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Frequently Asked Questions
How is the weather in Santo Domingo?
Santo Domingo has a tropical climate with temperatures averaging between 70°F (21°C) and 90°F (32°C) year-round. The city experiences a rainy season from May to November, with the driest period occurring from December to April.
What are some of the best things to do in Santo Domingo?
Visitors in Santo Domingo enjoy strolling through the cobblestone streets of the Zona Colonial, learning about the city's history at local museums, or relaxing on the nearby Boca Chica beach. Shopping at Mercado Modelo or savoring local cuisine at a restaurant on the Malecón are also popular activities.
What is the best time of year to visit Santo Domingo?
The most frequented time to visit Santo Domingo is between November and March when the weather averages between 70°F (21°C) and 80°F (27°C). Many choose this period to enjoy the Santo Domingo Jazz Festival in November, or celebrate the Dominican Republic's Independence Day in February.
What are the best places to stay in Santo Domingo?
The Zona Colonial, known for its historic charm, and Piantini, famous for its modern, upscale vibe, are popular areas to stay in. Evaristo Morales is another favourite, known for its luxury shopping and dining options, while Gazcue is often chosen for its proximity to cultural sites.
What are the best places to visit in Santo Domingo?
In Santo Domingo, you can explore the Zona Colonial, a UNESCO World Heritage site rich in history. Visit the Catedral Primada de America, the oldest cathedral in the Americas, or wander around the Alcázar de Colón, a colonial palace. The Museo de las Casas Reales and the Parque Colón are also popular among visitors.
What are some hiking trails in Santo Domingo?
While Santo Domingo is not known for its hiking, there are trails in proximity. The lush trails of the National Botanical Garden are perfect for a leisurely walk. More seasoned hikers can venture to the nearby Parque Nacional Los Haitises for an immersive natural experience.
What are some family activities to do in Santo Domingo?
Families can enjoy a day at the National Aquarium, explore the exhibits at the Children's Museum, or visit the National Zoo. A walk through the National Botanical Garden or a visit to the Santo Domingo Botanical Garden's Butterfly House also make for great family days out.
What are some of the best day trip ideas in Santo Domingo?
You could spend a day exploring the natural beauty of Los Tres Ojos National Park or venture to Boca Chica, a beach town located about 30 kilometers away. For a historical adventure, consider a trip to San Pedro De Macoris, famous for its unique architecture.
Are there vacation home rentals with a dedicated workspace in Santo Domingo?
Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 70 vacation home rentals in Santo Domingo featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.
How much does it cost to stay in vacation home rentals in Santo Domingo?
Experience the best of Santo Domingo with our vacation home rentals, starting at about $10 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.
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All About Santo Domingo
Santo Domingo sits on the southern shore of the Dominican Republic and is one of the oldest cities in the Caribbean. The cobblestone streets and 16th-century buildings illustrate this capital city’s long history. As you wander the narrow lanes, you’ll take in vibrant town squares and old palaces now home to fascinating museums — such as Alcázar de Colón, part of the Ciudad Colonial UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the oldest cathedrals in the Americas, the 16th-century Catedral Primada de América, stands in a lively, leafy plaza amid people seated on shaded benches or enjoying coffee in the nearby cafe.
The Malecón de Santo Domingo promenade provides a fantastic spot to take in the sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea while enjoying a cold beer or a bite at one of the restaurants and bars on the waterfront. For a small taste of the country’s natural scenery, you can head out to Three Eyes National Park, with its three turquoise lakes, or the National Botanical Gardens, brimming with indigenous plants and peaceful green spaces.
The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Santo Domingo
As a tropical destination, Santo Domingo has warm weather all year round. It also experiences a dry season from around November to March, which is a lovely time to explore some of the Dominican Republic’s spectacular beaches. The dry season is also the busiest time of the year, especially during Carnival, which sees colorful parades and nationwide celebrations for the month of February, culminating on Independence Day on February 27. The historic center of town can get crowded during this time, which is good to keep in mind when you’re booking your Santo Domingo apartment rental. Visitor numbers start to thin out in April and May as the rainy season approaches, which is a pleasant time for exploring the city’s narrow streets. The rainy season lasts from May to November, with short bursts of rainfall followed by hours of sunshine.
Top things to do in Santo Domingo
National Botanic Garden
One of the largest botanical gardens in the Caribbean, this sprawling complex showcases the diversity of the Dominican Republic’s various ecosystems. As you walk through the central square, you can admire ponds full of aquatic plants and colorful fish and check out the massive floral clock. At the Herbarium, you’ll learn about the native plants used in traditional medicine.
The Three Eyes National Park
Just a 10-minute drive from Santo Domingo, this spectacular nature reserve is home to a complex open-air limestone cave system. Its three crystal-clear turquoise lakes — the Three Eyes — are fed by an underground river and surrounded by dramatic stalactites and stalagmites. Lush forests envelop the caves, and if you are lucky, you may spot fish, turtles, or bats while you are there.
Calle Las Damas
Built in 1502, this cobblestone street was one of the first paved streets in the Americas and is lined with some of Santo Domingo’s oldest buildings, including the Fortaleza Ozama, one of the oldest forts in the Americas and a World Heritage Site. “The Ladies Street” is named after the gracious women who strolled along the street during the evenings.