Santo Domingo is the capital of the Dominican Republic. The city is located on the Caribbean Sea, at the mouth of the Ozama River. It was founded by Bartholomew Columbus in 1496, on the eastern bank of the Ozama River and then moved by Nicolás de Ovando in 1502 to the western bank of the river. It is known to be the location of the first European settlement in America, and the first base of Spanish colonial rule in the New World.
Greater Santo Domingo has an administrative division which includes the National District and the provinces of East, West and North Santo Domingo. For this reason, it involves four municipalities with a population of around 2 million 700 thousand inhabitants.
Las Americas International Airport (SDQ) is the main port of entry, located half an hour east of the city. Cruise passengers arriving in Santo Domingo are 10 minutes from the Colonial City, the most important attraction of the city.
Santo Domingo is one of the biggest cultural, financial, political, commercial and industrial centers of the Dominican Republic; several of the country’s industries are located within the city.
Santo Domingo also serves as the country’s main port. Port of San Souci is located at the mouth of the Ozama River and welcomes large vessels and is prepared to receive both passenger and freight cargo traffic.
The city attracts many international companies and franchises; and the headquarters of several companies’ regional offices are located in Santo Domingo. This metropolitan city has an adequate roads, hotel infrastructure (over 3,000 rooms) and services, suitable for most business operations. The development of the city’s excellent telecommunications infrastructure is prominent.
The economic growth of the city is very noticeable in increasing building of towers, shopping centers, highways, and the increase of commercial activity.
The zones of greatest economic development are located in the central area of the city (National District), which is framed by John F. Kennedy Ave. to the north, George Washington Ave. to the south, Gregorio Luperon Ave. to the West and Maximo Gomez Ave. to the east. Its residential areas and its active nightlife mainly characterize it; while avenues such as Nuñez de Caceres, Romulo Betancourt and Gustavo Mejia Ricart, have become very important for the successful new businesses of different levels that have installed there.