Tourist gems of the Dominican Republic
Going to the Dominican Republic is worth both a beach holiday and a separate introduction to the Caribbean history and culture, Dominican nature and modern attractions…
The colonial city of Santo Domingo is a UNESCO world heritage site in recognition of its cultural and historical significance
Colonial Santo Domingo will charm anyone. Small cobbled streets where the smells of Creole cuisine and Caribbean coffee are wafted. Old churches, monasteries and palaces built in the era of Spanish navigators, where even today you can shoot another series of “Pirates of the Caribbean”.
Santo Domingo was founded in the time of Columbus and became the first European city in the New World. It was here that the first Cathedral, the first monastery, the first hospital, and the first University of America were built at the beginning of the XVI century.
Thanks to the son of the discoverer of America, Diego Columbus, the first street appeared in the city. According to legend, Diego’s wife was a rare beauty, loved to dress luxuriously and wrote out outfits from Paris. But she had no place to “walk” French new clothes, which, in fact, she told her husband, who was the Governor of Santo Domingo. So in the city there was a paved street, which was called “Dam street”. Tourists can still walk through it today, imagining how from one Church to another under the scorching tropical sun on the stone pavement in the XVI century slowly strolled gorgeously dressed ladies.
Santo domingo. Dam Street
The legacy of Columbus includes the Alcazar de colon. The Palace, which was built by the same Diego, consists of 22 rooms and contains many original items. The Osama fortress with the inner tower of Torre del Omenaje, which was once a prison, has been preserved as a historical site. Tours are also available there now, so if you want, you can look into this tower.
santo domingo. Alcazar de colon
It is worth visiting the ruins of the monastery of St. Francis (Ruinas de San Francisco). The first monastery of the New World today serves as a gathering place for residents and tourists. Every Sunday, people gather in the square near the monastery to listen to the performances of national bands and dance to the incendiary Dominican rhythms.
santo domingo. Ruins of the monastery of St. Francis
In 1990, the Colonial city of Santo Domingo was listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in recognition of its cultural and historical significance.
The lighthouse of Columbus (Faro a Colón) shines searchlights up into the sky, giving out a powerful pillar of light, visible even from Puerto Rico, which is more than 400 km
Don’t let the name about the lighthouse confuse you: you won’t see the usual high tower with a lantern on the rock. The Columbus lighthouse is a large Museum complex with a mausoleum inside that houses the great Navigator Christopher Columbus. Dominicans firmly believe that the remains of Columbus, who according to the official version died in 1506 in Spanish Valladolid, are located on their land. To defend the “right to Columbus”, a mausoleum was erected for the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America in 1992.
The lighthouse of Columbus (Faro a Colón) contains a huge number of artifacts and documents that tell about the first years of Spanish influence on the continent and about the life of the great Mariner.
The height of the structure is 33, the width is 44, and the length is 310 m. still, the building is appropriately named a lighthouse: 157 searchlights are installed on its roof, which Shine up into the sky. A powerful pillar of light is visible for many tens of kilometers. They say it can be seen even from Puerto Rico, which is more than 400 km.
The Church “ugolnoe Ushko”, which resembles a Latin cross and is considered the patron Saint of the entire Republic and the main center of pilgrimage in all of Latin America, the Basilica of our lady of Altagracia
If you read the guidebooks, when you see this tall building in the city of Higuey, province of La Altagracia, you will immediately understand what purpose it was built for. The usual architecture does not give out in this futuristic object, which the locals call “coal eye”, one of the main centers of pilgrimage in all of Latin America.
“Coal eye” of the Basilica of our lady of Altagracia
This Basilica of our lady of Altagracia, who is the patroness of the whole country. From above, the shape of the Church resembles a Latin cross, and the doors are made of bronze with a gold coating. Interesting and arches-they repeat the silhouette of the vestments of our lady.
Basilica Of Our Lady Of Altagracia
The Church is modern: it was built in 1971 by French architects. It is worth admiring their creation both outside and inside. Admission is free.
The city of artists Altos de Chavon has become a real Mecca for artists, musicians and other representatives of the creative Bohemia
One of the top places to visit in the Dominican Republic. Panoramic views, beautiful natural landscapes and Mediterranean architecture in the artists ‘ city of Altos de Chavon. The name of the town is translated as Altos de-above, Chavon-the name of the river located below the city, that is ,” on the high Bank of the river Chavon”.
Altos de Chavon owes its creation to love. According to one version, the love of a local rich man for his daughter, who really wanted to go to Europe. So that the young maiden would not be sad, this cane merchant built an exact replica of a Mediterranean village over the Chavon river.
Altos de Chavon owes its creation to love
Over time, Altos de Chavon became a real Mecca for artists, musicians and other representatives of the creative Bohemia. One of them was Frank Sinatra, who used his money to build a Greek-style amphitheater that could hold about 5,000 people.
Travel around the city of artists will not be complete, if you do not look at the Church of St. Stanislaus. It is said that this was the wedding ceremony of Michael Jackson with Louise Presley.
City of artists. The Church Of St. Stanislaus
Today, Altos de Chavon, the” Little Europe ” in the Dominican Republic, operates as a tourist and cultural center: there are art galleries, a branch of the new York school of design.
Fans of marine life, snorkelers and scuba divers will find an outlet in dives near the nearby island of Cayo Levantado and on the Samana Peninsula, where you can find a lot of manatees and dolphins
What you definitely need to look at the Dominican expanses is the beauty of the Caribbean nature. That’s where the expanse for selfies and just bright photos. For colorful images, welcome to the Samana Peninsula, where groves of coconut trees, crystal clear rivers, many waterfalls and caves, and pristine white beaches.
Samana will please fans of marine fauna: in local waters you can find a lot of manatees and dolphins, from mid-January to mid-March, humpback whales come here.
Snorkelers and scuba divers will find an outlet in dives near the nearby island of Cayo Levantado or, as it is also called, “Bacardi Island”.
Dives near the nearby Cayo Levantado island
For those who do not want to dive, all the postcard Caribbean views are available: gorgeous sandy beaches, turquoise water, coconut palms. The restaurants on the island serve Dominican cuisine and, of course, pour Caribbean rum.
“Paradise delight” on the island of Saona in the form of a beautiful sandy beach with palm trees and clear blue water
Remember the popular ad about “Paradise delight”, where the coconut fell to the ground? So, it was filmed in the Dominican Republic on the island of Saona. Moreover, the image of Paradise in the form of a beautiful sandy beach with palm trees and clear blue water can be found almost everywhere on SAON.
Saona island – ” Paradise delight»
Due to the rich variety of unique vegetation (more than 500 species of rare tropical plants), the island became part of one of the national parks. Therefore, there are no hotels or resorts in SAON: tourists can only get here with a tour.
There are many birds and underwater inhabitants on the island. These are all kinds of fish, stingrays, sea urchins, Moray eels. And you can also see mangroves on SAON: they are located in coastal areas and go directly to the water.
The ruins of the house of Columbus, the Church where the first mass was held on the American continent, and the amber Museum can be found in the Costa del Ambar
If you find yourself in the North of the country in the city of Puerto Plata, be sure to visit the Costa del Ambar (translated from Spanish “Amber coast”). The resort got its name because of the large deposits of amber. Here you can also find the legacy of Columbus: the ruins of his house, the Church where the first mass was held on the American continent, as well as the fortress of San Felipe. You can use the cable car to climb mount Isabel de Torres and visit local museums – such as the Taino Museum of Indian history and the amber Museum.
Costa del Ambar
Do not be lazy to look at the city of Montecristi, on the coast of which a real flotilla of Spanish Galleons is flooded.
Armando-Bermudez national Park is home to the sources of 12 of the country’s most important rivers, whose landscape will adorn any instagram and delight fans of wildlife
In the Dominican Republic, nature is an object of close attention, which is why there are so many national parks in the country. Here’s another one: named after Armando-Bermudez, which is located in the center of the island, on the Central Cordillera ridge.
Armando-Bermudez national Park
Here are the largest mountain peaks in the country-La Pelona, Rusilla, as well as the highest mountain called Duarte peak.
Armando-Bermudez national Park. Duarte Peak