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Ciudad Colonial (Zona Colonial)
Ciudad Colonial (Zona Colonial)

Ciudad Colonial (Zona Colonial)

Free admission
Ciudad Colonial, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

The basics

A bronze statue of Christopher Columbus sits at the center of Parque Colon, and nearby Calle Las Damas is the oldest paved road in the New World. These historic sites, paired with incredible colonial architecture, are just part of what makes this UNESCO World Heritage Site a popular destination for those who want to experience the nation’s capital as it used to be. Its historical and cultural importance means the neighborhood features heavily on just about every tour of Santo Domingo, including colonial walking tours, food tours, shore excursions, bar hops, and even day trips from Punta Cana. Guided visits to the area typically include a stop at the Catedral Primada de America (one of the oldest in the Americas), Plaza de Reloj del Sol, and the Jesuit Church.

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Colonial Santo Domingo and hidden natural beauties City Tour
Colonial Santo Domingo and hidden natural beauties City Tour
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A worthwhile afternoon in Santo Domingo
MrT geared the trip to my interests and limitations.. we did both history and natural resources. He picked me up on and dropped me off where I wanted. And there were plenty of bathroom stops. I am 80 in good shape. His English is good.
JudyHollander, May 2022

Things to know before you go

  • Don’t forget to bring your camera, as this is one of the most photogenic areas of the capital.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes suitable for the neighborhood’s cobbled streets; the area is best explored on foot.
  • Accommodations in the Colonial Zone range from budget-friendly to high-end, though rooms tend to be on the smaller side.
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How to get there

Zona Colonial covers approximately two square miles (five sq. km) on the western side of the Ozama River in the heart of Santo Domingo. Public transportation can be difficult to navigate for those who don’t speak Spanish, but several buses stop at Parque Independencia at the western edge of the zone.

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When to get there

The best season to explore the Old City is between November and March, when the weather tends to be warm and dry, though the streets can get crowded during the high season (December and January). Plan to tour the neighborhood early in the morning when it’s still relatively quiet, and come back at night for a sense of its more romantic side.

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Best Museums in the Zona Colonial

In addition to being one of the most historically significant areas of Santo Domingo, the Zona Colonial is also home to some of the city’s best museums. Start at the Alcázar de Colón, the former governor’s palace that once served as the home of Diego Columbus (Christopher’s son). Those with an interest in natural history should spend some time at the Amber World Museum, with exhibits on the origins of amber, its mining process, and its uses. The Memorial Museum of Dominican Resistance chronicles the dark period of Dominican history under the regime of Rafael Trujillo.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Ciudad Colonial (Zona Colonial)?