Bordering the Ozama River, this area boasts cobblestone streets and an impressive group of buildings dating back to the 16th ... More
Bordering the Ozama River, this area boasts cobblestone streets and an impressive group of buildings dating back to the 16th century. The Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo permits us to travel back through more than 500 years of history and architecture. The palaces have been converted into fascinating museums, but many of the area's oldest structures are now quaint bars, cafes and small hotels and restaurants. At sunset an air of enchantment and romance settles over the neighborhood, letting the day's worries fade away.
I stayed in a hotel above a store. The view of was nice lots of restaraunts and clothing store. But there were way too many people out asking for money in Zona Colonial. I was quite irritated and had a few words for a couple of people who said they watched my car scam while I was away and demanded pasos. It was a rental and I could care less about the car. They have nothing better to do but look for visitors. Once your away from that area the better off you are and the more money you save. Stay away from Boca Chica thats even worse. If you don't want to be bothered stay at a resort.
I loved walking around the Zona with my boyfriend. The architecture is very old, and has such a rich history with it. The people are fascinating. You can even see the shore/ horizon line that the natives saw w/ Columbus' ships. It's amazing to see part of the Americas' history.
I loved the history of the place..The colonial zone has a long list of firsts for the new world, from first catherdral to first university, hospital and paved street, these are things you don't get taught in school.
The hip atmosphere of the colonial zone after dark was enjoyable.
I loved the colonial section of Santo Domingo because of many things but the architecture just stands out. Its old you know but not Ancient. It shows you a life 500 years ago that was in some ways like ours today and in others was its amazing how far we have come. The old church, now a monument with a fresco on the ceiling of the cistine chapel in Italy. On the walls are the names of the hero's in Dominican History. The beautiful Caribbean lies just off the shores of the monument to Columbus.
The Dominicans have a laid back culture in some ways except while behind the wheel of a vehicle so watch out all the times or when it comes to baseball. Walking around in the Colonial section really gave me the feeling I was right there long ago. The Spanish influence in the buildings and the whole exotic aura of the Caribbean make the city a really fun place. If you get down there in season and want to see an entire stadium of wild people check out a Major League Baseball game. The crowd goes absolutely crazy, when someone hits a single. Honestly if someone hit a home run or a grand-slam I don't know if the stadium would stay together. It was alot of fun!
I like Santo Domingo in general but do not feel especially safe there. There are purse snatchers everywhere and every tourist with a camera is a potential target. At night we were advised not to stray to far from Zona Colonial and even then we wittnessed some "interesting" police tactics...questioning a man who parked his car in the "wrong" place .....(his kids were with him). The police had a swat team at his car door within minutes piling out of the small buss with machine guns, harrassing him.
Of course I don't understand what really went on there, but it was not for the faint hearted.
The city is beautiful and the market picturesque by day. It is fun to wander through Zono Colonial and see the incredibly old (16th century) buildings and beautiful Caribbean...just be careful and not tooooo obvious.
It would be a shame to visit DR and especially Santo Domingo without a few hours to stroll around Zona Colonial... and perhaps sit and sample some local food and drink in one of the many excellent restaurants and cafes.
All the historic monuments, artifacts and architecture were fascinating. I loved every part of la Zona Colonial. This was an excellent experience that people of all ages will enjoy. It may sound boring to some because it's based on history, buy it really isnt. Its a fun twist on history and makes u feel like you were really there. Especially if you hire someone to help you.
I liked the people, the sun, the cheap of the rooms (I was staying in a 3 star hotel)
I did not see many police officers outside at night, so, that point has to be revised by that goverment because of the security.
I learn to dance bachataaaa it is very easy now. hahaha.
well, how says my subject, I'll be back next year, (but Alone!, jejejej some thing pending my wife cannot know)
I was really stress, from the moment I arrive, food was really poor, the place unsaniatary, and even worse the housekeeper didn't show up till the third day, our room nasty and the coffee maker dirty,I'll not be going back
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