There is simply nothing like a Dominican Vacation in Colonial City!
Unlike most neighborhoods in bustling on-the-go Santo Domingo, you will find that the Colonial City moves at its own pace. Here beautiful homes, churches and monuments from the 16th-18th century are the setting of everyday life. Strolling through the streets, you will discover an area steeped in culture, museums, shopping, nightlife and more.
- Santo Domingo has more than 400 restaurants (more than anywhere else in the Caribbean or Central America)
- Colonial City alone boasts more than 58 restaurants
- Renowned establishments include
- Pat'e Palo
- La Briciola
- El Meson de Bari
- Lulu Tasting Bar
Activities and Excursions
Our concierge is happy to arrange a number of exciting tours in and around the Colonial City during your stay. Browse some of the enriching possibilities from a culinary tour of the Old City to a day of golf or a visit to a local organic cocoa processor while you stay in Santo Domingo.
Old City Stroll
Old City Stroll (3 hours): Proclaimed by UNESCO as "World Heritage", this city was the first European colony in the Western Hemisphere. This is where the first cathedral, the first monastery, the first University and the first hospital were built. But most importantly, it is where the Dominican Republic was forged. The tour is tailor-made to visit the sites of your choosing.
Flavors of the Old City
Flavors of the Old City (3.5 hrs): Built more than 500 years ago, Santo Domingo is a magical combination of modern sophistication, old world charm and Latin charisma. The cuisine in this city of firsts is as varied as it is rich and flavorful as the old city itself. Joins us in a culinary tour of this magical city and enjoy a variety of tastes found in the restaurants. Includes: Visits to four restaurants and specially prepared appetizers and drinks at each of the stops. (Alcoholic and Non-alcoholic)
Churches of the Colonial City Tour
Churches of the Colonial City Tour (4 hrs): This tour will take you from the gothic-style architecture of the Santa Barbara Church to Iglesias del Convento de los Dominicos where exceptional altars dedicated to the “Miraculous Virgin” and the “Most Holy One” stand. Then you’ll continue to the Chapel of la Altagracia and the Chapel of Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro. Conclude with a visit to the Santa Maria la Menor, the first cathedral of the Western Hemisphere.
Ron Barcelo Sugar and Rum Experience
Ron Barcelo Sugar & Cigar Experience (3.5 hours): In this tour, you will visit the Ron Barceló Historical Center where you’ll be introduced to its humble beginnings in the 1930s. Ron Barcelo is currently one of the most prestigious brands not only in the country, but in the world. A tasting of the Ron Barceló product line accompanied by a small snack will be the perfect ending for this enjoyable experience. Cigar and Rum pairing is available for private groups upon request.
Dinner and a Show
Dinner and a Show (4 hours): This enchanting tour will include panoramic sight-seeing of the Colonial City and dinner at one of its most popular restaurants at Plaza España. Later, a walk through the old city will take us to one of its famous bars to enjoy a drink and a local show.
Chocolate, Clay and Sugar (Full-Day & Half-Day)
Chocolate, Clay and Sugar Tour (4.5 hours): The tour begins with a visit to one of the largest organic cocoa producers of the Caribbean. Then, you’ll head to a farm/atelier where a group of chocolatiers will roast, hand-grind and make chocolate for your enjoyment. Next, visit local clay artisans where you will see their hands creating breathtaking ancestral artifacts. Here, you will savor a buffet-style lunch of local cuisine accompanied by a musical performance of Dominican-African rhythms inspired by sugarcane and drums. Min. 2 paxs
Golf Challenge (18 holes): Las Lagunas Country Club is a par 72, 18-hole golf course located a short drive away from Santo Domingo. Originally designed by Pete Dye, Las Lagunas was modified by Jack Corrie and opened its doors in 1989. Often compared to Augusta, it offers wild and intense vegetation and the use of water and sand traps may well recall a few holes of The Master’s golf course. 2 pax min.
Santo Domingo by Night
Santo Domingo by Night (3.5 hours): Our night will begin with an aperitif at one of the popular bars in the Colonial Zone followed by a panoramic tour of the old and modern city. You will enjoy a gourmet dinner at one of the five star restaurants in the city. The night will end with drinks and dancing at one of Santo Domingo's popular clubs. Includes guide, transportation, dinner, complimentary drinks and ticket to club.
Santo Domingo City Tour (Full Day)
Santo Domingo City Tour (6 hours): Our tour begins with a visit to the Museum of the Resistance followed by a visit to the National Palace. A drive through Gazcue and its art deco houses will take us to a stop at the Plaza de la Cultura, where we will visit one of several museums (MAM, Museo del Hombre, Historia y Geografía and Historia Natural). Our tour will end with a ride along the Malecón and a visit to the Colonial City’s Plaza España where you’ll be able to do a little shopping. Duration: 6 hours