As the first permanent settlement by Europeans in the Americas, Santo Domingo’s Colonial Zone (Zona Colonial) is a city of many “firsts”. Some of those original buildings have been restored or repurposed and continue to serve the needs of local citizens and tourists.
Other sites such as museums exist solely as tourist attractions with exhibits that span the early history of the western world and remind us of the challenges and rewards experienced by early settlers. Regrettably, a few exist only as protected ruins.
Regardless of their present condition, each of the sites has a story to tell; a story like no other in the New World.
The city of Santo Domingo is more than the Colonial Zones. There are tourist attractions outside of the Colonial Zone that should not be missed. Sites like the Malecón, the President’s Palace and the Botanical Garden provide a different more modern perspective on the oldest settlement in the New World.