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What to see in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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added on 31st of July, 2008

Santo Domingo is an electrifying island. From the minute you leave the airport you surround yourself in a heavenly paradise. There are tons of things to see in this city in the Dominican Republic. It is the oldest European city and it has conserved its colonial architecture which is spread throughout the entire country.

The most historic site to go to is the Forteleza Ozama, which is a fortress guarded by the Ozama River. It is beautiful and well maintained. In the early 90s, it was marked as one of the including parts of the Colonial Zone that was named as a World heritage Site by the UNESCO. It is also the oldest fortress in all of the Americas. If you wander around more of the Colonial Zone, you will find more historic sites.

There is a variety of colonial buildings that you can discover such as the Catedral Santa María La Menor. Two important places to stop by are the houses of Christopher Columbus’ son (el hijo de Cristobol Colón) Diego Colón and the house of the national hero Juan Pablo Duarte. They are both museums and you can take guided tours of these sights.

Another museum that documents the history of Santo Domingo and of the Dominican Republic is the ex palace of the governor general the Museo de las Casas Reales. There are museums all over Santo Domingo that document everything from history to art that has evolved on the island

You may also be interested in checking out the Parque Colón that is a historic square and the Panteón Nacional which is now a building that holds the remains of Jesuits from the Dominican Order who were famous for various deeds on the island. This last stop goes along great with the Iglesia del Convento Dominico. The above sights in Santo Domingo can all be found conveniently in the Colonial Zone.

Other attractions from Santo Domingo include the following:

Faro de Colón, Centro Olímpico Juan Pablo Duarte, Boulevard 27 de Febrero Barrio Chino, Botanical Garden, Plaza de la Cultura, Museo de Arte Moderno, Enriquillo Park National, Zoo, Mirador Norte Sur Este Park, Palacio de Bellas Artes,Teatro Nacional, Las Praderas Metropolitan Park


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Santo Domingo, Dominican RepublicThe months of July and August happen to be the hottest months while the months of December and January are the coldest when compared to other months of the year. The city of Santo Domingo faces many numbers of hurricanes due to its location which is in the Caribbean Sea. It was the year 1930 when a sever hurricane named San Zenon hit the city of Santo Domingo and caused a lot of damages. The huge River Ozama flows right through the city and empties into the Caribbean Sea. It was the River Ozama which gifted the city with a port that soon became the busiest port in the country.... Read more »


Recent reviews for Santo Domingo

Great vacation in Santo Domingo - Jul 31, 2008, by Aschleck
The Dominican Republic is located on the Hispaniola Island, which it shares with Haiti. Before its discovery by the Europeans, the Dominican Republic was inhabited by the Taíno Native Americans. Santo Domingo was founded by the... Read more »

Having a great time in Santo Domingo - Feb 26, 2008, by lindamura
For almost 100 years, Santo Domingo had to endure invasions by the English, the French, and the Spaniols. The Spanish invasion reduced the area of the city to half its size. Other invasions the city had to endure were the attack of the... Read more »


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