Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo
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A World Heritage Site, Zona Colonial represents the oldest permanent settlement of the "New World," established in 1502. The old town district incorporates a host of historic sites, including many churches, forts, and museums that feature walls of stone, brick or earthen construction. Many visitors like to absorb the nightlife here, with a romantic setting of restaurants and bars amongst ornate architecture. Be sure to bring plenty of water, sunblock, and your camera. Our Santo Domingo travel itinerary maker makes visiting Zona Colonial and other Santo Domingo attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • This part of town is historic and really nice to walk around, but it's best if you have a guide. We actually asked our uber driver to be a guide. If you're lucky and you get an uber driver who you fee...  more »
  • Colonial, popularly known as colonial zone, city is a space of Santo Domingo from the Av. George Washington (malecón) to the South, AV Mella to the North, Calle Palo Hincado West to the Avenida del Puerto (Francisco Caamaño Deño) to the East. It is the oldest part of the capital, built, as its name suggests, during the Spanish colonization. Currently enjoying a great tourist attraction and is almost required for those who wish to know the buildings of the era, which are preserved and kept in very good condition, in parallel to the modernity that has permeated the place. With regard to their centuries-old buildings, find an of them more important located facing it today square Spain and at the end of them Street them ladies: the Alcazar of Colon, Palace built between 1511 and 1514 that served of residence for Diego Colon, son firstborn of Cristobal Colon. Facing this, and to delight of them visitors, is located aligned a series of bars and restaurants of different thematic, inside which stands out and continues very well positioned, Pat'e stick European Brasserie. Many other buildings are located along the same street, among which are highlighted the House de Ovando (today Hotel Nicolás de Ovando), the fortaleza Ozama, the Museo de las Casas Reales, the House of France, the chapel of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios and the national pantheon; In addition to a curious Sundial. Parallel to the street is the Cathedral Primada of America, on whose North sidewalk are scattered many banks conducive to rest and delight of those there are and in whose environment we find fantastic bars and restaurants, as Lulu Tasting Bar, La Briciola, Segazona, Buche parakeet as well as colonial and contemporary, highlighting among these, hotels the Billini Hotel Hodelpa Caribbean Colonial and houses from the 16TH. Walk by it area colonial is Discover also many stores of crafts, parks, local commercial, the first Cinema 4 d, baking typical and enter in contact with the magic of a newly renewed part of the city, which is possible go walk, in train or renting showy bicycles, motorcycle, skateboards and trikke (species of skateboard of 3 wheels). Whatever the chosen transport, it is a recommended route to be exhausted in several visits.
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  • I expected more this is a very crowed and congested location, the traffic is horrible. Tourist trap not great merchandise, many paintings that are mass produces and cheap jewelry, clothing. The oldest...  more »
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  • DR's "Old Town," go during the day, there are tour guides who you can haggle with and they will show you around the various tourist spots.
  • A beautiful area filled with vendors, restaurants, museums, and more! Highly recommend anybody visiting Santo Domingo to make a stop here. Highly recommend checking out the restaurants too - a bit pricey, but worth the experience. Make sure to check out the historical sites in the area as well.
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  • One of the best places to go in Santo Domingo, and by obligation, if you go to the capital of the Republic should not pass. Parks, museums, bars, restaurants, shops of all kinds, hardware store, super market etc. The area has everything you need. A good place for walking, with the family, couple or single. What is missing is a better lighting, remove the wiring in some streets and a most efficient way in the management of waste and destitute.
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