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The Dominican Republic is an island of enchanted charm and beauty, almost anyone is familiar with the resorts and beaches of Caribbean appeal. Santo Domingo, the capital is lesser known to outsiders but it possesses some real charm for those who like history, culture and great urban living.
What attracted us to visit Santo Domingo was a combination of its historic appeal as one of the first cities in the Americas and its rising infrastructure which is coming in the form of excellent shopping malls, luxury hotels and boutique shops.
If you love architecture and history the Plaza de Espana and Alcazar de Colon are the places to go and see museums, displays of colonial life, souvenirs and elements that are part of the culture of the Dominican Republic. There are walking tours, guided tours and audio guides, but it is definitely a do it yourself operation too.
This is the living and active culture street of Santo Domingo. Head here for live music, cafe’s, painting and all sorts of lively city activities and festivals.
Open daily from 9am till 5pm these gardens protect and exhibit many of the unique flora that are indigenous to The Dominican Republic. They are the largest of their kind in the Caribbean and the tropical weather means things are flowering and in season constantly.
The new JW Marriott is a posh and happening place to enjoy the city. It has a fantastic lounge, at the ready service and sits among shops and an attractive casino. If you want to go colonial luxury look at the Bellini hotel downtown.