Santo Domingo Sights, Sounds, and Tastes, Including 6 Food Samplings
Get to know the real Dominican Republic by spending a day exploring its culturally rich capital and discovering the Santo Domingo that locals love. Soak up the city’s rich colonial history, visit local markets, snack on some of Santo Domingo’s must-try treats, then end the day with an icy-cold Dominican beer. Experience the Dominican Republic beyond the beach, through the eyes of a local Explore the many hidden corners only known by locals and hear stories of pirates, love, and freedom Browse the lively produce market and learn about the diverse fruits and vegetables that are part of the rich Dominican diet Learn how Spanish, Arab, Chinese, and Haitian influences have all shaped Santo Domingo Try typical Dominican treats and cool down with a cold local beer at a local hot spot favored by artists, bohemians, and philosophers
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What's included :
- Local English-speaking guide, selection of 4 treats at local bakery (may include baked coconut treat, sweet potato pudding, or traditional coconut, pineapple and milk treats), 2 treats at Chinatown shop (such as soft pudding, guava-filled cookies, or soft Chinese bread with pork), 1 bottle of beer. Note that the food samples may vary from tour to tour depending on what is available that day.
- Alcoholic Beverages
What's excluded :
- Additional food or drink, souvenirs and items of a personal nature, tips/gratuities for your guide.
- Leave your beach chair behind for a while and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, history, and flavors of Santo Domingo, the largest city in the Caribbean and the Dominican Republic’s captivating capital. This is your chance to experience the best Santo Domingo has to offer, alongside a local guide who can take you where the guidebooks can’t. You’ll start in Santo Domingo’s Colonial Zone, the oldest European settlement in the New World and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Have your cameras ready — there’s history everywhere here and architecture that will leave you speechless. In Billini’s Park, in front of Casa del Tostado, you’ll hear one of the most romantic stories of colonial times. We’ll see the Caribbean side of the old city, admiring the many historic monuments, parks, and colonial fortresses as we walk, eventually getting to the old city walls that once protected the city from pirates. The walls will lead us to Independence Park, an important landmark commemorating the Dominican Republic’s struggle for independence. As you walk, you’ll learn about the rich history of Santo Domingo, such as how Spanish and Arab immigrants brought their influence to the island, and how a rich commercial exchange has been established between the Dominican Republic and neighboring Haiti. Take a walk through Little Haiti and explore the small, picturesque businesses selling Haitian products. Along the way, you’ll also have the chance to explore local markets. Get ready for sensory overload — the local markets are filled with fruits, vegetables, grains, and spices, and are an explosion of vibrant colors and flavors. Learn about and taste the most varied fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as the spices used in Dominican cuisine. At the famous Mercado Modelo, the city’s largest market, browse paintings with colorful Caribbean motifs, as well as leatherwork, jewelry made form local stones such as amber and larimar, traditional musical instruments, and many other locally made handicrafts. If you’re getting hungry, our walk takes us to one of the most traditional local cafeterias and bakeries in the city, where you can try many delicious and locally loved Dominican sweets. Next, we get to one of the most colorful and dynamic areas of the city, the Chinatown of Santo Domingo, a community made up of the children and grandchildren of Chinese citizens who came to the Dominican Republic during the 19th and 20th centuries. Here, we’ll visit a local Chinese store and try some delicious Chinese refreshments that locals love. We’ll then follow the local pulse of merengue and bachata music to reach Calle El Conde, a bustling pedestrian-only street filled with colorful storefronts and small restaurants where we’ll stop for one final break, in the form of a cold Dominican beer. We end the day at Columbus Park, where you can feel free to further explore the sights, or we can give you tips on which restaurants to visit and even more secret local spots to check out.
Departure Point :Plaza Pellerano Castro AKA Parque Rosado, esquina, Calle Isabel La Católica & Calle Arzobispo Portes, Santo Domingo 10210, Dominican Republic
Departure Time :9:00 AM
Return Detail :Calle Isabel La Católica, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Comfortable shoes to walk and fresh clothes. Sunglasses or sunscreen would be advisable.
- Most travelers can participate
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
- Social distancing enforced throughout experience
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
- Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
- Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
- All tours follow the latest local health authority advice, including mask usage and social distancing. Urban Adventures has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which recognises companies that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols.
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.