While most tourists seek out the incredible beaches of this nation, I opted to visit Santo Domingo, the capital and largest city. I didn’t plan to explore the entire city nor do a day side trip elsewhere so I decided to stay in the Zona Colonial and walk as far as I could in two days time.
The ride into the city was expensive and distant; I knew I would not be back to some of these places and asked the driver to stop so I could snap a photo. Then he surprised me by dropping me off at a different hotel than I had booked. Apparently mine was now part of the expanding ruble and the company put me up at another in their “chain”. I was incredibly lucky as it was actually part of the original city wall, next to all the excitement but quiet enough for a good night sleep.
Around every corner and down every street were old historical buildings, colorful homes above shops, and plazas full of music, birds and a very cosmopolitan mix of people.
Besides the old city, I was able to walk through most of Gazcue which is one of the oldest neighborhoods featuring many grand old houses and I also ambled up El Malecon with the waterfront on one side and huge casinos on the other.
A city definitely worth toasting!