Santo Domingo is the oldest city in America. It was the first seat of the Spanish colonial rule in the New World. Santo Domingo is the site of the first university, cathedral, castle, monastery, and fortress in the New World. The city’s Colonial Zone was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Thousands of people come here to admire the colonial culture. The local architecture is amazing with all its styles. This colourful city is a place of mixing of European, African and Indian traditions.
Here you can cognize aa life in Caribbean style.
Beaches in Santo Domingo
There are many picturesque beaches and calm bays in the suburbs of the city. All the beaches have white sand, turquoise sea and lots of palm-trees.
Boca Chica is the most popular holiday resort in the city. This place perfectly matches for the family rest with children, because there are no strong waves in the sea. Nearby you will find many cosy cafes that offer tasty dishes of fresh seafood.
Caribe Beach is a good place for surfing. Here the waves and wind are pretty strong. If you prefer a secluded rest, go to Guayacanes Beach. This is a calm district without tourist infrastructure.
Juan Dolio is another popular holiday resort in the city. This is a tourist paradise with the numerous cafes, restaurants and various entertainments.
Entertainment and places of interest
Calle Las Damas is the main street of Santo Domingo. Its neighbourhoods belong to UNESCO World Heritage Sites. National Pantheon of the Dominican Republic and Alcázar de Colón are the main highlights of colonial architecture here.
Except these building, you can also admire majestic La Fortaleza Ozama and enjoy a breathtaking city view from its viewing platform.
Calle Isabel La Catolica is one of the symbols in Santo Domingo. This cathedral is considered the oldest Christian temple in America.
George Washington Avenue is a beautiful waterfront where you can enjoy active city life.
There are also several picturesque parks on the territory of the city.
Santo Domingo is a home to numerous museums, many of which are located in the Zona Colonial district. Here you can visit the Museum of Alcázar, in Diego Colon’s restored palace, the Museum of the Casas Reales, with artefacts of the colonial period and a collection of ancient weapons donated by Trujillo. Museo Memorial de la Resistencia Dominicana is documenting the struggle for freedom during the regimes of Trujillo and Balaguer. Museo Duarte is dedicated to the hero of Dominican independence.
Holiday weather in Santo Domingo
This is the city of eternal summer. Santo Domingo experiences a tropical climate. During the whole year, the temperature is similar without differences. However, there are two periods – rainy and dry seasons. Time of the minimal precipitations lasts from December until April. The rainy period occurs during summer and autumn months. Besides, the city is very susceptible to hurricanes.
Thanks to the tropical trade winds, Santo Domingo seldom experiences the heat that one may expect to find.
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