Explore Colonial City
There is simply nothing like a Dominican Vacation in Colonial City!
Unlike most other neighborhoods in bustling, on-the-go Santo Domingo, you will find that Colonial City moves at its own languid pace. Here beautiful homes, churches and monuments from the sixteenth century are the setting of everyday life. As a visitor, you will bask in the warmth of real community and enjoy a lifestyle where the best of everything is within easy walking distance.
And you will find that walking is truly the best way to explore Colonial City. As you amble along streets first paved in the 16th century, you will discover an area steeped in culture, from both past and present. Your stroll will take you to museums, monuments, restaurants, shopping, nightlife and more. The unhurried, passionate rhythm of everyday life here will intoxicate you in a way few can resist.
But most of all, by walking you will encounter the one thing that makes this place unlike any other—its people. Warm, friendly, a touch bohemian and more than a touch romantic, the denizens of Colonial City have fashioned a unique, much-envied lifestyle. They consider the area a precious refuge, yet one they are proud and eager to show off to visitors. Experience it for yourself and you will understand why they say that once you have been to Colonial City, you will want to return again and again.
From a practical standpoint, Colonial City and greater Santo Domingo are ideally located for the traveler seeking a diversity of experiences. Santo Domingo proper has more than 400 restaurants, more than anywhere else in the Caribbean or Central America. Tiny Colonial City boasts more than 58 restaurants alone. Enjoy renowned establishments such as Pat'e Palo, Segafredo, Hard Rock Cafe, La Briciola, El Meson de Bari, Lulu Tasting Bar, as well as favorites known only to discriminating locals, all located within a 600 meter radius.
The vibrant nightlife of the Colonial City has options for all tastes. Its bars, pubs, cafes and lounges offer live music ranging from jazz, Latin, flamenco and more.
And this is your perfect jumping off point for more far-flung excursions, from hiking and nature tours inland, to fishing expeditions and beachcombing on the coast.
Activities and Excursions
Our concierge is happy to arrange a number of exciting tours in and around 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 saty at your hotel in Santo Domingo.
Old City Stroll
Proclaimed by UNESCO as "World Heritage", this city is used to being the first: it was the first European colony in the Western Hemisphere, where the first cathedral was built, the first monastery, the first University and the first hospital, but, more importantly, it is where the Dominican Republic was forged. Join us and take a stroll down the streets and alleys where it all began. This tour is tailor-made to visit the sites of your choosing.
Duration 3 hours
Flavors of the Old City
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 varied, as 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 five stops. (Alcoholic and Non-alcoholic)
Duration: 3.5 hours
Churches of the Colonial City Tour
Our trip will begin across the Ozama River - the place of the first settlement of the city. We will visit, among others, the Santa Barbara church, a renovated colonial temple with late Gothic elements pleasantly combined with Baroque details; the Iglesias del Convento de los Dominico, fashioned like a Latin cross, with its exceptional altars, dedicated to the “Miraculous Virgin” and the “Most Holy One”; the Chapel de La Altagracia and the Chapel of Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro with their gothic-style chapels. Our tour will conclude with a visit to the first cathedral of the Western Hemisphere, Santa Maria la Menor. This Cathedral was built between 1510 and 1540, and was stated as the first cathedral in the New World in 1542. It is one of the most famous sites in the Dominican Republic.
Duration: 4 hours
Ron Barcelo Sugar and Rum Experience
The rum industry is today one of the strongest in the Dominican Republic and has produced brands of international recognition such as Ron Barceló.Ron Barceló was founded in 1930 and is currently one of the most prestigious brands not only in the country but in the world. Join us in a journey to The Ron Barceló Historical Center in SPM, where we will take you to the beginnings of an industry and a brand that today are an essential part of the Dominican culture. 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.
Duration: 3.5 hours
Dinner and a Show
This enchanting tour will include panoramic sight-seeing of the Colonial City, dinner at one of its most popular restaurants at the Plaza España. Later a walk through the old city will take us to one of its famous bars to enjoy a drink and local show.
Duration: 4 hours
Chocolate, Clay and Sugar (Full-Day & Half-Day)
Our tour begins with a visit to one of the largest organic cocoa producer of the Caribbean, where they produce the finest chocolate, and a visit to a farm/atelier where a group of chocolatiers will roast, hand grind and make chocolate for your enjoyment. You will see clay artisans at work creating beautiful artifacts from their ancestors. Here, we 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
Duration: 4.5 hours
Located a short drive from Santo Domingo, the Las Lagunas Country Club is a par 72, 18-hole golf course. 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 Master’s golf course. The golf is beautiful and challenging at the same time. 2 pax min
Duration: *18 holes
Santo Domingo by Night
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, complementary drinks and ticket to club.
Duration: 3.5 hours
Santo Domingo City Tour (Full Day)
Our ride will begin with a visit to the Museum of the Resistance then on to the Palacio Nacional, or National Palace. Followed by a drive through Gazcue and its art deco houses, and 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, The Cathedral, Alcazar de Colón (entrance included) and the National Pantheon as well as shopping time.
Duration: 6 hours
Samana: Traditions of the Harvest Festival
The harvest festival, a tradition born at the beginning of the 19th century, is still one of the most celebrated by the people of Samana. A religious and cultural fest, as a thanksgiving for the rain, earth and crops, this festival that can trace its roots to the yam and rice festival of West Africa. Join us at one of the main churches where the harvest festival is held and experience this tradition to the fullest. Enjoy dances, games, and the best of Samana fare, Johnnie Cake, soda bread, ginger beer, fish, pigeon peas with coconut rice, and more. Also watch local artisans creating beautiful pieces, and tour the Bethesda church.
Duration: One-day tour