Things to do in Santo Domingo

You can’t plan a trip to the Dominican Republic without stopping by the capital city! Santo Domingo is known to be a bustling metropolis, but its rich heritage as one of the Caribbean’s oldest cities makes it a city worth spending some time in.

Here are a few of Vinnie Van GO's favorite spots while he’s in town.

Santo Domingo Special Events

Santo Domingo de Fiesta

This free outdoor show that takes place every Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. from January to December showcases Dominican folk dancing and music, and is a beautiful way to take in local culture in the open air.

National Craft Fair

Local artists come together every early to mid February to sell their wares and handmade arts and crafts in the Fortaleza Ozama. This is a great opportunity to take in local art and culture.

National Carnival Parade

Every March 5th, the river Malecon is lined with colorful carnival characters marching in a boisterous troop. This parade is sure to put on a show you’ll never forget!

Estadio Olimpico Felix Sanchez

This multi-purpose stadium has been gracing Santo Domingo since 1974, and is used for soccer, track and field, as well as numerous entertainment shows throughout the year.

Centro Olimpico
Santo Domingo 10122, Dominican Republic

Catedral Primada de America

The Dominican Republic’s long colonial history has left it with some truly beautiful churches and cathedrals, including the oldest one standing in the Western hemisphere. Catedral Primada de America was built in 1514 and stands as one of the city’s most important historical monuments to this day.

Calle Isabel La Católica
Santo Domingo 10210, Dominican Republic

Museo Alcazar de Colon

This Gothic-Mudejar transitional architectural style museum was the 16th century residence of Columbus’s son, Diego. Today, it stands as a museum recounting the island’s history.

Plaza de Espana Calle Las Damas
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Parque Mirador del Sur

This public park, dotted with caves and hidden spots to explore, is a local and visitor favorite.

Av. Mirador Sur
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Punta Cana Tours is one of the best known and reliable services offering multiple guided historical and cultural tours around Santo Domingo. For bike tours of the city, check out Trikke or Zona Bici Bike Rental. Rincones de Mi Pais offers tours that will get you out of the city and into nature and the water.

Meson D’Bari

This Santo Domingo institution is popular amongst locals and tourists alike. It’s known to have some of the best Dominican food around, and live music performances on weekend nights.

Calle Hostos #302
Santo Domingo 10210, Dominican Republic

Lulu Tasting Bar

If you’re not in the mood for a massive plate, Lulu’s tapas eatery could be the perfect place for you. The atmosphere is lush and the prices are high, but Lulu won’t disappoint.

Parque Billini, Ciudad Colonial
Santo Domingo 10210, Dominican Republic

Pat’e Palo

For some of the best Spanish food outside of Spain, Pat’e Palo is the place to go.

Plaza Espana, Ciudad Colonial
Santo Domingo 10210, Dominican Republic

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