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  • 1 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..

  • 2 Casa Rodrigo de Bastidas Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    C/ Las Damas DOM - Saint-Domingue

    Casa Rodrigo de Bastidas, built in the 16C and 18C, belonged to the Bastidas, an illustrious Santo Domingo family. Inside is a lovely patio. Outside there is a statue of Santa Bárbara, patron saint of soldiers, the presence of which can be explained ..

  • 3 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..

  • 4 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. Visit Casa del Cordón (N° 214), reputed to be the first stone-built house of Santo Domingo (1502). A cord, symbol of the Franciscan order, frames the carved porch. The rest of the decor unveils ..

  • 5 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 displays show uncut stones, extracted from the mines and other stones at different stages of cutting and polishing. Examp..

  • 6 National Museum of Natural History, Santo Domingo Interesting

    Museums and art

    DOM - Saint-Domingue

    An impressive sperm whale jaw greets visitors to the attractively curated Natural History Museum, setting the tone: the giant skeletons of sea mammals, mineral collections, mounted butterflies and stuffed birds illustrate the Dominican Republic's nat..

  • 7 Santo Domingo Modern Art Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    DOM - Saint-Domingue

    The Museo de Arte Moderno has set itself the task of preserving and presenting Dominican artistic heritage. It offers an excellent overview of the plastic arts from the early 20C to the present day, but also of artistic news and events. Exhibitions, ..

  • 8 Isla Saona Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    DOM - Mano Juan

    Isla Saona (over 100km2) was inhabited by the Taíno, as shown by archaeological excavations. 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 a dozen families her..

  • 9 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.

  • 10 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..

  • 11 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 ..

  • 12 Ebano Verde Science Reserve Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    DOM - Algarrobo

    Ebano 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..

  • 13 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..

  • 14 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..

  • 15 Amber Museum of Puerto 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, the magnificent Victorian mansion where it is housed. This remarkable exhibition space devoted to Dominican amber can hold its own with Santo Domingo's amber museu..

  • 16 Ocean World Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    DOM - Cofresí

    This wonderful marine park will delight young and old alike. Throughout the day, at fixed times, various activities are held: shows with sea lions and dolphins, swimming in the aquarium (snorkel and flippers provided), walks in the tropical forest to..

  • 17 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..

  • 18 Island of Cabra Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    DOM - Monte Cristi

    The tour of the island of Cabra (4hr) goes past an island inhabited by the indigenous population at the time of the discovery by Christopher Columbus. It is also called the Isla de la Sal (Salt Island), because of the abundance of sea salt. Go swimmi..

  • 19 Cayo Levantado Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    DOM - Arroyo del Cabo

    On the journey to see the whales, you will catch sight of this tiny paradisiacal lush green island, Cayo Levantado. Its tiny paths will take you to a host of still pristine beaches and shores. However many tourist agencies organise day trips to the i..

  • 20 Salto del Limón Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    DOM - El Limón

    Salto del Limón is a superb 4km-long walk that will delight nature lovers. The walk takes you through the tropical forest and across fords, offering fine views on the way to waterfalls (10m and 40m high). Against the backdrop of this grandiose landsc..

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