Hotel Conde de Peñalba has been around for many years. This small hotel and restaurant are located across from Parque Colon and the oldest Cathedral in the Americas on Conde de Peñalba Street.
Hotel Conde de Peñalba is located in a historic building with both charm and character in the heart of the Colonial Zone. The rooms are small but quaint and some of the rooms have a balcony overlooking the park with a beautiful view.
Each Air Conditioned room has Cable TV, free wifi, a Safe-Deposit Box and more.
There also is a nice little café and bar on the first floor that’s great for people watching and has good reasonably priced food.
Luxury at its finest, JW Marriott Hotel Santo Domingo. The 15 floor, 122 room and 28 suite hotel is located in the heart of Santo Domingo’s affluent commercial district in the Piantini area of the capital city. From the Italian marble draped entrance and the Italian leather furniture in the lobby. You will be surrounded by elegance the second you enter the building.
The hotel is a short drive to many of the major attractions of the capital city in the Dominican Republic including the oldest city in the Americas, Colonial Zone. There is golf, beautiful Caribbean beaches, National Botanical Garden, Los Delfines Water Park and many more pastimes and things to do.
JW Marriott Santo Domingo is a perfect
balance between luxurious ambiance and impeccable service for business and leisure travelers to the Dominican Republic. There are meeting rooms and also social spaces for all. It is a wonderful place to hold your special event or wedding.
Located on site, perched 101 feet above Winston Churchill Avenue, is the Vertygo 101 – Lounge & Bar. This trendy lounge is the place to see and be seen in Santo Domingo. Stand on the glass floors and look straight down or look out at the panoramic skyline and spectacular views.
The Infinity Outdoor Pool is a wonderful place for a refreshing swim high above the city. Relax and take-in the stunning view.
The hotel sits atop the Blue Mall with its high end shops including Louis Vuitton, BCBG, and Cartier. The Blue Mall also has the only Imax Cinema in the Caribbean and there is a VIP section for movie viewing in complete comfort.
There are many dining options including the Winston Grill & Patio which is part of the hotel with its signature Duck Tacos and a delicious whole grilled Red Snapper. You can also go to the restaurants located in the adjoining Blue Mall including The Hard Rock Café and Chilli’s.
The hotel amenities include:
*High-speed internet access in the room and public areas
*On site parking
*Housekeeping service daily
*Local restaurant dinner delivery
*Room service, 24-hour
*Espresso machine and tea in-room
*Evening turndown service
*Safe deposit box in room and at front desk
*Iron and ironing board
*Luxurious bedding – down comforters, custom duvets, cotton-rich linens
*Cable/satellite LED TV
*Marble lined Bathtub and whirlpool with separate tub and rain showers
*Hidden mirror TV in the bathroom
*and many more….
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Barahona is a province located in the southwestern coast of the Dominican Republic. The capital is Santa Cruz de Barahona. The people are friendly and down to earth and the scenery is spectacular. This area has not been touch with the tourism frenzy. It is a paradise only seen by few tourists and well worth the visit.
Here there are dry deserts and lush forests. There are fresh, clear mountain streams and wild and beautiful beaches. The land can be flat and dry and also mountainous and green. The coastal highway 44 (also called Enriquillo) has a spectacular view and leads to the beaches past the town of Barahona.
Most of the beaches in this area do not have sandy beaches. They consist of small pebbles, which are unique to the area. It is spectacular to see the beautiful turquoise blue waters in contrast with the green lush colors of the mountains. It is also interesting to note the small piles of white beach rocks people collect to sell to the landscapers.
Caribe Tours bus – It takes about 3 ½ hours by to get there from Santo Domingo.
Barahona Airport if you would like to fly into the area
Guaguas – These are the large vans-small busses that run along the highway. They pass by about every 20 minutes and make stops along the way as you wish. They can seem confusing at first especially if you do not speak Spanish. Just write down the name of the place you want to go and have them take you there. Get the hotel your staying in to write the questions for you, as most of the larger hotels employees will speak enough to help you out. Ask when they will return past again so you can get back to the town (have then write it down).
Motoconchos – (around town about 25 pesos) The motorcycles you see everywhere on the streets. Just look a bit dumbfounded and usually one will stop to see if you want a ride. These are fun to get around as you can really see lots of the area and stop as you desire. A very reliable and honest motor driver is Ruddi (809-353-3901). He loves showing people around. His English is very poor but he can understand more than he can speak.
Taxis – They are always around the streets.
Your own feet – Get out and walk around. Stop and talk to people even if you cannot speak the language. This is the best way to really know the area, the culture and the wonderful people of the country.
Playa San Rafael
/ San Rafael Beach- The bay as you drive along the highway is a spectacular sight. When you drive down to the beach area where the river enters the sea there are both natural and artificial swimming holes. Locals enjoy this area and also there are small stands that sell cold drinks and fresh fish.
(The Ducks)- The town is small and the friendly townspeople all know each other. Here there is a pretty white-stone beach with rugged waves that is great for small shell collecting. The best place to hang is where the river meets the sea is a shallow swimming hole where the locals like to refresh themselves and even take a cool bath. I found it interesting to watch the little fish enjoying the fresh water swimming along with the locals. There are many little restaurants to sit and enjoy a drink and some fresh fish including Dorado, Colorado, and local catches.
Beach and Town (quemar means “to burn”)- A small town off the beaten path with a large and popular pebble, sand and gravel warm water beach and refreshing river on the other side of the highway. If you look close enough you can pick up small water worn pieces of larimar on the beach. It is 10 kilometers from the city of Barahona along the Barahona-Paraiso highway. There are a few stands where one can buy a cold drink and some food. The small town has a few little shops, typical Dominican restaurants and even boasts a small pool hall.
– A small village that is just what its name says, Paradise. There are 2 rivers Nizaito y Sito which, depending on the season, the waters change colors. In May the sky seems to change colors as the butterflies arrive brightly colored wings crossing the plain.
*Hotel Piratas del Caribe
*Rancho Don Cesar
– A typical small town with about 21million inhabitants. The sea is in the front and the rich green jungle is behind the town. There are a few small beaches in the area that are very tranquil. There is a nice little watering hole along the main highway where there is a man made pool to collect the river water. It is very clean and refreshing.
Festivals: Patron Saint Ana celebrated from the 18 to 26 of July
– Barahona is the biggest city in the southwest, a larger small town with all the normal things found in any Dominican Town of its size. There are banks and restaurants both small and large. It is a very active and friendly town centrally located near to much of the eco tourism areas of the southwest. There is a mix of both typical wooden houses with tin roofs and modern homes as well. The main streets are very bustling while the side roads can be quite calm.
Barahona has a large port dominated by the large sugar mill. Here the sugar and molasses is loaded on ships for their journey to other parts. There is also the sugar train that runs with its load of sugar cane collected from the farms along its route. You can see one of the old steam locomotives not far from the mill area.
Stuff to do
The Barahona Market – Here is a shopping conglomerate where one can find just about anything at very reasonable prices. It takes up a block or more of the street and a few alleyways also.
The Malecon – The usual seaside road where there are all types of restaurants and nightspots. There is usually music blaring from all these spots and people enjoying a drink, talking, eating or some dancing.
The Central Park – Lots of small bars, restaurants and places to eat outside. A good time in the evenings.
Virgen del Rosairo – October 7
Hotels: Loro Tuerto (translated One-eyed Parrot)
This small hotel is big on service and friendliness. The rooms are simple, comfortable and clean. They have cable tv, air conditioning, 24 hour electric and hot water. It is located in the southwest town of Baharona on the main street. It is about 1 and 1/2 blocks from the bus station and within walking distance to the park. There is a nice patio where you can sit and unwind from an active day in town or at the beautiful local beaches. The staff is very friendly and helpful and speak English, French and Spanish.
The casual dining cafe on site serves a nice little variety of dishes and is decorated with lots of interesting items.
Rooms start at $1300 pesos per day. No credit cards accepted. WiFi hot spot.
Polo Magnético/ Magnetic Pole – Where the secondary road forks between the town of Barahona and the community of Cabral. Park your motor vehicle in neutral gear on the lower part of the hill and it ignores the force of gravity and moves upwards by itself.
Aguas Termales en Canoa/ The thermal waters at Canoa – Usually visited by French and Japanese tourists for some years now everyone now is discovering this unique spot. The strong scented sulfur waters are bluish in color and can reach up to 42° Celsius. People who enjoy the curing and relaxing properties of these waters visit it.