4 Best Reasons to visit Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic in 2021

Caribbean islands are well known for their beaches and attractions. Bahamas, Aruba, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Bonaire, Curacao etc. are well-known countries in the Caribbean islands.

The Dominican Republic is also one of the most famous countries in the Caribbean islands widely chosen by tourists for their vacations. The Capital of the Dominican Republic is Santo Domingo.

Here we incorporated a list of things to know about Santo Domingo before your Vacation. If you are willing to travel abroad you have to comply with the travel restrictions imposed by the government because of the Covid-19 situation.

The Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is a Country located on the island of Hispaniola of the Caribbean region. It is the second-largest nation in the Antilles region.

The official language of this country is Spanish.

The population is around 10,878,246 and the population density is 220/km^2.

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This Country is one of the few countries in the Eastern Caribbean islands with a great history in Arts. Their styles of paintings range between neoclassicism and romanticism.

Baseball is the most followed sport in this country. Boxing and Basketball are predominant in this country. 

The annual average temperature is 25°C. The annual average rainfall is 59.1 inches

About the Santo Domingo

Here is the list of things to know about Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

  • History of Santo Domingo
  • Geography of Santo Domingo
  • The Beauty of Santo Domingo
  • Resorts and Hotels in Santo Domingo

History of Santo Domingo

Being the capital of Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo was discovered by Bartholomew Columbus, brother of Christopher Columbus in 1496. 

This City was rich in Spanish culture. The Spanish Expedition of the conquest of all adjacent islands was started at this city. 

From 1580 to 1655, there were battles between the inhabitants and the British force. From 1795 to 1809, the French had their dominance over this city. 

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Finally, Dominican Republic got their independence in 1865 and Santo Domingo became the capital of the Dominican Republic.

Geography of Santo Domingo

Being located on the southeast coast of Hispaniola, Santo Domingo is the oldest permanent city established by Europeans in the Western Hemisphere. 

One of the Famous Rivers in the Caribbean islands, the Ozama River flows nearly 148 km through this city before getting mixed into the Caribbean Sea.

Santo Domingo aerial view

Due to the intrusion of tropical trade winds, the average temperature of this city varies slightly. Santo Domingo has a tropical monsoon climate. The climate stays warm between July and September whereas the climate stays cool between December and March.

The highest recorded temperature is 39.5°C whereas the lowest recorded temperature is 11.0 °C.

The Beauty of Santo Domingo

Parque Colón

Also known as Columbus Park, Parque Colón is situated at the heart of the city. People gather at this site to take pictures of the statue of Christopher Columbus. 

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Independent Musicians and Artists gather at this statue to exhibit their talents. Children find themselves happy by feeding grains to pigeons at this park.

Museo de las Casas Reales 

Also known as the Museum of the Royal Houses, Museo de las Casas Reales Wasn’t a museum at first. In the 16th century, this museum was a house built for Spanish government offices and it was turned into a museum in the 1970s.

This museum consists of displays regarding the articrafts, furnishings and weaponry of the Spanish Government. 

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Though the matter related to Displays were depicted in Spanish, you will be provided with a translational headset available at this museum.

Chu Chu Colonial Sightseeing Trolley

This Open-air train is meant for sightseeing purposes running through Santo Domingo’s Zona Colonial. 

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You could get to know about the famous sites present in this city. It will be fun for you to visit the famous sites along with your children just by sitting on this small and beautiful slow-moving train. 

Resorts and Hotels in Santo Domingo

Barcélo Santo Domingo

Being one of the best resorts in Santo Domingo, Barcélo Santo Domingo provides packages for their guests as follows:

  • Superior Double Room I: 1 double bed, free wifi
  • Superior Double Room II: 1 double bed, Free wifi, Free Breakfast
  • Executive Superior Room with Free wifi: sleeps 2, free breakfast, free internet service

This Resort has a Spa, a swimming pool, a dining restaurant, a fitness centre, a bar. Tourists often chose this resort to experience the unique nightlife at this resort.

Acuarium Resort Hotel

Acuarium Resort in Santo Domingo offers packages to their guests as follows:

  • One-bedroom Apartment I: 1 queen bed, free wifi, balcony
  • One-bedroom Apartment II: 1 queen bed, free wifi, balcony, 3 guests
  • Two-bedroom Apartment I: 2 queen beds, free wifi, balcony
  • Two-bedroom Apartment II: 2 queen beds, 4 guests, free wifi, balcony

This Resort has a spa, a swimming pool, free parking, a restaurant, a bar, room service facility. 

Inter continental Real Santo Domingo

This resort offers various packages to their guests as follows:

  • 1 king classic- advance saver: 1 king bed, free wifi
  • 2 double bed classic- advance saver: 1 king bed, 2 guests, free wifi
  • 2 double bed classic city view- advance saver: 1 king bed, 2 guests, free wifi, city view
  • 2 double bed classic high floor City view- advance saver: 1 king bed, 2 guests, free wifi, city view
  • 2 double bed classic pool view- advance saver: 1 king bed, 2 guests, free wifi, pool view

Amenities such as a pool, a spa, hot tub, free internet service, a restaurant, a bar, smoke-free property etc. are available at this resort. 

Other Famous attractions in the Dominican Republic

Kite Beach, Cabarete

One of the best destinations in the Eastern Caribbean islands for kiteboarding.

During the afternoon, the winds pick up and people start to participate in kiteboarding. During the morning, they just stroll or swim in these waters.

Restaurants at this beach offer healthy vegetarian food. People also love to surf at this beach provided with the waves coming in and out with minimum height.

Bahía de Las Águilas

One of the pristine beaches in the Eastern Caribbean islands, Bahia de Las Aguilas is almost an eight-kilometre- stretch beach where people enjoy having long walks.

But this beach isn’t developed well when compared with other Beaches in the Eastern Caribbean islands. It takes nearly 6 hours to get to this beach from Santo Domingo.

Playa Dorada

One of the best beaches in the Dominican Republic. The sand is gold in colour and the contrast of the golden sand and the crystal clear waters is impeccable.

You can go for a stroll and relax in the lounges under the shade of trees. You can also perform Snorkelling, swimming and other sorts of watersports at this beach.

You can find many resorts and restaurants lined up by this beach. 

Ocean world adventure park

Tourists who are interested in spending their time at the water, choose this place. Families prefer this park to experience the ultimate Marine adventure.

Some shows are made specifically for children for educational purposes including Dolphins, sharks, sea lions etc.