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Beyond the Zona Colonial
Submitted by dr1guide on August 1, 2009 – 3:49 pmNo Comment

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Note the traditional arch donated by the People’s Republic of China on the Av. Mexico entrance and that from Taiwan on the Av. Mella exit to Santo Domingo’s Chinatown district. Its main street, Jacinto de la Concha, is lined with life-sized oriental bronze statues. Bargain prices are the draw at the neighborhood’s shops and restaurants owned by Chines immigrants. This is the place for dim sum and Peking Duck. It is also the site of the annual Chinese New Year celebration in January.

Palacio Nacional
The Presidential Palace was inaugurated by Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo in 1947. The imposing neoclassical structure houses executive and administrative offices but is not the President’s actual residence. Tours are free but must be requested 10 days in advance via telephone. You will be e-mailed a form with information and requirements. Av. Mexico & Dr. Delgado, 809.695.8299.

El Faro a Colón
Completed in 1992 for the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s “discovery” of the Americas, the monumental lighthouse houses the remains of the famous Italian explorer and historic exhibits donated by other nations. Tues-Sun 9am-5:30pm. Closed Mondays. Adults RD$100, children from 8-11 yrs. RD$20. Avenida Mirador del Este, 809.592.5217.

Acuario Nacional
The National Aquarium features a large plexiglass tunnel where visitors can walk through a tank full of sharks, stingrays, turtles and many other sea creatures. Walkable distance to the Columbus Lighthouse. Tues-Sun 9:30am-5:30pm. Closed Mondays. Foreign adults & children RD$50. Av. España #77, 809.766.1709.

Jardín Botánico
A sprawling display of aquatic plants, orchids, bromeliads, ferns and endemic plants along with an impressive Japanese garden and more are all housed within this expansive green sanctuary. Daily 9am-5pm. Foreign adults RD$175, foreign children from 3-12 yrs. RD$70. Av. República de Colombia. 809.385.2611; jbn-sdq.org.

Los Tres Ojos (The Three Eyes)
Although named “The Three Eyes”, this attraction boasts four clear water lagoons in limestone sinkholes. A deep staircase leads visitors to the underground caverns once used by the Taino Indians in religious ceremonies. Daily 8am-5:30pm. Adults RD$50; children RD$30. Along Ave. Mirador del Este, 809.472.4204 exts. 285, 237, 228.

Parque Mirador del Sur
A six kilometer long park popular with Dominicans for running, biking, rollerblading and walking in the early mornings and late afternoons, when the park’s main avenue is closed off to motorized traffic and the sun is less intense. The park is great for kids as it boasts numerous jungle gyms and vendors of sweets. Avenida Mirador del Sur.

Hipodromo V Centenario
Santo Domingo’s horse racetrack provides for a fun day watching the races and possibly lunch at the track’s restaurant. Race schedule: Tues, Thurs, Sat, 2:45pm-5:45pm. Free admission. Avenida Las Americas Km 14.5., 809.687-6060; hipodromovcentenario.com.do.

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