Flight and hotel packages in Santo Domingo
Presentation of Santo Domingo
The Dominican Republic is a country in the Caribbean which shares part of the island of Hispaniola with Haiti. Its capital is Santo Domingo which is also one of the oldest cities in the area, and it has a rich history as Christopher Columbus’s younger brother created a settlement here as far back as 1496. The Dominican Republic is partly mountainous but also has many idyllic beaches if you are planning to enjoy sun, sand and surf on your vacation. From whale-watching to dramatic cathedrals, you won’t struggle to find something to do on this magical island, so book your all inclusive vacation with us today and we can make sure your flight to Santo Domingo is only the beginning of your wonderful time here.
Things to know before visiting Santo Domingo
The Dominican Republic requires no visas for US citizens as long as you are staying for less than 30 days. Additionally, there is no time difference between New York and Santo Domingo which certainly makes for a relaxing holiday as there is no chance of jet lag.
Las Americas International is less than 20 miles outside Santo Domingo and once your flight lands it is very easy to travel into the city from there. There are plenty of buses, taxis and car rental offices for you to choose from so that when you book your flight from New York to Santo Domingo or flight from Los Angeles to Santo Domingo with us you can be assured of a simple transfer to your hotel or into the city as soon as you land.
What is the weather in Santo Domingo?
The weather in Santo Domingo is typically warm and pleasant like the rest of the Caribbean. Throughout the year the temperatures are in the mid to high 80s, which is the perfect type of weather to explore the island or relax on the beaches. With such reliability, when you book your flight and hotel packages to Santo Domingo with us, you can almost guarantee the weather will be glorious for your vacation getaway.
Things to do in Santo Domingo
Santo Domingo’s colonial area, known as the Zona Colonial, is the oldest part of the city and fully deserves its declaration as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can visit the Alcazar de Colon, the oldest viceregal residence in the Americas, or the impressive Catedral de Santa Maria de Menor, America’s oldest cathedral which has been in existence since 1512. As well as this amazing historical heritage, Santo Domingo’s shopping areas are modern and trendy with excellent restaurants and lively bars.
To make the most of this beautiful city and indeed the rest of the Dominican Republic, you can book a flight and hotel package with us and enjoy a relaxing vacation getaway in this spectacular country.
What to eat in Santo Domingo?
If you are looking for a bargain meal, the best idea is to head to one of the many small restaurants or cafes for a plato del dia. This translates as the dish of the day and will be a delicious plate of rice, beans and salad along with a meat stew, all for just a few dollars. With flavors coming from the Taino Indians, Africa, and the Middle East, there are a great variety of menu choices for every palate. Try Mangu, a local dish of mashed plantains topped with sautéed red onions, or sancocho, a tremendous mix of seven meats with vegetables sure to make for happy taste buds. If you want to try any of these delicious-sounding dishes, you should book your flight and hotel package to Santo Domingo with us today to make the most of your vacation getaway.
What to bring from Santo Domingo?
There are many souvenir shops for you to buy something to remind you of your amazing vacation in Santo Domingo, and you might struggle to choose one of the many options. From hand-made crafts to precious stones, there is something here for everyone. If you want a souvenir that you can only find in the Dominican Republic though, you have to opt for some Mama Juana. It is a liqueur, but to the untrained eye it just looks like a bottle filled with twigs. When you realize it is a mix of rum, red wine and honey mixed with tree bark and herbs it becomes very tempting to try it. Apparently, the herbs were first used by the indigenous Taino Indian tribes as they supposedly have medicinal qualities, and it tastes delicious, so makes the ideal memento to remind you of your perfect vacation package deal.