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Tourism: 5 Activities you have to Experience in Santo Domingo

Updated: Jun 19, 2023

Picture of the Catedral Primada de América, Santo Domingo
Picture Credits: Cindy Van Dyck

Welcome to Santo Domingo, the vibrant capital of the Dominican Republic! With its rich history, vibrant culture and breathtaking landscapes, the capital offers a variety of exciting activities for tourists to enjoy. Whether you are a history enthusiast, nature lover or just looking for unique experiences, this city has something for everyone. In this article, we will discuss five activities that should be on every traveler's list when visiting Santo Domingo. So grab your notes and start planning your trip already!

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1. Explore the Colonial City

This first activity is without a doubt the most important and exciting one: go back in time and immerse yourself in the enchanting atmosphere of the Colonial Zone. This is the historic heart of Santo Domingo! Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this district is adorned with well-preserved Spanish colonial buildings, cobblestone streets and charming squares. Take a leisurely stroll, visit museums such as the Alcázar de Colón or the Museum of Ron, and feel the enchanting allure of this cultural gem. Especially on weekends and holidays, you can spend hours there. Thanks to the nice bars and restaurants, local markets (with many artisans) and music venues, it is a visit to remember!

When visiting the Colonial City, do not forget to take some great Instagrammable vacation pictures. We've shared a guide about the 5 best photo spots in Santo Domingo. Enjoy your day!

Pictures taken in La Zona Colonial, the Colonial City of Santo Domingo
Pictures Credits: Cindy Van Dyck

2. Discover the Catedral Primada de América

While strolling around the Colonial City, you can also discover the historical and architectural treasures of the Catedral Primada de América, the oldest cathedral in the Americas. Dating back to the 16th century, this beautiful and inspiring cathedral displays a remarkable blend of Gothic and Renaissance styles. Step inside to admire the intricate decorations, marvel at the grandeur of the interior and learn more about its fascinating history.

Picture of the Catedral Primada de América, Santo Domingo
Picture Credits: Cindy Van Dyck

3. Visit the Los Tres Ojos National Park

Only a few kilometers from the Colonial Zone, you can find the National Park of Santo Domingo, called "Los Tres Ojos". This park features a series of limestone caves with crystal-clear lakes inside. Take a guided tour and discover the natural wonders hidden beneath the surface, including stalactites, stalagmites, and ancient Taíno pictographs. It's a nice getaway from the busy city!

Pictures taken at Los Tres Ojos, a National Park in Santo Domingo
Pictures Credits: Cindy Van Dyck

4. Enjoy the Malecón

Enjoy the beauty of the Caribbean Sea during a leisurely stroll along the Malecón, the picturesque oceanfront promenade in Santo Domingo. With stunning views and refreshing sea breezes, this lively stretch provides the perfect ambiance for relaxation. During your stroll, you will come across several restaurants, bars and cafes where you can enjoy delicious local cuisine while enjoying the lively atmosphere.

Picture of the Malecón in Santo Domingo
Picture Credits: Ministerio de Turismo RD

5. Visit the National Botanical Garden:

Do you want to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city? Go discover the serenity of the National Botanical Garden. This botanical paradise spans over 200 acres and showcases an impressive collection of plant species from the Dominican Republic and around the world. Enjoy a relaxing stroll amidst the lush greenery, admire the vibrant flowers and learn more about the country's diverse flora. It is a perfect oasis for nature lovers.

Picture of the Botanical Garden in Santo Domingo, Jardin Botanico
Picture Credits: Ministerio de Turismo RD


Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, offers an enticing mix of history, nature and cultural experiences. From exploring the Colonial Zone and its fascinating architecture to enjoying the tranquility of the National Botanical Garden, there is no shortage of exciting activities. Don't forget to enjoy the local cuisine, soak up the Caribbean atmosphere along the Malecón and explore the artistic side of the city with street art. Santo Domingo is ready to enchant you with its charm and leave you with unforgettable memories. Are your bags packed? We are sure you can't wait to visit Santo Domingo!

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