Santo Domingo Culture & history

Our most recommended Santo Domingo Culture & history

Punta Cana: Santo Domingo Day Trip with Tickets and Lunch

1. Punta Cana: Santo Domingo Day Trip with Tickets and Lunch

Santo Domingo is a magical city, full of history, culture and amazing landscapes. Explore the oldest Capital of the “New” World, Santo Domingo, the first city founded in America. This sightseeing tour shows you a city full of history and culture. A great activity for the whole family. - We will pick you up at your Hotel to start an incredible trip to Santo Domingo, during the trip you will see incredible details about the Culture of the Dominican Republic. - Upon arrival in Santo Domingo you will visit the incredible cenotes of Los Tres Ojos National Park, especially natural and magical. - You will visit the most important monuments of the City: The 1st Cathedral of America, the Alcázar de Colón and the National Pantheon, El Faro a Colón. - We will take a walk through the Colonial Zone, a romantic street, the first in America, “The Ladies”. Enjoying an ancient but picturesque panoramic view. It operates every day. Its approximate duration is 10 hours.

From Punta Cana: Santo Domingo Full-Day Trip with Lunch

2. From Punta Cana: Santo Domingo Full-Day Trip with Lunch

Join a full-day experience leaving from Bávaro and Bayahibe through the new Autovía del Este. Walk in the cobblestoned historic core of Santo Domingo and visit the cathedral. Observe iconic spots like the Alcázar de Colón Palace, National Pantheon, and Los Tres Ojos. After arriving in Santo Domingo, head to your first stop, the open-air limestone cave and lakes of Los Tres Ojos. Continue the tour until you reach the Colón Lighthouse. Listen to its history and take photos of the view around you. Stroll around the coffee-lined Plaza de España and Colonial Zone. See the Alcázar de Colón palace, now one of the city’s many museums, displaying medieval and Renaissance art. Learn about the past and present of the oldest city in the Americas. Stop for a buffet lunch in a restaurant in the Colonial Zone. Pay homage to the First Cathedral of the Americas. Move on to the first street, Calle de Las Damas, and other colonial monuments from the 15th and 16th centuries. Take in a panoramic view of the modern city, residential areas, and the Presidential Palace. Enjoy free time to take a walk around El Conde where you can see old buildings or go shopping.

Santo Domingo: Ciudad Colonial Neighborhood Guided Bike Tour

3. Santo Domingo: Ciudad Colonial Neighborhood Guided Bike Tour

Discover the Colonial Zone in the most fun and authentic way covering more ground in less time. During the tour we share both historic and cultural insights riding by the most beautiful hidden corners with plenty of instagramable locations. It´s the first thing you should do when you get in town so you get the most out of your stay. In two hours we will ride through the sea side for panoramic view of the city while enjoying the Caribbean sea breeze, visit all the main parks and plazas as well as centuries old ruins, churches and all sorts of small local businesses that express the best of our culture. By the end of the tour you will feel like a local, knowing all the best spots to go eat, drink, dance and shop. Come ride with us and experience the best of Santo Domingo. Other things to note It's a 7 KM tour adapted for all ages. Show up 15 min before for the tour.

Santo Domingo: The Best of Santo Domingo City Tour

4. Santo Domingo: The Best of Santo Domingo City Tour

Together with a professional guide, you will visit the most charming places in the city. You will have a chance to explore the city while hearing fascinating facts and legends. It was the Santo Domingo Tsachila people that attracted tourists from all over the world in the 1960s. What made the Tsachila people so special? What was so unique and charming about their lifestyle? What was the meaning behind the red braids? You will be surprised how many stories are hidden in the streets, buildings, and corners of Santo Domingo. Your charming guide will tell you what is special and unique about living in this city. Perfect for those visiting the city for the first time and wanting to get the most out of it! You will also get to experience the following attractions: - Fortaleza Ozama - Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación - Columbus Park - Pantheon of the Fatherland - Museum of the Royal Houses

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What people are saying about Santo Domingo

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 43 reviews

The 2 hours bike tour is the best way to start the visit in Dominican Republic, but just Santo Domingo. The tour will teach a lot about origins of the country, traditions and history from arrival of Tahinos till the independence from Spanish and Haiti. All in a very simple and pleasant way, while riding around the colorful and vibrant streets of the colonial zone. The tour guide is very knowledgeable and he will give lots of incredible recommendations about local habits as well as nightlife and local restaurants tips. Thanks to this tour we discovered how fascinating, colorful and at the same time full of controversies this country can be. The ride through the barrio outside the colonial zone is eyes opening. We were amazed by the colonial zone and the culture surrounding us. I would definitely do the bike tour again and I highly recommend anyone to get the gist of the Dominican culture through this ride, even if only visiting town for one day!

Overall, the trip to Santo Domingo was worth it. Sometimes the tour guide was a bit stressed and you always had to move on relatively quickly. The English wasn't easy to understand either. We were particularly annoyed that we Germans were the only ones who had to give money to the “driver” of the raft. That was in the caves and all Spanish speaking people didn't have to pay anything. It was only $2 but you still felt extremely unfairly treated.

Jise was an excellent guy, he’s friendly , Knowledgeable and speaks English extremely well!

Raul, our guide and driver, was exceptional. Santo Domingo is a beautiful town

Excellent excursion, exhausting but I recommend it 100%