Santo Domingo Vacations

Santo Domingo is the largest city in the Dominican Republic and offers a lot for you to do while vacationing here. For those who want to experience tropical climate, this is the best place to visit. December and January are the coolest months while July and August are the warmest. Temperature averages from 73.4°F (23°C) in the morning to 89.1°F (31.7°C) by the afternoon. Aside from the rich culture, there are many scenic places to visit while on a Santo Domingo vacation. The whole family will surely enjoy the different landmarks, cultural activities, museums, amusements and performances the place has to offer. In addition to all of these, it is also a shopping haven for shoppers.

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Santo Domingo is the largest city in the Dominican Republic and offers a lot for you to do while vacationing here. For those who want to experience tropical climate, this is the best place to visit. December and January are the coolest months while July and August are the warmest. Temperature averages from 73.4°F (23°C) in the morning to 89.1°F (31.7°C) by the afternoon. Aside from the rich culture, there are many scenic places to visit while on a Santo Domingo vacation. The whole family will surely enjoy the different landmarks, cultural activities, museums, amusements and performances the place has to offer. In addition to all of these, it is also a shopping haven for shoppers.

Places To Visit in Santo Domingo

Some of the most popular places to visit while on vacation in Santo Domingo include Cathedral Primada de America, Cathedral of Santo Domingo, Park of Three Eyes of Water, Alcazar de Colon, Parque Colon, Calle de Las Damas, Chu Chu Colonial and Jardin Botanico Nacional. Santo Domingo is also home to some of the world class hotels and resorts where you and your family can stay at such resorts as Hotel Atarazana, Boutique Hotel Palacio, Hostal Nicolas de Ovando-Mgallery and El Beaterio. These hotels usually have all-inclusive packages to help you with your budget.

Gastronomic Adventures

Santo Domingo is not only known for its beautiful sceneries and rich culture. It is also known for its sumptuous cuisine. Indulge your palate cravings on different restaurants such as Pat’e Palo European Brasserie, Caffe Bellini, Falafel, Don Pepe Restaurante, Elysee, La Cuchara de Madera and Yokomo.

Learn, Explore And Have Fun

Explore the city and enjoy Baroque buildings and cobblestone streets. Visit picturesque parts of Santo Domingo such as Malecon and Columbus Lighthouse. Learn from the past by visiting museums such as Museo Infantil Trampolin, Larimar Museum and Factory, National Museum, Museo Mundo del Ambar / Amber World Museum, Bellapart Museum (Museo Bellapart) and Museum of the Royal Houses. You will not only enjoy every place you visit in Santo Domingo, you will surely learn a lot from it as well.

Santo Domingo is an old city with a long and beautiful history, so a visit is so much worth it. Call (800) 510-5642 now for deals on Santo Domingo vacation packages.

The average temperature is 77°F, with August being the warmest month and January the coolest. Summer temperatures range from 89-95°F, winter from 75-90°F. The main rainy season is between June and October, when it is hottest.


4 Best Things To Do In Santo Domingo

Being the Capital of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo is home to almost close to 2 million inhabitants. This ex-European Colony sits right in the middle of the Caribbean and is revered for both its while Sandy beaches and exquisite resorts. Regardless of who you’re or who you hope to be, it’s obvious that any tourist will relish the diversity that Santo Domingo has on its plate and the various activities you can enjoy while here.  But before we delve into that, here is a bit of history regarding this multi-cultural city. Other than being one of the oldest existing European City in Central and Northern America, Santa Domingo is also home to a variety of ancient architectural wonders such as an assortment of monuments and historical buildings. The Alcazar de Colon, for instance, built in the 1500s by Christopher Columbus’ son is still standing on the outskirts of the town. With that in mind, here are some of the best attractions in the Santo Domingo:

  1. The Bocana Beach Day – 40 minutes away west of the Santo Domingo you’ll find the bubbly coastal hamlet of Boca Chica. It’s one of those few places left on earth where you can sip your fruity vodka as you relax in the tropical sun, gaze into the sea and swim in the warm turquoise waters of the Caribbean. All this against the backdrop of a white-sandy beach. Other than that, you can always spend the day with your cold beverage on one hand, smartphone in another (snapping pictures) and the toes buried deep in the sand. The gentle lagoon waves should also be lapping softly at a distance.
  2. The Chocolate Tour – This is purely for the inquisitive ones. Have you ever wondered how chocolate is made? Well, in Santo Domingo, you can discover the exciting and fascinating world of bars of chocolate as experts take you through the detailed process of turning cocoa beans into chocolate. Along the way, you will also get a chance of sipping delicious Caribbean hot cocoa, eat lunch and get that rare chance to make your own bar.
  3. Nature Trails on the Saona Island – If you have a few days to spare, then a weekend on the Saona Island which is just a couple of miles from the coast of La Romana can be nothing short of therapeutic. Whether you’re relaxing on the beach or sipping a cocktail as you roam through the idyllic preserve of nature, there is no denying that nothing comes close to the experience of sailing all the way across the Caribbean to spend time on Santa.
  4. The Pomier Caves – Those with an explorer’s garb shouldn’t miss the challenge that the city of San Cristobal and its numerous caves present. And before that, you can also stop for lunch in the birthplace of the dictator Rafael Trujillo before visiting one of the oldest Sugar Mills in the world – the Engombe Sugar Mill. Those who were attentive in their middle school high school class know that it was originally constructed in the 16th century and has been churning out sugar ever since.



Santo Domingo Dining

The cosmopolitan city of Santo Domingo, the largest city in the Caribbean and the oldest European city in the Americas offers tourists some of the most enriching and rewarding fine-dining experiences in the Dominican Republic. The impressive variety of chic gourmet restaurants and elegant eateries in Santo Domingo allow visitors to discover and savor flavorful Dominican cuisine at its finest. A blend of Spanish, African, Taino and Middle Eastern influences, Dominican cuisine is as diverse as the city itself and shares similarities with Cuban and Puerto Rican cuisine. It incorporates predominantly starches, especially rice, yucca, boniato (sweet potato with white flesh), cassava (a root used as a vegetable and also made into a flat type of bread inherited from the Tainos and called “casabe”) as well as meats and seafood.

The most popular traditional dish in Santo Domingo is “la bandera” (meaning “the flag”), a delicious meal of stewed or roasted meat over white rice with red beans, tostones or fried green plantains as side dish and accompanied by fresh salad. Fruits, especially piña (pineapple), chinola ( passion fruit), lechosa (papaya), zapote (sapote), tamarindo (tamarind), mango and green bananas as well as vegetables such as plantains, a type of squash called tayota and cassava, are a staple in Dominican cuisine. All-inclusive resorts as nearly all cafes in Santo Domingo serve a wide selection of freshly prepared, nutrient-rich tropical fruit juices as well as an irresistible local papaya smoothie called Batida de Lechoza.

Most authentic Dominican dishes are prepared using sofrito (sazon), a healthy mix of sautéed vegetables, spices and herbs (green peppers, tomatoes, garlic, onions, thyme, vinegar, cilantro, coriander and parsley). Traditional breakfast dishes include Mangú ( whose origin can be traced to Africa), made from boiled and mashed green plantains or green bananas and served with sautéed red onions as well as Los Tres Golpes ( meaning ” the three hits”), based on fried eggs with a side of fried salami, Mangu, queso frito (fried cheese) and avocado.

With plenty of local lunch and dinner options to suit all culinary preferences and tastes, tourists booking their dream all-inclusive vacation in the Dominican Republic can look forward to unique, delicious and satiable gastronomic experiences in various  sophisticated settings. An entire section in almost all menus is devoted to comida criolla (“creole food”), a culinary distinction reflecting the fusion of select ingredients and flavors pouring into Santo Domingo from all over the globe and refined over centuries of interpretation.

Locrio, the Dominican version of the Spanish paella, made by cooking white rice and meat in the same pot, uses annatto instead of saffron. while Quipes, the Dominican version of the Lebanese kibbeh (thanks to the Middle Eastern immigrants who came to the island at the end of the 19th century) are typically eaten as finger food and consists of deep fried bulgur rolls.

Other traditional dishes include Chenchen, a savory pudding made with ground corn; Mofongo, made with fried plantains, garlic, and fried pork skins, all mashed together in a pilón; Moro, a popular dish consisting of white rice cooked with red or black kidney beans and Arroz con leche, using the classic Spanish recipe. While enjoying your all-inclusive Santo Domingo vacation, be sure to delect your taste buds with mouthwatering desserts using healthy, quality ingredients such as Tres Leches, that is made with sponge cake soaked in three kinds of milk and topped with whipped cream; Flan, a local favorite that can be cooked with caramel, coconut and pineapple and Majarete, a silky sweet pudding made with freshly grated corn and cinnamon.


Santa Domingo Vibrant Nightlife

Well, it is no secret that Dominicans love and live for a good party. And there’s no place where this is more evident than in the Santo Domingo. After all, this is one place where the mantra, ‘work hard party even harder’ applies. This is not surprising especially considering that this is a city with over 4 million inhabitants. In fact, Santo Domingo is easily considered to be arguably the most ‘happening’ city in the Latin America. From bars, lounges, nightclubs, casinos, hot clubs and discos, Santo Domingo has it all up its sleeve. What’s more, this excellent ambiance and aura is complemented by tons and tons or beautiful people.

So in this city, where does the party start?

If you’re one of those travelers looking for a more traditional or conventional Santo Domingo nightlife experience, then start your early evening by having a cold beer at the local Colmados and liquor stores just in the outskirts of the town. This conglomerate has become very popular with the locals to the extent of being a mini-market place that doubles up as a reveler’s nightspot with lots of music, song and dance. However, it is still important to bear in mind that the liquor stores in Santa Domingo are a bit sophisticated and different to what you would encounter back in America. For instance, in this city, it’s normal for patrons to buy their alcohol, ice, and cups from the store and then gather outside in the street to enjoy their drinks while playing loud music atop their cars.

And speaking of the Colmados and liquor stores, there are more on Venezuela Street as well as Lincoln and Churchill Avenue.

Downtown Santo Domingo – Anyone who’s ever been to Santo Domingo before knows that the nightlife is more intense in the downtown area than any other part of the city. And this is mostly because the area is more frequented by young people. It is the one place you can hope to bump onto hundreds of friendly locals, beautiful Latinas, gorgeous people looking to have fun and carefree tourists out for some fun.

One of the most revered and popular party spots in downtown Santo Domingo is the Instant Karma bar. The happy hour here starts at noon or just after 1:00 PM local time and goes on and on until 3:00 AM on the weekends. Apart from the live music that usually has hundreds of revelers on their feet till down, once in a while, the management organizes for an in-house DJ to spin the deck and keep the party going till dawn.

Casinos and gambling spots – As much as Santo Domingo is not Las Vegas, it still has some decent Casinos and gambling spots that are worth checking out. The best, in this case, is the Atlantis World Casino that is known to operate from 6 pm till late. What’s more, the admittance is free as long as you buy a couple of beers in the in-house bar and to say that the music is great is a gross understatement.

All in all, it’s always a good time in Santa Domingo!


These Santo Domingo resorts offer wedding-specific packages:

  • Barcelo
  • Be Live
  • Occidental

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