What would a holiday in Punta Cana be without a trip to the capital? Santo Domingo is the largest city on this island, with over two million inhabitants, and is around 200 kilometers from Punta Cana. Its size, of course, makes it a cosmopolitan city with the purest Caribbean style, with the special charm of the cities that have a colonial old town, specifically the oldest in the New World, which in this case has been considered a World Heritage site by UNESCO since 1990.
It is therefore highly recommended to take a trip to the city to enjoy its beautiful architecture, take a walk through its streets and go shopping. Notable among its places of interest are the Baluarte del Conde, a historic complex made up of the Independencia Park, the Puerta de la Misericordia gate, and the Fuerte de la Concepción fortress; the Cathedral of Santo Domingo (the first in the New World) consecrated in 1504 and where the remains of Christopher Columbus are said to be kept; the Alcázar de Colón palace, with a Mudejar style which currently contains a museum; the Parque Colón park which was the former main square of the Spanish colony; and the Ozama Fortress, the oldest in America, which guarded the outlet of the river from potential attacks by pirates or other colonists.
As can be seen, Santo Domingo is a key piece in the colonial past of America and is also a great place to immerse oneself in this chapter of history and learn more about Dominican culture in all its splendor while spending time among its people and having fun in the lively atmosphere felt in its streets.