Things to do in Santo Domingo

First Cathedral of America: Also known as the Cathedral of Santo Domingo and Basilica Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor. Located in the Colonial City between Calle Arzobispo Merino and Isabel la Católica, it is dedicated to St. Mary of the Incarnation and is the oldest cathedral in the Americas.

The 3 Eyes National Park: is the name given to a 50-Yard open-air limestone cave located in the Mirador del Este park, in Santo Domingo. The site was created centuries ago as a result of tectonic fractures when underground caves collapsed, forming a bowl-shaped depression which subsequently filled with water. A series of three lakes, or ojos, the site is currently one of the most visited tourist attractions in the country. The caves are fed by water from an underground river and surrounded by stalactites and stalagmites. The composition of the water varies, the two ponds are made of sulfurous water and salt water, while the large lake is composed of freshwater. Their various depths give rise to different colored reflections, blue, green, and sometimes yellow. The type of animals is also very varied and includes fish, bats and turtles. Surrounding vegetation is lush and abundant. Clear evidence also remains that the Taino Indians, who were the first inhabitants of the island, used the cave for many of their religious ceremonies.

Boca Chica: The short distance from the capital city (19 miles), the crystalline waters and the white sands have made Boca Chica into the most popular beaches in the Dominican Republic. Boca Chica beach has immaculate fine sand beaches and is the place to go if you’re looking for all-inclusive resorts.There are lots of bars, restaurants, pizza stands, souvenirs shops and music playing all day long. All this just a 30 min drive from Santo Domingo and 15 mins from the international airport.

Calle El Conde: is an old street located in the Colonial City of Santo Domingo. It is a pedestrian-only street that includes several notable Art Deco buildings of the early 20th century and connects Parque Colon with the Puerta del Conde and Parque Independencia. It is filled with shops, small plazas, hotels, restaurants and tourist sites.

Plaza de la Cultura Juan Pablo Duarte: The plaza is a space where many diverse cultural institutions can be found, including the National Library, Museum of the Dominican Man, National theater, Museum of Modern Art, National Museum of Natural History, Museum of the Dominican Republic. It is located within a vast park populated by beautiful old trees, and is the site of the International Book Fair.

Alcázar(Castle) de Colon: Located in the Colonial City of Santo Domingo, the oldest palace in the Americas, it houses the Museo Alcázar de Diego Colón, whose collection exhibits the Caribbean's most important ensemble of European late medieval and Renaissance works of art, which were acquired in the 1950s. The palace is an impressive construction of coralline blocks that once housed some fifty rooms and a number of gardens and courtyards, although what remains today is about half the size it once was. It was built under Diego Colon, the son of Christopher Columbus; when he became Viceroy of La Espanola and the Indies in 1509.

Columbus Lighthouse: Is a monument located in Santo Domingo, in tribute to Christopher Columbus. The monument lighthouse-style features project beams of light, forming a cross shape, which are so powerful they can be seen from neighboring Puerto Rico. Containing what are purported to be the remain of Christopher Columbus, the monument is both a mausoleum and a museum showcasing a variety of historical objects. Constructed of concrete, it’s architecture is cross-shaped and represents the Christianization of America.

Museo del Ambar Dominicano(Amber Museum): Housed in a fine Victorian mansion with an interesting history of its own, the Amber Museum (Museo de Ambar Dominicano) is worth a visit to see some rare and fascinating amber pieces and to understand more about this semi-precious gem. Formed out of the fossilized resin of ancient trees some 25 to 40 million years ago, the resin (that in its pressed form becomes amber) perfectly preserved whatever it covered. There are thousands of specimens at the Amber Museum, but one of its finest has to be a perfectly conserved lizard encased entirely in amber.