With a renovated Colonial City and a downtown with hotels and restaurants popping up every year, so too are the sightseeing options rising.

While you might be able to see it all in one short visit, here are three ways to make the most of your sightseeing time–solo or with a guide.

  • Go on a walking tour of the Colonial City: Follow the self-guided walk in Moon Dominican Republic’s Santo Domingo Chapter, or head to Parque Colon to find one of the official tour guides in blue-and-khaki uniforms, who will show you around the major sights for no more than US$10 per person.
  • Rent a beach cruiser from BiciZona and cycle around the Colonial City’s main sights and charming streets, stopping as often as you wish. You can even continue biking to the nearby waterfront Malecon.
  • Get on the Santo Domingo Hop On Hop Off: Before you bypass this option, know that this isn’t your typical double-decker bus. It’s actually a small, air-conditioned minivan, with an expert city guide and a driver. The ride takes you from the Colonial Zone’s main sights to the modern side of the city, with two hop offs: one at the National Botanical Gardens and the other for lunch at the Blue Mall. This half-day tour is the best “one-day” historical and sightseeing overview of Santo Domingo you can get.