"Parque Colón" Parque Colón - Columbus Square Tip by mikey_e
Parque Colón - Columbus Square, Santo Domingo: 8 reviews and 19 photos
The Parque Colón serves as a sort of Plaza Mayor for Santo Domingo and lies at the eastern end of El Conde (and is much classier than Santo Domingo's main drag). The centre of the park contains a statue of Columbus pointing out towards the horizon, with a Taíno woman (topless) at his feet. The south side of the Park is dominated by Santa María de la Encarnación (the Cathedral) with the other sides have impressive colonial and Victorian structures, including the Victorian town hall, which is no longer used as a seat of municipal governance. The north side of the Park has a number of high-end shops, including an art boutique, a cigar shop and several cafés with decent coffee and juices. The green areas of the parks are quite nice to relax in and escape the sun, although it is almost certain that you will be pestered by the small Haitian boys who shine shoes (any type of shoes, including sneakers and sandals) or beg for money. There are also a few token hat and ostume jewellery sellers here, although you're best bet for those items is to head to El Conde.
Address: Parque Colón
Directions: In front of the Cathedral, at the eastern end of El Conde
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