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Best Things To Do in Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo is right on the Caribbean Sea, but still, this isn't a beach town. Instead, you should spend some time at historically significant sites like the Catedral Primada de América or the Fortaleza Ozama. And you also have to allot an hour or two for the architecturally significant Columbus Lighthouse. And then there's the nocturnally significant -- some say the nightlife along the Malecón is the best available in the Caribbean.

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#1
Zona Colonial Free attraction
Entertainment and Nightlife, Sightseeing, Neighborhood/Area | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Partially barricaded by stone walls, accented with Baroque buildings and lying on cobblestone streets, Santo Domingo's Zona Colonial marks ... read more»

#2
Alcazar de Colon
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Once the home of Diego Colón, Christopher Columbus' son, this 16th century Viceregal palace (or residence of the governor/viceroy ... read more»

#3
Catedral Primada de America
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Some people refer to this church by its official name, Catedral Santa María La Menor, but it's probably best ... read more»

#4
Fortaleza Ozama
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Fortaleza Ozama is the oldest formal standing fort in the Americas -- reason alone to swing by for a visit ... read more»

#5
Malecon Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: This picturesque part of Santo Domingo is where the new overshadows the old: Nowhere in sight is the crumbling cobblestone ... read more»

#6
Columbus Lighthouse
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: There's a good chance that you won't be blown away by the Columbus Lighthouse's beauty. El Faro ... read more»

#7
Monasterio de San Francisco Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 2.5

Why go: During the day this Zona Colonial ruin isn't much to look at. After all, the Monasterio de San Francisco ... read more»

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