Santo Domingo is the DR’s largest city and its capital, with a population of over two million. As big as the city is, however, only certain areas are a must-see and offer the most entertainment and sightseeing. These are also the most ideal and safe for visitors. You can visit them separately and take your time if you have at least 3-4 days. If not, a great way to see these areas in one day is to hop on the Santo Domingo Hop On and Hop Off tour–it’s an excellent value.
There are nearly 30 miles of white sand beaches stretching along the east coast of the Dominican Republic–aptly nicknamed the Coconut Coast. It’s more than you ‘ll have time for during a single stay. Here are the stretches worth making it to when you’re in the area, whether your hotel is in Bávaro Beach, or south of the Punt Cana International Airport, known as Punta Cana proper.
Sun, sand and warm water every shade of blue. The Caribbean has all the makings for a beach vacation. But Club Med Punta Cana, located in the Dominican Republic, just upped the ante with a new view of a classic seaside getaway. Instead of enjoying the ocean breeze from the comfort of a beach chair, now guests with a sense of adventure can soar above the sea.
The adventure capital of the Dominican Republic, the Puerto Plata province offers more than meets the eye. Past the golden stretches and Atlantic blue seas, is a province with a myriad of outdoor adventures. Here are three to get started in discovering the thrill of the DR’s northern coast.
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.