About Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo is the most populated city in the Caribbean, and stands in 10th place as the highest populated city of Latin America. In the entire Dominican Republic, this is the largest economic, political, commercial, industrial and cultural centre. Santo Domingo was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1990. Stroll through the different cobblestone streets in the Colonial Railway to learn about the architectural richness of the historic centre. The locals are really proud of their country, and you can see their rich culture by visiting different monuments, rich architectural buildings, different parks and museums, all of which they have constructed in honour of the brave heroes who fought for the independence of the country. Beyond its colonial history, the city also boasts of hot popular clubs, cultural institutions and posh restaurants. Experience all the sounds of the Caribbean here from domino pieces slapped on tables, horns from bustling traffic, merengue, bachata music blasting from corner stores, and create vibrant holiday memories that you shall never forget.

Public Transport System

Carro Publicos, Metros, Taxis.

Cleanliness and Efficiency

Efficiency: High; Cleanliness: Moderate

Mode & Cost of Transports

Carro Publicos: These are shared public taxis and cost around RD$25 for a couple of km.

Metros: This mode of transport is cost effective and costs around RD$30 per person for 2 km.

Taxis: These are a private form of transport. The average fare for a 15-25 km trip is around RD$1359.

Basic Items & Cost

Name Price
Water Bottle DOP 22.00
Cup of Coffee DOP 83.00
Milk Carton Pack DOP 62.00
Rice/Kg DOP 51.00
White Bread DOP 65.00
Eggs (12) DOP 100.00
Combo Meal DOP 350.00
Fine Dining DOP 2000.00
Bottle of Coke or Pepsi DOP 44.00
Domestic Beer DOP 100.00
Imported Beer DOP 150.00
Bottle of Wine DOP 525.00
Cigarettes (20 Pack) DOP 200.00
Taxi ( 1 km ) DOP 150.00
Ticket in local transport (Single way). DOP 25.00
Rent ( One Bed Room) DOP 19160.00
  • Do carry your updated passport everywhere.
  • Do check the travel warnings of the travel destinations before leaving for a place.
  • Do carry photocopies of your passport, just in case identification is asked for.
  • Do register with your embassy before you leave for the trip.
  • Don’t leave your bags and luggage unattended in public places.
  • Don’t carry valuables with you, it adds unnecessary risk.
  • Do dress code is a must for some attractions. Do dress appropriately to respect their rules.

Night Life

In the entire Latin American continent, Santo Domingo is considered one of the most vibrant cities for nightlife. In this wonderful city, you will find hundreds of dance clubs, bars, nightclubs, lounges, discos, casinos, hot clubs and tons of young, beautiful people. Santo Domingo has a special kind of nightlife; there is something called Colmados which are basically mini-markets. These transform into liquor shops at nights and are a fun, unique, local experience for your vacation. Here, nightlife is amazingly different - people buy liquor, ice, cups in colmados and bring them outside, enjoying loud music from their car. Santo Domingo has something for everyone with different variants of food and style of nightlife. If you are interested in meeting the locals, go for a nightlife tour, and we promise you're bound to have a lot of fun.

Must See

  • Spend a day walking around the Colonial Zone, since there are so many things to see in and around.
  • Attend the events, exhibits and lectures at Centro Cultural de Espano.
  • Watch a free weekly movie at the popular Casa de Teatro.
  • Watch wonderful dance performances at Plaza Espano.
  • Explore the Mercado Modelo market, it's a must-visit local market in the city.
  • Visit Noche Larga de Los Museo, this is popularly known as a long-night museum. 
  • Visit Plaza de la Cultura, this is a public square with a fountain and some greenery in the city.

Experiences

  • Take a ride to the centre of the country and discover the jewel of the ecotourism of the island. 
  • Go for a Bayaguana Countryside Safari.
  • Pekepolis Amusement Park is really fun to visit for a day. 
  • Explore the historic city of Santo Domingo aboard a 3-wheeled electric scooter, or “Trikke.” 
  • Set sail across the Caribbean waters for the short journey to Saona Island. 
  •  Go for a treasure hunt led by Caribbean pirates and land on Shark Island to see a swashbuckling sword fight.
  • Take a food tour to taste the local cuisines.
  • Explore the largest cavern in Caribbean to have a thrilling experience.

Activities

Shopping

Mercado Modelo
Flea Markets and Bazaars
Ave Mella & Jose Marti Calle, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Distance From City Center
0.6 km
Saundrya RD
Antique Markets
Av. Independencia &, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Distance From City Center
0.6 km
Super Fresh Market
Flea Markets and Bazaars
Av. Tiradentes 49, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Distance From City Center
0.5 km
La Pulga
Flea Markets and Bazaars
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Distance From City Center
0.2 km
Super Bodega Real
Flea Markets and Bazaars
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Distance From City Center
0.2 km
Tienda Mi Closet
Flea Markets and Bazaars
Calle Francisco Prats Ramírez 500, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Distance From City Center
0.6 km
Mini Market La Navidad
Flea Markets and Bazaars
Pantoja, Dominican Republic
Distance From City Center
15.9 km
Colmado De Leon
Flea Markets and Bazaars
Calle 6, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Distance From City Center
0.1 km
Sambil Santo Domingo
Shopping Malls
Avenida John F. Kennedy, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Distance From City Center
0.6 km
BlueMall Santo Domingo
Shopping Malls
Av. Winston Churchill 95, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Distance From City Center
0.9 km
Diamond Mall
Shopping Malls
Av. de Los Próceres, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Distance From City Center
0.8 km
Bella Vista Mall
Shopping Malls
Av Sarasota, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Distance From City Center
0.6 km
Plaza Naco
Shopping Malls
Calle Padre Fantino Falco 32, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Distance From City Center
0.6 km
Joyas Criollas
Handicrafts and Souviners
Calle Dr César Dargam 24, Santo Domingo 10107, Dominican Republic
Distance From City Center
0.4 km
Casa Alfarera Santo Domingo
Handicrafts and Souviners
Calle Mercedes, Santo Domingo 10210, Dominican Republic
Distance From City Center
0.4 km
  • Amber jewellery
  • Hand-rolled cigars
  • Rum
  • Chocolates
  • Cocao tea
  • Guayaberas
  • Necklaces
  • Rings
  • Bracelets
  • Jewellery made of larimar
  • Coffee powder

Official Language

Spanish

Other Language

English, Haitian Creole, Saman... Read more

Spoken Language

Spanish is the official langua... Read more

Currency

Dominican Peso (DOP)

Population

0.97 (Millions)

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Weather

Broken Clouds 25.88°C

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TimeZone

17:21 PM (GMT -04:00)

 

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Ambulance

911

 

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Police

911

 

Electric socket

Type A
Type A (120 V 60 Hz.)
Type B
Type B (120 V 60 Hz.)
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Airport Name / IATA Code

Las Américas-JFPG International Airport - SDQ

Airport Name / IATA Code

JBQ - La Isabela International Airport

Best time to visit

November, December, January, February, March, April - These are the best months to visit as the temperature is moderate and a number of festivals are held at this time.

Moderate time to visit

May, June, July - Humidity, and high temperatures combine to make this season feel slightly uncomfortable while exploring the city.

Worst time to visit

August, September, October - This is considered hurricane season in the city. Strong winds and raging storms can be be dangerous and also prevent you from sightseeing properly.

Taxi

Start Tariff: DOP 200.00

1 Km. Tariff: DOP 150.00

1 Hour Waiting Tariff: DOP 240.00

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