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
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
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
Choose from a variety of vacation packages when booking your Santo Domingo vacation
with Sunwing and experience a unique and memorable holiday in the sun.
Language spoken in Santo Domingo Spanish. English widely spoken in most areas.
Currency and exchange used in Santo Domingo
The Dominican Republic peso is the local currency, although U.S. dollars are widely
accepted. Most hotels have a money exchange office on site, although not all will
exchange Canadian travel cheques. Visa and Mastercard cheques and credit cards are
widely accepted. Regrettably, American Express cheques and credit cards are not
Voltage in Santo Domingo
110V or 220V (Adapters may be required at select hotels and are available on a very
limited basis. We suggest you bring your own.) Vacation packing checklist Click
here for a vacation packing checklists
Weather in Santo Domingo The average temperature in Santo Domingo is 26 degrees
Celsius (79 degrees Fahrenheit) with seasonal fluctuations of 4 – 7 degrees depending
on the month. While on vacation in Santo Domingo, most months of the year visitors
should pack clothes for swimming and warm weather. For December and January some
nights may require a light garment. While the average temperature in Santo Domingo
makes this an ideal vacation destination we recommend that you apply plenty of sunscreen,
drink lots of water and relax.
While on vacation in Santo Domingo
Sunwing suggests the recommendations below while traveling on vacation to Santo
Domingo to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable holiday.
Resort Check-in Information
Please have your Sunwing hotel voucher ready for check-in at the hotel's reception.
Based upon your arrival and check-in time, it is possible that your room may not
be ready. Pack your bathing suit, shorts and sunscreen in your carry-on so that
you can enjoy the facilities until your room is available.
Our welcome briefing provides valuable information on Santo Domingo, your hotel
services, money exchange, shopping, and excursions. We will also inform you about
the departure procedure and answer any questions you may have. Make sure to attend
Help in Destination
Your friendly Sunwing destination representative is available in Santo Domingo should
you require assistance. Please check the Sunwing Vacations information boards or
binders located in your hotel for a schedule of when your Sunwing destination representative
It is recommended that you drink bottled water while in Santo Domingo. Most hotels
offer bottled water in your hotel room and can also be purchased in the hotel's
shop and in grocery stores. The ice and drinking water served in the hotels are
generally made from purified water.
Long Distance Calls
Long distance telephone charges in Santo Domingo can be quite expensive. It is recommended
to make a collect call or use your calling card. Service charges may apply when
calling from your hotel room.
Safety Deposit Boxes
Please use your safety deposit box for all your valuables, cash and travel documents.
Some hotels in Santo Domingo provide safety deposit boxes free of charge while others
may require a nominal fee. You will be required to pay a penalty fee if you lose
Traveling to foreign destinations can be very exhilarating. Tourists must be aware
that potential problems and risks to your personal safety could exist anywhere.
Please use the same personal safety precautions and common sense on your vacation
that you would at home e.g. apply sunscreen frequently, do not swim alone and do
not display cash. Avoid venturing out alone and beware of dark or isolated areas.
Taxes and Tipping
Generally, taxes are automatically added to purchases. The tipping percentage is
similar to that at home. If you receive good service, please express your gratitude
and offer a tip.
Your Flight Home
Please check the Sunwing Vacations information boards or binders located in your
hotel to reconfirm your flight from Santo Domingo and its departure time. As a friendly
reminder, make sure that you have packed your flight documents, medication, or any
articles that you must have with you at all times in your carry-on luggage. Seat
selection is on a first come, first serve basis at the airport, unless previously
booked and paid for prior to your departure.
Documents needed to visit Santo Domingo Canadian Citizens must carry a valid Canadian Passport Canadian Citizens please click here Non-Canadian citizens please contact the Dominican
Republic consulate or embassy prior to booking or contact Sunwing for further assistance.
Please keep in mind that these times are approximate depending on traffic and any
other problems that may occur along the way.
Approximate transfer times are as follows from the Santo Domingo Airport to hotels
La Romana - 45 minutes
Punta Cana - 1 hour 30 minutes
Samana - 2 hours 30 minutes
Puerto Plata - 4 hours