The tropical city of Santo Domingo isn’t just the capital of the Dominican Republic or a UNESCO world heritage site. It’s also the oldest city in the New World! But despite its impressive historic structures, Santo Domingo’s rich history hasn’t stopped the Colonial City from establishing a vibrant social culture comprising nightclubs, luxury hotels and high-end restaurants. The best lodging can be found closer to the city center, though more affordable options can also be found scattered near downtown.
Restaurants You Need To Try In Santo Domingo
- Great for groups, El Conuco is a buffet-style restaurant (diners can also order a la carte) that features traditional Dominican food like mangu, which is plantain mash, and sancocho, a meaty stew, with staff who double as dancers during meals.
- Descend underground to El Meson De La Cava, a restaurant in a natural cave, which serves fresh Caribbean fare in an intimate atmosphere.
After Dark in Santo Domingo
- Makumba, open every night until 6 a.m., houses a crowd of young Dominicans dancing until the wee hours.
- El Meson De La Cava isn’t the only cave worth visiting on your trip. Check out the fresh drinks at the spacious Club Murcielago, also underground, which hosts a combination of locals and foreigners dancing to merengue and salsa.