Experience Santo Domingo

Fast facts
  • Explore the oldest city in the Americas, also a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Shop for handmade souvenirs at local markets and boutiques
  • Dance the night away to Latin music in the city’s lively nightclubs

Discover the capital city of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo! The oldest city in the Americas dating back to the 15th century when it was founded by explorer Christopher Columbus, Santo Domingo is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander down Calle de las Damas and admire the area’s majestic churches and colonial architecture. Make sure to visit historic sites like Alcázar de Colón, the former home of Christopher Columbus’ family; Las Casas Reales, the city’s old Parliament building; and Ozama Fortress which was built in 1502! The city is also home to charming boutiques and bustling markets where you can pick up handmade souvenirs. In the evening, you can experience the city’s vibrant nightlife at the local discos or test your luck at the casino. For more adventure, explore the area’s surrounding lush landscapes on a caving excursion to Los Tres Ojos National Park and discover the deep blue at La Caleta Underwater National Park.

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Travel tips

National language: Spanish

Currency: DOP (Dominican Peso). We recommend travellers bring USD (United States Dollar) for their vacation.

Language notes: Hola! While the local language is Spanish, English is widely spoken in resorts and tourist areas.

Voltage: 110V

Travel tips: Canadian devices use 120 V and will work with 110 V. Many resorts have 120 V plugs. For older devices, items using motors or heating (heated beauty tools, electric toothbrushes) and three-prong plugs we recommend bringing an adaptor with voltage conversion.

What to pack: Don’t know what to bring? Don’t worry. Click Here for a full checklist to print and refer to when packing for your all-inclusive vacation in Santo Domingo.

What to buy: Santo Domingo has a great selection of souvenirs to choose from, so shop for a few unique pieces such as; the popular faceless dolls, Taino sculptures and masks, or an oil painting of the beautiful countryside.

Getting around: Your local Sunwing Experiences representative will handle your airport transfers, providing you with round-trip transportation from the airport to your resort and back. To discover all the incredible things to do and see, Sunwing Experiences will take you on a range of exciting tours and excursions.

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