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Considered to be the most modern metropolis in the Caribbean, Santo Domingo
is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The first European settlement of the
Americas, the city is the capital of Dominican Republic. Colonial buildings
line the streets of the city, many of which have been turned into museums,
hotels and restaurants. You can take a guided tour of the Colonial City
neighbourhood and walk through the leafy pedestrian friendly avenues and
relish the local cuisine. While you are here, do visit - the National
Botanical garden, the largest of its kind in the Caribbean, for a picnic.
Also check out - Alcazar De Colon, Boca Chica, and Chapel of Our Lady of
Things to do in Santo Domingo
Alcazar De Colon
The 16th century palace was once the home of Christopher
Columbus’s son - Diego Columbus and his wife Maria, niece of Spain’s King
Ferdinand. The famous museum is housed in an elegant Gothic and Renaissance
style building which overlooks the Ozama River and Plaza de Espana. The
museum has on display - 16th century art, furniture, weapons and
musical instruments. It is extremely well preserved considering it is the
first vice-regal residence in whole of Americas. Highlights include the
main bedrooms belonging to the couple and the chandelier lit main hall.
A 40-minute drive from the city of Santo Domingo is the quaint beach town
of Boca Chica. Endless white sandy beaches and a very Dominican vibe is
what visitors will find here. Gastronomy in Boca Chica will not disappoint
you. Gorge on fresh seafood and indulge in local delicacies like tostones,
red snapper and yaniqueques. A string of eateries can be found on the beach
itself where you can also enjoy a beer or two. The eastern edge of Boca
Chica has plenty of beach clubs and restaurants offering seafront views and
an upscale ambience.
Chapel of Our Lady of Remedies
Nestled in a corner on Calle Las Damas, the Chapel of Our Lady of Remedies
is locally known as Capilla Nuestra Señora De Los Remedios. The 16 th century Gothic church was built by the Davila family and
intended as a private religious shrine meant for Spanish families to meet
up for prayers. Restored in 1884, you may take a tour and view its period
art, interior arches and the Virgen de los Remedios at the altar.
Best Time to visit Santo Domingo
The best time to book Santo Domingo flights is from November to March when
the weather is good for a visit to the beach. Avoid booking San Juan to
Santo Domingo flights from August to October, as it is a hurricane season.