Santo Domingo is the capital city for the Dominican Republic; it’s also the nation’s largest city with nearly four million residents. This bustling Caribbean seaport is one of the America’s longest continuous European settlements. Boasting Spanish colonial charm with its cobblestone streets married with a festive and colorful Caribbean culture, Santo Domingo is the cultural capital of the Dominican. The city is renowned for its rich history along with its urban appeal and lively nightlife scene.
- U.S. travelers: Valid passport needed for entry
- Official language: Spanish
- Official currency: Dominican peso (American currency is widely accepted)
- Climate: Average annual temperature is 77° F
This Caribbean capital city has a deeply rooted history as it is considered the oldest European city in the New World and is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Santo Domingo is located on the southern shore of the Dominican Republic where the Ozama River meets the Caribbean Sea.
The heart of the tourist part of Santo Domingo lies in its colonial core. The Zona Colonial contains many of the city’s oldest structures from fortresses to historic churches and the signature Spanish architecture and charming cobblestone streets. Visitors will be pleased with the vast array of restaurants and bars that stay open late into the night, providing the young population and visitors with a bustling nightlife. Santo Domingo is one of the Caribbean’s most populous and lively cities with plenty of historic, entertaining, and relaxing attractions. From resorts to sports facilities and museums to historic plazas, the attractions abound. The cosmopolitan city is quite large, diverse, and spread out. Nearby resort and beach destinations as well as ecotourism in the Dominican rainforests provide additional opportunities for travelers looking to explore beyond the core of the city.