Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Santo Domingo Highlights
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Approximately 6 Hours
Explore Santo Domingo, the first capital of the New World and the oldest city in the Americas. Departing from the port, you will pass many of the city's sights.
Visit the Cuevas Los Tres Ojos (the Three Eyes Caves) -- a series of huge natural caverns decorated with an array of stalactites and stalagmites, and dotted with freshwater lagoons of different sizes and depths. The mysterious Sulphur Lake occupies an extinct volcanic crater; the pre-Columbian Taino Natives used the site for religious ceremonies.
In the Colonial Zone, where the most significant buildings were constructed during the period of Spanish colonization, visit Colón Palace -- the home of the Columbus family in Santo Domingo. You will also see the outside of the Museum of the Royal Houses and the National Pantheon.
Cigar enthusiasts will appreciate a visit to the Boutique Caoba. Located on Parque Colón, this shop sells brands such as Montecristo, Cohiba and Caoba. There are often workers rolling cigars right in the shop, allowing customers to see how these famous stogies are made. You will have the chance to buy some cigars to take home.
A delicious lunch is served at the El Meson de La Cava restaurant, in the rather cool setting of a natural limestone cave.
Afterwards, enjoy some free time for shopping at Calle El Conde, where a variety of handmade craft items and other typical local products can be found.
Wear comfortable walking shoes.