Parque Colon
  • Cathedral of Santo Domingo
  • Blue Mall

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