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.

There are a couple of dive operators and a small number of interesting dive sites to choose from. Take advantage of this page regarding diving in this area if you want to find more facts.

Golf

Cayacoa Golf Club

Enjoy playing golf? You might be happy to learn a few exist in the area. The courses in the area are Cayacoa Golf Club, Santo Domingo Country Club, and Isabel Villas Golf. To read a detailed article concerning the course, including location, number of holes, and more all you have to do is click on the course name. To navigate to our detailed guide to golf throughout Dominican Republic, follow this link.

Shopping

Arte Berri

If you are traveling with some foks who enjoy exploring new shops they might enjoy exploring some of the area's 85 retail stores. To read about opportunities for shopping in Santo Domingo, visit this page.

Sightseeing

Museo Mundo De Ambar

You should plan on spending at least a day exploring the culture, sights and sounds of Santo Domingo. The area's sights include 37 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to vacationers. Nature enthusiasts will probably have a pleasant time visiting the area's outdoor parks and botanical gardens. To learn more about area sightseeing attractions, go to this article.

The following chart provides some details regarding a firm that will direct you to some of the most enjoyable local sights.

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

Enjoying a spa could be one of the most enjoyable parts of your entire vacation. Spa-goers will find plenty of options, given the fact that there are 16 spas that operate in this area. Anyone who needs to find out more concerning this topic can do so by clicking on this link.

Tennis

Renaissance Jaragua Hotel and Casino

If you'd like to play some tennis during your visit 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 information that follows can help clarify your options. You can view the number of courts on-site, whether lighting is available for evening play, and a few 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 instance, 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

Information about many other activities are listed in the following chart.

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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