Santo Domingo travel guide

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You're Going to Love Santo Domingo

Beaches, tropical weather, all-night music, and hundreds of years of fascinating history make the Dominican Republic's capital an intoxicating destination.

You can laze around on tropical beaches in Boca Chica, tour some of the oldest churches in the Americas in the Zona Colonial, or shop for luxury clothing or jewelry on the Avenida Winston Churchill. Buy gorgeous Larimar jewels, dance and down cocktails at Sabina Bar, or just savor delicious Dominican food at local restaurants like Mesón de Bari.

Whether you need to soak up some sunshine, satisfy your hunger for historical knowledge, or just want to dive into an energetic, exciting Latin American metropolis, Santo Domingo is a great place to visit.

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When to Visit Santo Domingo

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Santo Domingo has warm weather pretty much all year round, but visitors should note that hurricane season lasts from June to November. That doesn't mean it's a bad time to visit. Hurricane warnings are excellent, and storms are few and far between, but it can be rainier in summer. A visit in January or February or late November would be ideal.

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How to Get to Santo Domingo

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Where to Stay in Santo Domingo

Visitors to Santo Domingo have the chance to stay in stunning colonial hotels like the Hotel Villa Colonial, which mixes tropical gardens, luxury interiors, and a huge hotel pool. Acuarium is another hotel with huge grounds and a handy spa center, while the RoofTop Hostel is a cut-price central alternative. If you want to stay near the sea, try the Sheraton Santo Domingo or Don Juan Beach Resort in Boca Chica (which is a couple of miles from the airport).

Popular Neighborhoods in Santo Domingo

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How to Get Around Santo Domingo

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Shopping Streets

Avenida Winston Churchill boasts a Cartier branch, while the Agora Mall on Avenida Abraham Lincoln has a huge range of apparel and luxury stores. If you are looking for Larimar jewelry, the Zona Colonial is the best place to head, thanks to the Larimar Museum. El Conde is another good place to visit, with street stalls selling Haitian art and plenty of craft stores.

Groceries and Other

If you want to save money during your stay in Santo Domingo, it shouldn't be hard to find supermarkets in your neighborhood. Local chains include Bravo and el Nacional, both of which will have plenty of familiar American brands. Prices are generally low, with a gallon of milk costing RD$220 and 12 eggs about RD$90.

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Where to Eat in Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo is the Dominican Republic's culinary center and gourmet food lovers won't leave disappointed. If you want to explore Dominican food, head to city center places like Mesón de Bari or El Conuco. For high-class Italian food it's hard to beat Vesuvio Malecon, El Agave is a great Mexican restaurant, and Don Pepe serves up excellent tapas. Cheap eats include a huge number of "Pica Pollo" restaurants that serve a hybrid of Caribbean and Chinese food, and the finest option is probably Pollos Victorina (which should deliver to your hotel). Expect high-end sit-down meals to cost around RD$250.