Santo Domingo Attractions

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Santo Domingo is the capital city of the Dominican Republic, but it is also the oldest continually inhabited European settlement in the New World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  This means that you'll find a new landmark at every corner, and be able to learn about local culture and heritage just by walking down the streets.  Old and new mix when the sun goes down, because this town has a hopping nightlife that includes several casinos.  


You'll find several beaches to visit in and around the area. Just click on the beach names for detailed information about that specific beach.

Punta Torrecillas Beach: Punta Torrecillas Beach is located near the mouth of the Ozama River, and juts out from the coast like a finger pointing west. The beach enjoys soft, tan colored sand, deep blue waters, and is lined with trees.

A second alternative to consider is Montesinos Beach. Set in the very busy Zona Colonial of San Miguel, it goes without saying that Monesinos Beach is a well visited beach along the Dominican Republic's south coast. The waters that wash ashore this beach come from the Caribbean Sea, making it calm enough for young swimmers to enjoy.

Guibia Beach: Set on a tan colored stretch of sand with dark blue green waters, Guibia Beach is located in the busy Santo Domingo. The tree is lined with trees to protect it from the major road that runs right behind it, and surrounded by beach side buildings.

Needless to say, you'll find a nice selection of choices for beaches in and around the area. Those interested can obtain more information here.

Landmark Attractions

Museo Mundo De Ambar

An interesting landmark worth visiting is Museo Mundo De Ambar. It is located within Zona Colonial, in central Santo Domingo. Amber is not only a stone fit to be set in jewelry, but it also gives a geological picture of the area is it found in. At the Amber World Museum, you can view pieces of amber which within them have a number of fossilized creatures and vegetation.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is Museo Bellapart. It is found in central Santo Domingo. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Larimar Museum: The Larimar Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

These examples are just some of what's on the island. Those interested can find out more about landmarks in this area on this page.

Natural Attractions

Jardín Botánico Nacional

Jardín Botánico Nacional is one of the outdoor tourist attractions you might enjoy visiting. Few things are more relaxing than a stroll through a well-kept garden on a nice day. Jardín Botánico Nacional is the largest botanical garden in Latin America, giving guests plenty of time and space to wander and enjoy.

Another site to consider is Plaza De Espana. Plaza De Espana is a historic plaza that runs in front of Don Diego Columbus's former residence, as well as numerous shops and restaurants. The plaza is bordered by what were once the ramparts that walled the city in.

Santo Domingo includes a nice selection of nature attractions. Anyone needing to find out more concerning natural attractions in this area, can easily do so by visiting this page.


Looking for a bit of action? Vacationers hoping to test their luck on the slots will discover a few opportunities to do so in this area.

Barceló Santo Domingo Casino is located within downtown Santo Domingo. The casino is open from noon through 5:00 am.

The gaming choices in Santo Domingo are listed here:

Gambling In Santo Domingo
Name Located At Phone Location
Barceló Santo Domingo Casino Barceló Santo Domingo (809) 563-5000 Downtown Santo Domingo
Barceló Santo Domingo Casino Barceló Santo Domingo (809) 563-5000 Downtown Santo Domingo
Omni Casino -- (809) 685-2867 Downtown Santo Domingo

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