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Christopher Columbus History in Santo Domingo

Christopher Columbus History in Santo Domingo

Spanish explore Christopher Columbus discovered the island of Hispaniola (which the Dominican Republic shares with Haiti) on his first voyage in 1492, and Santo Domingo was founded by his brother Bartholemy in 1496. The largest city in the Caribbean and the oldest continuously inhabited location in the Americas, Santo Domingo has a modern feel mixed with some of the first outposts of the New World. Here are some top sites that speak to the city’s history.

Columbus Alcazar (Alcázar de Colón)

The entire Zona Colonial is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Alcazar is one of the highlights. The building was completed in 1512 and was once the home of Diego Columbus (son of Christopher Columbus), who acted as Governor of Hispaniola, and his wife María de Toledo. The couple’s bedrooms, grand entertaining hall, and intricate inlaid floors are well preserved.

Columbus Lighthouse (Faro a Colon)

The exact location of Christopher Columbus’ remains are unknown. Some believe he is buried in a tomb in Seville Cathedral in Southern Spain, while others swear that the mausoleum here at the Columbus Lighthouse (Faro a Colon) is his final resting place. Whatever the case, this huge cross-shaped 10-story building, finished in the 1990s to mark 500 years since the 1492 discovery, is an atmospheric memorial to the great days of exploration.

Basilica Cathedral of Santa María la Menor (Catedral Primera de América)

A lasting reminder of the historically close relationship between the Catholic church and the Spanish state, the Basilica Cathedral of Santa María la Menor was built during the 1500s by a succession of architects. The building that stands today is a combination of Gothic, Romanesque, and baroque styles, and plays its own role in the history of Santo Domingo: The English explorer Francis Drake used the cathedral as his headquarters while briefly gaining possession of the city in the 1580s.

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Saona Island Day Trip from Santo Domingo

Saona Island Day Trip from Santo Domingo

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Sail the Caribbean Sea for a day trip to the beautiful Saona Island! Get on a catamaran or speedboat and sail through the crystal clear waters and visit the Natural Pool with photos with the starfish to Saona Island. Savor a delicious lunch under the shade of a palm tree on the beach. Dive into the turquoise waters, play volleyball, learn to dance the meringue or simply sunbathe on the white sand beach of this paradise island.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$103.16
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$103.16
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Walking Tour of the Historic Area of ​​Santo Domingo

Walking Tour of the Historic Area of ​​Santo Domingo

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Visit the oldest city in the New World and the first permanent settlement of Christopher Columbus after his "discovery" of the Americas. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. This incredible historic area boasts some of the oldest buildings in the New World. Top attractions include the Catedral Primada de América, the first cathedral in America, and the Alcazar de Colón, the former residence of Christopher Columbus's son. Other attractions include the Dominican Convent, the first monastery in the Americas, and Ozama Fortress, the oldest fortress in the New World. The Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo also has beautiful parks and squares. Parque Colón, in front of the cathedral, is the perfect place to take a break and people watch. Plaza de España is a huge square with some of the best restaurants in the area.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$78.40
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$78.40
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Private transfer from Santo Domingo to Punta Cana & Viceversa (one way)

Private transfer from Santo Domingo to Punta Cana & Viceversa (one way)

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With Pleasant Tours and Travels you have the option of booking a private transportation on an air conditioned minivan from Santo Domingo city to any place in Punta Cana and Bavaro area for up to 6 people. This air conditioned shuttle will take you straight to your final destination avoiding stopping at different places to drop off different people.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$169.00
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$169.00
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4x4 Tour Polaris and Macao Beach with Cenote Bath

4x4 Tour Polaris and Macao Beach with Cenote Bath

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Discover the tourist attractions of Playa Macao on this unique tour, tour the town by polaris or ATV and Explore the nearby jungle, and gain insight into Dominican culture with a visit to a local village. After being picked up in your locality and 2 hours on the way, you will arrive from your trip to the polaris and ATV ranch located in Macao. Meet your guide and receive a safety briefing on your ATV or Polaris. When you're done, put on your bandana and glasses. Take your water and a snack (All Inclusive) and head to your 2-seat machine to discover Macao beach. After a trip through the swamps and jungles of the area. Explore along the jungle trail and head to an underground cenote called Cueva Taina, where you can jump in and enjoy a refreshing swim in its fresh water. Then go to the town of Macao and meet some members of the community and then we will make a stop at Macao beach, to take photos and refresh ourselves on its beach, and finish
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  • 3 hours
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$235.20
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$235.20
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Full Day to Catalina Island in Catamaran with Snorkeling

Full Day to Catalina Island in Catamaran with Snorkeling

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We will board a water boat on board where we will enjoy the landscape of departure from the Romana dock where we will stop at the coral bank and do dives to snorkel for 55 min and also See the impressive fall that extends to the Caribbean Sea and learn about close to the colors of the coral and the vibrant fish that inhabit the Wall. then we go to Catalina Island. You will have free time to swim in the turquoise waters, enjoy a little more snorkeling of impressive reefs and beaches on Catalina Island. the open bar and the sun. During the day you can enjoy merengue, bachata, beer shots and cuba libre and live sport animation and where an open Bar of National Drinks awaits us.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$103.16
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$103.16
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ATV Dune Buggy and Macao Beach Adventure from Santo Domingo

ATV Dune Buggy and Macao Beach Adventure from Santo Domingo

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Our Buggies Macao excursion is one of the best-selling tours in the Dominican Republic Hotels and This tour takes the buggy ride to a new level in Macao, Make your way through the holes of Pantanos, through the towns and typical houses of Bávaro, Visiting Taina cave hole through the beaches and sands of Macau and put yourself to the test on all-terrain tracks. This is the best off-road experience, and you can only participate in this event in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic! Drive your own 1600cc buggy complete with 5 Point seat belts, Safety cages, arm guards, comfortable racing bucket seats and bandanas to not breathe and protect you from any inappropriate respiratory activity in the jungle. Ready for an exciting off-road trip?
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$231.08
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$231.08
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Santo Domingo Party Bus Experience with Barman and DJ (For 10-20 people)

Santo Domingo Party Bus Experience with Barman and DJ (For 10-20 people)

This unique experience for a private group of 10 to 20 people aboard a bus party, with music and national drinks where we will make a tourist visit through the city of Santo Domingo and we will also have the opportunity to enter the historical places, caves and monuments of more than 500 years, you will learn to dance the merengue to play the guira (Musical instrument) and you can also customize the music you want during your tour of the city. We are also accompanied by a tour guide, a DJ and his band the whole journey.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$928.44
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$928.44
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Santo Domingo Airport (SDQ) to La Romana hotels - Arrival Private Transfer

Santo Domingo Airport (SDQ) to La Romana hotels - Arrival Private Transfer

Book your Private Arrival Transfer from Santo Domingo Airport (SDQ) to La Romana hotel or address. Don't go through all the hassle of waiting in a long taxi or shared shuttles queues and use our private, door to door airport transfer. Your driver will be waiting for you at a scheduled time and you will travel comfortably to your destination. • Meeting with a Nameplate • We track your Flight • Door-to-door Service • No Hidden Charges • Clean cars & Professional drivers
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$22.44
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$22.44

Shared Transfer from Santo Domingo Airport to differents Hotel Zones

Shared Transfer from Santo Domingo Airport to differents Hotel Zones

Enjoy a high-quality service, you can choose a shared transfer one way or round trip departing from Santo Domingo airport, you can choose between 3 hotel zones Santo Domingo, La Romana/Bayahibe, or Punta Cana. MAKE SURE that the chosen section CORRESPONDS to the location of your hotel to guarantee a smooth service.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$19.50
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$19.50

Private Boat Nature Tour of Los Haitises National Park

Private Boat Nature Tour of Los Haitises National Park

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Magical private boat tour in one of our most amazing nature preserves, Los Haitises National Park. Explore our largest mangrove forest, visit large caves with indigenous art, see a wide variety of wildlife, and enjoy breathtaking views of the large limestone cliffs and small islands that dot this spectacular coastline. Afterwards, we visit the historic fishing village of Sabana de la Mar for a delicious Dominican style lunch. An unforgettable day mixed with nature, history and culture.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$179.49
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$179.49
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Santo Domingo transfer to downtown (one-way private)

Santo Domingo transfer to downtown (one-way private)

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Proud member of the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame | Winner of 7 consecutive TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence! | Founded in 1994, we have a 25-year proven track record for reliability! | All our vans have a/c so comfortable ride! | Last-minute availability often available! | Door to door service. We pick you up as you exit the terminal building and drop you off at the hotel lobby! | Includes all taxes and tolls.
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  • 25 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$44.80
per group
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$44.80
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Private Airport Transfer: Las Americas Int. Airport (SDQ) to Santo Domingo

Private Airport Transfer: Las Americas Int. Airport (SDQ) to Santo Domingo

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Book here your safe and reliable Private Airport Transfer from Las Americas International Airport (SDQ) to your hotel or destination within the Santo Domingo city area. Our service operates across 150+ countries and 1500+ airports with an excellent customer satisfaction rating of 9/10 based on 35k+ reviews. - Fixed price with no hidden costs after booking. - Modern cars only. - Certified professional drivers. - Meet&Greet Service: We welcome you at the airport arrivals hall holding a board with your name. - 24/7 Customer Support (English, German, Spanish, French, Dutch and Portuguese). - Your flight is delayed? We wait for you up to 90min with no extra charge!
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$16.55
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$16.55
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Private Transfer From Las Americas Inter. Airport to Santo Domingo City

Private Transfer From Las Americas Inter. Airport to Santo Domingo City

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Punta Brazilis is a tourist transport company in the Dominican Republic. With the concept of giving our customers the maximum satisfaction in their transfers to any part of the country. Our services are comfortable, safe and punctual; with a trained and responsible team. Our rates are the best and most competitive in the country.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$38.00
per group
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$38.00
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Private Transfer from Santo Domingo Airport to Bayahibe

Private Transfer from Santo Domingo Airport to Bayahibe

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If you came from local and international areas then you can get transfer service from Santo Domingo Airport to Bayahibe Hotels. This service will enable you to easily reach Bayahibe hotels where you will stay.
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  • 1 hour 25 minutes
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$105.00
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$105.00
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Private Arrival Transfer: Santo Domingo International Airport to Hotels (1 - 4)

Private Arrival Transfer: Santo Domingo International Airport to Hotels (1 - 4)

For a hassle-free way to begin your vacation or business trip in Santo Domingo, book a private airport arrival transfer. Avoid public transportation or long taxi lines with this convenient, door-to-door transportation service, which takes you from Santo Domingo International Airport to your hotel. Transfer services are available 24 hours, seven days a week. This private transfer is for individuals or private groups of up to 4 people.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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$40.00
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$40.00
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Shared Transportation From To Airpot and Punta Cana Hotels

Shared Transportation From To Airpot and Punta Cana Hotels

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Book your transfer between the airport and your Punta Cana hotel and enjoy a stress-free way to start and end your vacation! When you arrive in Punta Cana, avoid the stress and confusion of trying to find your way around a new city after a long flight, don't get bogged down with rental cars and maps. Instead, relax and let your professional driver get you to your hotel in comfort. Enjoy the convenience of a professional transfer service while you sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!
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  • 15 to 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$5.00
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$5.00

Private Airport Transfer: from Santo Domingo to Las Americas Int. Airport (SDQ)

Private Airport Transfer: from Santo Domingo to Las Americas Int. Airport (SDQ)

Book here your safe and reliable Private Airport Transfer from your hotel or location within the Santo Domingo city area to Las Americas International Airport (SDQ). Our service operates across 150+ countries and 1500+ airports with an excellent customer satisfaction rating of 9/10 based on 35k+ reviews. - Fixed price with no hidden costs after booking. - Modern cars only. - Certified professional drivers. - 24/7 Customer Support (English, German, Spanish, French, Dutch and Portuguese).
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$16.55
Price varies by group size
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$16.55
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Day trip to Playa Frontón and Playa Rincon

Day trip to Playa Frontón and Playa Rincon

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Visit 3 virgin beaches classified among the most beautiful in the world, Leaving Las Galeras in a boat where you will visit the natural beaches where you can practice snorkeling and take photos. You will be surprised by the transparency and color of the water. taste the barbecue lunch and seafood. Relax and enjoy the afternoon at Playa Rincon and Cano frio. then back to the city of Samana to hike over the Cayitos bridge.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$164.23
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$164.23
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Adventure to the 27 Damajagua Falls from Santo Domingo

Adventure to the 27 Damajagua Falls from Santo Domingo

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Your adventure begins at the main gates of the place, where you will be received and by the friendly staff that will accompany you on the tour. A narrated rural tour will take you to Damajagua "base camp" located within a tropical forest. Immersed in the beautiful landscape of the "Cordillera Central", the "Salto de la Damajagua" and its 27 waterfalls are part of the system of a protected area of the Dominican Republic. This natural monument of the Damajagua River is made up of 27 pools of water of various sizes.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$186.10
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$186.10
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10-12 Hours Private Punta Cana Dune Buggies Adventure from Santo Domingo Tour

10-12 Hours Private Punta Cana Dune Buggies Adventure from Santo Domingo Tour

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With this experience you will be able to experience firsthand what few can do when staying in Santo Domingo going to our most visited part of the island which is Punta Cana where we can live the adventure of going through plantations, caves swallow by water and enjoy the beautiful beach of Macao all this in an amazing journey on a dune buggie.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$245.00
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$245.00
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Shared Transportation, Punta Cana International Airport From/To Juan Dolio Hotel

Shared Transportation, Punta Cana International Airport From/To Juan Dolio Hotel

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Forget paying excessive taxi cab fares. Ensure peace of mind by booking your Punta Cana airport transfer in advance.  Start with a pickup from your Dominican Republic hotel and travel to Punta Cana International Airport in the comfort of an air-conditioned minivan.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.00
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$29.00

All-Inclusive Cayo Arena Day trip from Santo Domingo

All-Inclusive Cayo Arena Day trip from Santo Domingo

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With this experience you will be able to experience firsthand what few can do when coming to Santo Domingo to enter the natural beauties that the north of the country offers, and return in time for dinner. Enjoy comfortable transport with breakfast included in the road, your eyes can see because it is known as Cayo Paraiso (Paradise Cay) to this beautiful destination.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$450.00
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$450.00
Price varies by group size

Shared Transportation, Punta Cana Int. Airport From/To Santo Domingo Hotels

Shared Transportation, Punta Cana Int. Airport From/To Santo Domingo Hotels

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When you arrive at Punta Cana International Airport, don't get bogged down with rental cars and maps. Take the easy way, by booking this speedy airport transfer service! Enjoy convenient transport from the airport to your hotel in Santo Domingo.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$42.00
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$42.00

Cocoa trail and making of chocolate tour from Santo Domingo

Cocoa trail and making of chocolate tour from Santo Domingo

During a tour of approximately 2 hours we will see the cocoa process until it is turned into chocolate. We will start the tour with a hot chocolate, while we see the sowing, cutting and extraction of the fruit, then the fermentation and drying process. We will also have the opportunity to see the chocolate process until it is packed and we can even choose a mold to create a chocolate figure of our own taste. After this we will have a delicious typical lunch.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$357.95
Price varies by group size
From
$357.95
Price varies by group size