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SANTO DOMINGO

Santo Domingo is the capital city of the Dominican Republic. Located on the south central coast of the island of Hispaniola and has a population of estimated 2.5 million.

Founded in 1496 by Bartolome Columbus, the brother of Christopher. Claim to being the site of the first fort, the first cathedral, the first monastery, the first university, the first hospital, and the first palace to have been built in the 'New World'.

Almost completely demolished by a tropical hurrican in 1930, but later reconstructed by Dictator Rafael Trujillo. For at short period named Ciudad Trujillo after the Dictator. Became Santo Domingo de Guzman (today's actual name) after Trujillo was assassinated in 1961.

I have visited Santo Domingo three times (last visit was January 2008), but only for a couple of days each time.

Santo Domingo is a city full of history - and the historic sights have been my top priority when staying in Santo Domingo. Visit Santo Domingo because of its history and especially the area around Zona Colonial (the Colonial District) is very interesting.

If you are looking for beautiful beaches, Santo Domingo is not the right place - there are so many beautiful beaches and resorts in other parts of the Dominican Republic.

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  • In a nutshell:Latin charm and many great historic sites...
  • Last visit to Santo Domingo: Jan 2008
  • Intro Updated Jul 24, 2011
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