For tourists who are looking for a diverse vacation, the Dominican Republic will offer its capital – Santo Domingo. This is an old colonial city founded by the brother of Christopher Columbus, which today is not only an important excursion center, but also the main place for active and beach holidays.
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It may seem strange to some, but the central beach of Santo Domingo is located 30 km from the city limits! It’s called Boca Chica, and it’s a typical Dominican coastline with turquoise waters and golden sand. The neighboring beach – Juan Dolio – is also very popular among both guests and locals.
All the sights of the main Dominican city can be divided into two large thematic groups – architecture and museums. The value of man-made monuments is that most of them have been preserved in their original appearance and are open to visitors. For a mandatory inspection, we recommend:
- Fort San Diego;
- Fortress Columbus;
- Fortress of La Fortaleza;
- Ensemble of Atarazana;
- Captain’s Palace;
- Casa Borghella.
Among the museums it is worth noting:
- Colonial Museum;
- Dominican National Museum;
- Amber Museum;
- Center of French
In the capital of any country, shopping will be the most diverse, though not always cheap. Shops and shopping areas of Santo Domingo will not be an exception. Almost every browser necessarily indicates the three largest centers, accommodating several thousand stores:
- “Mega Centro”;
In addition, tourists are advised to walk along Churchill Avenue, where souvenir shops and small shops are located. The largest market in the capital is called Mercado Modelo.
Where to relax in the Dominican Republic, if not in the main resort region, where in the last quarter of a century alone more five-star hotels have been built than in other areas combined. The beaches of Punta Cana have been used for filming dozens of commercials and Hollywood films, and couples and those tourists who are alien to noisy parties and extreme sports prefer to relax here.
In fact, the entire Punta Cana region is 35 kilometers of assorted beaches with natural palm trees, clear sea water and walking distance from hotels. The sand here is different: from the snow-white coral coast to the golden color, washed by the blue waters of the shallows. In total, there are several hundred beaches on the coast, and they are divided into northern and southern parts. The most popular beaches in the north are:
- El Cortecito;
- Arena Gorda;
- Uvero Alto.
The south coast is represented by such popular places as:
- Cabeza de Toro;
Every beach in Punta Cana has free access. If the beach is owned by the hotel, the cost of accommodation also includes the rental of sun loungers and access to non-motorized equipment.
Despite the fact that the region received active development only in the second half of the 20th century, excursion tours to Punta Cana are also in demand, since there is something to see here. For example, the legendary reserve Indigenus Ice, where 500 species of rare birds and reptiles peacefully coexist on a vast territory.
There is also a man-made Dolphin Island in Punta Cana, where the good-natured inhabitants of the sea really live. Bright shows are organized daily for visitors, and for a fee, you can swim with dolphins and fur seals yourself.
For the sake of architecture, many tourists are advised to drive to the town of Salvaleón de Higuey. The buildings of the colonial era have been preserved here, and the settlement itself, as if frozen in time or left the screen at the time of the classic Latin American series.
Those tourists who want a modern holiday are recommended to visit the Bavaro Adventure Park, a place where you can actively spend time with the whole family. There are paintball fields, riding ranges and rope parks with bungee ropes.
There are a lot of shopping areas in Punta Cana, and the capital of the region of the same name cannot boast of a large number of stores. Most of all modern sales centers in Bavaro, for example – “Palma Real Shopping” or “Plaza Bavaro”.
If you are more interested in markets, then they are at every beach, they will differ only in size and quantity of goods on the shelves.