Santo Domingo: Board a cruise to the “Gateway of the Antilles” with MSC Cruises and visit Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic
When you book a cruise to the Dominican Republic with MSC Cruises, a trip to the capital of this Caribbean nation, Santo Domingo, should definitely be on your list of things to see.
Located on the southern shore of Hispaniola island in the Greater Antilles and divided by the River Ozama, the historical city of Santo Domingo offers beautiful architecture, fabulous beaches, the wonderful Parque Mirador Sur and splendid shopping opportunities, two examples being the modern Megacentro and the more intimate Plaza Andalucia.
Santo Domingo was founded by Bartholomew Columbus shortly after his brother, Christopher, had discovered Hispaniola in 1492. The city’s status as the earliest European settlement in the Americas is amply evidenced by the many 16th-century buildings in its Zona Colonial, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Must-sees include the former viceregal residence of Alcázar de Colón, Ozama Fortress and Santa Maria La Menor Cathedral. The modern Faro de Colón lighthouse and museum is a monument to the great explorer.
Other must-visit sites while in the area are the nearby Los Tres Ojos, or The Three Eyes. This trio of lakes in open-topped limestone caverns can be explored on guided boat trips. As a firm favorite of family vacations, this jewel of nature makes a perfect shore destination to round out your cruise experience with MSC Cruises.
Give yourself a break and book yourself on board one of MSC Cruises’ luxury ships for a chance to capture all the Antilles magic of a cruise to the Dominican Republic.
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