Santo Domingo Cultural Tour, Santo Domingo (Self Guided)

Santo Domingo is very beautiful and popular among tourists. The city offers a large variety of distinct cultural spots, thus making Santo Domingo all the more attractive. Museums, theaters, and other beautiful buildings line the city streets, clearly demonstrating culture through its traditions and its art.
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Santo Domingo Cultural Tour Map

Guide Name: Santo Domingo Cultural Tour
Guide Location: Dominican Republic » Santo Domingo (See other walking tours in Santo Domingo)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Author: Maia
Museum of Dominican Man

1) Museum of Dominican Man (must see)

The Museum of Dominican Man features a lot of information and worthy facts prior to the arrival of the Spanish. Here, visitors may learn about the slave trade as well as the other events during this time period. Several exhibits showcase pre-Columbian artifacts, while other displays focus on costumes and other historical pieces.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
National Museum of History and Geography

2) National Museum of History and Geography (must see)

The National Museum of History and Geography is famous for its unheralded amount of information which speculates on the life, history, and geography of the Dominican Republic. The large museum is divided into five different sections, each with a particular niche or area of focus.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
Museum of Modern Art

3) Museum of Modern Art (must see)

The Museum of Modern Art was created in 1976. Originally regarded as The Gallery of Modern Art, this modern museum features paintings and various other art from various local designers. Tourists must also take a detour outside where they will find a beautiful garden.

Operation hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm
Teatro Nacional

4) Teatro Nacional (must see)

The Teatro Nacional (National Theatre) is part of the Plaza de la Cultura (Culture Plaza) complex. The theatre is the center piece of the complex and is surrounded by several museums and cultural institutions.

The theatre was opened on August 16, 1973. The theatre's main hall, Sala Eduardo Brito, is named after a famous Dominican opera singer and seats 1,600 spectators. The 24 by 25 metres stage can easily accommodate 250 people, while the orchestra can seat 120 musicians. Another hall, Sala Ravelo, is named after a Dominican musician and can seat 189 spectators. This secondary hall is dedicated exclusively to theatrical productions.

The building has four levels that, in addition to the two main halls, house the administrative offices, a reception hall, the Sala de la Cultura (Culture Hall) and a bar. The Sala de la Cultura, with a capacity of 220 spectators, was created for piano concerts, chamber concerts, symposia, seminars, and cultural events of similar scale.

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Museum of Natural History

5) Museum of Natural History (must see)

The Museum of Natural History was constructed in 1982. The Natural History museum offers an angle into the distinct flora and fauna life of the Dominican Republic. The museum is separated into three different sections, each with a unique theme. Visitors will learn about the solar system, formation of the Antilles, as well as the many ecosystems of marine life.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 9 am - 5 pm; Holidays: 9 am - 4 pm
Biblioteca Nacional Pedro Enriquez Urena

6) Biblioteca Nacional Pedro Enriquez Urena

If you want to find out more about Dominican Republic history, than you should visit the National Library. The library's catalog is incredibly vast, full with old articles and documents which describe the history of Santo Domingo.
Palacio de Bellas Artes

7) Palacio de Bellas Artes

The Palace of Fine Arts of the Dominican Republic was built on May 15, 1956. The Palace occupies a 13,000 square meter area, owning such amazing venues as The National theater, The National School of of Visual Art, National Folkloric Ballet, National Choir, National School of Dances, and School of Dramatic Art. Visitors have the opportunity to take classes and expand their knowledge in this educational environment.

Walking Tours in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Create Your Own Walk in Santo Domingo

Create Your Own Walk in Santo Domingo

Creating your own self-guided walk in Santo Domingo is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Santo Domingo or "La Capital", as the Dominicans commonly refer to it, is one of the oldest cities in the Caribbean. The historic district of Zona Colonial, surrounded by walls, preserves legacy of the early settlers manifested in cobblestoned streets and centuries-old buildings dating back as far as the 1500s, including the Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor, the first cathedral ever...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 km
Santo Domingo - El Malecone

Santo Domingo - El Malecone

El Malecone stretches for 15 km along the shore. It is a very beautiful street to walk, where one can admire the beauty of the Dominican Republic while cherishing first-class ice cream. El Malecone is not only a popular attraction for tourists, but also a hot spot for locals as well. Make sure you check it out during your time in Santo Domingo.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Santo Domingo Shopping

Santo Domingo Shopping

Santo Domingo is famous not only for its great atmosphere, service, and beautiful locations, but also for its shopping spots. The most famous street for shopping in the city is El Conde, situated in the Colonial Zone. Here, you will find a lot of interesting goods for sell.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Zona Colonial Tour

Zona Colonial Tour

Zona Colonial, or "Colonial Zone", is a tiny metropolis situated in the city of Santo Domingo. Zone Colonial is the most ancient settlement in "The Americas". Journey down the beautiful streets of this ancient establishment and you are sure to find a plethora of historical buildings, shops, museums, and churches.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Santo Domingo Colonial Churches

Santo Domingo Colonial Churches

Santo Domingo is a city with several different places of worship. The city is home to a number of beautiful churches rich in history and religious heritage. Also, the churches are all ideally situated close to one another, thereby making it possible to view them all in one trip.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Las Damas Street

Las Damas Street

Las Damas is the most ancient street in the city and thus very popular due to its rich culture. The street received its name after the wives of important individuals in Dominican Republic who liked to take walks down the street in their spare time. Today you can follow their path and enjoy the same trees, colonial houses, and other buildings of interest.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Santo Domingo for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Santo Domingo has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Santo Domingo, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.