Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Board an MSC Caribbean cruise to the “Gateway of the Antilles” and visit Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. When you book an MSC Caribbean cruise to the Dominican Republic, a trip to its capital, Santo Domingo, will definitely be high on your list.
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’s caves and splendid shopping opportunities, from the modern Megacentro to the more intimate Plaza Andalucia.
Santo Domingo is the earliest European settlement in the Americas, and was founded by Bartholomew Columbus shortly after his brother, Christopher, had discovered Hispaniola in 1492. A date that changed the world, and you can see rich history everywhere in the many sixteenth century buildings of its Zona Colonial, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Must-sees include the former vice regal residence of Alcázar de Colón, Ozama Fortress and Santa Maria La Menor Cathedral, while Faro de Colón lighthouse and museum provides a modern monument to the great explorer.
Another classic sight in the area is the nearby Los Tres Ojos, or The Three Eyes, a trio of lakes in open-topped limestone caverns that can be explored on guided boat trips. As a firm favourite for all passengers, this jewel of nature makes a perfect shore destination to make the most of your cruise experience with MSC Cruises.
Capture all the Caribbean magic of a holiday to the Dominican Republic.