Vital, vibrant, and laid-back all at once, Santo Domingo is an exciting blend of old and new. The city's Zona Colonial brims with Spanish colonial history that echoes down every cobblestone street. Modern urban life centered on the oceanfront Malecon sways to merengue late into the night. Called "La Capital" by locals, Santo Domingo needs no further introduction—the city has it all. Lounge by the sea on sandy beaches, eat at world-class restaurants, and tour the New World's oldest attractions, including the Western Hemisphere's first cathedral and first fortress, all without leaving the city.