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Things To Do In Santo Domingo

Located on a charming brick street that has changed very little over 500 years, Hodelpa Nicolas de Ovando offers a vibrant gateway to Santo Domingo’s rich past. Just outside our doors, a veritable treasure trove of things to do beckons. Peruse the shops, restaurants, bars and small markets along the pedestrian-friendly stretch of Calle El Conde. Take a five-minute walk to the centuries old gathering square in front of Diego Columbus House. Here, many cultural events occur throughout the year, such as the Caribbean Music Festival, Merengue concerts and classical music performances.

El Meson

El Meson is a favorite among Juan Dolio locals and visitors seeking an enticing and authentic taste of Spain.

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Lulú Tasting Bar

It has a centennial patio located in the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo and offers an extensive menu of beautifully created tapas that go with the atmosphere of the place, Lulú Tasting Bar offers a variety of exclusive cocktails which you can enjoy with its Live Sessions during the week.

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BUCHE PERICO

A beautiful restaurant located in the Colonial Zone that offers traditional Dominican food with a modern touch, in which you can enjoy the main traditional dishes in a warm atmosphere in the middle of a greenhouse of different herbs.

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Jalao

Jalao is a restaurant where taste, color and culture combined, is focused on typical Dominican food with a gourmet touch, where any tourist will want to be from here.

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Pat'e Palo Brasserie

It tells the story that this 500-year-old building housed the first tavern in the new world, located opposite the Alcázar de Colón offers an international menu with a tendency to Mediterranean cuisine without limitations. The restaurant offers a unique experience, combining the use of premium raw material and fresh seasonal produce.

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El Conuco Restaurant

They say that the best nectar emanates from the heart of the Dominican Republic and it is precisely from there, from the heart of our land, inside and brown, where we have taken chinchines from our things to offer the Dominican and the visitor, in trays of behuco and cane adorned with cayenne, full of the charism that identifies us as a people..

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KahKow Experience at the Museum of Chocolate

Operated by one of the country’s top cacao exporters, this part museum, part chocolate factory—located in the heart of historic Calle Las Damas—offers a comprehensive glimpse of the DR’s thriving cacao industry. The multimedia presentation includes a holographic theater, as well as a guided audio walk through the various rooms and visual exhibits, explaining the process of chocolate from tree to pod, and tablet. The tasting room features various types of chocolates, from white to dark that you can sample to your heart’s content. A chocolate making factory sits inside a glass-enclosed room at the center of the building’s courtyard, where workshops are offered for those who sign up in advance.

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Calle El Conde

Calle el Conde is the oldest commercial street in the city of Santo Domingo de Guzmán. It runs directly through the center of Colonial Zone from Puerta Independencia (Puerta del Conde) to the Escaleras del Conde that end at the Malecon at Rio Ozama. This pedestrian only street is named after the Count of Peñalva, Bernardo de Meneses y Bracamonte, the captain general of Santo Domingo. Some of the manes this historical street has been called include Calle de la Separación, Clavijo, Imperial, 27 de Febrero and Real. El Conde runs through the center of the colonial city. It is very easy to navigate your way around the city from this street, finding your way around the Zone quite easily.

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Trampolín Children's Museum

The Trampoline Children's Museum makes learning fun with a series of interesting interactive exhibits on topics ranging from the creation of the earth and the universe to the biology of the human body, colors, energy, nature, ecology and more.

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Columbus Lighthouse

The Faro a Colon, otherwise known as the Columbus Lighthouse, is a grand monument to the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the New World. This huge concrete construction does not look like a typical lighthouse, but resembles a mausoleum or a cross-shaped pyramid. Take a tour around the imposing façade, explore an in-house museum or climb to the monument’s peak for breathtaking views of Santo Domingo.

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The Colonial Gate 4d Cinema

Tucked away in the deep southeastern corner of the Zona Colonial, this hidden treasure is the country's first '4D' movie theater. The first three dimensions are what you'd expect, but fourth brings in the elements – mist, fog, wind, heat, smells, motion seats and bubbles. Admission includes three short films and headsets that translate them into nine languages.

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El Parque Colón

Go for a walk by the park of the Colonial City and enjoy the beautiful constructions located around it.Inaugurated in 1506 as Plaza Mayor de Santo Domingo Square, it didn’t begin to be called Colón Park until 1887.

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Basílica Catedral Santa María de la Encarnación 

Located on the Parque Colon in the Zona Colonial, the Basilica Catedral Santa Maria de la Encarnacion is the first and oldest cathedral in the Americas. Stunning features include dramatic Gothic architecture, fantastic friezes and ornamentation, the original 500-year old mahogany doors, which are still unlocked with the same centuries-old key and a hammered silver altar. 

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Ozama Fortress

Visit the first military fort in the continent and discover more about the Colonial history of Santo Domingo.The simple and solid construction was built by the Spaniards between 1502 and 1507 at the request of the governor Nicolás de Ovando, providing it with a Medieval style. However, during the following centuries the place was modified and extended until it became the interesting building that you can see today.The main purpose of its construction was to defend the city from the attacks of British, Portuguese and French conquerors, as well as from the pillage of pirates.

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Juan Dolio Beach

Guests enjoy free shuttle service to Juan Dolio Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Dominican Republic. 

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Basilica Catedral Santa Maria de la Encarnacion

Located on the Parque Colon in the Ciudad Colonial, the Basilica Catedral Santa Maria de la Encarnacion is the first and oldest cathedral in the Americas. Stunning features include dramatic Gothic architecture, fantastic friezes and ornamentation, the original 500-year old mahogany doors, which are still unlocked with the same centuries-old key and a hammered silver altar. 

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Ozama Fortress

Built between 1502 and 1508, the Fortress of Santo Domingo, also known as Fortaleza Ozama, is considered to be one of the oldest forts in the Americas. Tours are offered, or you can explore the fort on your own. 

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Malecón de Santo Domingo

The city’s seafront boulevard—officially called George Washington Boulevard—is one of its iconic features, playing a key role in Santo Domingo’s selection as Culture Capital of the Americas in 2010. Lined with the Caribbean Sea on one end, and rows of brand hotels, restaurants, and nightlife on the other, the Malecón comes to life in the afternoon at sunset and continuing into the night.

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Sans Souci Port Terminal

Situated on the east side of Santo Domingo, across the Ozama River, the port terminal is located near attractions that include the National Aquarium and Los Tres Ojos Nature Park. A shuttle at the terminal offers service to the Don Diego Gate in the Zona Colonial.

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National Aquarium

Learn more about the exotic oceanic flora and fauna of the Caribbean and Dominican Republic at this popular facility where Caribbean fish are displayed. There are also beautiful gardens overlooking the ocean.

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Alcázar de Colón

One of the most popular museums in the Colonial City is also it's most impressive in architecture. Completed around 1512, this Gothic and Renaissance style palace was once the home of Diego Columbus, son of Christopher Columbus, and his wife María de Toledo, niece of King Ferdinand of Spain.

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Telecommunications Cultural Center

The city’s youngest museum, inaugurated in 2011, the Telecommunications Cultural Center is also one of the most interesting, showcasing the history and evolution of media in the Dominican Republic, from television to radio, and the internet up to the 20th century and beyond. The three-story building has a modern façade that stands out from surrounding colonial buildings on Calle Isabel La Católica, and its interior exhibits showcase old communications instruments, as well as a robotics room, an electronic game room, and an audio-visual media library.

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Amber World Museum

Set in one of the most beautifully restored 17th-century colonial buildings, the Amber World Museum boasts a small but comprehensive display on this precious stone on the second floor of the building—past the ground floor jewelry store. In the first dimly-lit room, red, blue, and green amber stones of varying sizes from the DR and abroad are showcased. The second room is dedicated to the unique features of Dominican amber, and its mining history in the country.

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Casa de Teatro

One of Santo Domingo’s and the DR’s most respected cultural centers. This historic location hosts regular art and photo exhibits, as well as movies and live music. It’s a favorite hub of creatives, from poets to writers and actors.

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Obelisk of Santo Domingo

Designed in 1936, it was constructed in 1937 as a monument of 40 meters of height to celebrate the change of name of the city of Santo Domingo to Trujillo City, under the command of the dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. It is an obelisk which can be seen from every point of the famous avenue.

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ChuChu Colonial

The ChuChu offers a tour of 45 minutes all along the Ciudad Colonial, allowing you to learn about its 500 years of history. Along the way you’ll be able to watch more than 25 monuments of historical interest and discover their secrets and anecdotes, thanks to the audio guides that are available in 7 different languages (Spanish, English, French, Italian, Portuguese, German and Russian). 

There are 16 daily tours each day of the week, so there is a route every hour with hostesses and tourist service staff that will help you with any doubt you may have.

 

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Las Americas International Airport

Las Américas International Airport, José Francisco Peña Gómez (AILA-JFPG) approximately 20 minutes from the City of Santo Domingo, is the main air terminal of the Dominican Republic due to its location and occupies the second place in the flow of passengers Regular of the country.

 

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International Airport La Romana

Located on the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic, the International Airport La Romana is often viewed as the gateway to many of the nation’s most beloved attractions. Recently, this airport has been modernized while still maintaining a tropical feel. 

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Cibao International Airport

Cibao International Airport, also known as Santiago Airport, is in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic's second-largest city. It is the country's third-busiest airport by passenger traffic and aircraft movements. This airport is located 42.5 miles from our property. 

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La Isabela International Airport

La Isabela International Airport is a secondary airport in the city of Santo Domingo, the airport is mostly used for regional flights in the Caribbean area, private and sports aircraft, as well as pilot schools, air clubs and FBO.

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Concierge

When planning your visit, allow our concierge to request local attractions to see and things to do. We can also arrange for tickets, tours, transportation and anything else you may need.