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  • 1 Calle Padre Billini Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Calle Padre Billini DOM - Saint-Domingue

    On Calle Padre Billini, Iglesia del Convento Regina Angelorum (16C) is characterised by its blind arcaded façade and late-Gothic ribbed vault. The handsome Quinta Dominica hosts an exhibition area. Built 1729, the Jesuit Capilla de la Tercera Orden i..

  • 2 Iglesia del Convento de los Domínicos Interesting

    Religious buildings

    DOM - Saint-Domingue

    The Dominican convent is one of the colonial town's most beautiful monuments. It was the first to boast a theological chair that was to become the first university of America. Its fine façade is characterised by Baroque decorative details that were a..

  • 3 Casa Rodrigo de Bastidas Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    C/ Las Damas DOM - Saint-Domingue

    Casa Rodrigo de Bastidas, built in the 16C, belonged to the Bastidas, a well-established Santo Domingo family. Ask whether you can take a look at the lovely patio, today the scene of art workshops for children. Outside, the statue of Santa Bárbara, p..

  • 4 Museo Naval de la Atarazana Interesting

    Museums and art

    En contrebas de l’Alcázar de Colón DOM - Saint-Domingue

    The Museo Naval de la Atarazana is housed in a former arsenal and customs warehouse. It is also one of the most fascinating examples of colonial architecture. Inside, beneath three naves built out of brick and upheld by stone columns, the naval histo..

  • 5 Calle Isabel la Católica Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    C/ Isabel la Católica DOM - Saint-Domingue

    Calle Isabel la Católica is lined with handsome abodes, and while the overhead electric cables may bother the budding photographer, the charm of this working class area remains. Visit Casa del Cordón (N° 214), reputed to be the first stone-built hous..

  • 6 Larimar Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    54 C/ Isabel La Católica 54 DOM - Saint-Domingue

    The Museo del Larimar charts the history of this semi-precious stone, a blue pectolite only found in the Dominican Republic. The exhibit cases display uncut stones, extracted from the mines and other stones at different stages of cutting and polishin..

  • 7 Natural History Museum of Santo Domingo Interesting

    Museums and art

    DOM - Saint-Domingue

    An impressive whale jaw greets visitors to the Natural History Museum, setting the tone for the visit: five rooms exhibiting giant skeletons of sea mammals, mineral collections, butterflies and stuffed birds whose attractive museum layout features th..

  • 8 Santo Domingo Modern Art Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    DOM - Saint-Domingue

    The Museo de Arte Moderno offers an excellent picture of the plastic arts from the early 20C to the present-day, but also of artistic news and events. The permanent collection features work by some of the most prestigious Dominican artists: Luis Desa..

  • 9 Isla Saona Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    DOM - Mano Juan

    Isla Saona (110km2) was inhabited by the Taíno, as the archaeological excavations have revealed. In the 17C and 18C, the island was a hideaway for pirates and buccaneers. In the 1940s-50s, it was repopulated as the government settled several dozen fa..

  • 10 Isla Catalinita Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    DOM - El Algibe

    The as yet virgin island of Catalinita, worthy of Robinson Crusoe, lies at the meeting point of the Caribbean and the Atlantic. Dolphins, (harmless) nursing sharks and rays are often seen here.

  • 11 Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia Interesting

    Religious buildings

    DOM - Higüey

    On reaching Higüey, in the distance you will see the astonishing concrete arch of the basilica of Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia, standing at a height of 80m. Two Frenchmen, A. J. Dunoyer de Segonzac and Pierre Dupré designed the building in 1954. T..

  • 12 Emerald Beach Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    DOM - Miches

    Several kilometres east of Miches, on the way to Redonda and Limón lagoons, a string of pristine beaches amply justify the Emerald coast name of this section of the coast. The most beautiful, Playa de Esmeralda, ("emerald beach"), is ideal ..

  • 13 Ébano Verde Science Reserve Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    DOM - Algarrobo

    Ébano Verde Science Reserve, stretching for 23km2 between Jarabacoa and Constanza, culminates at 1,565m. It owes its name to green ebony, a precious and protected essence that grows here, among over 600 species of plants, among which carnivorous plan..

  • 14 Loma Quita Espuela Science Reserve Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    DOM - Alemania

    The Loma Quita Espuela Science Reserve is home to the virgin forest that covers the slopes of the Cordillera Septentrional, an enormous variety of plants and wildlife and no less than 60 waterways. Spread over some 70km2, created to preserve the fore..

  • 15 La Vega Vieja Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    DOM - La Vega

    La Vega Vieja, founded in 1494 by Christopher Columbus, was destroyed by an earthquake in 1562. It is, with La Isabela on the north coast, the main archaeological site dating from this period. The Spanish crown declared it a city in 1505, granting it..

  • 16 Zemis Cigars Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Hacienda Cibao Viejo DOM - Arroyo de Agua

    Tours of the Zemis Cigars factory are undertaken by Sylvain Bischoff, a French anthropologist. After years studying Latin American culture and civilisations he decided to found his own cigar factory. His small-scale workshop provides an insight into ..

  • 17 Amber Museum of Puerta Plata Interesting

    Museums and art

    61 C/ Duarte 61 DOM - Puerta Plata

    The Amber Museum is well worth a visit as much for its collections as for Villa Bentz, a magnificent Victorian mansion. The Costa family, owner since 1977, and American palaeontologist, Brandt Ghepart, were behind this remarkable exhibition area devo..

  • 18 Ocean World Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    DOM - Cofresí

    The wonderful Ocean World Adventure Park will delight young and old alike. Activities on offer range from feeding the sea lions (twice a day), swimming in the aquarium (snorkel and flippers provided), exploring the tropical forest, home to a bird san..

  • 19 Parque Nacional Histórico La Isabela Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    DOM - El Castillo

    The Parque Nacional Histórico La Isabela is located on the site of the first Spanish settlement in the New World and named after the Spanish queen who ruled at the time. The city was divided into two distinct zones: a wooden residential area of which..

  • 20 Tour of the mangroves Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    DOM - Monte Cristi

    The mangrove path (around 3hr) cuts across several caños, natural canals that wind around the mangroves, stopping at the Parador acuático, a cabin built on stilts for a snack.

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