Santo Domingo

Dominican Republic

Cruises to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

The oldest European-founded city in the Americas, Santo Domingo's Colonial Zone is a World Heritage Site and the ideal place to experience local culture and colonial architecture. Visit the 500-year-old Catedral Primada de América, then linger in the adjacent Parque Colón, a Spanish-style plaza that pulsates with activity. Sit on a bench, people-watch, take some photos or buy souvenirs. The Alcázar de Colón, a palace built by Christopher Columbus' son Diego and now a museum, is also a must-see.

What you NEED TO KNOW

  • Port Name & Location
    Port of Santo Domingo
  • Time Zone
    AST (Atlantic Standard Time) UTC/GMT -4hours
  • Language
    The local language is Spanish.
  • Currency & Shopping
    Domincan Peso (DOP) Handcrafted jewellery and crafts, cigars and Dominican rum.
    • Famous For
      The Zona Colonial, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, dates back to 1498 and houses the Americas’ first cathedral, hospital and fort.
    • Fun Fact #1
      Head to Mirador del Este Park to Los Tres Ojos (the Three Eyes) cave. Made of limestone, the cave contains three main clear pools or lakes, or "eyes."
    • Fun Fact #2
      Check out the Museo Naval de las Atarazanas (Marine Museum), housing artifacts from shipwrecks from the 1500s and 1600s.
    • Fun Fact: Landmarks
      El Faro a Colon (Christopher Columbus Lighthouse and Tomb) is said to contain the remains of Christopher Columbus. Seville, Spain, makes the same claim.
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