With its vibrant cultural heritage and UNESCO-listed Zona Colonial (Colonial Zone), Santo Domingo is not only the largest city of the Dominican Republic, but it’s also the oldest city of the Americas. Here’s how to visit this historic hotbed on a day trip from Punta Cana.
Most small-group tours of Santo Domingo cover the city’s top attractions, including the National Presidential Palace, Alcazar de Colon, and Calle Las Damas (the first paved street in the New World), without forcing you to sacrifice a big chunk of your travel budget. Some tours include other stops on the way to Santo Domingo, like the limestone caves of Los Tres Ojos or the Columbus Lighthouse.
There’s a lot to see and explore in the Dominican capital, and a private tour allows you to customize your itinerary to match your interests. Spend your day diving deep into local history in the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Colonial Zone or focus on the city’s modern culture with a local guide.
Things to Know
- Day trips can last anywhere from seven to 11 hours, depending on the option chosen.
- Santo Domingo is situated 119 miles (192 kilometers) from Punta Cana; the drive takes between two and three hours.
- Most tours include hotel pickup and drop-off at your Punta Cana resort.