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 discover an abundance of beaches to choose from in and around the area. Click on the beach names for a detailed review of that particular stretch of sand.

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.

Another place worth considering is Montesinos Beach. Set off from a relatively busy port, Montestinos Beach has tan colored sand and green murky waters. Sail boats and cruise ships are always on the horizon.

Guibia Beach: Guibia Beach is located right off Avenida George Washington. Park amid the trees just before the sand.

Luckily, the area has a nice selection of choices for beaches in and around the area. To learn about more beaches available, follow this link.

Landmark Attractions

Museo Mundo De Ambar

A common landmark for vacationers is Museo Mundo De Ambar. It is found in Zona Colonial, in central Santo Domingo. Each piece of amber at the museum has a data card within information about when it hardened and what fossilized inside it.

Another landmark that often intrigues visitors is Museo Bellapart. It is located in central Santo Domingo. There are 2,000 pieces in the permanent collection which provides a complete overview of the historic and current arts scene in the Dominican Republic. Some pieces date back as far as the 1890s and cover mediums such as paint, sculpture, print, and drawing.

Larimar Museum: Tourists with an interest in geology won't want to miss the Larimar Museum, which touches on a rare variety of pectolite which is blue and only available in the Dominican Republic.

This region has a wider range of sites to visit. To visit our complete guide to other interesting places to visit in Santo Domingo, check out this page.

Natural Attractions

Jardín Botánico Nacional

Those visitors who enjoy natural surroundings are likely to have a good time at Jardín Botánico Nacional. 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 local attraction worth a visit 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 has quite a few other nature attractions. Those wanting to find out more about natural attractions in Santo Domingo, can learn more by clicking on this link.


Feeling Lucky? Those hoping to test their luck in some gaming action have plenty of opportunities to do so in this area.

Jaragua Casino has a restaurant, so you can eat before, during or after the gaming action. Open 24-hours a day, Renaissance Jaragua Casino offers guests the opportunity to get their game on no matter how late or early the hour. Pumping loud music through the facility, often performed life, the atmosphere at this casino is truly electric.

If you like slot machines, consider heading to Barceló Santo Domingo Casino. The casino is open from noon through 5:00 am.

Aurora del Sol Casino offers a wide array of games for visitors to play, including Bingo, Blackjack, and Poker. There is a real possibility that you can win big when you spend an evening on the town at Aurora del Sol Casino. Not only are slots and poker favorite games at this spot, but they also host Bingo nights, a favorite amongst vacationers in the Dominican Republic.

Of course, you'll find a wider range of choices. Use this link to find our page dedicated to gaming in Santo Domingo.


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