Holidaymakers looking for an affordable vacation on an island paradise will find Santo Domingo on the south coast of the Dominican Republic a great place to visit. The capital city has many interesting things for visitors to do and seet. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, villas, apartments and chalets.
The south coast of the Dominican Republic has some wonderful powdery white beaches near Santo Domingo ideal for relaxing on and soaking up the sun. Apart from swimming in the crystal clear blue sea visitors can also take part in a range of water sports such as windsurfing and kitesurfing.
There is plenty on offer here for sports enthusiasts including mountain biking, diving and canyoning. Golf fans will be able to book a round at the 18-hole Las Lagunas Country Club. Holidaymakers can also join shallow and deep sea fishing trips to catch snapper and groupers amongst other fish species.
The capital has lots of plazas and malls with shops selling locally made gifts and souvenirs including arts and crafts, clothing and jewellery. Self catering holidaymakers can purchase food and beverages from various supermarkets in the area. Numerous restaurants can be found serving local and international cuisine as well as bars and casinos.
Santo Domingo has many interesting places to visit including landmarks such as the Calle El Conde and the Puerta de la Misericordia. There are some fantastic religious buildings here too with the Catedral Santa Maria La Menor being the oldest cathedral in the Americas. Some of the best cultural venues are located at Plaza de la Cultura such as the National Theatre and the Museum of Modern Arts. Other museums in the capital include the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of the Casas Reales. The botanical gardens are also well worth a visit. Holidaymakers can take a motor boat to the beautiful Saona Island. Less than two hours away is the site of a recreated 16th-century Mediterranean village, with amphitheatre at Altos de Chavón.
The temperature in the Dominican Republic is fairly consistent throughout the year. The average is around 25 degrees centigrade, but it rarely falls below 20C. The rainy season is between May and November, when showers tend to be heavy but short, with the sunshine soon returning. February and March are usually the driest months of the year.
Las Americas International Airport (SDQ) is located at Punta Caucedo near Santo Domingo. Flights arrive here from several international airports including Frankfurt (FRA), Madrid (MAD), Miami (MIA), New York (JFK) and Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) amongst others. Alternatively visitors can fly to Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) on the east side of the island, which has flights arriving from some other European airports such as Amsterdam (AMS), Brussels (BRU), Lisbon (LIS), London-Gatwick (LGW), Moscow-Domodedovo (DME), Vienna (VIE) and Zurich (ZRH) amongst others. From each airport visitors can get a taxi to their destination or there are several car rental companies located here too.