Santo Domingo private tours

Cocotours only ever has a small number of clients in the capital city, so from Santo Domingo the tours that we run tend to be private excursions, tailor-made for our clients.City 

Santo Domingo City Tour (half-day)

A cultural half-day, exploring the capital city, the oldest city in the Americas and whose colonial zone has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Visit the house built by Columbus, the Cathedral and see the Christopher Columbus lighthouse, the explorer’s final resting place. Soak up the atmosphere of the oldest street of the new world “Calle las Damas”. Our tour includes:
  • Entrance to Alcázar de Colón (Columbus house), 
  • National Pantheon: built in 1714, the final resting place of many Dominican heroes. In colonial times this was a church belonging to Spanish Jesuits
  • Cathedral María la Menor, the first cathedral in the Americas, built 1523 to 1540. It was here until 1992 where the remains of Christopher Columbus lay in state
  • Walk along Calle las Damas (The oldest street in the New World, dating back to 1502. The wife of Viceroy Don Diego Columbus, son of Christopher Columbus, used to walk here.)
  • Panoramic view of Ozama Fortress, the oldest military monument in the Americas, one of the first monuments to be constructed in the colonial city
  • Columbus Lighthouse, a large monument in the form of a Latin cross, the final resting place of Admiral Christopher Columbus
  • Drive through Chinatown
  • Free time for shopping in El Conde street
This tour can be conducted in the morning or afternoon. Pick-up from your hotel at 9 am or 1:30 pm. Daily except Mondays.

Santo Domingo City Tour (full-day)

A cultural day out, exploring the capital city, the oldest city in the Americas and whose colonial zone has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Visit the house built by Columbus, the Cathedral and see the Christopher Columbus lighthouse, the explorer’s final resting place. Soak up the atmosphere of the oldest street of the new world “Calle las Damas” and experience a Dominican market where the bargains are endless & bartering is fun. Our tour includes:
  • Three Eyes Caves, nowadays a monument comprising three lakes where Taino Indians used to live.
  • Entrance to Alcázar de Colón (Columbus house), 
  • Museum of the Royal Households, in colonial times this was the governor's palace, and up to 1947 during the dictatorship of Trujillo was the presidential palace
  • National Pantheon: built in 1714, the final resting place of many Dominican heroes. In colonial times this was a church belonging to Spanish Jesuits
  • Walk along Calle las Damas (The oldest street in the New World, dating back to 1502. The wife of Viceroy Don Diego Columbus, son of Christopher Columbus, used to walk here.)
  • Cathedral María la Menor, the first cathedral in the Americas, built 1523 to 1540. It was here until 1992 where the remains of Christopher Columbus lay in state
  • Panoramic view of Ozama Fortress, the oldest military monument in the Americas, one of the first monuments to be constructed in the colonial city.
  • External view of the Presidential Palace
  • Columbus Lighthouse, a large monument in the form of a Latin cross, the final resting place of Admiral Christopher Columbus
  • Mercado Modelo (handicrafts market)
  • Free time for shopping in El Conde street
  • Lunch (excl. drinks) in El Conuco restaurant

Pick-up from your hotel at 9 am. Daily except Mondays.

Saona Island (full-day)

(This description of a private tour to Saona would be for small groups of up to 20 persons, and you have the option of getting to/from Saona by private speedboat just for your little group) or on a large catamaran with many other daytrippers. Click here for a truly exclusive private catamaran tour to Saona Island for larger groups)

Escape to Saona Island, a protected national park, universally loved for its powdery white beaches and serene turquoise waters. We embark on our speedboat from the picturesque fishing village of Bayahibe. On the island time to relax under a palm tree or bathe in the crystal-clear waters, complete heaven! Lunch (included) will be served on the beach, and includes refreshments. On the way back to the Bayahibe beach, we make an exciting stop in the “natural swimming pool”, an area of open sea where the water is only waist-deep, and where one can see many starfish. This is a truly exclusive day out and lets you experience the finest of Caribbean beaches.


San Pedro de Macoris & Cueva de las Maravillas (half-day)

Visit to the historical provincial coastal city of San Pedro de Macoris, approx. 50 kms east of Santo Domingo. Once famous for being at the heart of the country’s sugarcane industry and for having a bustling cosmopolitan port and influx of migrant workers from other islands, nowadays San Pedro is known for its renowned university, as well as being the birthplace of many talented players in the Major Leagues. Our tour includes:
  • Barceló Macorix rum factory 
  • Walk through the downtown area and central square
  • underground cave complex Cueva de las Maravillas (out of town) with pre-Columbus paintings
  • Time for shopping in San Pedro
This tour can be conducted in the morning or afternoon. Pick-up from your hotel at 9 am or 1:30 pm. Monday to Friday.


Samana & Cayo Levantado (full-day)

The Bounty Hunters came in search of Paradise, and found it on Cayo Levantado. This jewel of a tiny island lies just off the Samaná Peninsula and is our destination for a day of pure escapism. The sand is white and powdery, the turquoise waters are crystal clear and perfect for snorkelling or gentle swimming. A delicious Dominican lunch is included! A fantastic day-out, not to be missed! Our tour includes:
  • Scenic drive along the Atlantic coast to the peninsula of Samana
  • Arrive Samana town
  • Speedboat ride to Cayo Levantado aka Bacardi/Bounty Island
  • Time for bathing on beach
  • Lunch on Cayo Levantado (excl. drinks)
Pick-up from your hotel at 7:00 am. Daily.


Dominican Alps & Jarabacoa (full-day)

Experience a completely different side of the island with adventure in Jarabacoa in the Dominican Alps. This is a day of spectacular mountain scenery, green valleys, clear streams and tumbling waterfalls. The highlight of the day is the ride on horseback or by jeep (you decide!) to the towering Baiguate waterfall with an opportunity for a cooling dip in the large plunge pool. The tour includes:
  • Visit to the waterfall Salto Baiguate 
  • Time to bathe under the waterfall
  • Lunch in Rancho Baiguate
  • Visit to the ecological path and butterfly garden

Pick-up from your hotel at 9 am. This tour can be conducted on any day of the week.

Santo Domingo Tours: Q&A

Chu Chu Colonial
Does Cocotours offer the Chu Chu Colonial? Yes, this wonderful mock-train ride through the colonial zone of old Santo Domingo which encompasses 500 years of history in only 45 minutes, can be incorporated into our private tour. Just write and ask us for details. It comes with recorded commentary, choose from any of the 6 different languages available.