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Santo Domingo-Dominican Republic
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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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 Canadian dollars are recommended. 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 commonly accepted.
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.)
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Santo Domingo weather
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.
Avg. J F M A M J J A S O N D
High 29.0°C 29.0°C 30.0°C 30.0°C 30.0°C 31.0°C 31.0°C 32.0°C 31.0°C 31.0°C 31.0°C 30.0°C
84.2°F 84.2°F 86.0°F 86.0°F 86.0°F 87.8°F 87.8°F 89.6°F 87.8°F 87.8°F 87.8°F 86.0°F
Low 20.0°C 20.0°C 20.0°C 21.0°C 22.0°C 23.0°C 23.0°C 23.0°C 23.0°C 22.0°C 21.0°C 20.0°C
68.0°F 68.0°F 68.0°F 69.8°F 71.6°F 73.4°F 73.4°F 73.4°F 73.4°F 71.6°F 69.8°F 68.0°F

 
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Santo Domingo transfer times
Transfer Times
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 in:
Puerto Plata - 4 hours
Punta Cana - 3 hours 30 minutes to 4 hours
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