Things to do in Santo Domingo abound, including UNESCO-listed sites, underwater caves, and a great nightlife. Don’t miss this hip culturally immersive city!
“Welcome to the City of Firsts!” says Carlos, my tour guide for my week traveling the Dominican Republic.
We’re currently wandering Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic’s capital. Hispaniola
— the island on which the Dominican Republic (DR) resides — is one of very few in the Caribbean that is split between two countries, the DR and Haiti. Interestingly, the Dominican Republic was once ruled by Haiti, a complicated history (that also involves a complicated present) that can be explored in Santo Domingo.
Stay: Hodelpa Nicolás de Ovando
This property mixes budget and luxury in Santo Domingo’s UNESCO-listed Colonial Zone, said to be “the oldest permanent European settlement of the New World.”