Brimming with medieval architecture and breathtaking scenery, the city of Santo Domingo inspires countless tourists each year to pay a visit and experience the world famous destination for themselves. As the capital of the Dominican Republic, the city is constantly abuzz with activities, exhibitions, concerts and shopping. Known to locals as the Ciudad Colonial (or ‘Colonial City’), this historic part of Santo Domingo is rich in landmarks making it the primary tourist attraction. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990, the Colonial City is home to major sites such as the Alcázar de Colón, Fortaleza Ozama and Basilica Cathedral of Santa María la Menor. Stop and marvel at these impressive examples of medieval architecture before moving on to enjoy a drink or a bite to eat in one of the many bustling cafes or restaurants located in this district. With a collection of parks and squares perfect for relaxing in, as well as live entertainment from street musicians in the evenings, the Colonial Quarter is a must-see for any visitor to the city. Visitors are also recommended to explore the Plaza de la Cultura which plays host to a collection of the city’s museums and cultural venues including the National Theatre and National Palace. After a day of sightseeing why not sample some delicious local cuisine. Specialities include Empanada (bread stuffed with vegetables, meat or cheese) and Sanchocho (a traditional stew of meat and vegetables).
If you’re looking to visit this city for its sunny weather and warm seas then you should plan to travel some time between April and July when temperatures are typically at their best with the lowest chance of rain. With most activities and sites of interest open to visitors the whole year round, as well as annual events such as Santo Domingo’s Merengue Festival, which typically takes place from July through to August, there will always be plenty to see and do in this unique and vibrant city.
Once in Santo Domingo you may wish to venture to sites of interest not reachable on foot. If so, you can either opt for a taxi or public transport in the form of buses or local guaguas. The latter are both inexpensive options to get around Santo Domingo and don’t be afraid to ask for tips or directions if you’re unsure of the route you should take.