Distrito Nacional Things to Do

  • Iglesia Santa Barbara
    Iglesia Santa Barbara
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  • Cliffs by the aquarium, Caribbean Sea
    Cliffs by the aquarium, Caribbean Sea
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    Es muy grande perro...
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Distrito Nacional Things to Do

  • Zona Colonial - Old Town

    Santo Domingo Things to Do

    Amber is a vegetable fossil resin that when hardened becomes a semi precious gem used in jewelry. The range of its colors go from pale yellowish to bright red, and more rarely green and blue. It differentiates from Baltic amber in the tree where they're originated from. Larimar is a variety of pectolite rock, blue/turquoise, that's only found in...

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  • Alcázar de Colón - Columbus' house

    Santo Domingo Things to Do

    This mansion was the house of the Columbus family in Santo Domingo. It was built by Christoper Coulmbus' son, Diego in 1515. Today, it's a museum furnished with original and period furniture. This is by far the best of Santo Domingo's attractions.

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  • Faro a Colón - Columbus Lighthouse

    Santo Domingo Things to Do

    First the driver took us to the Columbus Lighthouse Monument (Faro a Colon). (Faro is the Spanish for lighthouse). The building was begun in the 1930s and was finished about 1992. The huge building, designed by the British architect J.L. Gleave, is shaped like a cross, its wings stepped back with increasing height like a pyramid. It is 668 feet...

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  • Catedral Primada de América - The...

    Santo Domingo Things to Do

    Built between 1521 and 1540, this was intended by the Vatican to be the religous center of the West Indies. The church structure is a mixture of Gothic and Romanesque styles. This was the first cathedral built in the Americas.

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  • Acuario Nacional - The Aquarium

    Santo Domingo Things to Do

    Despite seeming a little dated (its actually built in 1990), this open air aquarium was actually very nice. Its location has a great overlooking view of the Caribbean. It has a great display of Sea turtles and mantees.

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  • Los Tres Ojos - The 3 Eyes National Park

    Santo Domingo Things to Do

    Los Tres Ojos (The Three Eyes) is several caves beneath the earth. In the caves there are three/four freshwater lagoons (the eyes) and many stalactites and stalagmites (I have just learnt that stalactite is above, and hangs downward - the stalagmite is below and sticks up…). In the caves you follow walkways and a pulley-powered vessel to get...

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  • Museo de las Casas Reales - Royal Houses...

    Santo Domingo Things to Do

    This building completed in 1520, was the office of the Governor General of the West Indies and office of the Royal Audiences. The complex has been a museum since 1976. It houses Santo Domingo's artifacts in the Hispanic period.

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  • Parque Colón - Columbus Square

    Santo Domingo Things to Do

    The 19th century precursor to the megalomaniac “Faro a Colon” mausoleum is the monument to the Gobernador in the old town on the grounds of the ex Plaza Mayor, nowadays baptised Parque de Colon. The composition is apparently produced by a French master whose name is not that important to posterity so it won’t be quoted. It comprises of Colon’s...

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  • Jardín Botánico - Botanical Garden

    Santo Domingo Things to Do

    The Botanical Garden has been a must for nature lovers and everyone who wants to have peace within chaos in the city since its opening in 1976 during the government of Dr. Joaquín Balaguer. It houses one of the biggest flower clocks in the world (according to their website), a lovely Japanese garden, a section with native plants of the island of...

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  • Fortaleza Ozama - Ozama Fortress

    Santo Domingo Things to Do

    Fortaleza Ozama was built in 1502 and this impressive fort is the oldest military structure in the New World. Inside the fort you’ll find The Tower of Homage, with two-meter thick walls and dozens of riflemen embrasures. It is absolute recommendable to take the spiral staircase to the roof of the tower for beautiful 360 degree views of Santo...

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  • Calle El Conde - El Conde street

    Santo Domingo Things to Do

    This tip about El Conde could also be a shopping tip, because El Conde is one of the oldest streets in Santo Domingo - and still among the city's most popular commercial centers. El Conde is a pedestrian street and is home to a variety of stores that include clothing and textile shops, shoe stores, restaurants and cafes, gift shops and...

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  • Pantéon Nacional - Pantheon

    Santo Domingo Things to Do

    Panteón Nacional (the National Mausoleum) was built between 1714 and 1745, originally as a Jesuit church (Iglesia de los Padres). During the church’s history it has been used as a tobacco warehouse, housing for the San Fernando seminary, public offices and a theatre for the independence fighters in 1860. In 1956 Dictator Rafael Trujillo turned...

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  • Plaza de la Cultura

    Santo Domingo Things to Do

    The is SD's main art gallery and it has a nice collection of Dominican art work. The main floor is reserved for special exhibits (there was an international tile exhibition when we visited), the basement has features on Caribbean artists and the second floor contains the permanent collection. The art work is arranged chronologically and are...

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  • El Malecón - The Ocean Front avenue

    Santo Domingo Things to Do

    I though about simply including this in the tip about the Malecón, but the seafront is just too beautiful along the outskirts of Santo Domingo to really cram in with the sea wall. The Río Ozama is obviously a major port and harbour for the entire Dominican Republic, so it can sometimes seem like there is not much point in trying to find the...

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  • Old Town churches

    Santo Domingo Things to Do

    There is no lack of ecclesiastical architecture in Santo Domingo. This is a typical Spanish colonial city and as such it relies heavily on God and Armaments so respectively one gets churches and forts. In general, the condition of the buildings and the overall architectural plan is not that great in comparison to Havana for example, as a town of...

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  • Parque Independencia

    Santo Domingo Things to Do

    Altar de la Patria (Altar of the Nation) is located at the centre of Parque Independencia (very near Calle el Conde) and was built in 1976. Inside this white-marble mausoleum the bodies of Juan Pablo Duarte, Francisco del Rosario Sanchez, and Ramon Matias Mella are interred. They were the heroes of the 1844 independence movement from Haiti and...

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  • Reloj del sol - Sundial

    Santo Domingo Things to Do

    Reloj del Sol (Clock of the Sun) is located just outside Museo de las Casas Reales at Plaza España. The clock was built in 1753 by order of Governor Francisco Rubio y Peñaranda. It was positioned so that officials of the ‘Casas Reales’ could see the time with only a glance out their eastern windows. There is also a nice view of Rio Ozama from...

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