Santo Domingo is the capital of the Dominican Republic and one of the oldest cities in the “New World”. The first cathedral was built here, the first governor resided, the first bishop was ordained and the first hospital opened. In addition to a city wall and cobbled streets, the historic old town of the Zona Colonial has many buildings that date back to the 16th century.
Santo Domingo tours
In the capital of the Dominican Republic, a variety of day tours such as chocolate making, gourmet tours of the country’s traditional cuisine can be booked. The end of a tour in the state capital is the Malecon, with many small restaurants and bars with a direct view of the Caribbean Sea, the beach promenade has its very own charm.
Santo Domingo sightseeing
Among the Santo Domingo sights, the colonial zone stands out and impresses with its sights such as Faro el Colón, Alcázar de Coló, the cathedral or Fortaleza Ozama. In addition to these highlights, Santo Domingo also has a botanical garden with a particularly beautiful Japanese garden. The zoo in the capital with its tropical animals is particularly recommended for children. When visiting the various sights, the National Palace should not be missing as a silhouette of the Domrep.
Museums in the capital
The city also has some interesting museums. Worth mentioning here is the Choco Museo, which explains everything from cocoa beans to finished chocolate. The country’s former opencast mine is explained in the Amber World Museum. The Museo Infantil trampoline is specially designed for children to learn basic things like earthquakes, pollution. The National Museum of Natural History offers exhibitions of the ancient Dominican flora and fauna and skeletons of various mammals.
The Chu Chu train is a good way to get around, with this small “train” you can comfortably get from point A to point B.
Parks outside the city
If you want to make your stay in Santo Domingo a little more varied, you shouldn’t miss a visit to the Parque Mirador Del Norte. In the extensive park there is untouched nature to see, which can be admired when crossing the colorful bridges. Admission to the Parque Mirador Del Norte is 6 USD.
Los Tres Ojos
A highlight for a visit to Santo Domingo is the Los Tres Ojos cave in the Mirador del Este park. 3 different lakes have given the cave their name and with their unique lagoons it is a great travel destination for tourists. The Taino Indians once took refuge in the 3 freshwater lagoons and held various rituals. The underground caves are one of the most beautiful sights in the country. A 4th lagoon can be reached with a raft. Entry to the Los Tres Ojos Cave is approximately $ 4.
Santo Domingo weather
The capital of the Dominican Republic has tropical temperatures of around 30 degrees Celsius all year round. Most rainy days are from May to October. The best time to travel is from November to April with 7-8 hours of sunshine daily.