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Since many visitors to Santo Domingo base themselves in the historic Zona Colonia (and because this is where the vast majority of the interesting sights are located), most exploration in the city is done on foot. At night, however, you'll always want to take a taxi, particularly to outlying areas. Some hotels are now being built in the newer parts of Santo Domingo, such as Piantini, which can't be navigated on foot.

Parque Independencia separates the old city from modern Santo Domingo, a sprawling, noisy city with a population of close to 2 million. The 12 cobblestone blocks of Santo Domingo's Zona Colonial contain most of the major sights in town. It's one of the most appealing historic districts in the Caribbean and is best explored on foot. The Zona ends at the seafront, called the Malecón.

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Alcázar de Colón
House/Mansion/Villa
Zona Colonial
Monasterio de San Francisco
Religious Building/Site/Shrine Archaeological Site/Ruins Arts/Performance Venue Local Interest–Sight
Zona Colonial
Calle Las Damas
Neighborhood/Street
Zona Colonial
Iglesia y Convento Domínico
Religious Building/Site/Shrine
Zona Colonial
Iglesia Santa Bárbara
Religious Building/Site/Shrine
Zona Colonial
Pantheon Nacional
Memorial/Monument/Tomb
Zona Colonial
Parque Colón
Park/Playground Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)
Zona Colonial
Plaza de España
Plaza/Square/Piazza
Zona Colonial

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Electrical Outlets

120v/60 cycles; plugs are U.S. standard two- and three-prong

Currency

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Nearby Airports

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