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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Historic Site
“Back to the dicovery time of Colombus, first city of America. take the Chu Chu small train for a tour (approx. USD2.50p.p.) Visit it during the day for a historical tour and beter impresion. Visit on the night for a dance or a romantic diner....you will love it in the weekend for the music and often live events!!”
  • 124 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“You will enjoy coming to this mall because it houses names brands that are rocognized world wide. To name a few: Rolex, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and other high end fashion stores. This mall is affluent $$$$$$”
  • 45 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“The largest botanical gardens in the Caribbean, the Jardín Botánico Nacional graces the capital city with over 400 acres (two-square kilometers) of nature preserve filled with the island’s native trees, including multiple species of palm, flowers—over 300 species of orchids—and birds, such as the country’s national palm chat. A trolley tour takes you through its multiple exotic corners, the most popular of which is the Japanese garden, with a manicured, lakeside lawn ideal for picnics. Beginner or avid bird watchers can sign up for guided hikes organized by the Hispaniola Ornithological Society.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Transportation
“This mall houses various name brands and stores that will interest you is you are wanting to shop till you drop. The prices are favorable and the IKEA is literally across the street. Avoid going if it is any peak times or rush hour; it will feel like you are never getting out of the traffic jam. $$$$”
  • 47 locals recommend
Restaurant
“If you want to try the flavors of the Dominican cuisine, this is a place to go... Eat like a local!”
  • 38 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The bar is lit, and the ambiance will help you relax and enjoy your day in the oldest city in the new world. Price is higher than usual, but once you are in the place, you forget everything. $$$$$”
  • 27 locals recommend
Park
“Plaza España is a big plaza, surrounded by restaurants with great food and bars with native drinks. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Entertainment
“The National Theater of Santo Domingo is very beautiful. They always have theater presentations all over the year.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“this is one of the closest malls to our spot. Here aside from entertainment and movie theatres, you also have groceries store, beauty salon, and others”
  • 22 locals recommend
Park
“An eight-kilometer park popular with athletes. Walk, jog, rollerblade, and bike along Caribbean Sea views. There are children’s playgrounds, an open-air gym, bicycle or rollerblade rentals, and an artificial lake for boat rides.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Church
“Built between 1510 and 1540, the first cathedral of the Americas—known as Santa Iglesia Catedral Basílica Nuestra Señora de la Encarcación o Anunciación, Primada de América—continues to stand tall in all of its glory over the heart of the Colonial City. The 500-year-old Gothic-style building continues to serve as the most important site for official ceremonies, and religious celebrations. Touring the interior reveals the cathedral’s ornate Gothic ceiling, colonial period oil paintings, sacred chapel rooms, as well as an area with gravestones containing the remains of archbishops. The remains of Christopher Columbus were found here in the 19th century.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“IKEA, Galeria 360 and other great stores are situated in this mall. Its been a staple in DR for ages. Check it out for sightseeing or to shop. $$”
  • 11 locals recommend
Caribbean Restaurant
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“For an explosion of vibrant colors and music, Jalao offers delicious food and a great atmosphere for those looking for a great time and a place to satisfy their bellies. At Jalao, you will find traditional Dominican food as well as drinks.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Here you will find Beauty Supplies, Banks, Grocery, complete food court, bakery, ice cream shops, laundry and much more.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“This is honestly one of my favorite supermarkets. They have great quality products and great prices. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Zona Colonia. Cool place to hang out. They have an outer area as well. $$$$”
  • 17 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“If you want to try the flavors of the Dominican cuisine, this is a place to go... Eat like a local!”
  • 38 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The bar is lit, and the ambiance will help you relax and enjoy your day in the oldest city in the new world. Price is higher than usual, but once you are in the place, you forget everything. $$$$$”
  • 27 locals recommend
Caribbean Restaurant
“For an explosion of vibrant colors and music, Jalao offers delicious food and a great atmosphere for those looking for a great time and a place to satisfy their bellies. At Jalao, you will find traditional Dominican food as well as drinks.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Zona Colonia. Cool place to hang out. They have an outer area as well. $$$$”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Excellent food and ambient. You can order sushi to pasta with an excellent price. Great service and a selection of music that is great for the restaurant.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Caribbean Restaurant
“The food is very good and unexpensive. Also, it has a nice menu to select and you can sitdown to have lunch in a lovely garden.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Excellent option and the atmosphere is great. The service was very kind and the food is delicious. Highly recommended!! ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Caribbean Restaurant
“This is a great place or lunch or dinner...they have a buffet and they are also reasonably priced. They have a live entertainment where the staff perform a bottle dance to old merengue music. This is one of the Dominican Republics older traditional music and dance. The food is very well made and the seating is spacious and comfortable. Good service as well.”
  • 18 locals recommend

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