Santo Domingo

The Dominican capital can deny its well-rooted Caribbean flavor. All the cadence of the region is embedded here and is reflected in every far-off nook and cranny of the colonial zone. Dominicans boasts with having the New World's first-ever city. Its historical core, featuring 16th-century buildings and the old colonial ambiance, is the country's only monumental complex. Any place is a good place to get to know Santo Domingo and a hike, together with a climb up to the mountains, is by and large the best option. You better wait for all spots and sites around town to be open. A good starting point is the Don Diego Garcia's old residence, a luxurious palace with a blend of Gothic and Mudejar arts, plus a combination of Spanish and Italian Renaissance. Conde Street, cobbled along a considerable chunk, leads visitors to the commercial center. Santo Domingo is a good option for those tracking down history and culture. Among its many sightseeing locations, travelers will find the Culture Square, a major complex that embraces the National Library, the Museum of Natural History, the Modern Arts Museum and the National Theater, among others. The seawall driveway (El Malecón) is a huge avenue that stretches all along the Caribbean coastline, packed with a great variety of shops, restaurants, bars, disco clubs, theaters and luxurious hotels. This is one of the merriest places in Santo Domingo and the right spot to unearth the throbbing Dominican street life. Lots of fun during the Merengue Festival and the National Carnival Parade. Finally, the majestic Colon Lighthouse, the tallest in the whole wide world, is worth paying a visit to. Located in the East Park. Surrounding Santo Domingo, visitors will fin other sightseeing sites like La Caleta (The Cove) National Underwater Park, containing bone remains of indigenous people. Another enclave is the co-called Cave of the Three Eyes (Cueva de los Tres Ojos), the Botanical Garden, the National Aquarium, the National Zoo, let alone its rimming beaches.

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In this country children are taught Dutch - the official language - plus English and Spanish.