Things to do in Santo Domingo

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Santo Domingo has a variety of things to do from museums and sightseeing to hiking and golfing.

National Botanical Gardens

The National Botanical Gardens is considered to be one of the world’s best gardens. There are over 300 types of orchids and more than 200 acres of flowers and palms. The Japanese Garden is particularly popular. The Gardens are open from 9 am to 6 pm daily.

Water Sports

Water sports are very popular in Santo Domingo because there are so many beaches. Scuba Diving is possible along the coral reefs and there are two shipwrecks that can be explored along with all the tropical fish. La Caleta is a great place to go scuba diving. There are also several public beaches where you can do other water sports and swim or just lie on the beach.

Santo Domingo’s Boca Chica Bay

The Hamaca Coral Hilton offers visitors to Santo Domingo’s Boca Chica Bay a deal even if they aren’t going to stay in the hotel. For $45 you can have access to their private beach including the all you can eat buffet and open bar. Most of the locals can’t afford these prices and the beach is rarely crowded. On the beach are huts made of palm to give shade. Lounge chairs are available. You can rent kayaks or ride a banana boat, you can surf and staff will teach you how to scuba dive.

Hippocampo Scuba-diving Center

Another place that specializes in teaching you how to scuba is the Hippocampo Scuba-diving Center. It is located in the Tropical Garden Club Hotel on Cabarete Beach. Tours are given and PADI certification courses are offered. You can also rent equipment.

Silver Bank Sanctuary

Banco de la Plata Sanctuary or Silver Bank Sanctuary near Puerto Plata is where the whales come to breed. The area is 66 feet below sea level and every year between December and April the Humpback Whales come to this sanctuary and have been since 1986. The name of the area came from the shipwreck Concepcion that sunk in 1641. The ship had a large cargo of silver and gold. The Sanctuary is open 24 hours. You can take a half day tours for 4 hours and full day for 8 hours. Best of all – it is free.


If you enjoy spectator sports Santo Domingo is a great place to be especially if you like baseball. Baseball is big and there are training grounds that train players to the US Major League and to Japan’s Professional League. You can catch a game in season.

Santo Domingo will keep you up and active while you are there and give you a vacation you won’t forget.

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