Prepare to discover a different side to the Caribbean as we take you on a whistle stop tour of Santo Domingo’s many historic, cultural and natural highlights.
Your local guide will pick you up in an air-conditioned vehicle and whisk you off to our first stop, the Los Tres Ojos National Park, where we’ll soak up some of the island’s incredible natural beauty. This micro rainforest hides a stunning secret — a cave that shelters three interior blue lagoons. We’ll take a stroll down the steps to check out the caves and stop to admire the flora and fauna along the way.
Back in the car, we’ll make our way over to the more modern part of the city first, where you will see, amongst other things, the Columbus Lighthouse, which commemorates the 500th anniversary of Columbus's discovery of the Americas.
We will then drive to the UNESCO-listed Colonial District or Colonial City, where a large majority of the island’s cultural highlights can be found. As we go you will spot the San Jose Fort, Independence Park, the National Palace and the Altar of the Homeland, along with countless other national treasures. We counted 23 landmarks in total! Your local guide will explain about the city's history, nature and vibrant culture.
You will also be able to marvel at all the many ‘first’ buildings that are scattered across Santo Domingo; the first convent in the Americas, the first Hospital, the first restaurant and so on.
Our last cultural stop will be at the stunning renaissance-style National Pantheon. Our tour will finish with a walk along the Calle El Conde and a stop at Columbus Park. Here we will leave you to explore the rest of our buzzing city.
Don’t forget to ask your local guide for restaurant tips and a few more sightseeing recommendations, there is always plenty to eat, see and drink on our gorgeous island!