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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Natural Feature
“Relax and enjoy the beauty of this small island. Jump in the natural pool located in the middle of the ocean and on the way to Saona.”
  • 67 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
Nightclub
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“COCO BONGO PUNTA CANA, one of the greatets discos of the caribbean, Alkquimia clients has excelent prices even with the transfer included in expecific days.”
  • 80 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Santo Domingo is the capital city of the Dominican Republic, and it prides itself in being the first European city in the New World. Thanks to its plethora of historic, cultural and architectural treasures, the Colonial Zone has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In 1496 Bartholomew Columbus, younger brother of Christopher, sailed the Caribbean islands searching for a site where to build the first permanent European settlement in the New World. Here, where the Ozama River reaches the sea, he found it, an unspoiled place of uncommon natural beauty and a sanctuary from the hardships of travel, exploration and adventure. Within a few short years, Santo Domingo was the center of cultural, political and economic activity in the European New World. Alcazar de Colon, the Columbus family home, is on the square Plaza de Espana, just off Las Damas Street, the oldest paved street in the Americas. Nearby is the Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor, the first cathedral in the New World, completed in 1541. Today, the original portion of Santo Domingo is known as the Colonial Zone, and it remains the city?s cherished and well-preserved heart. It is a heart that today pluses with historic interest and modern passion, leaving behind the modern world and remembering a more graceful and romantic era. Unlike most other neighborhoods in Santo Domingo, you will find that Colonial Zone moves at its own pace. Beautiful homes, churches, museums and monuments from the sixteenth century are the setting of everyday life. As a visitor, you will bask in the warmth of real community and enjoy a lifestyle where the best of everything is within easy walking distance. Your stroll will take you to museums, monuments, restaurants, shopping, nightlife and more. The unhurried, passionate rhythm of everyday life here will intoxicate you in a way few can resist. But most of all, by walking you will encounter the one thing that makes this place unlike any other? its people. Warm, friendly, a touch bohemian and more than a touch romantic, the denizens of Colonial Zone have fashioned a unique, much-envied lifestyle. They consider the area a precious refuge, yet one they are proud and eager to show off to visitors. Experience it for yourself and you will understand why they say that once you have been to Colonial City, you will want to return. The Colonial Zone counts more than 50 restaurants with a big variety of food, all walking distance. The vibrant nightlife of the Colonial Zone has options for all tastes. Its bars, pubs, cafes and lounges offer live music ranging from jazz, latin, flamenco and more. And this is your perfect jumping off point for more excursions, from cacao farm tour, beach combing and more.”
  • 116 locals recommend
  • 4 Experiences
Shopping Centre
“Walking distance, Palma Real Shopping Village provides a one-stop destination for shopping, eating, ATMs, pharmacy and more. It is home to upscale renowned retail stores, ​restaurants and cafes including some local establishments. Hard Rock Cafe, Tony Roma's, Montecristo Discotheque & many others.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Only 5 minute drive, this is a central area for shopping, grocery stores, restaurants, and fast food.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“The largest botanical gardens in the Caribbean, the Jardín Botánico Nacional graces the capital city with over 400 acres (two-square kilometers) of nature preserve filled with the island’s native trees, including multiple species of palm, flowers—over 300 species of orchids—and birds, such as the country’s national palm chat. A trolley tour takes you through its multiple exotic corners, the most popular of which is the Japanese garden, with a manicured, lakeside lawn ideal for picnics. Beginner or avid bird watchers can sign up for guided hikes organized by the Hispaniola Ornithological Society.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Transportation
“This mall houses various name brands and stores that will interest you is you are wanting to shop till you drop. The prices are favorable and the IKEA is literally across the street. Avoid going if it is any peak times or rush hour; it will feel like you are never getting out of the traffic jam. $$$$”
  • 47 locals recommend
Night Club
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“Imagine is a night club inside a natural cave formation with real bats flying in the entryway! Opens at 11 pm and closes around 4 am, this is the best place to experience and dance away latin as well as international music. ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“You will enjoy coming to this mall because it houses names brands that are rocognized world wide. To name a few: Rolex, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and other high end fashion stores. This mall is affluent $$$$$$”
  • 44 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
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“Great food. Every Friday live music with the local band. On Mondays Sushi 2x1!”
  • 32 locals recommend
Island
“DescriptionCatalina Island or Isla Catalina is a tropical island located 1.5 miles from the mainland on the south-east corner of the Dominican Republic, near La Altagracia and La Romana. It is an occasional destination for cruise ships on Caribbean routes. In particular, Costa Cruises has a private beach on the island. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Shopping Centre
“Bluemall is the largest mall in the area. It has international stores like Zara, Zara Home, L'Occitane, Nike, Under armor, Swarovski, Desigual, Parfois, Superga. Other local stores to shop: Handmade: Beautiful handmade jewelry with materials Larimar (Produced in DR only), amber, silver, and gold. Merci: International beachwear brands like Mara Hoffman. Cappucchine: Eccentric beachwear and colombian swimwear collections. KB: Dominican jewelry chain store and beach accessories. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Beach
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“Best of the beaches of the area, great local and international food. Groups, families, couples and just alone, you will enjoy this incredible place. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
Nightclub
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“Ultimate, luxury, premium nightlife entertainment club of the Caribbean. ORO is recognised as the Best Nightclub in Punta Cana!”
  • 11 locals recommend
Surf Spot
“Beautiful place the beach is very different. Оn the one side a quiet bay on the other side a surf school with a good wave”
  • 45 locals recommend
  • 4 Experiences
Bar
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“Bustling white sand beach popular for water sports & sunbathing, plus restaurants, shops & bars.”
  • 7 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Sushi Restaurant
“Great food. Every Friday live music with the local band. On Mondays Sushi 2x1!”
  • 32 locals recommend
Beach
“Best of the beaches of the area, great local and international food. Groups, families, couples and just alone, you will enjoy this incredible place. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“The best place for live music, good ambience and great Mexican food. Every Wednesday a bunch of locals get together with visitors and its always super fun! ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This Asian style themed restaurant is conveniently located inside the golf course community and easily accessible by our golf carts provided.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Water Park
“Boasting the largest man made dolphin habitat in the world! You will have the opportunity to touch some of the coolest creatures on earth. Dolphins, sea lions, sharks, exotic birds, play with iguanas, walk through a tropical rain forest and more!!”
  • 48 locals recommend
Bar
“Legendary, nothing more to be said. Day or night you will always find someone you know there. A lot of people partying at night :)”
  • 41 locals recommend
Restaurant
“If you want to try the flavors of the Dominican cuisine, this is a place to go... Eat like a local!”
  • 38 locals recommend
Hotel Bar
“At Los Corales, Bavaro, it is a beachfront restaurant and bar. The menu offers sandwiches, some seafood and a variety of other dishes. Desert includes fresh crepes with your choice of filling. Great place to chill, with ​nice staff and cozy place.”
  • 26 locals recommend

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