Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
ZipTipz Santo Domingo Travel Guide

The cobblestone streets and late medieval architecture of the Western Hemisphere's first European city let visitors glimpse the colonial past, as vibrant nightlife, warm beaches and posh resorts take historic Santo Domingo into its future.

District Guide

Founded in 1498 by Bartholomew Columbus (Christopher Columbus´ brother), Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic's capital, has the distinction of being the oldest colonial city in the Americas.

In the present days, this city, located on the southern coast of the island, bordering the Caribbean Sea,...

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Historical Background

In essence, Santo Domingo's history is the history of the Europeanization of the Americas. It is a history of conquest, revolution, and ultimately of the triumph of the human spirit.

Before the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492, the Taino Indians populated the island of Hispaniola, including...

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Where To Stay

Like any major city, Santo Domingo offers visitors a wide range of lodging options. As a major tourist destination in the Caribbean, its hotel and resort industry has developed to include every level of luxury, from five-star hotels with casinos and health clubs to youth hostels for the...

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Dining and Drinking

Santo Domingo has no shortage of dining options. Formal and casual restaurants, as well as international fast-food franchises share space with open-air cafes and eateries serving a wide spectrum of culinary choices. This diverse alternatives include, of course, places specializing in the...

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Santo Domingo, considerably larger and more cosmopolitan than most Caribbean destination cities, offers its visitors the same sun and surf as other islands plus sophisticated nightlife and world-class sports facilities. Extensive rain forest and mountain regions lie close to the city, ideal for...

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Recommended Tours

Catedral Basílica Menor de Santa María, Primada de América, was the first cathedral founded in the New World. Designed by the architect Alonzo Rodríguez in 1514, with Diego Colón, the son of Christopher Columbus, laying its first stone, the cathedral was finished in 154...

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Santo Domingo de Guzmán, population 2,061,200 (2003), estimated 2,253,437 in 2006, is the capital and the largest city of the Dominican Republic. The city is located at 18°30′N 69°59′W, on the Caribbean Sea, at the mouth of the Ozama River. It is the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the Americas, and was the first seat of Spanish colonial rule in the New World. It is also considered the most populated city in the Caribbean Region.

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