I enjoyed this port-Santa Domingo. There is tons of history to explore! Be sure to take an excursion-I did the day City Tour and felt safe.. otherwise you may not feel as safe.
About Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Old World history set to a distinctly Latin beat: this is the soul of Santo Domingo. The city is a maze of medieval palaces and boasts the first cathedral, university, and hospital in the western hemisphere. Beneath the black velvet of a signature Santo Domingo night sky, gaze upon the beauty of the Columbus Lighthouse--actually a mausoleum--as it beams a cross-shaped beacon toward the stars.
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15 reviews and tips of Santo Domingo, Dominican RepublicWrite A Port Tip
A dump! Stay on the ship. The filthiest port I have ever seen. Beware - shop owners carry shotguns and rumor has it (a very reliable source) there were dead bodies floating in the water.
My mom and I decided to walk around on our own. Several port police told us that it is extremely dangerous to walk around alone without a tour group due to the chance of getting robbed. We took a taxi to Los Tres Ojos which was fabulous, but this port was dirty and unsafe.
Enjoyed the buggy tour with Carlos - a new offering by Carnival. Got a good look at the people and homes of the DR. Felt safe at all times. Recommended.