Things to do in Santo Domingo

Occidental Hotel El Embajador offers you the chance to enjoy various activities and live the experience of the magic of Santo Domingo.

NIGHTLIFE

Some of its architecture can be stunning. The city lit up at night is gorgeous in both historic and modern areas. The lighting of the Colonial City takes you back to the 16th century, but in the city centerit is 21st century all the way. Most nightspots are located in on Winston Churchill, Gustavo Mejía Ricart, Abraham Lincoln, Roberto Pastoriza, Sarasota or Rómulo Betancourt, Venezuela, on the Malecón, and the many streets of the Colonial City. Many are open-air terraces and bars for people watching and easy socializing, all of them no more than 10 minutes of the Occidental Hotel El Embajador. Compared to US and European cinemas, movie theaters are a bargain in Santo Domingo. Those located at the new malls feature the latest technology. Live comedy shows and artistic performances are now taking place at some of the larger halls at the cinemas.

ZOO, BOTANICAL GARDENS & TRES OJOS

Admire most of the plants and animals of the Dominican Republic in mini open train rides through the Botanical Gardens or the National Zoo. The Tres Ojos a stairways take visitors deep down into the cave’s three clear water lagoons. There is a fourth lagoon only accessible by boat ride. Av. Mirador del Este.

MUSEUM TOUR

Takes the tour through the main historic and cultural centers, including the Plaza de la Cultura, which houses the Museum of Dominican Man, the History and Geography Museum, the National Theater, and the Museum of Modern Art. Other museums that may be included in the tour are Casa del Tostado (18th century family life), Museo del Alcázar de Colón, Numismatics and Philately Museum, the Museum of Dominican Amber, Porcelain Museum, Larimar Museum, Museum of the Dominican Family in the 19th century, and the Duarte Museum.

SHOPPING LIFE

The Dominican Republic is at the crossroads of South and North America and has a free trade agreement with Europe. This is reflected in the diversity of shops on city streets and its many large malls, among the largest in the Caribbean and Central America. These include Bella Vista Mall and Acrópolis, Blue Mall, Galería 360, Plaza Central, Sambil in the centrally located shopping district of the city. Local items to look for are designer clothes including guayaberas, original art, coffee, chocolate sweets, Dominican sweets, macadamia nuts, leather handbags and belts, amber and larimar jewelry, faceless dolls, beer, rum and cigars. The largest collection of souvenirs can be found at the Mercado Modelo, walking distance from the Colonial City. On Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday arts and crafts are sold at the park on the corner of Padre Billini and Arzobispo Meriño streets in the Colonial City.

COLONIAL ZONE

Walk the Colonial Zone is an unforgettable experience that offers an encounter with the past. Interesting stops must includes the Cathedral, Las Damas street, Alcázar de Colón, the old cementery, Ozama Fort and many other buildings from the 16th century. Also you need to visit the work process of the Dominican amber and Dominican cigar shops. And ends at the Mercado Modelo, the arts and craft market on Mella Street.

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