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Santo Domingo (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈsanto ðoˈmiŋɡo] meaning "Saint Dominic"), officially Santo Domingo de Guzmán, is the capital and largest city in the Dominican Republic and the largest metropolitan area in the Caribbean by population. In 2010, its population was counted as 965,040, rising to 2,908,607 when its surrounding metropolitan area was included. The city is coterminous with the boundaries of the Distrito Nacional ("D.N.", "National District"), itself bordered on three sides by Santo Domingo Province. Founded by Bartholomew Columbus in 1496, on the east bank of the Ozama River and then moved by Nicolás de Ovando in 1502 to the west bank of the river, the city is the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the Americas, and was the first seat of the Spanish colonial rule in the New World. Santo Domingo is the site of the first university, cathedral, castle, monastery, and fortress in the New World. The city's Colonial Zone was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Santo Domingo was called Ciudad Trujillo (Spanish pronunciation: [sjuˈðað tɾuˈhiʎo]), from 1936 to 1961, after the Dominican Republic's dictator, Rafael Trujillo, named the capital after himself. Following his assassination, the city resumed its original designation. Santo Domingo is the cultural, financial, political, commercial and industrial center of the Dominican Republic, with the country's most important industries being located within the city. Santo Domingo also serves as the chief seaport of the country. The city's harbor at the mouth of the Ozama River accommodates the largest vessels, and the port handles both heavy passenger and freight traffic. Temperatures are high year round, with a cool breeze around winter time.

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This is a comprehensive travel guide for Santo Domingo in Dominican Republic. From budgeting tips to finding the best spots, this travel guide has got all the insider information to explore Santo Domingo like a local. A gripping city on its own right, Punta Cana also deserves a visit. Punta Cana, is a worth visiting city owing to its prime attractions like Bavaro Beach, Astron Shipwreck, Isla Saona. Also, to reach Santo Domingo, you'll have to take a flight to Punta Cana; so its not really a detour. And even if it is, the city is worth paying at least a quick visit. Get in the character of the city, this city requires at least of 1 to 2 number of days of exploration.

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Facts and Stats for Santo Domingo*

  • Pollution Statistics in Santo Domingo

    Know the pollution level of Santo Domingo before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 68.55 (High)
    • Water Pollution 68.55 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 62.12 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 79.55 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 64.39 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 73.44 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 59.85 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 47.66 (Moderate)
  • Santo Domingo: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Santo Domingo for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Santo Domingo.

    • Burglary and Theft 61.27 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 70.77 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 79.93 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 89.64 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 59.51 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 67.96 (High)
    • Attacks 60.71 (High)
    • Drug offense 64.13 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 39.44 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during night 18.31 (Very Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 46.43 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 25.36 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 74.3 (High)
  • Living in Santo Domingo - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Santo Domingo is 88.42 (Moderate)

    • Safety Index 32.43 (Low)
    • Climate Index 67.82 (High)
    • Pollution Index 77.81 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 26.17 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 49.01 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 52.84 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 13.02 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 28.32 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Santo Domingo

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Santo Domingo

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.19 USD
    • International Movie per seat 6.16 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 59.54 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 96.16 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 54.09 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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