Zona Colonial
Zona Colonial
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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  • njcavalier
    Chatham, New Jersey396 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous UNESCO World Heritage Site, rich in history!
    Rich in history and beautiful architecture, La Zona Colonial is an absolute must-see! Among the highlights of the Old Town — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — is the Museo de las Casas Reales, housed in the palace that was the first seat of Spanish power in the New World. Another is the Alcazar de Colon, the palace where Christopher Columbus’s son Diego lived while he was Viceroy of the Indies. And of course the cathedral should not be missed. And there is so much more. We can’t wait to return!
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 5, 2023
  • Bob S.
    27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Zona Colonial key to any trip to Santo Domingo
    If in the DR, the Zona is a must. We stayed in the Zone and toured the zone on foot which was easy to do. Some of the places to see are under renovation, but there is still plenty to see in a long weekend. While I am not normally a fan of tour guides, outside of the Cathedral Basilica of Santa Maria la Menor, which can be done with headsets, I would recommend a guide as there is so much history to everything you will see from the last 500 years.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 29, 2024
  • Diana M
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very old!
    Everything is very old which is what makes it special. I swear when I came here with my dad When we got ice cream there the ice cream there was amazing. I don’t think we went into Columbus‘s house but we’ve been inside there before on other vacations! it’s history is so interesting because Columbus’s brother discovered the city
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 22, 2024
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Jenny H
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
We tripped across our guide Ramon by chance as we were parking our car downtown. We had planned a self-guided wander of the old city but instead Ramon recommended a guided 2-3 hour walking tour. He has been guiding for 30+ years and it was obvious he knew most people around town and was able to talk his way into areas that were off limits (like the embassy) or sights that had already closed for the day,. We really felt like we got the inside scoop on the city. Ramon gave us the facts on every sight fast and furious. However, we did manage to cram in all the major tourist sights, marvelled at the amazing architecture and even salsa'ed at an impromptu stop at the Merengue Club. This was not your usual tour. Ramon was entertaining, a skilled tour guide and in our opinion as much a hidden gem as the city itself. If you happen to find yourself in Santo Domingo with a few hours to spare be sure to look Ramon up. You won't regret it.
Written January 9, 2022
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Ck_Nest
Kennesaw, GA689 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Family
This was one of the nicest places to visit for a relaxing time with the family. Everyone had a little bit of something. There was some historical sites, parks, and restaurants. The people were nice and helpful throughout the zone. I’d recommend keeping some cash available in small denominations for smaller purchases.
Written April 16, 2021
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paola b
97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
I love cuidad colonial. This town has so much history, it’s know as the city of “the first” because this is where Christopher Columbus came to when he discovered hispañola island. So the first university, hospital, church ect of the America’s is located here. Besides the history , there are many great restaurants and shops. Very artsy town , lots going on all the time. Love casa de teatro and the many galleries in the town. I highly recommend this area.
Written February 16, 2020
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Harley1Dave
Halifax, Canada258 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Our last full day exploring the Zone Colonial in Santo Domingo included the Alcázar de Colón or called Columbus Alcazar, it is the first fortified European palace built in the Americas. It is part of the Ciudad Colonial UNESCO's World Heritage Site. It was built between 1510 and 1514 mostly in a Gothic and Renaissance style. It is the only known residence of a member of the Christopher Columbus family in the New World, his first-born son Diego Columbus whose children Juana, Isabel, Luis and Christopher were born in the palace. Diego Columbus died in Spain in 1526 but María Álvarez de Toledo, his widow, remained there until her death in 1549. Three generations of the Columbus family inhabited the residence, possibly until the late 16th century.
Written February 19, 2023
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JanisN123
Crown Point, IN638 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Walking around Zona Colonial was the highlight of the trip for me. My husband has family in DR so they took us around to the various sights, but I did find a map of the area if you want to do it on your own. I loved the old city stops. In the square by the statue of Christopher Columbus there was an excellent band/orchestra set up playing music. Everyone was gathered and singing along, it was amazing.

We saw so many historical places and learned a ton. We also got to see where my FIL grew up and met a lot of family on this trip. It was wonderful.
Written July 8, 2021
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jbushman2017
Nipomo, CA496 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
One of the best, if not the best colonial zone you will find in Latin America. I have traveled a lot and was surprised and impressed by the colonial zone here in Santo Domingo. Yes it boosts the older cathedral, university, and fort in Latin America but more importantly you have a large colonial zone with many, many old structures that make the area very attractive to walk around. There are guides around all the important monuments waiting and willing to tell you about the sights or give you an hour long walking tour. Plaza Colon and Plaza Espana on the Sunday we were there were all bustling with locals so the authenticity and vibrancy of this zone was intoxicating. We spent one day just looking and walking and another day actually visiting the museums. One forgets that 100 years BEFORE then United States had its first colony, Santo Domingo was the commercially successful nexus of the new world. Oh and where else can you see where Columbus landed and the house his son built and lived in.
Written June 25, 2021
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RCDS_Family
South Frontenac, Canada392 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
We had a walking tour of the Zona Colonial.

There was a lot to see.

The architecture was amazing. There were a lot of picture opportunities.
Keep an eye out for the little details. They are everywhere.

Often, there was shade on one side of the street.

There are a lot of street vendors walking around with Larimar, paintings, or other tourist souvenirs.
Written November 27, 2021
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gabgab13
Colorado203 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
We got a private tour through Ken, love him our guides nick name was mr professor, he was amazing. This area is amazing with history around every corner. These are the oldest colonial buildings in the western hemisphere. Everything here are first. I would recommended getting a private or small group, the big tour groups going through here looked horrible bored and crowded.
Written January 26, 2020
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Bob S.
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
If in the DR, the Zona is a must. We stayed in the Zone and toured the zone on foot which was easy to do. Some of the places to see are under renovation, but there is still plenty to see in a long weekend. While I am not normally a fan of tour guides, outside of the Cathedral Basilica of Santa Maria la Menor, which can be done with headsets, I would recommend a guide as there is so much history to everything you will see from the last 500 years.
Written February 29, 2024
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Andrés Blanco
Carteret, NJ737 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
There's so much to see and learn around La Zona Colonial. There are many museums you can visit and lots of points of interest rich with history. You can definitely walk on your own since this part of the city is very safe but taking a tour also has its advantages because the tour guides will take you directly to the most important places around and also share their knowledge with you. There are also many wonderful hotels to stay and many more restaurants and bars to try. Highly recommend!
Written June 29, 2023
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