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Free Things To Do in Santo Domingo

If you have extra time, Monasterio de San Francisco is worthwhile.
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    Zona Colonial
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    Entertainment and Nightlife, Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Entertainment and Nightlife, Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Partially barricaded by stone walls, accented with baroque architecture and lying on cobblestone streets, Santo Domingo's Zona Colonial marks the area where Columbus settled in the New World. Visitors say it's definitely a must-see, considering the city's best known historic sites are located here. But this UNESCO World Heritage Site

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    Malecon
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Casinos, Entertainment and Nightlife, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    This picturesque part of Santo Domingo is where the new overshadows the old: Nowhere in sight is the crumbling cobblestone of theZona Colonial; in its place are shiny waterfront casinos and hotels that sit beside a handful of cafes and nightclubs. Even if your hotel isn't located in this part

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    Monasterio de San Francisco
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    Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    During the day, thisZona Colonialruin isn't much to look at. After all, the Monasterio de San Francisco has been steadily crumbling since a 16th-century demolition squad and a 17th-century earthquake practically decimated it. But your opinion might change when you see how nighttime floodlights illuminate its cracks and crevices. Definitely

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