KM 22 Autopista Las Americas next to Las Americas Free Zn , Santo Domingo, DO
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Built in the 16th century, the Royal Household Museum houses both the Palace of the Governor General and the Palace of Royal Audiences. The former, in the northeast part of the building, is a sober design embellished with gothic Isabeline decorations. The latter, in the southeast section, has a series of arches in white porcelain brick on the ground floor, and low-arched windows of gothic style on the upper level. Since 1976 the entire complex has been a museum, housing pieces from the island's Hispanic period. Admission is DOP10 for native adults, DOP15 for tourists, DOP5 for students. Children get in free.
El Malecón runs for 15 kilometers along the Caribbean shore. The middle stretch of this levee is reserved for casual strolling, family outings, lovers' trysts and simple sightseeing. Visitors enjoy the ice cream parlors and restaurants, plus the hot nightlife in several bars and discos. In fact, El Malecón might be described as an open-air disco in itself. In keeping with the party spirit of its businesses, Carnival and July's Merengue Festival are held here.
Opened in 1990, the National Aquarium boasts a modern, open-air design and a glorious location overlooking the Caribbean. Roughly 3000 live specimens of 250 species of marine life inhabit the friendly waters here. The staff is dedicated to the study, promotion, protection and distribution of information on both marine and freshwater flora and fauna. There are lectures and guided tours every day. Videos and talks are available for school groups.
Inaugurated in 1975, the Parque Zoológico Nacional is one of the zoos largest in Latin America. The zoo exhibits a wide variety of animals, including both local and imported species. Visitors can opt to visit the park on foot, a task that can be arduous sometimes due to the steep hills, or take the guided tour in the zoo´s train for a moderate fee. The guided tour (given in Spanish) is informative and interesting. There is a large aviary, a serpentarium and a children´s area.
Inaugurated in 1996 by former president Joaquin Balaguer, this extensive green area, comprised of six independent parks, is one of the lungs of the city. It is an ideal spot to make family picnics or practice sports such as jogging and biking. It includes an artificial lake where paddle boats are available to rent. Mirador Norte Park is part of the protected ecological area denominated “green belt,” which surrounds Santo Domingo.
Roughly six kilometers long and 150 meters wide, this park is the perfect spot for family recreation and an afternoon of fresh air. Since 1970, the park has attracted visitors to its caves, which were used for rituals by the indigenous inhabitants of the island. Other features of the park include murals by Jose Ramirez Conde and Amable Sterling, the statue of Caonabo de Abelardo Rodriguez Urdaneta, the Poetry Fountain by Juan de Avalos, restaurants, children's playgrounds and an artificial lake with rowboats.
Discovered at the end of the 19th century by the Italian Don Juan Vicini, this lovely bathing spot lies in exceptionally beautiful natural surroundings. The coral breakwater protects its warm, crystal-clear waters from the waves of the Caribbean. Fine white sands are fringed with graceful coconut palms. Not far out to sea there are two uninhabited islands, both covered in vegetation: Los Pinitos and Las Maticas. Proximity to the city of Santo Domingo makes this a favorite destination for tourists in search of shade from the sun and a pleasant sea breeze.