Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic)

Santo Domingo Travel Guide and Trip Resources

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The oldest European city in the Americas

Established at the end of the 15th century, this is the oldest European city in the Americas
A cosmopolitan city that is home to 1.4 million people
Main sights of interest are colonial zone with spectacular hundreds year old buildings as well as the waterfront promenade

Santo Domingo is the capital of the Dominican Republic. With a population of 1.4 million it is the largest city in the entire Caribbean. Being founded at the very end of the 15th century, it is the oldest "European" city in the Americas and its colonial old town is listed as a UNESCO site. Yet despite all of this, Santo Domingo is as of yet not a tourist hotspot, making exploration of it a bit more of a daunting task.

Through the heart of Santo Domingo runs the Ozama River. The western bank holds the Zona Colonial and most tourist attractions, while the east bank is the less developed part of city. The 12 block Zona Colonial is home to the streets that Columbus graced with his presence. Its main sights are a Gothic Cathedral and Ozama Fort, but there is much more to be seen.

The Calle Las Damas is the first European street that was set up in the Americas, where apparently Columbus used to parade with his ladies (hence the name). The Panteon Nacional and the Alcázar de Colón (house of the Columbus family) are other sights, and if you make your way to the sea you will find yourself on the El Malecon avenue, which is lined with palm-trees and restaurants and bars, making a great spot for perhaps catching the sunset and enjoying a cold beer. [Review by travelindicator]

Key info

  • Santo Domingo is a city in Dominican Republic's region of Distrito Nacional. It has a population of 1,402,749, is situated at an altitude of 46ft and the best airport to fly into is SDQ (Aeropuerto De Las Americas, Santo Domingo)
  • The currency used in Dominican Republic is the Dominican peso (DOP)

Santo Domingo Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

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Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

2.5 2.2 2.1 2.8 7.4 5.5 5.7 7 7.1 7.4 3.9 3.3

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