Business & Pleasure November 4, 2019 | 9:55 am

Santo Domingo destination ‘Bleisure’, a new trend that mixes business trip with pleasure and free time

Santo Domingo, DR.-  The capital of the Dominican Republic, is an ideal “Bleisure” destination, due to the characteristics it has as the main city in the country, such as the mixture of old and modern, cosmopolitan environment, natural environment, gastronomy and the multiple offers for activities of all kinds in the city and the surrounding area, consolidates it as the ideal Caribbean destination to combine work and pleasure in a perfect balance.

“Bleisure is the latest trend in tourism and proposes the convergence of a business trip with pleasure and free time. Santo Domingo, with its beauty and hospitality, is ideal because it offers good connectivity by air and land, dynamism, a great hotel infrastructure and the extraordinary advantage of being one step away from the most varied experiences of beach, adventure, and nature,” says Magaly Toribio, Marketing Advisor of the Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic (MITUR).

In the Capital, history, culture, an interesting nightlife and irresistible gastronomy abound.

Whether before or after work meetings, it is always a good plan to tour the Colonial City, the first European settlement in America, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In addition to emblematic buildings ranging from the sixteenth century to the early twentieth century. It is an ideal place to visit at night and relax with music, dance and theater shows, bars, bistro terraces and the most exquisite fusion dishes of Dominican and international cuisine.

Santo Domingo also has the National Botanic Garden, the largest in the Caribbean, or the Malecon and when shopping, Santo Domingo has the most varied selection of stores in the country.

The Dominican capital combines its history and modernity Just an hour from Santo Domingo is the quiet beach of Juan Dolio, with 10 kilometers of white sand perfect for relaxing and spending a day in the sun. This area also offers all kinds of activities, from restaurants to diving centers, as well as resorts that offer day passes to enjoy the services.

Those with a more adventurous spirit will also find options for interspersing, business meetings, conferences or events.

Near Las Americas Airport is La Caleta National Underwater Park, an excellent place for diving, suitable for all levels of experience. Just eight kilometers east of Santo Domingo, the limestone caves of the Tres Ojos National Park, used by the Tainos as a refuge or ritual site, lead through paths to wonderful oval freshwater pools.

Staying in a hotel that has everything you want is essential to enjoy both work and leisure. The Dominican capital has options for all tastes, ranging from recognized international hotel chains to quality resorts and exclusive boutique hotels with the personalized attention of excellence. In most of them, renowned chefs offer exquisite à la carte menus.