When it comes to relaxing and enthralling tropical vacations, the islands of the Caribbean never disappoint! As nice as the gentle waves and soft, sandy beaches of the area can be, they're even better when paired with a bustling urban atmosphere and a wealth of history. Fortunately, Santo Domingo - the capital of the thriving Dominican Republic- has just that, plus the perfect combination of natural beauty and intriguing culture.
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Whether you're looking to spend an afternoon out in the fresh air or immerse yourself in learning, Santo Domingo has some incredible locations to offer you.
Many of the city's finest museums lie in the San Lázaro district to the southeast. There, you'll find museums of all sizes, from larger facilities like the Museum of the Royal Houses, Museo de Catedral, and Museo Memorial de la Resistencia Dominicana, to smaller, niche fare like the geological Larimar Museum, or the child-friendly Museo Infantil Trampolín. This district also houses a few artistic attractions, including the Guloya Theater and Las Máscaras Theater.
Just across the Ozama River are even more educational attractions, with the Acuario Nacional providing exhibits about the gorgeous local sea life. After a stroll through the breathtaking underwater tunnel, head back into the city to visit Zoodom - the zoo's family-friendly exhibits let you admire exotic mammals, reptiles, and more! You might be lucky enough to tire the kids out so you can enjoy a romantic evening to yourselves in the privacy of your own vacation rental!
As one of the oldest continually-inhabited cities in the Caribbean, Santo Domingo offers a wide variety of historically significant buildings and locales that simply can't be matched by many other cities in the region. Many lie in the city's older Zona Colonial district, whose combination of old-world architecture, abundant art, and sprawling selection of restaurants and bars are always worth a visit.
Start your day with a moving visit to the Catedral Primada de America, with masonry, golden ornamentation, and stained-glass windows to rival any in Europe. Nearby is the Parque Colon, where you can stretch your legs and admire the bronze statue of Christopher Columbus at its center. Afterward, head to the National Pantheon of Heroes to pay your respects at the resting place of some of the nation's most beloved figures.
If you want to add some fresh ocean air with your sightseeing, head to Fort Ozama - a coastal fortification which happens to be one of the oldest such structures in the Americas. The San Antón district has more sights just to the north, like the Alcazar de Colon or nearby Plaza de Armas.
Santo Domingo has plenty of places for visitors looking to stretch their legs in the fresh air. The National Botanical Garden offers trails surrounded by a verdant paradise of lush plant life, while the gentle waters of the Mirador del Norte Park lie just across the Isabella River bordering the city to the north. There's even a water park just near the national aquarium to the southeast!
As nice as the wet and wild rides of Caribbean Splash Water Park can be, nothing compares to the soft white sands of the island's breathtaking beaches. Playa Punta Torrecillas Beach lies where the Ozama River flows into the Caribbean Sea, providing an utterly unique setting for your day in the sun. More conventional beaches await just a few minutes east of the city in Boca Chica, where the golden shores are lined with restaurants, bars, and amazing resort amenities.
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