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"The Seafront" El Malecón - The Ocean Front avenue Tip by mikey_e

  A tanker in the distance
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  • A tanker in the distance - Santo Domingo
      A tanker in the distance
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  • Greenery and garbage on the seafront - Santo Domingo
      Greenery and garbage on the seafront
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  • The tree shades the coast - Santo Domingo
      The tree shades the coast
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  • Rocky shores - Santo Domingo
      Rocky shores
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  • Mike sweaty on the sea front - Santo Domingo
      Mike sweaty on the sea front
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I though about simply including this in the tip about the Malecón, but the seafront is just too beautiful along the outskirts of Santo Domingo to really cram in with the sea wall. The Río Ozama is obviously a major port and harbour for the entire Dominican Republic, so it can sometimes seem like there is not much point in trying to find the beautiful Caribbean scenery for which the resorts of the DR are world famous in the country's capital. Not true! You need only head to the parts of the Malecon west of Gazcue, on the stretches inhabited by casinos and ritzy hotels. There you will find green expanses and palm trees right up against the turquoise blue of the waters. There's lots of garbage, so its not quite as romantic as it sounds, and no one should attempt swimming here. Not only is the water polluted, the food waste dumped into the water has also started attracting sharks.

Address: Malecón west of Gazcue
Directions: Just drive along the coast away from the city centre

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  • Written Sep 8, 2007
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