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Santo Domingo

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Introduction

Santa Domingo

Santa Domingo

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Santo Domingo is the capital and largest city in the Dominican Republic. It has a total population of roughly 2.3 million inhabitants in the total metropolitan area and is one of the biggest cities in the Caribbean as well. It is located in the southern part of the country, along the coast of the Caribbean Sea at the mouth of the Ozama river. It is in fact the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the New World, from the end of the 15th century onwards. It is the economic, cultural and political heart of the country and has some fine colonial architecture, museums, cathedrals and other landmarks which deserve a few days' visit.

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Sights and Activities

  • The colonial district of Santo Domingo - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Presidential Palace
  • Teatro Nacional
  • Museo de Arto Moderno (Museum of Modern Art)
  • Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts)
  • Catedral Santa María La Menor - the first Catholic cathedral in the Americas.

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Weather

Santo Domingo enjoys a tropical climate, with the usual hot and humid weather year round. Daytime temperatures average 29 °C while nights rarely drop below 21 °C. May to October is just slightly warmer than the November to April period, the latter also being the dry season, making this time the best for a visit. From May onwards rains intensify and hurricanes are possible from August onwards. That said, anytime of year there are some refreshing rain showers possible.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max29.2 °C29.2 °C29.6 °C30.2 °C30.4 °C30.8 °C31.3 °C31.5 °C31.4 °C31.1 °C30.6 °C29.6 °C
Avg Min19.6 °C19.7 °C20.2 °C21.1 °C22.2 °C22.9 °C22.8 °C22.7 °C22.7 °C22.3 °C21.4 °C20.3 °C
Rainfall63 mm56.8 mm53.8 mm71.9 mm187.7 mm140.1 mm144.6 mm177.4 mm180.9 mm186.8 mm99.8 mm84.3 mm
Rain Days7.66.36.3711.310.311.41211.8139.49

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Getting There

By Plane

Las Américas International Airport (SDQ) near Santo Domingo receives a number of international flights to most neighbouring countries and islands, South America, Central America, North America and several direct flights from Europe as well. Destinations include Frankfurt, Toronto, New York, Madrid and Paris.

By Bus

Buses connect Santo Domingo with all major cities throughout the country and also with some cities in Haiti.

By Boat

Ferries del Caribe offers three weekly ferries between Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic and Mayagüez in Puerto Rico. From Santo Domingo they leave on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:00pm arriving in Mayagüez at 8:00am the following morning. From Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, they leave on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8:00pm, and arrive in Santo Domingo at 8:00am the next morning. The journey takes about 12 hours in both directions.

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Eat

The Dominican Republic is definately a place where you can eat well. If you are in the capital Santo Domingo, do not miss the opportunity for eating affordable "gourmet" and delicious italian food, go to: "Positano"Ristorante. Ave.

  • Roberto Pastoriza Esquina Manuel de Jesus Troncoso - Plaza Dorada, Local 9-A, Santo Domingo. This is a culinary experience, Highly recommended!! Best choice!

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Casa Dona Elvira207 Padre Billini Zona ColonialGuesthouse79
Condominium ParqueCalle palo Hincado 165 Santo DomingoHostel79
Freeman Aparta HotelAv. 4ta. No. 4, respaldo los tres ojosHotel-
Hostal Dominico MundialDuarte 6 esq. Padre Billini, zona colonialGUESTHOUSE64
Hotel Duque De WellingtonAvenida Independencia 304 GazcueHotel74
Hotel FreemanCalle Isabel La Catolica 155 Zona ColonialHostel-
Maison GautreauxFelix Mariano Lluberes #8 GazcueHotel85
Plaza Toledo Bettyes Guest House163 Isabela Catolica, Zona ColonialGUESTHOUSE69
Hotel Residence CityJose Contreras No. 28B Zona UniversitariaHotel-
Hotel Plaza Del SolJosé Contreras no. 25ª, Zona Universitaria, Distrito N. Santo DomingoApartment-
Hostal NómadasCalle Hostos 299 Zona ColonialGuesthouse-
Foreigners Club Hotel#102 Calle Canela Esquina EstrelletaHOTEL-
APART-Hotel Plaza ColonialC/luisa O. Pellerano esq Julio VerneHotel-
Hotel Marina RealAvenida Miguel BarceloHOTEL-
Hotel NaemieCalle Isabel la Catolica 11HOTEL-
Tierraplana Cool HostalHostos 357 frente a las ruinas de san franciscoGUESTHOUSE72
Tropical Island Apart-HotelCalle Caracoles No.67, Corales del Sur.APARTMENT-
Aparta-Hotel TiempoCalle Duarte #319 Esq. Juan Isidro PerezHOTEL-
Rivergate Condo Rentals19 de Marzo n.103 Zona ColonialAPARTMENT-
Room Service Hotel54 Calle Mercedes Zona Colonial Santo DomingoHOTEL-
Hostal Marina RealCalle Miguel Barceló, nº 3 ciudad de Santo DomingoHostel-
El BeaterioCalle Duarte Numero 8 Zona ColonialGUESTHOUSE-
Casa de Huespedes Las MercedesCalle General Luperón 208 Zona ColonialGUESTHOUSE-
Paris' Plaza Colon107, Calle Padre BilliniGUESTHOUSE-
Hostel Casagrande Santo DomingoCalle Sanchez 254HOSTEL-
Paseo Colonial GuesthouseCalle Vicente Celestino Duarte, corner Isabel la CGUESTHOUSE-
Hotel MonumentalCalle El Conde No. 355 2nd FloorHostel-
Hotel Residence CityAvenida Jose Contreras No. 28Hotel-
Hostal YuAv. Pasteur #208 GazcueGUESTHOUSE-

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Keep Connected

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

Post

INPOSDOM is the national postal service of the Dominican Republic and unfortunately, although things are getting better, is not known for its fast and efficient services. It takes at least a few weeks for your letter or postcard to arrive in the USA and even longer for Europe or other continents. It costs from RD$3 to North America and from RD$4 elsewhere for standard letters and postcards. Post offices generally are open from around 8:00am to 3:00pm, though in big cities and tourist resort areas there are sometimes longer hours and you can usually give your postcards are major hotels and resorts as well at all times. Stamps are available at post offices, but at many shops and kiosks and some hotels as well. Sending packages is not recommended through the official postal service, and it's much better to use good international courier companies like UPS, TNT or DHL.

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Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 18.479014
  • Longitude: -69.890784

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