SANTO DOMINGO is the biggest and most interesting city in the country, with impressive historic and cultural sites that make an arresting counterpoint to the beaches. The capital also has the country’s best restaurants and nightlife and serves as its cultural centre. Don’t miss the Zona Colonial, the city’s substantial colonial district, with dozens of wonderful old buildings and a dramatic setting, El Faro and Los Tres Ojos. Santo Domingo offers and array of historic and cultural sites and venues lending to an interesting and exciting vacation experience.
Those looking for a slice of Caribbean beach life should head to Boca Chica, an overcrowded resort town 10km east of the airport, about halfway between Santo Domingo and San Pedro de Macorís; you might do better continuing along the highway to Juan Dolio, where there is more beachfront albeit dominated by all-inclusive hotels and its sister town Guayacanes, with its great beaches