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. 


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.

There are a couple of dive operators and a small number of interesting dive sites in the area. If you want to get comprehensive information concerning diving opportunities in this area, can do so here.


The Dominican Republic Golf

Enjoy playing golf? There are a couple of golf courses in this area. The area courses are Isabel Villas Golf and Santo Domingo Country Club. For more information concerning the course, including contact information, number of holes, location, and more simply click on the name of the course. For a more comprehensive look at this topic, navigate to this guide, which discusses golfing throughout the Dominican Republic.


Arte Berri

If you have some folks who enjoy shopping vacationing with you, they might be interested to know that more than 75 retailers operate in this area. To navigate to our page about shopping in Santo Domingo, click this link.


Museo Mundo De Ambar

You should plan on spending a day experiencing the culture, sights and sounds of Santo Domingo. Interesting sights include 37 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to visitors Travelers who like spending time outdoors typically enjoy spending some time at the area's outdoor parks and botanical gardens. To find out more about area sightseeing attractions, click here.

Details concerning a firm that will direct you to some of the most enjoyable local sights can be seen directly below.

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


Going to a spa might be one of the most memorable parts of your vacation. Finding a spa that you'll like shouldn't be hard, since there are 7 spas in this area. To read more about the options, click this link.


Renaissance Jaragua Hotel and Casino

If you want to play some tennis your best bet is to stay at a hotel that has a tennis court. Fortunately, you can choose from 3 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The following information may help with you make a decision. At a glance, you can see the number of courts on-site, whether lighting is offered, and some other details. Click on each name to read about other aspects of 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 example, Renaissance Jaragua Hotel and Casino has 4 tennis courts for guests to use, so you aren't likely to have a lot of competition for court time.

Other Activities

The chart right below offers some details concerning other activities.

Other Activities In Santo Domingo
Name Type Phone Location
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
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
Cinema Centro Malecon Movie Theater -- Downtown Santo Domingo
Cinemateca Movie Theater (809) 689-6102 Downtown Santo Domingo
Cultural Center of Spain in Santo Domingo Concert Halls and Performing Arts Centers (809) 686-8212 Downtown Santo Domingo
Eduardo Brito National Theater Concert Halls and Performing Arts Centers 1 809-687-3191 Downtown Santo Domingo
Emmanuel Gimnasio Fitness Centers and Instructors -- Central Santo Domingo
Estadio Olimpico Felix Sanchez Sporting Event Venue (809) 540-4010 ext. 2013 Central Santo Domingo
Estadio Quisqueya Sporting Event Venue (809) 616-1224 ext. 11 Central Santo Domingo
Fine Arts Novo-Centro Movie Theater (809) 540-6964 Central Santo Domingo
Hollywood Diamond Movie Theater (809) 565-8877 Central Santo Domingo
Kennedy Billar Club Billiard Hall (809) 540-0702 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 47431100 Central Santo Domingo
Teatro Guloya Concert Halls and Performing Arts Centers (809) 685-4856 Downtown Santo Domingo

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