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Santo Domingo City
Dominican Republic / Santo Domingo
If you are looking for amazing history, beautiful beaches, airline accessibility and top notch hotel / casinos, Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic has it all. In 2009 alone, more than three million visitors vacationed here! Santo Domingo is literally the first city of the New World. In 1492, Christopher Columbus landed here. It was the first of his many discoveries in the Americas. The Dominican Republic (called Hispaniola by Columbus) is the oldest country of the Americas. Santo Domingo is the site of the first catholic cathedral, the first university and the first hospital in the Americas. The historic section of Santo Domingo is called The Colonial City. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition to the cathedral, university and hospital, visitors can also explore Columbus’ home Alcazar de Colon and the Ozama Fort. The Columbus Lighthouse is an impressive structure both inside and out. It contains multiple rooms highlighting the history of Santo Domingo. The tomb of Christopher Columbus resides impressively in the center of the lighthouse. Because the Pope once spoke here, the “Popemobile” papal vehicle is displayed near the entrance. Santo Domingo shares in the 800 miles of beautiful Dominican Republic coastline. Because of the large waves and lack of sharks, surfing competitions are held here annually. With an 80 degree average water temperature and 80 degree average air temperature, water-sports are very comfortable for everyone.