6 things to do in Santo Domingo DR in the Caribbean
Santo Domingo is not a beach town, despite its position on the Caribbean Sea. Instead, plan to spend time at historical important places such as the Catedral Primada de América and the Fortaleza Ozama. Take at least one hour for the architecturally important Columbus Lighthouse. Meanwhile, night lovers should experience the city’s lively nightlife – some claim the Malecón’s nightclubs and late-night entertainment are the finest in the Caribbean.
Santo Domingo’s Zona Colonial, partially surrounded by stone walls, accentuated with baroque structures, and laid out on cobblestone walkways, this place commemorates Columbus’ arrival in the New World. Tourists say it’s a must-see since it has some of the city’s most well-known historic attractions. However, this Historic Site also contains a number of hotels, pubs, and cafes. Most of all, you can tour the area completely on foot: there are just 11 blocks worth of attractions for everyone to visit.
Catedral Primada de America
This church is recognized by its formal name, Catedral Santa Mara La Menor, although it is more popular as the first cathedral in the Americas. Whatever the name, tourists agree that this coral-limestone structure is stunning on the inside and out.
Guayacanes and Juan Dolio
Juan Dolio and Guayacanes, both close to Santo Domingo’s city center, are ideal for holidays or day trip. These beaches are ideal for relaxing, and the restaurants are excellent places to dine. Beaches are less packed, more separated, and you get very lovely places to explore and enjoy. You can also use one of the rentable chairs and umbrellas or bathe in the clean, lovely sea.
This 16th-century viceregal palace (also known as house of the governor) was the core of the Spanish court for more than 60 years. It was formerly the home of Diego Colón, Christopher Columbus’ son. Inside is a museum with a large collection of late medieval and Renaissance art. The palace itself is a piece of beauty, with Moorish, Gothic, and Renaissance features.
Parque Colon, an ancient plaza in the heart of Santo Domingo’s colonial city district, goes back to ancient times. The Catedral Primada de América (known as the First Cathedral of the New World) is located to the south of the park, and the Alcázar de Colón, Calle Las Damas, and many restaurants and cafés around the area. This is a popular landmark in Santo Domingo that is rich in history, as shown by the architectural sculptures around.
Aquamundo Sambil Santo Domingo
Aquamundo Sambil is an aquarium located in the center of Santo Domingo, providing children and non-divers with a unique opportunity to view the amazing diversity of aquatic life present in the seas around the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean. The Shark Tunnel, a transparent acrylic tunnel across a massive tank filled with various kinds of sharks, allows you to get up close and personal with one of the world’s most feared marine animals. Visit around 4 p.m. to see the shark’s meal time. Other exhibits worth seeing are the Coral Garden (which features a variety of animals that exist on coral reefs), the insect and reptile display, and the Amazon, Ray, and Touch exhibit, which includes a petting pond for young visitors.