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Things To Do in Santo Domingo

No stay at Novus Plaza Hodelpa is complete without exploring the diverse attractions, landmarks and things to do in Santo Domingo. From tours of colonial Santo Domingo to visits to historic sites and natural attractions, our friendly staff is ready to help you plan your visit. 

The capital of the Dominican Republic is a city full of primers and the first European settlement of the New World. We have the first city, the first fortress, the first church, the first hospital, first monastery, first university; established by Bartholomew Columbus and then governed by Nicolás de Ovando; Diego Colón’s successor who presided the first constructions of the Colonial City, many of which still exist today.

The Colonial City is today the main tourist attraction of Santo Domingo. Its central public space is Parque Colon (Columbus Park), a square that borders the 16th-century Cathedral and has a late-19th-century bronze statue of Christopher Columbus in its center. East of Parque Colon is Las Damas Street, the New World's oldest paved street, dating from 1502. The street is bordered by many of the zone's more prominent landmarks, including Fortaleza Ozama (Ozama Fortress), the site of major events in the Dominican history; Casa de Bastidas, which now houses a children's museum; the French Embassy, in a building said to have been the house of Hernán Cortés; the Hodelpa Nicolas de Ovando, the former residence of Governor Nicolás de Ovando and now a luxury hotel; the National Pantheon of the Dominican Republic; and the Casas Reales Museum (Royal Houses Museum), in the former governors' palace and public administration building.

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  • Rancho Chito Restaurant

    Savor authentic Dominican cuisine at this cozy, family owned restaurant.

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  • KahKow Experience at the Museum of Chocolate

    Located in the heart of the Colonial Zone, the Kaw Kow Experience at the Museum of Chocolate invites you to enjoy chocolate in an entirely new way by seeing how it is made and creating your own chocolate goodies in an experience guaranteed to be sweet and fun for the entire family. 

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  • Calle El Conde

    The oldest commercial street in the city, is a bustling 11-block boulevard lined with shops, cafés, restaurants and clubs.  

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  • Trampolín Children's Museum

    The Trampoline Children's Museum makes learning fun with a series of interesting interactive exhibits on topics ranging from the creation of the earth and the universe to the biology of the human body, colors, energy, nature, ecology and more.

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  • Columbus Lighthouse

    Built in the shape of a cross, this massive 676-foot monument contains the tomb of Christopher Columbus and a powerful lighting system that shines for nearly 71km (44 miles), projecting a gigantic cross in the sky. 

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  • The Colonial Gate 4d Cinema

    The Colonial Gate 4D Cinema is the first 4D cinema in the Caribbean and the first cinema worldwide that allows visitors to listen to the film in 9 languages ​​simultaneously and serves as a new entertainment option for students when visiting the colonial zone.

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  • El Parque Colon

    Located in the heart of the Colonial Zone, Columbus Park is a destination featuring historic churches, buildings, and forts. It sits at the end of Calle El Conde.

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  • Basilica Catedral Santa Maria de la Encarnacion

    Located on the Parque Colon in the Ciudad Colonial, the Basilica Catedral Santa Maria de la Encarnacion is the first and oldest cathedral in the Americas. Stunning features include dramatic Gothic architecture, fantastic friezes and ornamentation, the original 500-year old mahogany doors, which are still unlocked with the same centuries-old key and a hammered silver altar. 

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  • Ozama Fortress

    Built between 1502 and 1508, the Fortress of Santo Domingo, also known as Fortaleza Ozama, is considered to be one of the oldest forts in the Americas. Tours are offered, or you can explore the fort on your own. 

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  • Las Americas International Airport

    Las Américas International Airport, José Francisco Peña Gómez (AILA-JFPG) approximately 20 minutes from the City of Santo Domingo, is the main air terminal of the Dominican Republic due to its location and occupies the second place in the flow of passengers Regular of the country.

     

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