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Santo Domingo Travel Guide

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Santo Domingo, the Caribbean’s first city and the capital of the Dominican Republic. The city is a mix of old world charm and modern Latin flair. Its medieval palaces and fortresses mix with modern day business district and glitzy upscale shopping malls, making this city both an exotic tourist destination and an important business and finance center.

Top Attractions

The Colonial Zone •  UNESCO World Heritage Site

Distance from Embassy Suites by Hilton Santo Domingo:  3.8 MI

Founded in 1498 by Bartholomew Columbus (younger brother of Christopher Columbus), the Santo Domino Colonial Zone is the oldest European settlement in the New World.

“The Colonial Zone is a wonderland of historic Spanish Colonial buildings and monuments. Yet, the area is so much more than a mere open-air museum. It is a bustling district filled with shops, restaurants, cafes and night clubs. The vibrant street life, incredible live music performances and beautiful parks and squares make the Colonial Zone a prime tourist destination.” –

The Colonial Zone has something for everyone all in easy walking distance. Looking for more information? Visit or find tips from other visitors at


Alcázar de Colón • The Former Residence of Christopher Columbus’ Son 

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Distance from Embassy Suites by Hilton Santo Domingo:  3.8 MI

Address: Plaza de Espana (Off Calle Emiliano Tejera at foot of Calle Las Damas), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 9am – 5pm

The Alcázar de Colón is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Santo Domingo. Built by Christopher Columbus’ son, Diego Columbus, between 1510 and 1514, this restored building was one of the first structures built in the oldest remaining European city in the Americas.

The beautifully restored building is an exceptional example of Spanish Colonial architecture. Now a museum, it displays a fascinating collection of European Late Medieval and Renaissance Art. Highlights include polychrome wood sculptures and tapestries. Although many of the furniture items are reproductions, they give visitors an idea of what life was like in Colonial Santo Domingo.


Catedral Primada de America • “First Cathedral in America”

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Distance from Embassy Suites by Hilton Santo Domingo:  3.8 MI

Address: Calle Arzobispo Merino (on the south side of Columbus Sq.), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Hours: 9am – 4pm daily

This impressive cathedral, one of the earliest built in the Americas, is known for its dramatic architecture. Construction began in 1514 and was completed in 1540. The interior of the cathedral features two side aisles, ribbed vaults and 12 side chapels. Artwork includes altarpieces, paintings and sculpture.


Los Tres Ojos National Park • The Three Eyes National Park

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Distance from Embassy Suites by Hilton Santo Domingo:  6.8 MI

Address: Av. Las Americas, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Hours: 9am – 5pm 

Travel twenty minutes by car from the Embassy Suites Hilton Santo Domingo to find Los Tres Ojos National Park. Escape to the tranquil sanctuary of Los Tres Ojos Park (the Park of the Three Eyes), which features a set of three limestone caves, clear springs and numerous stalagmites and stalactites. 

If you are planning on visiting Los Tres Ojos, wear your walking shoes and bring your cameras! Looking for more advice? Check out what others had to say on TripAdvisor.


Information from: TripAdvisor, Santo Domingo Tourism, Embassy Suites by Hilton Santo Domingo