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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.

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  • 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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  • Juan Dolio Beach

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

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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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.