Discover Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo, or ‘La Capital’ as it’s typically called, is a collage of cultures and neighborhoods. It’s where the sounds of life – domino pieces slapped on tables, backfiring mufflers and horns from chaotic traffic, merengue and bachata blasting from corner stores – are most intense. At the heart of the city is the Zona Colonial, where you’ll find one of the oldest churches and the oldest surviving European fortress, among other New World firsts. Amid the cobblestone streets it would be easy to forget Santo Domingo is in the Caribbean. But this is an intensely urban city, home not only to colonial-era architecture, but also to hot clubs, vibrant cultural institutions and elegant restaurants. Santo Domingo somehow manages to embody the contradictions central to the Dominican experience: a living museum, a metropolis crossed with a seaside resort, and a business, political and media center with a laid-back, affable spirit.

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Useful Info

  • Time
    4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-4). Daylight Saving Time is not observed.

  • Electricity
    220/110 volts, most hotels have both voltages. American-style plugs with two flat pins are standard.

  • Language

  • Currency
    Dominican peso (RD$)

  • Capital
    Santo Domingo

  • Area
    18,655 square miles

  • Communication
    The country code for Dominican Republic is +1 809, +1 829, +1 849.

  • Climate
    The Dominican Republic has a tropical rainforest climate in the coastal and lowland areas. Due to its diverse topography Dominican Republic’s climate shows considerable variation over short distances and is the most varied of all the Antilles. The annual average temperature is 25 ⁰C. At higher elevations the temperature averages 18 ⁰C while near sea level the average temperature is 28⁰C. January and February are the coolest months of the year while August is the hottest month.

  • Public Holidays
    -January 1: New Year's Day
    -January 8: Epiphany
    -January 21: Lady of Altagracia
    -January 29: Juan Pablo Duarte Day
    -February 27: Independence Day
    -Dates vary: Good Friday
    -Dates vary: Easter Monday
    -May 1: Labor Day
    -Dates vary: Corpus Christi
    -August 16: Restoration Day
    -September 24: Our Lady of Mercedes Day
    -November 5: Constitution Day
    -December 25: Christmas Day

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  • Address
    Las Américas International Airport, Ruta 66 Salida Del Aeropuerto Las Americas, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

  • Facilities
    Airport facilities include an ATMs, Cash Machines, Currency Exchange, Banks (Banreservas, Banco Popular), Post Office, Car Rentals, Duty Free, Shops, Food and Beverages, Pharmacy services are provided at Santo Domingo airport. During night hours, most of the restaurants, stores and cafés are closed.

  • Internet
    Wi-Fi is available .

  • Airport taxis
    Rental car counters are located near Terminal B,in the Exit Doors after Customs. Prices can be negotiate with drivers but the rate is around 40 dollars.

  • Airport parking

  • Getting to the city
    There is public transportation. On the upper level there’s a Guagua (bus) service which goes and comes back from the airport to Parque Enriquillo (in the city center) or Boca Chica. Airport shuttle: There are many private companies which offers service to go and back from the airport. Santo Domingo airport is well signposted to find shuttles. Shared Van Ride: There are many companies which go and come back to the SDQ airport and travelers share the same ride.

  • Car rental
    Rental car counters are located near Terminal B,in the Exit Doors after Customs. It is a good option to discover Dominican Republic.
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