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Santo Domingo Travel Guide
Introduction- Destination
Santo Domingo is the capital of the Dominican Republic and one of the
Caribbean's oldest cities. Its walled, cobblestoned historic core, the Zona
Colonial, has buildings that date to the 1500s, including the cathedral, which
was the first built in the New World. On the cafe-lined Plaza de España is the
Alcázar de Colón palace. It’s now one of the city’s many museums, displaying
notable medieval and Renaissance art.
Santo Domingo was founded in 1496 by Bartholomew Columbus, brother of
Christopher Columbus, as the capital of the first Spanish colony in the New
World. The original city site was located on the left (east) bank of the Ozama
River and was called Nueva Isabela in honour of Queen Isabella I of Spain. It
was destroyed by a hurricane, however, and was rebuilt in 1502 at its present
location on the right bank of the river. It became the starting point of most of
the Spanish expeditions of exploration and conquest of the other islands of the
West Indies and the adjacent mainland.
Santo Domingo is the industrial, commercial, and financial centre of the
country. Its industrial development has been greatly influenced by the
construction of hydroelectric dams, which furnish its industries with
inexpensive electrical power. The country’s most important industries—such
as metallurgy; the manufacture of refrigerators, petrochemicals and plastics,
cement, and textiles; and food processing—are located in Santo Domingo. The
importance of services, including tourism, to the city’s economy has grown
since the late 20th century.
Santo Domingo claims the oldest university in the Western Hemisphere: the
Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (founded 1538). The city’s other
educational institutions include the Pedro Henríquez Ureña National University
(1966) and a technological institute (1971). Among the noted cultural
institutions are the National Theatre, the music conservatory and the National
Symphony Orchestra, the Museum of Dominican Man—important for its pre-
Columbian collection—and various public and private libraries, especially the
National Library. The two most prominent colonial monuments in Santo
Domingo are the cathedral and the palace of Diego Columbus. The cathedral,
in Spanish Renaissance style, was built between 1514 and 1542. The Columbus
Lighthouse (Faro a Colón) reputedly contains the remains of Christopher
Columbus. The historic district of the city was designated a UNESCO World
Heritage site in 1990. The city has numerous parks and green spaces, including
the National Botanical Garden, established in 1976. Pop. (2002) urban area,
1,887,586; (2010) urban area, 2,581,827.
FAQ
1) Can you recommend a car route?
Santo Domingo disposes many ways of public and private transportation; within
them we can mention:
 Public: there are public busses, cars, cable car & metro. Since Santo
Domingo is very crowded, we suggest you take private transportation.
 Private: you have many options of rental cars, “moto Conchos” (a word
for motorcycle ride), horse carriage, taxi, you can download the digital
app Uber or Cabify and also have the option for helicopter flights.
2) Can you recommend a view point or good photo opportunity nearby?
Good photo opportunities are best found in the Colonial Zone of Santo
Domingo, by Santo Domingo Boardwalk, Boca Chica Reef (peñita) or
on a Rooftop (for example Spire 73 in Intercontinental hotel).
3) Is there anything special happening during the year great for families,
couples?
 Bonyé at the colonial city: Free musical performances of son and
merengue held every Sunday in the Ruinas de San Francisco, Santo
Domingo Colonial City, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
 Carnival of Santo Domingo
 Christmas at the national palace
 New Year parties
 Santo Domingo POP
 Music festivals such as Isle of light, Santo Domingo POP, Festival
Presidente and/or “noche larga de bares” in the Colonial Zone.
4) Are there any things to take into consideration when driving in your
destination? Driving is very hectic in Santo Domingo, drive with
caution. It is not suggested to have open windows in headlight stops,
respond to strangers on the street or let a stranger guide your way.
5) Are there local laws and customs of which I should be aware? Same
as Punta Cana.
Etiquette & Customs in the Dominican
Republic
Meeting Etiquette
 A handshake, with direct eye contact and a welcoming smile is standard.
 Maintaining eye contact is crucial as it indicates interest.
 When shaking hands, use the appropriate greeting for the time of day - "buenos dias",
"buenas noches", or "buenas tardes".
Gift Giving Etiquette
 If invited to dinner at a Dominican's home bring a gift such as chocolates or pastries.
 Avoid gifts that are black or purple. They are considered mourning colours.
 Gifts are opened when received.
Dining Etiquette
If you are invited to a Dominican's house:
 Dress well - Dominicans take pride in their appearance and judge others on their clothing.
 Although punctuality is considered a good thing, guests are not expected to arrive on time for
social occasions. Arriving between 15 and 30 minutes later than the stipulated time is
considered on time.
 Often several generations live in the same house. Show deference to the family elders.
Watch your table manners!
 Wait for the host or hostess to tell you where to sit. There may be a seating plan.
able manners are Continental -- the fork in the left hand and the knife in the right while
eating.
 Meals are generally served family style or buffet style.
 Guests are served first.
 The host says "buen provecho" ("enjoy" or "have a good meal") as an invitation to start
eating.
 Always keep your hands visible when eating, but do not rest your elbows on the table.
 You may leave a small amount of food on your plate when you have finished eating.
 When you have finished eating, place your knife and fork across your plate with the prongs
facing down and the handles facing to the right.
Tipping
Due to the importance of the tourism industry in The Dominican Republic, and the relatively low
wages earned by people working in the service industry, tipping is generally expected. Where
service charge has not already been included, you should tip waiting staff 10 – 15% of the bill.
You should consider $1/$2 per day for hotel housekeeping staff and a $3 tip for porters and
concierge.
6) What is there to eat in the destination that is unique?
Arepitas de yuca, dulce de cascara de naranja and Mangos (fruit) from Bani (near
by city).
Useful Information
3.1 Useful Telephone Numbers
Police, Fire, Civil Defence, Reporting Excess Noise and Emergencies – 911 will
now be available in the Santo Domingo and Santiago areas.
Direction National Emergencies 809-566-6648.
If you are coming on vacation or are a tourist CESTUR (the tourist police) has a
free app you can put on your phone available on Google Play.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ferreirapablo.CESTURAPP
Fire department – 809-682-4545
Emergency Operations Center – 809-472-0909
Dominican Red Cross – 809-682-4545
A private nationwide ambulance service, ProMed, operates in Santo Domingo,
Santiago, Puerto Plata and La Romana; Telephone number is 809-412-5555
3.2 National Holidays
- Good Friday. 10 April 2020 ( Good Friday occurs on the Friday before Easter.
The day commemorates the Crucifixion of Jesus.)
- April 12, Sunday, 2020 (On Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection
of the Lord, Jesus Christ.)
- Friday, May 1st
, 2020 ( This holiday is most commonly associated as a
commemoration of the achievements of the labour movement. Local name: Día
del Trabajo)
- Thurday, June 11th
,2020 ( The Feast of Corpus Christi is a Catholic festival
celebrated on the second Thursday after Whitsun)
- Restoration Day is a public holiday in the Dominican Republic on August 16th
,
2020. Known in Spanish as 'el día de la Restauración Dominicana', this holiday
commemorates the start of the Dominican Restoration War on this day
in 1863.
- Our Lady of Mercedes is a national holiday in the Dominican Republic
observed on September 24th each year. The day honours the Virgin Mary on
the feast day established by the Mercedian order in the 17th century.
3.3 Business Hours
Generally, shops open from 9am to 7:30pm. Those in malls are open 7 days a
week, 9am to 9 pm, more or less, with shorter hours on some days. Shopping in
Santo Domingo has evolved from the often hot and dusty streets into the new,
modern, air-conditioned malls.
Opening Hours
Banks 9am–4pm Monday to Friday
Restaurants 11am–10pm
Cafes 7am–8pm
Bars and Clubs 8pm–3am
Shops 9am–8pm Monday to Saturday (info taken from lonely planet)
3.4 Electricity
All power sockets in Santo Domingo provide a standard voltage of 110V with a
standard frequency of 60Hz. You can use all your equipment in Santo Domingo
if the outlet voltage in your own country is between 100V-127V. This is mostly
the case in the US, Canada and countries in South America.
Dominican plugs are the same as most found in the USA, and so is the type of
current (110 Volts/60 HZ), so only Europeans will need a converter. Most
electronic devices now operate in the 110V till 240V range, making an adaptor
often all that is needed.
3.5 Currency
The Dominican peso (RD$) is the official unit of currency. You can change money
at the airport or at a bank. In the Colonial Zone, banks are located on Calle Isabel
La Católica, to the north of El Conde. You will also be approached by many
people on the street offering to change dollars/euros to pesos.
The Dominican peso is used in santo domingo, and the exchange rate may
fluctuate according to the Central Bank.
3.6 Language
The majority of the people (about 3 million) live in the capital, Santo Domingo.
Spanish is the official language and the most spoken language in the Dominican
Republic but English is understood and spoken in most places. Learning a few
basic phrases in Spanish can help you interact better with the locals and make it
easier to get around.
3.7 Time Zone
Santo Domingo uses the Standard Time Zone: GMT/UTC - 04:00 hour
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santo domingo.docx

  • 1. Santo Domingo Travel Guide Introduction- Destination Santo Domingo is the capital of the Dominican Republic and one of the Caribbean's oldest cities. Its walled, cobblestoned historic core, the Zona Colonial, has buildings that date to the 1500s, including the cathedral, which was the first built in the New World. On the cafe-lined Plaza de España is the Alcázar de Colón palace. It’s now one of the city’s many museums, displaying notable medieval and Renaissance art. Santo Domingo was founded in 1496 by Bartholomew Columbus, brother of Christopher Columbus, as the capital of the first Spanish colony in the New World. The original city site was located on the left (east) bank of the Ozama River and was called Nueva Isabela in honour of Queen Isabella I of Spain. It was destroyed by a hurricane, however, and was rebuilt in 1502 at its present location on the right bank of the river. It became the starting point of most of the Spanish expeditions of exploration and conquest of the other islands of the West Indies and the adjacent mainland. Santo Domingo is the industrial, commercial, and financial centre of the country. Its industrial development has been greatly influenced by the construction of hydroelectric dams, which furnish its industries with inexpensive electrical power. The country’s most important industries—such as metallurgy; the manufacture of refrigerators, petrochemicals and plastics, cement, and textiles; and food processing—are located in Santo Domingo. The importance of services, including tourism, to the city’s economy has grown since the late 20th century. Santo Domingo claims the oldest university in the Western Hemisphere: the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (founded 1538). The city’s other educational institutions include the Pedro Henríquez Ureña National University (1966) and a technological institute (1971). Among the noted cultural institutions are the National Theatre, the music conservatory and the National Symphony Orchestra, the Museum of Dominican Man—important for its pre- Columbian collection—and various public and private libraries, especially the National Library. The two most prominent colonial monuments in Santo Domingo are the cathedral and the palace of Diego Columbus. The cathedral, in Spanish Renaissance style, was built between 1514 and 1542. The Columbus Lighthouse (Faro a Colón) reputedly contains the remains of Christopher
  • 2. Columbus. The historic district of the city was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1990. The city has numerous parks and green spaces, including the National Botanical Garden, established in 1976. Pop. (2002) urban area, 1,887,586; (2010) urban area, 2,581,827. FAQ 1) Can you recommend a car route? Santo Domingo disposes many ways of public and private transportation; within them we can mention:  Public: there are public busses, cars, cable car & metro. Since Santo Domingo is very crowded, we suggest you take private transportation.  Private: you have many options of rental cars, “moto Conchos” (a word for motorcycle ride), horse carriage, taxi, you can download the digital app Uber or Cabify and also have the option for helicopter flights. 2) Can you recommend a view point or good photo opportunity nearby? Good photo opportunities are best found in the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo, by Santo Domingo Boardwalk, Boca Chica Reef (peñita) or on a Rooftop (for example Spire 73 in Intercontinental hotel). 3) Is there anything special happening during the year great for families, couples?  Bonyé at the colonial city: Free musical performances of son and merengue held every Sunday in the Ruinas de San Francisco, Santo Domingo Colonial City, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Carnival of Santo Domingo  Christmas at the national palace  New Year parties  Santo Domingo POP  Music festivals such as Isle of light, Santo Domingo POP, Festival Presidente and/or “noche larga de bares” in the Colonial Zone. 4) Are there any things to take into consideration when driving in your destination? Driving is very hectic in Santo Domingo, drive with caution. It is not suggested to have open windows in headlight stops, respond to strangers on the street or let a stranger guide your way.
  • 3. 5) Are there local laws and customs of which I should be aware? Same as Punta Cana. Etiquette & Customs in the Dominican Republic Meeting Etiquette  A handshake, with direct eye contact and a welcoming smile is standard.  Maintaining eye contact is crucial as it indicates interest.  When shaking hands, use the appropriate greeting for the time of day - "buenos dias", "buenas noches", or "buenas tardes". Gift Giving Etiquette  If invited to dinner at a Dominican's home bring a gift such as chocolates or pastries.  Avoid gifts that are black or purple. They are considered mourning colours.  Gifts are opened when received. Dining Etiquette If you are invited to a Dominican's house:  Dress well - Dominicans take pride in their appearance and judge others on their clothing.  Although punctuality is considered a good thing, guests are not expected to arrive on time for social occasions. Arriving between 15 and 30 minutes later than the stipulated time is considered on time.  Often several generations live in the same house. Show deference to the family elders. Watch your table manners!  Wait for the host or hostess to tell you where to sit. There may be a seating plan. able manners are Continental -- the fork in the left hand and the knife in the right while eating.
  • 4.  Meals are generally served family style or buffet style.  Guests are served first.  The host says "buen provecho" ("enjoy" or "have a good meal") as an invitation to start eating.  Always keep your hands visible when eating, but do not rest your elbows on the table.  You may leave a small amount of food on your plate when you have finished eating.  When you have finished eating, place your knife and fork across your plate with the prongs facing down and the handles facing to the right. Tipping Due to the importance of the tourism industry in The Dominican Republic, and the relatively low wages earned by people working in the service industry, tipping is generally expected. Where service charge has not already been included, you should tip waiting staff 10 – 15% of the bill. You should consider $1/$2 per day for hotel housekeeping staff and a $3 tip for porters and concierge. 6) What is there to eat in the destination that is unique? Arepitas de yuca, dulce de cascara de naranja and Mangos (fruit) from Bani (near by city). Useful Information 3.1 Useful Telephone Numbers Police, Fire, Civil Defence, Reporting Excess Noise and Emergencies – 911 will now be available in the Santo Domingo and Santiago areas. Direction National Emergencies 809-566-6648. If you are coming on vacation or are a tourist CESTUR (the tourist police) has a free app you can put on your phone available on Google Play. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ferreirapablo.CESTURAPP Fire department – 809-682-4545 Emergency Operations Center – 809-472-0909 Dominican Red Cross – 809-682-4545
  • 5. A private nationwide ambulance service, ProMed, operates in Santo Domingo, Santiago, Puerto Plata and La Romana; Telephone number is 809-412-5555 3.2 National Holidays - Good Friday. 10 April 2020 ( Good Friday occurs on the Friday before Easter. The day commemorates the Crucifixion of Jesus.) - April 12, Sunday, 2020 (On Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of the Lord, Jesus Christ.) - Friday, May 1st , 2020 ( This holiday is most commonly associated as a commemoration of the achievements of the labour movement. Local name: Día del Trabajo) - Thurday, June 11th ,2020 ( The Feast of Corpus Christi is a Catholic festival celebrated on the second Thursday after Whitsun) - Restoration Day is a public holiday in the Dominican Republic on August 16th , 2020. Known in Spanish as 'el día de la Restauración Dominicana', this holiday commemorates the start of the Dominican Restoration War on this day in 1863. - Our Lady of Mercedes is a national holiday in the Dominican Republic observed on September 24th each year. The day honours the Virgin Mary on the feast day established by the Mercedian order in the 17th century. 3.3 Business Hours Generally, shops open from 9am to 7:30pm. Those in malls are open 7 days a week, 9am to 9 pm, more or less, with shorter hours on some days. Shopping in Santo Domingo has evolved from the often hot and dusty streets into the new, modern, air-conditioned malls. Opening Hours Banks 9am–4pm Monday to Friday Restaurants 11am–10pm
  • 6. Cafes 7am–8pm Bars and Clubs 8pm–3am Shops 9am–8pm Monday to Saturday (info taken from lonely planet) 3.4 Electricity All power sockets in Santo Domingo provide a standard voltage of 110V with a standard frequency of 60Hz. You can use all your equipment in Santo Domingo if the outlet voltage in your own country is between 100V-127V. This is mostly the case in the US, Canada and countries in South America. Dominican plugs are the same as most found in the USA, and so is the type of current (110 Volts/60 HZ), so only Europeans will need a converter. Most electronic devices now operate in the 110V till 240V range, making an adaptor often all that is needed. 3.5 Currency The Dominican peso (RD$) is the official unit of currency. You can change money at the airport or at a bank. In the Colonial Zone, banks are located on Calle Isabel La Católica, to the north of El Conde. You will also be approached by many people on the street offering to change dollars/euros to pesos. The Dominican peso is used in santo domingo, and the exchange rate may fluctuate according to the Central Bank. 3.6 Language The majority of the people (about 3 million) live in the capital, Santo Domingo. Spanish is the official language and the most spoken language in the Dominican Republic but English is understood and spoken in most places. Learning a few basic phrases in Spanish can help you interact better with the locals and make it easier to get around. 3.7 Time Zone Santo Domingo uses the Standard Time Zone: GMT/UTC - 04:00 hour
  • 7. 4. Sites of Interest The main thing about Santo Domingo it’s the culture and gastronomical pleasures it beholds. The largest city of the Caribbean in terms of population, Santo Domingo is bustling with things to do. With its Spanish colonial history and its beautiful landscape, the city has a hybrid of past and present things to explore and discover. The tropical city is the perfect place to relax or sightsee 4.1 Los Haitises National Park A beautiful reserve of forests and mountainous areas Coordinates: 19.0582° N, 69.4525° W Los Haitises National Park is a national park located on the remote northeast coast of the Dominican Republic that was established in 1976. It consists of a limestone karst plateau with conical hills, sinkholes and caverns, and there is a large area of mangrove forest on the coast. Covering an area stretching 1,600 km² (618 square miles), Los Haitises National Park is one of the crown jewels of the Dominican Republic’s national park system. Los Haitises–which translates into “hilly land” in the Taino language– attracts numerous visitors who come here by boat to see its magnificent series of 30-meter (98-foot) high rock formations jutting out of the water. The park also boasts extensive mangroves along its bay, which is dotted with cayes that are home to multiple bird colonies, as well as a series of caves known for having one of the highest numbers of petroglyphs and pictographs in the country. You’ll easily spot the endangered Ridgway’s Hawk, the Hispaniolan Piculet, the Hispaniolan Woodpecker, the Hispaniolan Emerald, as well as pelicans, frigate birds, herons, and many more majestic birds in flight over the park’s extensive landscape. Los Haitises also nurtures one of the DR’s few remaining rainforests, once used as a filming location for the feature film Jurassic Park. Explore the park by boat from Samaná, hike its rainforest to view flora up close, or kayak along its lush mangrove system.
  • 8. Address: Los Haitises National Park is located in Samana Bay, about 15 Kilometers from the Port of Samana Town. The National Park is a protected virgin forest accessible mostly by boat from Samana Town with very little road access. Photo: https://www.istockphoto.com/in/photo/close-up-of-a-pelican-bird-in- los-haitises-national-park-gm1093052438-293326141 Photo Caption: Close up of a pelican in nature. Opening hours: Open 24 hours 4.2 Saona Island Island in the Dominican Republic Coordinates: 18.1531° N, 68.6797° W Saona Island lies off the southeastern tip of the Dominican Republic. Part of the East National Park, it's known for mangroves and coral reefs and palm-fringed beaches like Palmilla Beach. The island’s shallow waters are home to starfish. Mano Juan is a laid-back fishing village near Flamingo Lagoon, with colorful shacks and a turtle sanctuary. To the west, the Cave of Cotubanamá has pre- Columbian rock art. Address: Saona Island, 23000, Dominican Republic Photo: https://www.istockphoto.com/in/photo/aerial-view-of-a-beautiful- caribbean-island-saona-dominican-republic-gm1152052512-312420373 Photo Caption: palm trees and turquoise water with a marvelous white sandy beach 4.3 Mona juan ( Saona Island) A heart-of-nature experience Coordinates: 18.1288° N, 68.7311° W The postcard of Saona Island that goes around the world and that motivates excursions to the most visited protected area in the country is attractive and colorful. It is the perfect picture of the beach paradise and belongs to Mano Juan, the fishing village founded in the first years of the 40s of the last century southeast of the largest of the adjacent Dominican islands. It measures 110 square kilometers (22 long and between 5 and 6 wide). It has about 12 beaches,
  • 9. three lagoons and three caves called Cotubanamá, Hoyo de la Lechuza and Hoyo de Conjuro. In spite of the precariousness that Mano Juan faces, this is a town worthy of being visited for its exotic beauty and for its little explored and exploited attractions. Among the most important, include its caves and springs, which have traces left by the Taino culture. Among these are Anamanai and Gaviota (seagull) Spring. The habitants of Mano Juan are very friendly and helpful. Anyone who dares to reach this small village will find gift shops, a restaurant, a hotel with 10 rooms and houses with rooms for the accommodation of tourists. These are rented between RD $ 300 and RD $ 400 per night. Fish is one of the delights of the hand-made gastronomy, but you can also taste dishes based on yautía, yucca, yam, rice and other agricultural products that are produced on the island. Its beautiful beaches, with blue-green waters, are kept in good condition, because they are constantly cleaned. A heart-of-nature experience Coordinates: 18.1288° N, 68.7311° W Address: Mano Juan 23000 ,Dominican Republic Photo: https://www.istockphoto.com/in/photo/typical-village-mano-juan- gm178758236-24847478 Photo Caption: Typical village Mano Juan in Saona island, Dominican republic 4.4 Catalina Island A scenic getaway Coordinates: 18.3541, 69.0076
  • 10. Catalina Island makes a beautiful day trip from Punta Cana. It is situated close to the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic, with a white sand beach beside calm waters that are popular for diving and snorkeling. You’ll witness a wealth of colorful marine life here, especially stunning coral formations. Catalina Island is very scenic, with dramatic rocky coasts and cliffs. Keep an eye out for raccoons and wild hares, considered exotic in this part of the world. Whether by land or sea, the Dominican Republic is a country that makes you say, 'Wow!'. This excursion gives you the best of both with a catamaran cruise to stunning Catalina Island, snorkelling and a tasty lunch on the beach. Sail over to Catalina Island, famed for its colourful coral reefs – it’s a favourite with divers everywhere. Swim and snorkel before being whisked to pristine sands for a buffet lunch, washed down with wine. Spend some hours relaxing on the shore before re-boarding your catamaran and taking the scenic return journey to Bayahibe marina. Or why not opt to add a trip to Altos de Chavon, a replica medieval town complete with a coral rock amphitheater. Rounding off this visit is a Mississippi riverboat ride on the River Chavon. Address: Catalina Island, Dominican Republic Photo: https://www.istockphoto.com/in/photo/catalina-island- gm1144775721-307897883 Photo Caption: Palms on the beach, Catalina Island 4.5 Saona Island A picturesque isle Coordinates: 18.1531, 68.6797 Saona Island is part of the East National Park and is officially protected. It is surrounded by lovely beaches and boasts many indigenous relics from ancient history. The island is lush with a variety of trees, including coconut, mahogany, and logwood. It is inhabited by numerous avian species and its clear blue waters are home to rich marine life. The rocky topography of Saona, dotted with grottoes, caverns and sandy coves, makes it a worthwhile excursion from Punta Cana.
  • 11. Address: Caribbean Sea Photo: https://www.istockphoto.com/in/photo/palm-trees-on-the-tropical- beach-saona-island-dominican-republ-gm506874454-84435125 Photo Caption: A marine paradise 4.6 Altos de Chavón A small town Coordinates: 18.7562° N, 69.6364° W Bayaguana is a municipality (municipio) of the Monte Plata province in the Dominican Republic.[3] As of the Dominican Republic's 2002 census, the municipality had a total population of 34,786 inhabitants, of which 19,001 resided in urban areas and 15,785 in rural areas. Bayaguana was founded in 1606, when Spain resettled colonists from the northern and western part of Hispaniola closer to Santo Domingo, under the government eviction programme known as the devastations of Osorio. Spanish colonists from La Yaguana and Bayajá (present-day Léogâne and Fort-Liberté, Haiti) were resettled in the town. The economy is centered on cattle-ranching and pineapple and rice farming Bayaguana is a city/town with a small population in the province of Monte Plata, Dominican Republic which is located in the continent/region of North America. Cities, towns and places near Bayaguana include La Jironda, Guayabo, San Juan de Bayaguana and San Juan Bautista de Bayaguana. The closest major cities include Santo Domingo, San Pedro De Macoris, La Romana and Santiago. When you’ve got waterfalls, colourful villages and plenty of culture on your doorstep, there’s nothing quite like getting out and into the action. This full day tour sees you mingling with locals at schools, exploring Bayaguana, swimming in waterfalls and seeing how sugar cane and tobacco are processed. A lunch at Salto Alto Ranch completes the day.
  • 12. You’ll get to see and experience the local way of life on this tour, and it all begins with a drive through small villages. Your destination will be a sugar cane plantation to get to know the island’s all-important industry, then a school and a typical home to taste offerings of chocolate, coffee and fruits. Next you’ll walk the streets around Bayaguana, visiting its historic church, the market and a small cigar factory. Then, the natural pools at the bottom of Salto Alto Waterfalls will be calling and you’ll have the chance to take a dip before a buffet lunch at Salto Anto Ranch Address: Bayaguana, Dominican Republic Photo: https://www.gettyimages.in/detail/photo/salto-alto-waterfall- comatillo-river-bayaguana-royalty-free-image/1147968809?adppopup=true Photo Caption: Salto Alto Waterfall, Comatillo River, Bayaguana, 4.7 Juan Dolio tranquil tropical escape Coordinates: 18.4453° N, 69.4129° W Located an hour east of the capital city of Santo Domingo, and closer still to Las Américas International Airport (SDQ), the cosmopolitan beach town of Juan Dolio offers an easy and tranquil tropical escape near the capital city. A favorite of well-heeled urbanites who flock here on weekends, Juan Dolio’s 10-kilometer (six-mile) long, spacious and sparkling white sand beach is dotted with hotels, dive shops, restaurants, and bars, as well as a variety of vacation homes, upscale residential communities, and newly built condominiums. Beyond days spent on Juan Dolio’s stunning beach, a host of nearby attractions awaits. The adjacent Guayacanes fishing village, with its canoe-punctuated white sand beach, offers a perfect day trip filled with local culture, while Playa Caribe’s azure waves attract surfers. Golfers will find their bliss at Juan Dolio’s Guavaberry and Los Marlins courses, teeing along verdant views, while hikers can head to the “cave of wonders,” revealing a wealth of Taino rock art.
  • 13. Juan Dolio is also an ideal base for day trips to Santo Domingo, San Pedro de Macorís, or La Romana. These activity and shopping-packed cities are located within an hour’s reach heading east or west. Juan Dolio is a small seaside community and tourist destination in the province of San Pedro de Macoris on the southern coast of the Dominican Republic on the island of Hispaniola. Juan Dolio has 2,488 inhabitants and belongs to the district municipality Guayacanes. Las Américas International Airport (SDQ) is the ideal port of entry for overnight stays in Juan Dolio. Address: Juan Dolio, 21000, Dominican Republic Photo: https://www.istockphoto.com/in/photo/juan-dolio-tourist-destination- gm1062970918-284182355 Photo Caption: tourist destination with beautiful beaches. 4.8 Boca Chica Carrabian town Coordinates: 18.4548° N, 69.6083° W On weekends Boca Chica caters to Santo Domingo city residents who come for the shallow turquoise-colored waters. Boca Chica is the place to eat fried fish or seafood with a view at one of the many beachside restaurants. On weekdays, tourists can practically have the beach and town to themselves. There are three beach areas: Boca Chica (swimming, dining and night life), Andrés (sailors and sport fishers), La Caleta (divers). Over the years singles tourism has settled in, but Boca Chica’s three all- inclusive resorts are heavily into conference and sports tourism. Tourists staying there get to enjoy a beach, proximity to Las Americas International Airport, are half an hour from the Colonial City, and are close enough to good golfing in Juan Dolio and La Romana.
  • 14. Boca Chica is conveniently close to the Mirador del Este park sports venues, diving at La Caleta Underwater Park, sailing and fishing installations and the beach volleyball courts. Boca Chica is a 10-minute drive from the Las Americas International Airport (SDQ). Boca Chica is a Caribbean town in the Dominican Republic, near Santo Domingo city. It's known for Boca Chica Beach, with its white sand and sheltered waters. In the shallow bay, the mangrove-covered islet La Matica is a habitat for birds. Coral reefs and submerged shipwrecks feature at La Caleta Underwater Park, west of town. Calle Duarte, the main street, is pedestrian-only in the evenings and has lively nightlife. Address: Boca Chica, Dominican Republic Photo: https://www.istockphoto.com/in/photo/palmtree-gm487769867- 39000798 Photo Caption: Caribbean Sea palm tree in Dominican Republic republic 4.9 Distrito Nacional Coordinates: 18.4861° N, 69.9312° W The Distrito Nacional is a subdivision of the Dominican Republic enclosing the capital Santo Domingo. It is not in any of the provinces, but in practice, it acts as a province on its own. Before October 16, 2001, the Distrito Nacional was much larger, including what is now known as Santo Domingo Province. Nearly all tourist attractions and shopping, dining and entertainment venues are located relatively close to each other in the Distrito Nacional, making it easy for you to get around and see the sights. Distrito Nacional has several urban parks, the largest one, Parque Mirador Sur, overlooking the Caribbean Sea from a high cliff from the Avenida Mirador Sur (also called Avenida de la Salud - Health Avenue).
  • 15. There are various nightlife activities available inside the Distrito Nacional. Upscale nightclubs, casinos, hotels, restaurants with international bars are widely available. Discothèque DJs and live performances caters both local sounds (merengue, salsa or bachata) and dance music (house, techno, trance, reggaeton, drum and bass, etc.) Most nightclubs alternate between the two main genres; some other clubs stick almost exclusively to either one. Several chain restaurants are available serving dinner up to midnight. Most restaurants within hotels don't close at all, and the majority of casinos serve complimentary snacks all night. Most restaurants are specialized on the following cuisines: Local, Italian, French, Steakhouse, Mexican, Spanish, Seafood, Chinese and Japanese). There are several movie cinemas that play movies in English (with subtitles) and are on par with worldwide premiers. Jazz music outlets, live theater, live concerts and sports events are available throghtout the whole week. Address: The Distrito Nacional ("National District") is in the south coast of the country. It has the Santo Domingo province to the north, east and west, and the Caribbean Sea to the south. Photo: https://www.gettyimages.ca/detail/photo/estadio-quisqueya-side- royalty-free-image/1073552324 Photo Caption: Football stadium in Distrito Nacional 4.10 Zona Colonial City of History Coordinates: 18.4749° N, 69.8865° W Ciudad Colonial is the historic central neighbourhood of Santo Domingo and the oldest permanent European settlement of the Americas. It has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is also known as Zona Colonial or more colloquially as "La Zona". Going through the gorgeous streets of the Colonial area, you’ll discover buildings from the early years of the 1500s, such as the Alcázar de Colón Fortress, the Primada Cathedral or the Ozama Fortress, among many others.
  • 16. The main streets composing its valued heritage are El Conde, Las Damas and Las Mercedes. An interesting tour around the area can be done by entering the city via The Count’s Gate that access to a pedestrian street with the same name located in front of the Independence Park and which passes through the area until reaching the Ozama river. Along its bank there are located a large number of Colonial buildings that were witnesses of the resurgence of the city and how it was progressively expanded inwards. Needless to say, you can only visit these remarkable constructions prior payment of the corresponding ticket. This initial route, finishing in Spain Square, will allow you to discover the main points of interest of Ciudad Colonial: places such as the Columbus Park, the Ozama Fortress, the Cathedral, the National Pantheon or the Alcázar de Colón (Columbus Alcazar). The gate of “El Conde” especially stands out, as it was built during the second half of the 17th century, in what was known as the old San Genaro Bastion. At the entrance you will be able to read “Dulce et decorum est pro Patria mori” (It is sweet and glorious to die for one’s country). On this very same door the independence of Cuba was declared in 1844. Moreover, it is one of the main spots from where you can take a bus to go to the south of the island, since numerous buses, taxis and public cars stop there. The second door protecting the Colonial area is known as Puerta de la Misericordia Gate or Great Gate, located in Palo Hincado Street. It dates from the end of the 16th century or beginning of the 17th, and it is part of the 16th century walls that used to protect the city. Address: Ciudad Colonial, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Photo: https://www.istockphoto.com/in/photo/ciudad-colonial- santo-domingo-gm692556828-127810235 Photo caption: street view with stone Gateway 5. Experiences
  • 17. Santo Domingo is a city filled with rich history--both old and new. The best way to experience what it has to offer now is to live it like a local 5.1 Chu Chu train Colonial train ride Category: Active Santo Domingo offers you the chance to ride on a little train to explore in a relaxed way the originary area of the later capital city of Dominican Republic. The ChuChu offers a tour of 45 minutes all along the Ciudad Colonial, allowing you to learn about its 500 years of history. Along the way you’ll be able to watch more than 25 monuments of historical interest and discover their secrets and anecdotes, thanks to the audio guides that are available in 7 different languages (Spanish, English, French, Italian, Portuguese, German and Russian). You’ll also discover the stories and legends of the mysterious character hidden in Casa del Tapao, the importance of the beautiful Colonial churches, and many more things. The tours starts in El Conde Street. There are 16 daily tours each day of the week, so there is a route every hour with hostesses and tourist service staff that will help you with any doubt you may have. Enjoy a wonderful trip in the famous Colonial little train and go back 500 years in time. Address: At the corner between El Conde street Nº 60 and Isabel La Católica street, Colonial Area. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Photo: https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/santo-domingo- dominican-republic-january-24-475143379 Photo Caption: Chu Chu Colonial Train 5.2 Shiatsu Massage Chair massages
  • 18. Category: relaation, therapeutic Shiatsu massageXpress is the professional company, pioneer in the Dominican Republic, dedicated to the provision of chair massages. It is a type of therapeutic and relaxation massage. It is done with the client dressed and sitting in an ergonomically designed chair for these purposes. Ideal for people who do not have much time and need to relieve the areas with more tension in the body. The techniques used for a chair massage are several, but the most used are those that lead to finger pressure and shiatsu. These are carried out in the forms of Kata, with palm, digital, elbow and forearm pressures on acupuncture meridian points, stretching, compression and rubbing to disperse muscular tension. The chair massage includes the areas of the head, neck, shoulders, back, waist, hips, arms, hands and feet. Address: Cesar Nicolas Penson #123, Edif Maria Matilde IV, Apto 3 B La Esperilla, Santo Domingo Photo: https://www.istockphoto.com/in/photo/physiotherapist-giving-back- massage-to-a-patient-gm636218646-112739999 Photo Caption: chair massage 5.3 Ziplining and Monkey land expedition High-gear fun, adventure Category: Active Combine a trip to Monkeyland with a zipline circuit and maximize an adventurous day from Punta Cana. Enjoy the antics of squirrel monkeys in their natural jungle habitat, reached by coach or safari-style truck. Sample organic products at coffee and cacao plantations, visit the Coconut House, and enjoy a buffet lunch.
  • 19. Set on five acres in the lush countryside, just outside of Punta Cana, two families of squirrel monkeys greet and charm visitors for up to an hour at a time, posing for cameras and even resting on top of their heads. Expertly trained, the monkeys descend happily from the trees as visitors arrive–they can be safely fed by hand, or photographed as they carry their infants on their backs. Along the way, guides reveal intriguing information on this intelligent species. Punta Cana Zip Line & Monkeyland Tour The most complete combo excursion you will find in Punta Cana! Includes the 12 cables of our Zip Lines Adventures and a visit to the Coconut House and a full 45 minutes of interaction with little monkeys, as well as a typical Dominican lunch! An unforgettable full-day excursion where you zip line across the Dominican forest, taste fresh organic products at our Coconut House, meet and feed adorable squirrel monkeys, and end your perfect day in the countryside with a delicious Dominican lunch. Address: 6980833, -68.67011111111111, 18, Mao, Dominican Republic. Photo: https://www.istockphoto.com/in/photo/mother-and-baby-monkey- gm518910659-49343832 Photo Caption: Squirrel Monkeys. 5.4 Snorkeling Marine fun Category: Relax, Discover, active Punta Cana is a paradise-like place by the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, ideal for a dream vacation. With stunning beaches and crystalline waters, it offers fantastic activities for the whole family. Punta Cana snorkeling is among the best in the world, offering colorful marine wildlife and excellent visibility. Address: Downtown Mall, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
  • 20. Step aboard a glass-bottom catamaran on the fantastic Marinarium tour. A fabulous snorkeling cruise, this day out gives you the chance to get in the water with nurse sharks and sting rays. Admire the view of the coastline as you head to Marinarium Marine Park. You can snorkel along the Dominican Republic’s larger reef here, taking in the wide variety of colorful fish species along the way. Address : Marinarium Excursions, Carretera Cabeza de Toro, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic Photo: https://www.istockphoto.com/in/photo/caribbean-coral-sharks- gm482778180-70280075 Photo Caption: Caribbean coral reefs and sharks. 5.5 Reef Explorer The best multi-activity excursion in Punta Cana! Category: active, adventure, excursion Enjoy a half day multi-activity experience at the Reef Explorer. Take this unique excursion where you will relax on a floating island and discover marine life at the best place in Punta Cana. Have a great snorkeling tour on the reef or spend all the time you want admiring the behavior of our sharks. Feel like a marine biologist for half a day! If you want even more adrenaline, get a close encounter with our friendly stingrays and give them a kiss. Take a kayak or paddle surf and hunt the reef waves, then take our power snorkel and go like James Bond, then sunbathe on our floating mats or get a relaxing hand massage, stone massage or shell massage or spend a moment with our reflexology therapist. A health bar with fruit juices will refresh your thirst and do not forget our vegetables with dips and sandwiches. Enjoy a glass of wine before you leave! Go the speed you want and take the activity you enjoy the most in this
  • 21. unforgettable all inclusive experience at the Reef Explorer. A comfortable bus with A/C is waiting for you now. Ask your representative for details. Address: Carretera Cabeza de Toro, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic Photo: https://www.istockphoto.com/in/photo/man-free-diving-and- snorkelling-on-a-reef-in-caribbean-gm482766126-70275515 Photo Caption: Young man free diving and snorkelling over a reef in the Caribbean Sea 5.6 Submarine (Altos de Chavón and Submarine Tour) A delightful trip Category: Active, explore, marine adventure On this tour, you will explore both the Chavon River and the Caribbean coast of the Dominican Republic. You will visit the impressive artist village of Altos de Chavon, cross the river by catamaran and go on an underwater adventure with a semi-submarine around Bayahibe. And all in one day. You first view the artist town of Altos de Chavon, a model of a European village made entirely of stone. It is above the river and the views beg for a selfie (or more). In the city itself, imagine in the amphitheater what it must have been like when Frank Sinatra performed here. You will visit the archaeological museum and other places before boarding the catamaran, ready for a trip on the river. On board you can sit down for a lunch buffet with Dominican specialties. And meanwhile, subtropical landscapes, bird sanctuaries and plantations pass you by. Then transfer to a semi-submarine for an underwater cruise along Bayahibe to the Atlantic Princess shipwreck. You snorkel among hundreds of fish in the coral and if you don't feel like wet feet, look out the windows at all that underwater life. Address: La Romana 22000, Dominican Republic Photo: https://www.istockphoto.com/in/photo/altos-de-chavon-dominican- republic-gm174082363-21382984
  • 22. Photo Caption: Beautiful village on the top of a hill in the middle of a luxuriant vegetation. Altos de Chavon in the Dominican Republic 5.7 Swim with the dolphins Closeup of marine life Category: Active During your stay in Punta Cana, enjoy an exciting and informative swim with dolphins. Take a closer look at the lives of these beautiful and intelligent marine animals. Enjoy swimming with dolphins, and interact with them as they perform aerial acrobatics for you. Then, finish off with an exhilarating Boogie Push where the dolphin pushes you across the water surface as you ride a boogie board. Additionally, the Swim Adventure Program includes the Belly Ride where you hold onto the dolphin's fins as he rides backwards across the water. Marvel at their neat tricks as they share their love and charisma with you. The specialists will tell you all the information you need to know about these incredible marine mammals. Address: Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic Photo: https://www.istockphoto.com/in/photo/dolphin-gm535812529- 57328548 Photo Caption: Dolphin
  • 23. 5.8 Inland safari Exhilarating Category: Relax, Discover From Puerto Plata to Punta Cana, hopping on an inland safari is a great way to get a feel for the Dominican countryside. Major tour operators offer a variety of excursions into the nearest villages and towns, where you’ll be the only tourists, as you ride deep into the hills on all-terrain trucks, or drive in your own ATV or quad, taking in the scenery and meeting our locals along the way. In Puerto Plata, excursions take you along the north coast’s lush hills and into traditional homes where you’ll sip on freshly chopped coconut to cool off. In Punta Cana, safaris ride through towns like Otra Banda, where meat shops hang their produce outdoors, and end with sun and sand at Macao Beach. Bump and ride past cattle, stop in villages for fresh coconut water, and tour plantations: the DR’s inland safaris are a window into the country’s scenic countryside. INLAND SAFARIS IN PUNTA CANA Ride through the Dominican countryside in off-road vehicles, meet locals, and feel the warmth of the DR. Address: Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic Photo: https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/truck-car-on-offroad- adventure-trail-481092082 Photo Caption: safari Best Beaches The shores on this part of the coast are ranked among the world’s finest, with turquoise waters nudging talcum powder sands and storey-high palm trees swaying in the breeze. Stretch out on a four-poster day bed, or grab a snorkel and explore the coral reef.
  • 24. 6.1 Boca Chica Beach A quiet beauty Coordinates: 25.9965° N, 97.1501° W Visit the well-known Boca Chica Beach just 30 km from Santo Domingo in the south of the Dominican Republic Known as the beach of the city of Santo Domingo, Boca Chica Beach is located just 30 km east of the Dominican capital, located in the Bay of San Andres, in the Dominican Republic. Discover this incredible beach of fine white sand where every weekend a crowd of people looking for a splendid beach day meets in the refreshing tropical waters of the Caribbean. It is one of the most familiar beaches in the area since the water is shallow and the bottom is sandy. It is also a well-known beach where you can find street vendors offering massages to seafood and necklaces, and there is also a wide variety of restaurants in the area where you can taste the national cuisine. It is also a great place to browse the area and discover the beauty of the tropical coast of Santo Domingo from the sea. Just 400 meters from the coast, a coral reef in the shape of a half circle runs along the beach, so the waters that reach the shore are very calm. Address: Abraham Nunez 27, Boca Chica, Dominican Republic Photo: https://www.istockphoto.com/in/photo/boca-chica-beach- gm486472713-38441322 Photo Caption: Caribbean beach in boca Chica 6.2 Juan Dolio Beach Tropical escape Coordinates: 18.4453° N, 69.4129° W
  • 25. Located an hour east of the capital city of Santo Domingo, and closer still to Las Américas International Airport (SDQ), the cosmopolitan beach town of Juan Dolio offers an easy and tranquil tropical escape near the capital city. A favorite of well-heeled urbanites who flock here on weekends, Juan Dolio’s 10-kilometer (six-mile) long, spacious and sparkling white sand beach is dotted with hotels, dive shops, restaurants, and bars, as well as a variety of vacation homes, upscale residential communities, and newly built condominiums Address: Juan Dolio,21000, Dominican Republic Photo: https://www.istockphoto.com/in/photo/juan-dolio-tourist-destination- gm1062970874-284182354 Photo Caption: Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic, tourist destination with beautiful beaches 6.3 Plaza Güibia Beach Tourist attraction in Santo Domingo Coordinates: 18.4588° N, 69.9067° W Located on the South Coast of the Dominican Republic, Guibia Beach is a popular surfing beach on the island. In fact, it was one of the first places that modern surfing was introduced to the islands. Though it was once a popular beach amongst swimmers as well, some of the local resorts have directed their attention to other beaches, making this a beach of seclusion for vacationers who want to escape the crowds. You should consider stopping by even if you are not staying in the vicinity. If hustle and bustle isn't your style, you'll appreciate that the majority of beaches in the Dominican Republic are known for their privacy and seclusion. Of course, some vacationers come to the Dominican Republic looking for activity, and are better suited for one of the few lively beaches, like Guibia Beach. Address: Autopista 30 de Mayo, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Photo: https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/caribbean-sea-cloudy- day-golden-sun-1317378074 Photo Caption: Beach beauty
  • 26. 6.4 Playa Caribe A beautiful escape Coordinates: 18.4083° N, 69.4999° W Also known as Embassy Beach, Playa Caribe is a small beach located between Boca Chica and Juan Dolio. The waters in this inlet are usually calm in the morning but can develop waves in the afternoon, making it a good place for boogie boarding. Facing a picturesque cove, this half-moon shaped beach attracts surfers and boogie boarders on the weekends, flocking here from the capital for a bit of wave action. There are surfboards for rent, and you can get an introductory lesson. Fill up afterwards with a seafood lunch. Address: Playa Caribe, Dominican Republic Photo: https://www.istockphoto.com/in/photo/caribbean-beach- gm894673512-247325466 Photo Caption: Perfect beach in Dominican Republic 6.5 Playa Guayacanes A stunning gateaway Coordinates: 18.4205° N, 69.4511° W Guayacanes beach is located just west of Juan Dolio. It offers plenty of palm trees for relaxing in the shade. This beach is quiet during the week and busy on weekends and holidays. The waters are shallow and usually calm. Playa Guayacanes is a peaceful beach on the southern coast of the Dominican Republic and is located in a fishing village east of the capital Santo Domingo. Those who long for peace and relaxation will find what they are looking for on the fine sandy beach lined with palm trees, because haste and stress are a foreign word here. Especially local families feel at home here. While the parents enjoy a cool cocktail in one of the beach bars or leave the everyday stress behind them in the shade of a palm tree, the little ones can splash around in the shallow water or explore the colourful coral reef in front of the beach with a snorkel.
  • 27. Especially recommended is the fresh fish, which is caught here in the morning off the coast and then freshly prepared on the plate of the restaurant guests. Address: Playa Guayacanes, 21000, Dominican Republic Photo: https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/dominican-republic- guayacanes-beach-1223560336 Photo Caption: Ariel view of playa guayacanes. 6.6 Playa Najayo Magnificent beach Coordinates: 18.2985° N, 70.1093° W Playa Najayo Beach is on the Caribbean coasts of the Dominican Republic, in the Province of San Cristóbal, west of Santo Domingo. This beautiful beach with greyish sand and little pebbles has two different areas: one is bigger than the other and has lots of restaurants and bars. You will enjoy a complete day in this incredible place It is the perfect place for those who seek calm and peace, as it is not a very crowded beach so you can take a refreshing bath in its crystal-clear warm Caribbean waters without throngs of tourists. Besides, the landscape of the Caribbean coast is magnificent, so you can escape from your routine admiring the incomparable beauty of this place Address: 6 km away from Sabana Grande de Palante in the Province of San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic. Photo: https://www.inspirock.com/dominican-republic/san-cristobal/playa- najayo-beach-a7408217965 Photo Caption: Playa Najayo Beach 6.7 Kite Beach Coordinates: Kite Beach (Beach geo coordinates: 19.763437, -70.422567)
  • 28. The Kite Beach is located in the north of the Dominican Republic east of Puerto Plata in the tourist center Cabarete and attracts kitesurfers from all over the world. This is where kitesurfing in the Caribbean came into being. Furthermore, this spot is one of the world's best spots, because both amateurs and experts get their money's worth here. In the morning the wind is weakened and the water is shallow, which is why beginners and children from the age of 12 years try the wind kite. In the afternoon, on the other hand, the wind picks up and the experts race through the water. The sky then fills with colourful dragons - a spectacle that can also be observed from one of the beach bars. The Kite Beach is located on the north coast of the Dominican Republic in the fishing village Cabarete east of Puerto Plata. The beach borders Playa Cabarete, which has made a name for itself as a windsurfing meeting point for the Caribbean. Kite surfing was practiced for the first time at Kite Beach in the Dominican Republic. Meanwhile this relatively small beach belongs to the best kite areas of the world. Address: Kite Beach,Cabarete 57000, Dominican Republic Photo: https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/cabarete-dominican- republic-november-17-2014-383007127 Photo Caption: sky full of kites 6.8 Playa Bonita Beauty of Caribbean beach Coordinates: 19.3108° N, 69.5693° W Playa Bonita is as pretty as its name suggests–a crescent-shaped, cozy white sand beach lined with a variety of boutique hotels, villas, and restaurants. The western edge of the beach is as still as a swimming pool, attracting families, while the eastern side–facing hotels and a kitesurfing school–offers active waves for the adventurous. Pair a day at the beach with lunch at the excellent Hotel Atlantis’s beachfront restaurant, for French and Caribbean cuisine by the sea. Address: Playa Bonita, Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic Photo: https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/caribbean-beach-playa- bonita-dominican-republic-188187560 Photo Caption: The spectacular landscape of Playa Bonita
  • 29. 7. Local Food & Beverage The Dominican Republic has a rich and varied cuisine. As a former Spanish colony, the local cuisine shows a strong Spanish influence, but it also has roots in African and Taino (the indigenous population) traditions. Dominican cuisine shares similarities with several other Latin American cuisines, particularly Puerto Rican and Cuban. While many dishes tend to focus on meat and starches (mainly rice), fruits and vegetables also play an important role in Dominican cuisine. In fact, almost every cafe serves a wide selection of freshly prepared tropical fruit juices. The delicious juice options include chinola (passion fruit), piña (pineapple), lechosa (papaya), zapote (sapote), tamarindo (tamarind) and mango. There are a variety of traditional ingredients that many Europeans and North Americans may not have encountered before. One example is yuca or cassava, a root that is used as a vegetable and also made into a flat bread called casabe. Another is tayota, a type of squash. A final example is platano or plantain, green bananas used in both side dishes and main courses. Many Dominican dishes are prepared with sofrito, a mixture of sautéed vegetables, herbs and spices. The ingredients for sofrito include onions, garlic, green peppers, tomatoes, thyme, parsley, coriander, cilantro and vinegar Photos: https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/dominican-street-vendor- prepares-sells-yaniqueque-1368104462 Yaniqueque – Dominican Flatbread https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/dominican-sancocho-food- cooked-dish-123070429 Traditional Stew.
  • 30. https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/dominican-food-tre-golpe- 1071822815 Mangú (Plantain Mash) 7.1 La Dolcerie Perfect place for breakfast/brunch Coordinates: 18.4704° N, 69.9365° W Category: Dominican, Eclectic This cutesy, kid-friendly restaurant/bakery looks like a French café where chic ladies do lunch. It's buzzing for all three meals (it's the "in" brunch place for residents of this fashionable Piantini neighborhood). Happily, it's still moderately priced, even for apps the size of mains, and generous dishes such as one of the croque madames (perhaps with pulled pork added) or eggs Benedict. At breakfast, they squeeze your juice and tempt you with house-made croissants and beignets. For lunch there's grilled sausages and such sides as homemade waffle-cut fries in silver baskets. Dinner includes delicious mofongquitos (plantain cups filled with veal osso bucco). Signature desserts are luscious. If only the service was so good. Try to snag a seat on the less noisy terrace. Address: Rafael augusto Sanchez # 20, Santo Domingo 10109, Dominican Republic Website: https://m.facebook.com/ladolceriecafebistrord/ Opening Hours: 7:30am–12am 7.2 Adrian Tropical Casual dining Coordinates: 18.4603° N, 69.9034° W Category: Caribbean, Dominican
  • 31. This popular family-friendly chain occupies a spectacular location overlooking the Caribbean. Waiters scurry throughout the two floors and outdoor dining area doling out Dominican specialties such as mofongo (mashed plantains with meat) as well as standard meat dishes. An inexpensive buffet is another option and the fruit drinks hit the spot. Hotel concierges still recommend this Malecón institution for Dominican food (it's now a local chain of four), although it has been branded as fast food. It's touristy, yes, but Dominicans still make up the majority of customers. Start with mojitos at sunset. The three-tiered, outdoor setting overlooking the sea is unique here. Opt for the excellent sancocho (a rich, meaty stew), mofongo (stuffed mashed plantains), or sopa de pescado (fish soup). Breakfast and lunch (a buffet) is served, as well as dinner: it's open 24 hours, and the clubbers come calling for late-night sancocho. The prices are reasonable, but the service is, unfortunately, somewhat inconsistent Be careful crossing the street here: use the crosswalk, and at night on the Malecón be alert for sketchy characters. Address: Av. George Washington 1, Santo Domingo 10205, Dominican Republic Website: https://www.adriantropical.com/ Opening Hours: 24 hours 7.3 Lulu Tasting Bar Classy spot Coordinates: 18.4722° N, 69.8841° W Category: Bar, Mediterranean, European, Lulu Tasting Bar is a Restaurant/Lounge located in the colonial zone. The restaurant has an interior patio, very characteristic of colonial architecture, where locals enjoy not only the food, drinks and live music but the great outdoor/indoor ambiance as well. It focuses on tapas and a tasting menu, intended for sharing. Must Try: Chuletas de Cordero Visit Tuesday nights and take advantage of their fixed price offer. They also have a fabulous Brunch menu on weekends,
  • 32. Address: Parque Billini, Santo Domingo 10210, Dominican Republic Opening Hours: 10:00 am – 3:00 am 7.4 Nocciola Perfect place for some coffee Coordinates: 18.4809° N, 69.9276° W Category: casual, bakery, bistro Nocciola is a bakery/coffee shop and its home for Nutella lovers. This amazing bakery knows no bound when it comes to Nutella, teasing our local chocolate lovers with the sweetest options such as the famous Cast Iron Chocolate Chip Cookie with Nutella. Nocciola specialty is sweets and desserts, but they also offer a savory menu that includes simple salty treats such as salads, wraps, and finger foods. Locals usually run to Nocciola to find their favorite dessert among a wide selection of creative sweets. Address: Calle Doctor Gilberto Gomez 32, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Website: https://nocciolard.com/ Opening Hours: 9:00 am – 11: 00 am 7.5 Barelo Impressive food and atmosphere Coordinates: 18.4712° N, 69.9395° W Category: Mediterranean, Dominican Very elegant in a very exclusive neighborhood, good wine selection and very interesting eclectic menu with Dominican touch. A bit pricy but worthy. If you like Mediterranean cuisine, then this restaurant is worth checking out. Nice service is a strong point that plays a great role for the success of Barelo. Here you will pay low prices. There is a cool ambiance and divine decor at this place. Address: Calle Max Henriquez Ureña 84, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Opening Hours: 10:00 am – 12: 00 am
  • 33. 7.6 Don Pepe A popular kitchen and bar Category: Spanish Although it is easy to come across Latin American and Caribbean fare in the Dominican Republic, traditional Spanish cuisine is not as prevalent. Don Pepe's is one of the spots on the island where you will find good, wholesome Spanish food. Don Pepe specializes in Spanish food with a little something for everyone. One can expect the setting and food here to be informal. This dining option's open during both dinner and lunch, so give it a try. You might discover some dishes that you fall in love with. The colour scheme at Don Pepe's is red and white, and the atmosphere is welcoming. Address: Calle Porfirio Herrera 31, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Opening Hours: 12:00 pm- 12:00am 7.7 Pat`e Palao Classic place with elegance Coordinates: 18.4770° N, 69.8837° W Category: European Brasserie Everyone we asked recommended Pat'e Palo as the best restaurant in Santo Domingo's Zona Colonial. Styling itself as a European brasserie, the enticing menu of executive chef Saverio Stassi manages to seem both exotic and familiar at the same time, ranging from ceviche to sea bass and foie gras to ossobuco. The classic French tartar was served with truffle oil, mushrooms, and other accompaniments and was an intense — and surprisingly filling — way to start the meal. The short ribs were melt-in-your-mouth tender and came with an interesting potato tortilla; the creamy coconut curry shrimps were fat and juicy. There are various tasting menus you can try if you don't want to go à la carte, including a rum pairing menu. If you'd rather stick to the grape there is, of
  • 34. course, an extensive wine list. The restaurant is set on the buzzing Plaza España, and the outdoor terrace is a fun and lively space for dining and people-watching. There is a bar and a lounge for those who would rather eat indoors. The service is attentive. Pat'e Palo is popular with tourists and locals, and it's advisable to make a reservation in advance. Expect to spend at least $100 on a meal for two with wine. But if you are going to splurge, this is the place. Address: Plaza Espana, Santo Domingo 10210, Dominican Republic Website: http://www.patepalo.com/ Opening Hours: 11:30 AM- 1: 00 AM 7.8 Mitre Sleek and stylish Coordinates: 18.4638° N, 69.9292° W Category: Asian, Italian, Fusion This sleek restaurant, located in a nondescript building in an upscale business and residential district, serves a creative and eclectic fusion of Asian, Italian and Dominican cuisines (an excellent quinoa shrimp salad is one of the least expensive items on the menu). An outdoor patio and upstairs wine and cigar bar are more casual than the stylish white-tableclothed dining room. Address: Av. Abraham Lincoln # 1001, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Website: http://mitre.com.do/ Opening Hours: 1 11am–1am