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Things to do in Santo Domingo

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Santo Domingo. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Santo Domingo attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Santo Domingo to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Santo Domingo.

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  • Alcázar de Colón

    The former house of Columbus's son Diego is crammed with antiques. For a more thorough explanation of the sacristies, it's worth it to hire (for a ... More
  • Boutique del Fumador

    Factory workers hand-roll some of the world’s finest cigars at this two-level store on Calle el Conde, one of the major shopping streets in the Zon... More
  • Calle el Conde

    Cheerful market street in the heart of the Zona with missable trinkets and unmissable atmosphere. (Handicrafts, other than cigars, are not the Domi... More
  • Catedral Primada de América

    The first cathedral to be built in the New World is grand and imposing, with a curious combination of Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque features. More
  • Museo de las Casas Reales

    Once the seat of the colonial government, this museum houses everything from Taino artifacts to 16th-century armor to an old apothecary shop lined ... More
  • Parada 77

    Grungy but welcoming two-room bar and club with an attractive, bohemian crowd, plus a live merengue trio on weekends. More
  • Praia

    Located about a $5 taxi ride outside the Zona Colonial, this spot is where the children of sugar barons and visiting movie stars go to let their bl... More
  • Six Senses Spa at Punta Cana Resort & Club

    Sip a mango smoothie in an outdoor suite as you wait for a Tropical Fruit Body Smoother, an exfoliating blend of papaya, pineapple, watermelon, and... More

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