Drawing its name from the capital of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo Province is filled to the brim with historical sites, postcard-perfect beaches, and a contagious joy that resonates through the vibrant culture. Boasting plenty of sun-soaked days to enjoy the laid-back lifestyle and beach scene, this is an ideal spot to get away from the rat race and indulge your island fever.
From the landing spots of Columbus' voyages and ancient cathedrals to sugar-sand beaches and attractions close by, our vacation rentals in Santo Domingo are ideal for solo travelers, large groups, and romantic getaways.
Hugging the southern coast of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo Province is about 40 miles from the seaside town of Juan Dolio and 110 miles west of the resorts at Punta Cana. With the ocean as your playground and cultural sites around every corner, you'll be in the ideal spot for fun.
Grab your camera, walking shoes, and maybe a towel and then head to The 3 Eyes National Park. The three lakes on the national site have given the park its name, while the open-air cave gives explorers the chance to capture stunning photographs, then take a tour to learn about the geology of the area. If there are not many people, you might be able to get on a boat to see the hidden, fourth lake.
Head down to the sweeping white sand beaches of Boca Chica to bask in the warm rays of the sun, and dive into some beachside action. This popular beach offers sheltered waters that provide pristine conditions for swimming and water sports.
Book your spot on an eco-tour to see the local wildlife and learn about the natural wonders that have made Santo Domingo a world-renowned destination. Take the crew over to the National Zoological Park and see wild land endangered creatures in a protected environment to help teach the public about their lifecycles and habitats.
Jump on a jeep safari and head out into the lush landscape with expert guides that will tell you the history of the area as well as interesting facts about the sky-high vegetation. If you want to hit the high seas, make sure to reserve your spot on a deep sea fishing excursion where you can do battle with a trophy fish, or maybe just try to bring home a fresh catch to throw on the grill at your vacation rental.
Take a day trip to Punta Cana to treat everyone to a day of zip lining adventures, blue flag beaches, and of course, world-class golf courses with prestigious designers like PB Dye and Jack Nicklaus. You'll definitely want to find time to swim with the dolphins before you head back to your home away from home.
Golf lovers will want to plan a quick trip to Juan Dolio to drive down the links and spend some time basking in the sapphire blue waters that play the backdrop to your round. Afterward, wander through the unique shops and indulge your pallet with a plate of fresh, locally-caught seafood.
Pack your swimsuit, charge your camera, and leave your stress behind when you come make your beachside memories in a vacation rental in Santo Domingo Province. With the capital just a short drive away, and a wide array of ways to slip into the beach lifestyle, there is no wrong time to plan your visit to this exciting destination in the Dominican Republic!
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