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Sights, Dominican Republic

There are many miraculous sights to discover on Dominican Republic holidays. Whale watch on the Samana Peninsula, go inland to the 3 Eyes National Park with its turquoise lagoon, formed atop limestone caves, or experience paradise by venturing to the 27 Waterfalls. In the Zona Colonial, overlook the crumbling Monasterio de San Francisco – the first cathedral in the Americas, while taking in the old colonial architecture and eating al fresco.

Catedral Primada de America

Built between 1512 and 1540, the Catedral Primada de America still serves as a venue for official ceremonies and religious celebrations. his cathedral was commissioned by Pope Julius II, and its construction began in 1512…

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Catedral San Felipe

The Catedral San Felipe is located next to the Central Park in Puerto Plata; it was founded in 1502, but was destroyed by fire in 1863. The cathedral was then restored and work was completed in 1956, although some modifications were made in 2008.

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Cuevas del Pomier Anthropological Reserve

Located seven kilometres north of the city of San Cristobal, Cuevas del Pomier Anthropological Reserve is a group of 55 unique Miocene caves. Five caves are open to the public with the main cave being divided into 4 different areas…

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Fortaleza Ozama

Built in 1502, the Fortaleza Ozama Fortress – located in San Domingo, was the first military construction in the Dominican Republic. It was built to defend the city from the attacks of British, French and Portuguese invaders…

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La Isabela

The old town of La Isabela, in Puerto Plata was built on the orders of Christopher Columbus in 1493, to house approximately 1,500 people. Now a national park, the fascinating ruins of the settlement remain…

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Laguna El Dudu

The Laguna El Dudu is located on the Cabrera-Nagua highway, near the town of La Entrada, a tourist attraction that brings in thousands of visitors every year. The crater-shaped lagoon is made up of two freshwater lakes…

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Monasterio de San Francisco

The original building of the Monasterio de San Francisco, in Santo Domingo was originally built in wood in the year 1508, on top of a hill for the use of the order of San Francisco.

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Monumento de Santiago

The Monumento de Santiago was originally known as the ‘Monument to the Peace of Trujillo’, built during the dictatorship of Rafael Leónidas Trujillo in 1944, as a tribute to himself. At the fall of Trujillo, it was given the name…

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National Palace, Santo Domingo

The National Palace, in Santo Domingo was built in the 1940s during the reign of the Dominican Republic’s notorious dictator – Rafael Trujillo. Today, the National Palace houses the offices of the president and his government.

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Palacio de Bellas Artes

The Palacio de Bellas Artes was built in 1956, during the dictatorship of Rafael Leónidas Trujillo, to showcase the culture and traditions of the Dominican Republic. It was renovated in 2008, and now houses the national schools of dance, dramatic arts, visual art…

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