Capital of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo is the perfect place to discover the country while enjoying the many charms of the nearby resorts.
Indeed, nestled in the southeast of the country, near Boca Chica and La Romana, Santo Domingo is full of cultural and historical treasures and typically Dominican places that will certainly please you … especially if you like to think outside the box.
Calle Las Damas
Walking through the cobbled and bustling streets of the bustling city, including the famous Calle Las Damas, the first paved road in North America, you will find a multitude of colonial buildings, Dominicans playing dominoes at any time of the day, and small restaurants selling typical Dominican food, including Bandera, the national dish consisting of white rice, beef stew, and kidney beans.
A Few Musts
Among the must-see destinations during a trip to Santo Domingo are the home of Christopher Columbus and the Santa Maria la Menor, the first cathedral of the New World.
The Plaza de Espana, a public square full of terraces and cafes where different shows keep the atmosphere lively, is another attraction not to be missed if you are planning a visit to the oldest city in the New World.
Some Beaches to See
South of the city, the urban beach Guibia will surely delight you with its hotels, restaurants, shops, and outdoor fitness facilities.
Otherwise, you can carry on for 31 kilometers and go to the beach in Boca Chica, a small fishing village renowned for its authenticity and the beauty of its clear warm waters. It is the perfect place to get a feel for the culture of the country, since the beach is frequented by locals. More tranquil, the beaches of Julian Dolio and Guayacanes, located a few kilometres east of Boca Chica, are also worth exploring.