SANTO DOMINGO
WORLD HERITAGE SITECOLONIAL CITY
FIRST CAPITAL CITYIN THE AMERICAS
POPULATION2.9 MILLION
Also known as La Capital, this is a city that in some ways never sleeps. Its vibrant nightlife beats with the pulse of the Dominican Republic well into the wee hours. On the flip side though, while it is a city that likes to have fun, it is also one that takes extreme pride in its history and traditions.
Some call Santa Domingo a truly eclectic mix of new and old, culture and fun; here you’ll find one of the hemisphere’s oldest churches and an ancient European fortress. There is certainly plenty for those who like to explore a region’s past. Then again, it is also a hip town that doesn’t take itself too seriously as the people let down their hair and dance to merengue whenever the mood strikes.
  • BASEBALL

    Yes, this is a region that certainly takes great pride in its baseball (or as they call it, pelota). Visit the Estadio Quisqueya, home field for both the Tigres de Licey and the Leones del Escogido. The Dominican Republic after all is where the likes of Pedro Martinez and Sammy Sosa got their starts.

  • ZONA COLONIAL

    This represents the central part of Santa Domingo and it is also the first permanent European settlement in the Americas. History is around every corner in this zone. You can check out the quaint cobblestoned Calle Las Damas: the oldest paved street; the Alcazar de Colon: home of Diego Columbus, who was the first born of Christopher Columbus; as well as a bronze statue of Columbus himself in the Parque Colon.

  • CATHEDRAL OF SANTA MARíA LA MENOR

    The oldest cathedral in the Americas, it is said that the first stone laid for construction was done so by Diego Columbus. Construction began in 1512 and was finally completed in 1541. What is truly astounding about the cathedral itself, according to many who visit, are the solid limestone walls.

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