When I arrived at the departure desk for the Santo Domingo Hop-on and Hop-off Tour, on a Friday morning at 9am, I anticipated a crowd. The night before, I had already planned my route–which stops I would take advantage of and how long I might be able to stay at each, before catching the next bus. I’ll admit, I was a tad anxious about how organized this HOHO tour would be and if I would be left stranded at the end of the day, in the middle of Santo Domingo.
For the best location and experiences, particularly for the first timer, three areas stand out: the Colonial Zone, the adjacent middle-class neighborhood of Gazcue, and the Malecón. All three areas are interconnected, an easy walk from each other and to the city’s popular sights, restaurants and museums.
Between Santo Domingo’s Colonial Zone–a ten block, cobblestoned stretch filled with ancient buildings, parks and still carrying the aura of Spanish conquistadores–to the bustling city center, the Dominican capital is home to some of the best museums you’ll find in the Caribbean region. Here are three to prioritize if you’re lucky enough to make a stop in La Capital.
The North Coast of the Dominican Republic faces the Atlantic Ocean–but fear not, it also has some of the most beautiful stretches facing calm, turquoise seas. In fact, the entire coastline is an easy drive and which beach you choose to visit every day will be one of your daily decisions to make.
Made it to the Dominican Republic? Excellent! The island is currently undergoing a magnificent resurgence on the world travel stage as well as experiencing something of a renaissance when it comes to tourist activities. Having said that, there are a slew of things to do for any type of traveler, but if you’re the kind that likes to swing, jump and swim their way through a destination, the Dominican Republic has plenty of outdoor activities to tantalize you.