Activities in Santo Domingo

One of the oldest cities in the New World, Santo Domingo is the Caribbean's first city.  It is a little different than other popular tourist destinations on the island, perhaps most comparable to Old San Juan on Puerto Rico than any other place on Dominican Republic.  Tourists will find a living, breathing entity that is the most urban of the cities here, alight with cultural attractions and many activities that center around the history of the island.

Sightseeing is the top activity in Santo Domingo, especially in the Zona Colonial area where there are historic churches, the oldest surviving European church, museums, and government buildings.  Shopping, dining, and partying after hours are also popular activities.  If you're interested in more adventurous activities and watersports, you may want to sign up for a tour that takes you outside of city limits. 

Diving

Santo Domingo Diving

Santo Domingo itslef is a poor place to go diving. However, the convenience of the largest city in the Caribbean means plenty of services, transportation, and information for divers heading elsewhere in the nation. However, if you are set on diving here, you will have some options.

You'll find a couple of dive operators and a small number of interesting dive sites to choose from. For a more thorough discussion of scuba diving in this area read this page.

Golf

Cayacoa Golf Club

If you like to play golf you might be happy to discover there are a few area golf courses. The courses in the area are Cayacoa Golf Club, Santo Domingo Country Club, and Isabel Villas Golf. Click on the name of the course for more information concerning the course, including location, number of holes, and more. Furthermore, you can visit this article if you're looking for additional specifics regarding golfing throughout Dominican Republic.

Shopping

Arte Berri

If you have some avid shoppers vacationing with you, they can browse some of the 85 retail shops in the area. You can go to this article if you'd like to read more concerning shopping in Santo Domingo.

Sightseeing

Museo Mundo De Ambar

You should plan on spending at least a day experiencing the culture, sounds and sights of Santo Domingo. Interesting sights include 37 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to tourists. Assuming you enjoy the natural environment will probably have fun visiting the area's outdoor parks and botanical gardens. To read our detailed guide to attractions, follow this link.

Glance through the following chart to read more about a firm that will help you get the most out of your sightseeing time.

Sightseeing Services In Santo Domingo
Name Type Phone Location Island
Explora Ecotour Nature Tourism Service (809) 567-1852 Central Santo Domingo the Dominican Republic

Spas

Relaxing for a few hours in a spa just might be one of the highlights of your vacation. Finding a spa that you'll like shouldn't be hard, given the fact that there are 16 different spas in this area. Use this link to find our discussion of this topic.

Tennis

Renaissance Jaragua Hotel and Casino

If you're a tennis player your best bet is to make your reservations at a hotel that has a tennis court. Fortunately, there are 3 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The following table summarizes some key facts. At a glance, you'll see the number of courts available, whether lighting is offered, and some other details. Click on the names to read more about the property.

Accommodations with Tennis In Santo Domingo
Property Location Tennis Courts Lit Courts Tennis Pro
Renaissance Jaragua Hotel and Casino Downtown Santo Domingo 4
Dominican Fiesta Hotel 5.4 mi. West-Southwest of Central Santo Domingo 7 check
Hotel Santo Domingo Central Santo Domingo 3 check

For instance, Renaissance Jaragua Hotel and Casino has 4 tennis courts, so you aren't likely to have a lot of competition for court time.

Other Activities

The table directly below enables you to get some key facts concerning other activities.

Other Activities In Santo Domingo
Name Type Phone Location
Agencia Hapica Yarisa Horse and Dog Racetrack (809) 596-1100 Downtown Santo Domingo
Alianza Francesa Concert Halls and Performing Arts Centers (809) 532-2844 Central Santo Domingo
Body Line Gym Fitness Centers and Instructors -- Central Santo Domingo
Body Shop Bella Vista Fitness Centers and Instructors (809) 541-0101 Central Santo Domingo
Broadway 8 Movie Theater (809) 872-0000 Downtown Santo Domingo
Calle de Las Damas Scenic Trail -- Downtown Santo Domingo
Casa De Teatro Concert Halls and Performing Arts Centers (809) 221-3056 Downtown Santo Domingo
Centro Cultural Brasil-Republica Dominicana Concert Halls and Performing Arts Centers (809) 682-1128 Downtown Santo Domingo
Centro Cultural de Espana Concert Halls and Performing Arts Centers (809) 686-8212 Downtown Santo Domingo
Cinema Centro Dominicano, S A Movie Theater (809) 788-2106 Downtown Santo Domingo
Cinema Centro Malecon Movie Theater -- Downtown Santo Domingo
Cinemateca Movie Theater (809) 689-6102 Downtown Santo Domingo
Coliseo Gallistico de Santo Domingo Sporting Event Venue (809) 563-1503 Western part of Santo Domingo
Emmanuel Gimnasio Fitness Centers and Instructors -- Central Santo Domingo
Estadio Olimpico Felix Sanchez Sporting Event Venue -- Central Santo Domingo
Estadio Quisqueya Sporting Event Venue (809) 616-1224 ext. 11 Central Santo Domingo
Field Hockey Stadium Sporting Event Venue -- Eastern part of Santo Domingo
Fine Arts Novo-Centro Movie Theater (809) 540-6964 Central Santo Domingo
Fun Zone Amusement Arcade -- Central Santo Domingo
Hollywood Diamond Movie Theater (809) 565-8877 Central Santo Domingo
Kennedy Billar Club Billiard Hall (809) 540-0702 Downtown Santo Domingo
Milagros Clases De Teatro Movie Theater (809) 598-1147 Downtown Santo Domingo
Movie Center Entertainment Movie Theater -- 5.3 mi. East of Central Santo Domingo
Movie Max Domingo Movie Theater (809) 621-5556 Central Santo Domingo
National Theater Concert Halls and Performing Arts Centers (809) 687-3191 Downtown Santo Domingo
Palacio De Bellas Artes Concert Halls and Performing Arts Centers (809) 687-0504 Downtown Santo Domingo
Palacio de Deportes Sporting Event Venue -- Central Santo Domingo
Plaza Central Cinemas, S A Movie Theater (809) 540-6964 Downtown Santo Domingo
Rincón Del Cine Movie Theater (809) 333-8176 Zona Colonial, Central Santo Domingo
Teatro Guloya Concert Halls and Performing Arts Centers (809) 685-4856 Downtown Santo Domingo
 

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