Santo domingo

Santo Domingo, to discover

Santo Domingo, the oldest city in the New World offers an incredible collection of museums, historic sites, art and music. The Colonial City, located in Santo Domingo, is the first city in the Americas and collects inside the first street, the first hospital, the first university and the first cathedral built in the new continent. It is said that the body of Christopher Columbus, who landed on the island hundreds of years ago, is still buried here.
The many museums and historic buildings on the island allow you to have a unique vision of the Dominican culture. Among others you can remember the Alcazar de Colon (Columbus fortress), the Reloj de Sol (sundial) and the monastery of the Dominican Fathers. With over three million inhabitants, the cosmopolitan city of Santo Domingo is probably the most full of life in the Caribbean. Santo Domingo features a rich culture and a long history juxtaposed with the latest developments.
In the historic Colonial City, new and modern hotel overlooking the ancient cobblestone streets, luxury cars share the roads with horse-drawn carts, the sites of the most innovative international cuisine thrive alongside the classic Creole cuisine, and buildings of the 21st century rise alongside traditional houses of the 15th and 16th centuries. As the oldest city in the New World, the Colonial City of Santo Domingo is home to the first street, the first cathedral, the first university and the first hospital built in the Americas. Well preserved and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990, this ancient city often makes visitors feel transported back in time. In addition, after you have selected as the American Capital of Culture for 2010, the Organization of the cultural capitals in collaboration with the Dominican authorities recently invited the public to choose the seven treasures of the cultural heritage of Santo Domingo from 27 sites of cultural interest.

The seven treasures elected by unanimous vote include the palace of Colombo, the first cathedral in the New World, the Ozama Fort, the Museum of the royal houses, the National Botanical Gardens, the promenade on the Caribbean Sea known as El Malecón and the Palace of Fine Arts .

SHOPPING

In Santo Domingo you can find anything. The Dominican Republic has free trade agreements with the United States and Europe, as evidenced by the large number of prestigious shops and international brands. Among the most popular malls in the capital you can remember Plaza Central, Acropolis, Blue Mall, Megacentre, Mercado Modelo, Calle El Conde, Bella Vista Mall, Avenida Duarte, Plaza Lama, American Departamentos, Centro Cuesta Nacional, Jumbo, Sema, multicentre Churchill and IKEA.








PARKS

Santo Domingo is a city with great parks that impress and enchant the visitors. The hotel's beautiful National Botanical Gardens are home to a collection of native flora and Japanese garden at the height of what you can see in the land of the rising sun. The charming city Zoological Park has wild animals that can move freely between paths under tall trees and a big bush. Another area like a park is the promenade of Santo Domingo, known as El Malecón. El Malecón along the azure Caribbean Sea, with luxury hotel and casino overlooking the ocean on the other side. A favorite destination of thousands of Dominicans is Mirador del Sur park. These six kilometers of the city's green areas are the ideal spot to meet friends for a walk, a run, a bike ride or rollerblading. The park offers different species of trees and views of the Caribbean Sea unmatched in the region.
In the eastern part of the city there are two other major parks: the National Aquarium and the National Park of Los Tres Ojos, where there is a group of three limestone caves, springs and numerous stalactites and stalagmites inside the caves.

NIGHTLIFE 

With its large adult population, overnight Santo Domingo becomes an exciting and stimulating. Discos, bars, cafes and meeting points are scattered throughout the city.
In the area of ​​Colonial City between Plaza de España, the park of Colombo and Gustavo Mejía Ricart you can find places that offer all kinds of music.
Other music venues include the House of the theater, the Bohemian Nights and jazz of the Jet Set, where bands play live music every Monday.
Other proposals of traditional music are more numerous in large concert halls towns, which often host the most famous star in Latin America, Europe and North America.

 

 



THE ISLAND 
(source Ministry of Tourism)

The Dominican Republic is rich in culture, history and beauty. The walls of the cobblestone streets of its Colonial City witnessed the richness of its past as the first city founded in the Americas. Dominican Republic has in fact begun to write its own history more than 500 years ago. The first inhabitants of the island were the peaceful Taino Indians, who spent their days hunting, fishing and farming. On 5 December 1492 the Admiral Christopher Columbus landed on the island. He named it Hispaniola, thus starting the encounter between two cultures that would later lead to the foundation of Santo Domingo, the first city of the Americas. Attreversato For years Hispaniola has several changes of power until you get to that today sees divided into two On the one hand the Dominican Republic occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, and on the other the Republic of Haiti. The Dominican Republic enjoys a year-round tropical climate. Depending on your location, a typical day could have full sun or a combination of sun and clouds. Average annual temperatures range from 19 ° to 34 ° C. The coldest season is from November to April, while the warmer runs from May to October.


Much of the Dominican culture is expressed through its museums, food and music. But the carnival is the true gateway to the depth of the Dominican people this annual celebration of independence is held throughout the country, with each city committed to offer his original version of the commemoration. People fill the streets of colorful masks, music and of course dancing. But not always the carnival has been what it is now. It is the synthesis of the expression of the cultures of the native Taíno Indians, the Spanish settlers and African slaves. Cultures which, in a unique mix, they create a vortex of energy and culture that it is impossible to find anywhere else. The carnival lasts throughout February, with its peak at day 27.

THE BEACHES OF SANTO DOMINGO

Surrounded by over 400 miles of coastline to the north, east and south, the beaches of the Dominican Republic are known around the world for reasons that are easy to understand. These pristine white sand beaches are lapped by the warm blue waters of the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean.











BOCA CHICA
 

Because of its proximity to Santo Domingo, Boca Chica is known as the beach of the capital. The beach is very well protected by a large coral reef, and its shallow waters make it a favorite place for families on vacation. The beach also offers perfect wind for sailing, and is therefore one of the best destinations for racing. The area is surrounded by many restaurants specializing in fresh fish and shellfish.

 


 





PLAYA CARIBE
 

Located just ten minutes from Boca Chica and 45 minutes from the capital, this beach, also known as Embassy Beach, overlooking a small inlet where the waters are very calm in the morning. Towards mid-day the waves begin to rise and are ideal for surfing and boogie board.











GUAYACANES E JUAN DOLIO


Popular for their excellent restaurants, these beaches attract residents from Santo Domingo for a long weekend, and are perfect for long walks under the coconut palms. Through the Ministry of Tourism, recently the government has invested several million dollars to renovate and extend the beach of Juan Dolio.

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