A colorful congregation of cultures and neighborhoods, the capital of the Dominican Republic is a place that collides its colonial influences with native Caribbean flavor. The hub of commercial, governmental, cultural, financial, and political activity, the streets of Santo Domingo also buzz with electricity. The clack of dominoes, the tooting of horns, and the sounds of merengue music echoing from stereos in nearby cafes creates a cacophony of sounds that is completely Dominican through and through. The Dominican capital marries old and new, by artfully placing colonial-era architecture alongside urban structures. This isn’t just limited to the architecture. Walk along the cobblestone paths and be surprised with the vast range of hip bars, elegant eateries, and fascinatingly vibrant cultural institutions. An open-air museum, a scene from a Latin music video, a buzzing metropolis with a warm spirit, and a sun-drenched beachside resort. Santo Domingo is all this and more. You just have to see it for yourself to find what it is.