Santo Domingo Vacation Guide
Founded by the other Columbus, Santo Domingo is the oldest of the New World's colonial cities established by Christopher's younger brother, Bartholomew. A whirlwind of old and new, the pace of life in Santo Domingo doesn't seem to let up even for a moment. Whether you're in the historic streets of the Zona Colonial, strolling along the seafront Malecon, or donning your favourite sparkly costume for Carnival, you will be engulfed by the lively energy of the city.
Before travelling through the rest of the Dominican Republic, book all inclusive vacations to Santo Domingo to experience as much as you can of this fascinating capital city. Join in the dancing at the Merengue Festival or just sip on your rum cocktail and enjoy the show, choose from a wide variety of gourmet restaurants serving mouth-watering local fare, or sharpen your bargaining skills to get the cheapest price on some Dominican amber and turquoise. If you like spontaneity, Santo Domingo is a great place to wander where you will discover hidden bars and cafes, crumbling 16th-century churches, and cobblestone alleyways leading to reminders of Santo Domingo's colonial past.
Throughout the year, daytime temperatures in Santo Domingo don't rise much above 30°C ensuring that the city is always warm but never too hot. Unless you really like the rain, don't book vacations to Santo Domingo between August and October as this is when the city experiences frequent downpours. May can also be extremely wet, so if you're not visiting for specific events like the International Book Fair in May or the Merengue Festival in July/August, avoid a summer vacation here altogether.
The best time for all inclusive Santo Domingo vacations is between November and March when the rains have abated and most tourists head for the more popular Dominican Republic destinations like Punta Cana and Puerto Plata. Holiday specials and last minute deals are easily available, and you can find vacation packages to suit your budget without having to look too hard.
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