While there’s enough going on at Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana to keep anyone busy for weeks, those looking for a taste of adventure and Dominican culture should take a day trip to Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. Located on the southern coast of the island, Santo Domingo is approximately 2.5 hours by car or bus from Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana.
Santo Domingo, known as the first European city in the New World, was founded in 1496 by Bartolome Columbus—brother of Christopher Columbus—making it a must-see for any history buff! There are many examples of 15th and 16th century architecture in the city’s Colonial Zone, including the Alcazar de Colon, Ozma Fort and the Cathedral. Check out the Panteon Nacional, the final resting place of Dominican national heroes, located on the Calle Las Damas—the first-ever European street in the Americas!
Santo Domingo is a highly diverse city, made up of several distinct areas to explore. If you’re looking for casinos and clubs, El Malecon, or George Washington Avenue, is known for nightlife. Many concerts and festivals throughout the year take place here. On the other hand, the Plaza de Cultura is home to five museums, including the largest art museum in the Caribbean, and the National Theater.
There’s no better place than Santo Domingo to experience a full day of Dominican culture. Whether you’re looking to learn something new, shop, eat, or just relax somewhere new, Santo Domingo has it all within walking distance. Speak with your Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana concierge today to book this fantastic day trip!