The oldest city in the New World, Santo Domingo is both an exotic tourist destination and an important business and finance center. The city is a unique blend of the historic and the contemporary. The Santo Domingo Colonial Zone, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is surrounded by newer neighborhoods that feature cultural centers, business districts and glitzy upscale shopping malls.
Santo Domingo is the capital and largest city in the Dominican Republic. The metropolitan population was estimated at about 3.7 million in 2010. The beautiful setting along the Caribbean Sea and exceptional weather make the city… (Read more…)
The Colonial Zone
Founded in 1498, the Santo Domingo Colonial Zone is the oldest European settlement in the New World. In 1990, the entire area was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Colonial Zone is a wonderland of historic Spanish Colonial buildings and monuments. Yet, the area is so much more than a mere open-air museum. It is a bustling district filled with shops, restaurants, cafes and night clubs. The vibrant street life, incredible live music performances and beautiful parks and squares…. (Read more…)
From casinos and bars to dance clubs, Santo Domingo is a city that comes alive at night. The city offers everything from cozy bars for romantic evenings to trendy clubs where you can dance until dawn. The options for live music are seemingly endless, with merengue, bachata, jazz, son, salsa, pop, rock, hip hop and reggaeton bands performing in bars and clubs throughout the city. (Read more…)
Santo Domingo is a large city with a wide range of hotels. Visitors to Santo Domingo have two main options when it comes to choosing a hotel. They can either stay in the Colonial Zone or the modern city. If you are looking for a hotel near the main historical tourist attractions, then the Colonial Zone is probably your best bet. If you are interested in other aspects of the city, then staying in one of the Santo Domingo hotels in the modern city might be right for you…(Read more…)
As the capital of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo has the best restaurants in the country. The city has a seemingly endless selection of restaurants that can satisfy any taste or budget. A trip to Santo Domingo provides a great opportunity to try delicious Dominican cuisine. If you are in the mood for something else, there a plenty of other options. The city has a wide range of restaurants serving international, Spanish, Italian, French and Oriental cuisine…(Read more…)
Art is an integral part of the culture of Santo Domingo and the Dominican Republic in general. From the great masters of the 30s – 50s like Celeste Woss y Gil and Yoryi Morel to the renowned contemporary masters Ramon Oviedo and Ivan Tovar, a rich tradition of fine art permeates both the history and daily life of the Dominican Republic. Santo Domingo is the center of Dominican art and is home to several high end galleries in some the more upscale neighborhoods, as well as countless artist studios, galleries, and exhibition venues in the more Bohemian Colonial Zone. (Read more…)
Bachata is a Dominican music style that originated in the early twentieth century. It arose in the rural countryside and poor neighborhoods of this Caribbean country, but has since spread to other parts of Latin America and even Southern Europe… (Read more…)