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All You Need To Know When You Are In The Colonial Zone and Dominican Republic

We strive to be the complete guide to The Colonial Zone (in Spanish it is called Zona Colonial or Ciudad Colonial, also known in years past as Nueva Isabella, Ciudad Trujillo and Santo Domingo), the oldest constantly inhabited city in all of "The Americas".

The Colonial Zone is a small town nestled in the capital city, Santo Domingo, on the most beautiful island in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic. In 1990 UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) placed us on the World Heritage List.

See the "city of firsts."  We hold claim to the first cathedral, monastery, university, customs house and hospital in the "New World".  Follow the 11 blocks of historical and fun filled streets within this walled city holding the oldest permanent settlement in the New World. There are over three hundred pieces if history including the monuments, homes, streets and churches. So, come and visit our museums, forts and historical buildings dating back to the time of Christopher Columbus' arrival in 1492. (More history in a nut shell here).


The "Zone" successfully blends the old and the new in a way like no other place can. We have a wide variety of restaurants offering many culinary styles that are sure to please your palate. There is a wide variety of nightlife, clubs with many different music styles for young and old alike. If you want to relax, sit in one of our many parks and people watch while enjoying the soft Caribbean breeze.

I hope you enjoy your visit to our site. Learn about the Colonial Zone, the diverse culture heritage and unique customs of the friendly people of  Dominican Republic. Find out more about our island (we also have information about other parts of this diverse country to see and experience). Then join us here on your next vacation and find out why we are one of the happiest countries in the world according to the Happy Planet Index.

Dominican Republic offers all types of travel and vacation options. You can visit a 5 star all-inclusive resort or travel very economically and rest your head in a small Dominican owned hotel. Visit our large, bustling cities to shop or dine in a diverse cultural experience. Make sure to check out our off the beaten trail destinations including our lush valleys, tropical rain forests, sleepy villages, sprawling farm lands and the highest mountain in all the Caribbean, Pico Duarte. Relax on a quiet rocky, white or black sand beach or swim in one of our many sweet, clear and cool water rivers. Experience all the wonderful things this island, nestled in the crystal blue Caribbean Sea, has to offer for yourself. You will take with you so many wonderful and happy memories of your adventures and of the friendly Dominican people to last you a lifetime. Once you visit you most likely will want to return to visit us again.



¿¿WHATS NEW??    Last Update 4/13/2014
Almost everyday we add something new to the Colonial Zone web site. Take a look at what is new and exciting. Remember to refresh your browser from time to time as we are always adding lots of new information.

*How do Dominicans celebrate Semana Santa / Holy Week?
*Aparthotel Condo Parque and Venus Bar and Cafeteria. A great place to stay in the Colonial Zone.
* Picture collection of the Renovada Ciudad Colonial - Remodeling of the Zona Colonial. has been updated showing the progress of the project.
*Need a hotel in the Colonial City? Check our updates hotels page.
* The Fortaleza Ozama page has been updated. View the picture album of the Fortaleza Ozama.
* Our Lady de Altagracia, The Protector of the Dominican People, is celebrated this month.
* The Colonial Zone Nights Picture Album has been updated with new beautiful images.
* Fray Anton de Montesinos fought for the rights of the indigenous peoples.
* The Restaurant and Bars pages have all been updated.
* Looking for a unique Christmas gift? How about some Dominican Republic Mamajuana
* Make sure to check the Colonial Zone News Blog to see whats going on in the Zone in December.
* Business Center Ciudad Colonial - Short and long term Office space rentals. Look no further for all your businesses needs.
* Are you familiar with the Pirate Sir Frances Drakes visit to Hispaniola?
* Dominican Cigars. One of the biggest imported items to USA.
* Slide show of 140 pictures of Road Trip To Bayahide, Sugar Fields, Parque del Este and more.
* Important phone numbers to take with you on your travels.
* The Superstitions and Beliefs pages are all updated.
* The Myths and Legends pages have been updated with some great new illustrations of the mythical creatures by Ray Wu.
* Updated the Dominicanismo Dictionary to the new design.
* Check out the Panoramic views of the Zona Colonial collection
* Partners DR - Relocating, Business, Residence Services and More.
* What to do and where to get all the information you need about hurricanes in Dominican Republic.
* Some history of Dominican Music.
* Many new pictures added to the Dominican People Picture Album.
* Picture Album - Colonial Zone Balconies, Doors, Gates, Windows
* The Road Trip from Santo Domingo, Sabana de la Mar and More picture slide show with 144 different images.
* Old Pictures of Dominican Republic slide show has been updated
* The Dominican Food Words pages have been updated with pictures and more..
* Need Dental Implants? Consider dental tourism.
* JC Taxi. Service you expect and deserve. Call them for all your transportation needs.
* The Dominican Dog Blog. The life and times of Teli, The Dominican Dog.
* Hermanas/ Sisters Mirabal page has been updated with lots of new pictures.
* Know the Provinces in Dominican Republic and take a Road Trip.
* Hot Spots! What is hot around Dominican Republic? Advertising info in English and Spanish.
* Print our map of Colonial Zone to take with you when you.
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