Santo Domingo Journals

Santo Domingo - Old, Modern and Timeless

An August 2006 trip to Santo Domingo by Hal1026

Sofitel Nicolas Santo Domingo Photo, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic More Photos
Quote: The Dominican Republic's capital city is often only a port of entry but can really be a fascinating highlight for any trip.
Sofitel Nicolas Santo Domingo Photo, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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Located in the heart of the Zona Colonial (Colonial Zone), the original district of the Dominican Republic's capital, this hotel is renovated and expanded property built around the residence of the city's earliest colonial governor, for whom it remains named. Interior courtyards of fountains, lush gardens, surrounded by rough-cut stone Romanesque interior walkways, rooms with high, slanted wood-beamed ceilings, flag-stoned floors throughout and interior design that evoke the building's 16th century origins, all contribute to an ambience and memory you will find special to any hotel experience anywhere in the Americas. The modern amenities and first-class dining are also all there, but it's the locatio...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 9, 2007

Sofitel Nicolas Santo Domingo
Calle Las Damas
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 10211
+809-685-9955

Casas Reales

Attraction | "Museo de las Casas Reales"

Casas Reales Photo, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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While you are walking around the Colonial Zone quarter and in the area of the Fortaleza Ozama, make time for a visit to the Museo de las Casas Reales (Tuesday through Sunday, from 9am to 5pm, Tel: 682-4202). Formerly the official residence of the Spanish colonial governors, it's three floor house interconnecting rooms that provide a vivid recreation of the living and working spaces of its earliest occupants. Each is decorated with furnishings and items accurate to the original period. Some rooms are small and cramped; then suddenly you enter into the long magnificent gallery of the official audience room hung with chandeliers and portraits of Borbon kings.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 9, 2007

Casas Reales
Santo Domingo
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Torre del Homenaje

Attraction | "La Torre del Homenaje"

Torre del Homenaje Photo, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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In the general area of the Colonial Zone (Zona Colonial) sits a large open expanse of land at the center of which is an imposing structure dating back to the city's 16th century beginnings. This is the Torre del Homenaje (Tower of Homage). One way to arrive here while in the Colonial Zone is to make your way across the Plaza España to its southern end, then enter past the Fortaleza Ozama to reach the Torre de Homenaje. This tall stone fortress of impressive proportions was once a prison, but nowadays you are free to climb its turret for more spectacular vistas of the city. The structure also has the distinction of being the oldest military tower in the New World. In the foreground of the property...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 10, 2007

Torre del Homenaje
Calle Las Damas esquina Pellerano Alfau
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
+809 687 4722

Amber Museum

Attraction | "Museo de Ambar"

Amber Museum Photo, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
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Amber is a stone found and mined in the interior regions of the Dominican Republic. You can find exquisite samples of the various forms it is refined into for decoration and jewelry, along with a nice little museum that explains its past and present on the island (and around the world) at the Amber Museum (Museo de Ambar) located at one of the city's main original plazas. This small museum consists of just a few upstairs connecting rooms in an ornate building, but it has well-labeled exhibits presenting the history of the amber stone. While this semi-precious gem is now mined in just two main locations around the island, there is a diverse collection of pieces here, displaying its various shad...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 10, 2007

Amber Museum
Calle Duarte 61
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Larimar Museum

Attraction | "Museo del Larimar"

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One of the interesting things visitors may learn about the Dominican Republic is that it has its own unique and semi-premicious stone. Called the larimar, this stone was only "discovered" as recently as the '70s but has since developed a strong following among gem collectors and jewelry lovers.I discovered the loveliness of the larimar while wondering around the side streets of the Colonial Zone on a quiet weekday afternoon. The exterior of the building where the Museo de Larimar is housed is new and modern-looking, and could just as easily pass for a modern office or boutique store, but the sign outside indicating something very different was on the premises intrigued me enough to take a ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 14, 2007

Larimar Museum
Arz. Meriño # 452
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
+809 686 5700

Galeria Elin

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Galeria Elin Photo, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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It's all about color, vibrancy, the fullness of life, even in the face of hardship and suffering. We're talking about Haitian art. Take a look and you encounter not only the beauty of this world-famous Caribbean folk art style but the life-affirming spirit of a noble and resilient people.One of the most dazzling displays of Haitian painting outside of Haiti itself is fortunately found at the Galeria Elin (Av. Meriño Nos. 203 & 256; Tel: (809) 688-7100), stretching from floor to ceiling, canvases in all sizes depict scenes from contemporary Haitian rural and urban life in vivid hue and detail. The range of style of the leading Haitian artists is distinct and those on show here include m...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 27, 2007

Galeria Elin
Av. Meriño Nos. 203 & 256
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
(809) 688-7100