Fort Ozama, Santo Domingo

Visit Fort Ozama, the oldest colonial fort in the New World. Dating back to 1502, the stone fortress protected Santo Domingo for centuries, and later served as a prison. View the powder house, the old cannons, and the ruins of the 18th-century living quarters. Climb to the top of the oldest building on site, the "Tower of Homage," for a panoramic view of the city and its surroundings. Consider hiring one of the several guides outside the complex for a short tour of the grounds. Use our Santo Domingo online trip itinerary builder to arrange your visit to Fort Ozama and other attractions in Santo Domingo.
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  • We visited the fort and enjoyed it but wished there were signs that gave us more info than the guide book.  more »
  • This fortress is in the colonial on the street of ladies so you can not miss it access is free
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  • Very well preserved fortress showcasing the strategic importance of Santo Domingo to the Spanish crown. At the mouth of Rio Ozama and the Caribbean sea this small fortress was kept well stocked with c...  more »

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Competition keeps prices in Santo Domingo competitive, with an excellent selection of accommodations catering to guests of all tastes and budgets. Zona Colonial offers by far the best choices, with a smorgasbord of hostels and bed and breakfasts lining the capital's well-preserved central streets. From there, you'll enjoy easy access to the best attractions in Santo Domingo, as well as the beach and the river. Look southwest along Avenida George Washington to stay at a higher-end hotel with views over the water.
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