Santo Domingo is the capital of the Dominican Republic and one of the Caribbean’s oldest cities. Its walled, cobblestone historic core, the Zona Colonial, has buildings that date to the 1500s, including the cathedral, which was the first built in the New World.
The people in Santo Domingo are just wonderful and always eager to talk to tourists about their great city.
Santo Domingo is full of great places to eat, interesting sites to visit, and fun people and it’s one of my favorite places to visit in the Caribbean.
Here is a list of favorite places to visit while I am in Santo Domingo.
Pat’e Palo or peg leg is a European Brassiere located at the Plaza Espana in the Colonial Zone. This is a great place for friends, couples, or even business dinners. Their European style menu is one of the best I have tried and they even have a fantastic selection of wines.
The décor and ambiance are also wonderful but I would recommend eating on the patio so you can enjoy your meal with a fantastic view of the plaza and historic architecture surrounding the area.
My favorite dishes at Pat’e Palo are the Shimp in coconut curry served on a bed of basmati rice crispy veggies and the Chivo Encendido, a tradition Dominican goat dish served with a fantastic risotto.
Las Antillas specializes in Caribbean cuisine emphasizing its menu of Cuban delicacies. I just recently visited Las Antillas and I was blown away. The restaurant is fairly new. I was personally attended by the owner. The staff is friendly and the food extraordinary.
Their menu is very vast. I stopped for lunch and had the Cuban sandwich extreme which included a slice of Argentinian chorizo. I top it off with a nice piece of vanilla flan and a shot of Cuban style coffee. What a great meal.
At Las Antillas you can also enjoy a great selection of desserts as well as enjoy a nice cigar while sipping a glass of Don Q rum at their rooftop terrace.
Las Antillas is located in downtown Santo Domingo on Gustavo Mejia Ricart #74
Located in at The Intercontinental Hotel on Winston Churchill Ave. you will find Factory Steak and Lobster. As their name suggested, their menu will entice both seafood and steak lovers alike. I visited them for the 1st time during a recent trip to Santo Domingo. The atmosphere was totally perfect, the meal was great and the wine exquisite. The plates are big and the service was excellent.
I recommend you start your meal with the Grilled Tuna Tartar. Its served with green apples and a wasabi mayonnaise. Next, if you are a steak lover go with the 14 oz Rib Eye with a side of steamed asparagus.
If you prefer seafood, then the obvious choice is the flambeed lobster with limoncello ginger and citrus confit. Come hungry and ready to enjoy an awesome meal.
If you like karaoke like I do, then you will love The Bark. The Bark is a cozy upscale karaoke bar located on Gustavo Mejia Ricart in the heart of Santo Domingo.
The first thing that you will notice when you come to The Bark, is the large tree found right in front of the bar. it looks like the establishment was built around the tree,…. how green is that?
The musical menu is very complete, from local merengue and bachata to the latest Sam Smith hit, you find them all at The Bark. The crowd at The Bark is a nice mix of young professionals looking for some release after work and seasoned karaoke stars. This creates a wonderful and friendly ambiance.
The drinks are good and well priced. The Bark is a great place to hang out with friends or to make new ones.
Sabinas is a great little spot in the Colonial Zone in Santo Domingo. Its a favorite for locals and visitors alike. It’s a great place to listen to great live Spanish music and enjoy a cold Presidente or a nice scotch on the rocks.
The bartenders and owner are very friendly and engaging. I always make new friends whenever I visit Sabina’s.
What a great hotel. The attention is great, rooms beautiful, clean and comfortable, it is located in a shopping mall, plenty of restaurants nearby. The appearance and ambiance of the hotel is always top notch.
No parking fees. Excellent pool. Complimentary breakfast. Wi-Fi included.
The breakfast is amazing, it had a happy hour in the afternoon with a local band, free drinks. It can’t get better than this!
Don’t rent a car, unless you absolutely have to. Driving in Santo Domingo is crazy. It takes nerves of steel to navigate through the capital. Uber works perfectly, this is my main form of travel. Conventional taxis are also available but are a bit pricey. You can also book a private driver to take you to and from the airport. I always use Transporte Aleika. Their vehicles are in great conditions and some even have WiFi
upon arrival at the airport, you will be required to get a tourist card prior to clearing customs and immigration. This card as a cost of 10 USD. If you have the exact change, you can acquire the tourist card via kiosks located in the immigration area and skip the line directly to immigration.
Santo Domingo is quickly becoming a Caribbean mecca. Santo Domingo is a city of great food, awesome nightlife and wonderful people and its one of my favorite cities in the Caribbean.
Have you ever been in Santo Domingo? Tell me about your experience. I would love to hear from you.