Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic’s capital, Santo Domingo, is said to be the most ancient European city in the United States. Probably for that same reason why Santo Domingo has a colorful heritage and rich history, that is why this part of the Dominican Republic is worth discovering. This region takes pride of its museums, galleries and theaters, just a proof how the city upholds its important past despite the modernity’s full swing.

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One of the top historic attractions in the region is the Alcázar de Colón, hailed as America’s oldest vice-regal residence. For almost 60 years, Alcazar de Colon served as the center of Spanish Court. Now in the modern times, the successful restoration of the palace reflects the timeless and world-class architecture of Spanish colony.

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Meanwhile, Santo Domingo Colonial City was recognized by the UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its cultural and historical value and well- preserved structures that date back to as far as the 1500s. The first cathedral in the world is in Santo Domingo, the Cathedral Primada de America. The interior of the cathedral has a stunning artworks and paintings, while its exterior has the combination of Renaissance details and Gothic style. Another historic attraction not to be missed is the Plaza de Cultura, a square where most of the city’s museums are found, including Museum of the Dominican Man, the National Museum of Natural History, and the Museum of Modern Art.

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Appreciating the wonders of nature is also part of the itinerary when having a trip in Santo Domingo. Tourists cannot get enough of the breath-taking beauty of Jardín Botánico Nacional, where the highlights include the Japanese Garden and the flower clock, not to mention its ferns, aquatic plants, orchids and more. Acuario Nacional, on the other hand, is a massive complex that allows visitors to feel how it is like to live underwater and be with the colorful and exotic sea creatures. This attraction is a hit to children most especially that it is only here they can be up-close with sharks, sting rays and the giant Carey turtles. The Caves of Three Eyes, a limestone cave, is another natural wonder found in the east part of Santo Domingo.

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The beaches in this part of the Caribbean are definitely the major reason why travelers around the globe choose Santo Domingo as their destination for the holidays. Mother Nature placed miles and miles of fine sand and sparkling water in Santo Domingo, making it a sought-after destination of beach-lovers and water-sports enthusiasts. Some of the famous beaches in the region include Playa Boca Chica, Playa Guayacanes,  Playa Caribe and Playa Juan Dolio. The parks of Santo Domingo are worth visiting, too. Parque Mirador is a famous spot because here, where tourists get mesmerized with the sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea while enjoying the shade given by the thick trees that line-up the park. The Malecon also permits seeing the awesome view of the Caribbean Sea, and with benches to make the visit for relaxed and convenient, this maritime boulevard is a winner.

About Jugoslav Spasevski

I am a passionate travel blogger, and my main life goal is to travel around the world. Exploring tourist destinations was always my field, so i have graduated at the UNWE university in Sofia, Bulgaria and my major is Economy of tourism.

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