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 services and a small number of dive sites to choose from. Click to read our article about diving opportunities in this area.

Golf

Cayacoa Golf Club

If you enjoy playing golf you'll be pleased to discover there are several golf courses in the area. The courses in the area are Cayacoa Golf Club, Santo Domingo Country Club, and Isabel Villas Golf. Simply click on the name of the course to get additional information concerning the course. In addition, you can navigate to this article if you want additional information concerning golf throughout the Dominican Republic.

Shopping

Arte Berri

If you're vacationing with some shopping aficionados they might enjoy visiting some of the area's 76 retail shops. To visit our detailed page about shopping in Santo Domingo, check out this page.

Sightseeing

Museo Mundo De Ambar

You really should set aside a day for enjoying the sights and sounds of Santo Domingo. The area has 37 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to visitors Nature enthusiasts will probably have a pleasant time visiting the area's outdoor parks and botanical gardens. Anyone who needs to obtain more information concerning area sightseeing opportunities can do so by clicking here.

Information about a firm that will provide a guided tour of some of the most enjoyable sites can be found in the following table:

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 in a spa just might be one of the most enjoyable parts of your entire vacation. Spa-goers will find plenty of options, given the fact that there are 8 different spas in this area. To see our detailed page about spas, click here.

Tennis

Renaissance Jaragua Hotel and Casino

If you like playing tennis 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 can help clarify your options. At a glance, you can see the number of courts available, whether lighting is offered, and some other details. Click on the names to learn 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 finding an open court typically isn't a problem.

Other Activities

Take a look at the table below for information concerning other activities. for information concerning one other option. for information 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
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 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
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
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
Teatro Guloya Concert Halls and Performing Arts Centers (809) 685-4856 Downtown Santo Domingo
 

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