Santo Domingo Travel Facts

The Basics

City Name: Santo Domingo

Where is it located?: Santo Domingo is located in the Dominican Republic, in the southeastern part of the island.

Why do people go there?: Santo Domingo is not the safest city in the area, but then again, that’s part of its draw. From an active nightlife to the daily hustle and bustle, Santo Domingo can at times be overwhelming, but is never boring.

How do travelers get there?: Flights are common, but so are stops from Caribbean cruise ships.

Currency: Dominican peso (DOP)

City Code: None needed

Population: 2.3 million

Languages: Spanish

Travel Information

Neighborhoods: Colonial

Attractions: Amber, Parque Colin , Hustle and Bustle

Accommodations: Santo Domingo Hostels, Santo Domingo Hotels

Tourist Office: Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism Ave. George Washington Santo Domingo, Dom. Rep. +1-809-689-3655, 586-3676; 800-752-1151; FAX +1-809-682-3806; //lanic.utexas.edu/la/ca/dr/ //www.computan.on.ca/~pdowney/travel.html //www.hispaniola.com/DR/DRframes.html

Off-the-beaten-path: Faro a Colon, Jardin Botanico Nacional, Los Tres Ojos, Casa de Teatro

Health Issues: Low malaria risk through the year.

Tips for Visiting

When to go: Bring an umbrella, ’cause the rain is gonna find you. Shoulder seasons have less humidity.

Common Phrases: Yes=Si; No=No; Please=Por favor; Thank you=Gracias; You’re Welcome=De nada; Good morning=Buenos dias; Good afternoon=Buenas tardes; Good evening=Buenas noches; Good bye=Adios; Hello/Hi=Hola

City Specific Events: Pre-lent Carnivals!

How to get around?: Buses are your best bet.

Good to know: Santo Domingo is famous as the Gateway of the Caribbean.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airports to fly into Santo Domingo are the Las Américas International Airport and La Isabela International Airport. Choose the airport that is near your trip destination to obtain a cheaper flight.

Need more information?: Check out the Santo Domingo travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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