Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Capital of the Dominican Republic, this city boasts an abundance of history, from Columbus’ landing in the Americas to the first structures built in the New World. The city’s prized natural wonder, Los Tres Ojos National Park features spectacular caverns not to be missed.
Faro a Colón (Columbus Lighthouse)
The most visited monument in the country, the impressive Faro a Colón was built to commemorate Christopher Columbus' arrival to the New World. A museum filled with artifacts, the cross-shaped edifice is also said to house the explorer's remains.
Zona Colonial (Colonial Zone)
This historic walled city was Columbus’ first settlement in the New World, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cobblestone streets are lined with centuries-old buildings locals claim are the longest-standing cathedral, university and hospital in the New World.
Fortaleza Ozama (Ozama Fortress)
The oldest military structure in the New World, this 16th-century castle once guarded the entrance to the city of Santo Domingo. A climb to its Tower of Homage offers incredible views of the Caribbean Sea and the Ozama River, from which the fort derives its name.
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