Dominican Republic

Welcome to Santo Domingo

City description  

It's difficult to travel to Santo Domingo without feeling like your stay has turned into a pirate expedition and believing that you're back in the days of the most famous pirates. And if that era, during which Charles Vane, Blackbeard and his cronies docked on this island that was named Turtle Island, seems a long way off, its mythical aura remains. 

And that's because the beautiful capital of the Dominican Republic has lost none of its luster. A dazzling natural splendor that looks even better with each passing day. Faced with this treasure, you will be mesmerized by the musical culture of Santo Domingo with its merengue, salsa and reggaeton rhythms that can be heard throughout the city. Once those furious rhythms are playing in your head, head for Boca Chica for a little bit of paradise in this paradise of fine sand and clear water, losing yourself in the distant sky ... This idyll will get even better as you enjoy some fresh fruit bought from a vendor going up and down the beach. But to really make the most of Santo Domingo you need to head for its main streets, dating from the times of the first settlers. Especially since it's here that you can visit the stunning cathedral of Our Lady of the Incarnation. As the first cathedral to be built in the New World, this is a particularly moving testament to centuries past, in which privateers, buccaneers and pirates crossed paths. A trip to the Plaza de España is an absolute must. It has survived the centuries and retained its Dominican soul. The white stone of the surrounding houses attest to this. You can also wait for nightfall to experience a completely different world and see this place light up with thousands of lights, while a bachata show gets ready a bit further away. More spectacular, thanks to its sheer size and caliber, the Columbus Lighthouse itself is a building calling out for quiet contemplation, unique and stunning with its titanic architecture and illuminated by 157 light beams. An unforgettable spectacle, giving the monument a spaceship-like feel.

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