Summary of the stay

  • 7 days
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  • Culture / Heritage
  • Discovery
  • Free time
  • Relaxation / Well-being
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Santo Domingo, the country's largest city, is located on the Caribbean coast in the south of the Dominican Republic, on the banks of the Ozama River, which flows into the sea at its level. The capital combines the infinite charms of a glorious colonial past with those of modern life in one of the largest metropolises in the Caribbean. Discovery.

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Detail of the stay : A week in Santo Domingo and its surroundings - 7 days

The colonial city

Arrival in Santo Domingo, which is home to most of the country's cultural heritage. The colonial city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, contains many testimonies of Spanish colonization, including religious or civil buildings that have now been magnificently restored. The morning is devoted to a visit to the Alcazar de Colón, Diego Colón's former residence converted into a fascinating museum, and to the Casa de Nicolas de Ovando, where you can take a well-deserved break in its shaded patio. In the afternoon, discover the jewel of Santo Domingo: the Catedral Santa María la menor primada de América. Built between 1514 and 1540, it is the oldest cathedral in the Americas. To finish the day, sit on the terrace in a café in Parque Colón to the sounds of Latin rhythms of street musicians.


Stay in one of the charming hotels of the historic centre, in the very heart of the colonial area, in the footsteps of the first conquistadors, enjoy the softness and charm of the architecture, discover the adventures of the past on foot or in carriage. Visit in the morning the imposing Faro a Colón to the east of the city, high to the glory of Christopher Columbus. Then go to Plaza de la Cultura and learn from many museums that the site includes: The Dominican Man Museum, Museum of Natural History or the Museum of Modern Art. At the end of the day, walk down Calle Conde, walking in the shade, like the locals. Dinner on Plaza España with views of the illuminated Colón de Colón.

Architectural Treasures and Bachata

Get lost in the streets of the colonial city and discover the treasures of architecture at every corner and visit the Chinese quarter. His walk in the Botanical Garden in the north of the city, in the shade of big trees… Go dancing the bachata in the best discos in the capital.

Boca Chica

Go by bus for Boca Chica (1 hour), enjoy seafood before diving in the turquoise waters of the city's natural pools, stroll a little. On the back, a stop at Los Tres Ojos. Take a guide to fully appreciate the freshness of this cave to the three (four in reality) small pools of azure water where legends blend into reality.

Discovery of Taïna culture

The next day, visit La Romana and visit the Cueva de las Maravillas to learn more about the taïna culture, native of the island before the arrival of the colonists…

San Pedro de Macorís

Finally leave for San Pedro de Macorís (70 km), discover the neoclassical architecture of the second largest city in the country, founded in 1870. Return to Santo Domingo, stroll on the Seawall, place of life of evenings, lovers or between friends, for a beer or simply for a sunset…


Take advantage of its last day to tour places and shopping centres and find the good music plans of the year (or decades past) on Plaza Central or in Mercado Modelo.

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