Enjoy the historical city of Santo Domingo, located in the southern area of the Dominican Republic, and experience a Caribbean vacation like no other. Considered the first European city in the New World, Santo Domingo offers a rich culture and heritage. UNESCO declared the colonial district, with its strong Spanish influence, a World Heritage Site in 1990, and its many historic buildings provide a fascinating glimpse into the past. Explore the nation's interesting history and traditions with a visit to one of the many museums and immerse yourself in the local culture while exploring the charming Zona Colonial (Colonial Zone) or relaxing in the Plaza de la Cultura. Take in some of the famous historical sites such as the Cathedral of Santo Domingo and the Columbus Lighthouse (Faro a Colon) or stroll along the waterfront Malecon to admire the sea views. A walk along the tree lined street of Avenida Independencia will also let you discover the many restaurants, clubs, and cafes found along the coast.
Renowned for its fabulous beaches, the southern coast of the Dominican Republic serves up finer sand, calmer waters, and hotels with a more cosmopolitan flavour. Nearly all the hotels along this stretch of the coast offer a wide array of water and land sports to enjoy, from snorkelling to diving and wind surfing to kite boarding. On land, you can find even more opportunities for fun in the sun. Tee up at one of the many golf courses, play a round of tennis, or make new friends during a game of beach volleyball.
When visiting Santo Domingo, a day trip to La Romana should not to be missed. Once a sleepy cattle and sugar cane settlement, La Romana is now home an array of charming attractions such as Altos de Chavón, an exact replica of a 16th century Mediterranean village perched on the cliffs above the river. Serving as both a living museum and an artists' colony, visitors can wind their way along the cobblestone streets to visit the many small galleries and observe the demonstrations of macramé, jewellery making, print making, and other crafts.
Other areas of interest along this southern coast include Juan Dolio, with its lively atmosphere, Boca Chica a more family oriented area that offers excellent sheltered sea bathing, and Bayahibe, which has by far the most beautiful stretch of beach in the area and is also close to the beautiful nature reserve of Parque Nacional del Este.
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