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Faro San Souci Punta Torrecilla

Lighthouse / Faro San Souci at Punta Torrecilla

The Faro San Souci at Punta Torrecilla is located near the entrance to the port of Santo Domingo at Rio Ozama on the South Coast of Dominican Republic. The yellow and black lighthouse stands at the tip of the park Punta Torrecilla on the coral cliffs of the Caribbean Sea. The lighthouse can be seen from many points around the city.

The Faro San Souci at Punta Torrecilla in Santo Domingo sits on the coral cliffs of the Caribbean Sea
The Faro San Souci at Punta Torrecilla in Santo Domingo sits on the coral cliffs of the Caribbean Sea

The Faro

The original lighthouse in this location was built around 1853. It was deactivated and demolished in 1967. The present Black and Yellow Faro located on the point was built in 1986. It is very similar in appearance to the Survivors Lighthouse on the North Coast in Puerta Plata.

The yellow and black lighthouse on the point at Punta Torrecilla
The yellow and black lighthouse on the point at Punta Torrecilla

The pyramid-like concrete tower is 125 feet tall. The entire height, including the light, is 135 feet tall. Faro Sans Souci sends out a blinking white light beacon with a view range of 13 nautical miles. The lighthouse is used as a navigational aid for entrance into the Port of Santo Domingo. The Faro San Souci sits on a terrain about 7 meters above sea level.

Fishermen lining the cliffs at the Punta Torrecilla
Fishermen lining the cliffs at the Punta Torrecilla

Punta Torrecilla Park and Beach

From the vantage point of the park at Punta Torrecilla, there is a beautiful view of the city of Santo Domingo and Avenida George Washington also known as the Malecon. There are usually people fishing off the coral cliffs. Sit, relax and watch the many ships bringing and leaving with their loads. Many Cruise Ships and the Ferry from Puerto Rico come and go from the Puerto Santo Domingo. The ports include Puerto San Souci and Puerto Don Diego.

Broken walkways surrounding the park at the Faro San Souci at Punta Torrecilla
Broken walkways surrounding the park at the Faro San Souci at Punta Torrecilla

The park was at one time had beautiful walkways along the coral cliffs where the waves of the turquoise Caribbean Sea broke. Now the paths are broken and most lay in rubble. The park is usually littered with trash from people picnicking under the palm trees and there are no facilities.

At the so-called beach local youths like to swim off the cliffs which can be dangerous. Swimming is prohibited here during popular Dominican holidays because of the hazards. It is visited by police and military off and on, trying to keep the area safe. It is OK to visit during the daylight but I would highly advise against visiting after dark. It is a lonely and quiet place where derelicts and bad humans frequent.

The view of the Faro rising above the trees as seen from Avenida España coming from the Airport.
The view of the Faro rising above the trees as seen from Avenida España coming from the Airport.

Location

The Park of Punta Torrecilla, where the Faro sits, is located at Dominican Republic’s South East coast in Los Mameyes, Santo Domingo Este along Avenida España on the property of the Naval Base 27 de Febrero. Academia Naval / Naval Academy is located across the street and the Club De Oficiales De La Marina De Guerra / Navy Officers Club is next door. Coming into Santo Domingo from the airport the park sits on the left before you enter the city.

The view of the mouth of Rio Ozama at the Caribbean Sea with the Faro San Souci in the distance. Picture is taken from Playita Montecino at the Malecon in Colonial Zone.
The view of the mouth of Rio Ozama at the Caribbean Sea with the Faro San Souci in the distance. Picture is taken from Playita Montecino at the Malecon in Colonial Zone.

Be Live Hamaca Boca Chica

Be Live Hamaca, Boca Chica, Dominican Republic (República Dominicana)

Hamaca has 3 different hotel – resort experiences. Hamaca Suites, Hamaca Garden Hotel and the Hamaca Beach Hotel. All are all-inclusive and located on the white sand Caribbean beach at Boca Chica, Dominican Republic. Click the links for great hotel-resort deals.

Be Live Hamaca, Boca Chica, Dominican Republic Pool
Be Live Hamaca, Boca Chica, Dominican Republic Pool


Be Live Experience Hamaca Suites

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Be Live Hamaca, Boca Chica, Dominican Republic Beach
Be Live Hamaca, Boca Chica, Dominican Republic Beach

Hamaca Suites Hotel features several Deluxe Pool View rooms that will take you to a unique setting, full of commodities, relax in good taste in Boca Chica: king size bed or two beds, a full bathroom with a Jacuzzi and a separate shower, a living room, TV, coffee maker and a terrace with great views to the swimming pool.

The Be Live Experience Hamaca Suites Hotel provides guests with the perfect setting in which to relax, unwind and enjoy that Caribbean feeling. The Be Live Experience Hamaca Suites Hotel: an all-inclusive, luxury hotel in Boca Chica.


Be Live Experience Hamaca Garden

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The Be Live Experience Hamaca Garden Hotel is an all-inclusive hotel complex in Boca Chica. It is located right at the bay and everything has been designed for you to spend an incredible holiday here with your family and friends, enjoying a true Caribbean lifestyle.

The all-inclusive experience includes meals (including a full buffet), drinks, evening entertainment programs, beach parties, casino, daily activities and a wide range of children’s activities for those traveling as a family.

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The full enchantment of the Republica Dominicana awaits you at the Be Live Experience Hamaca Garden Hotel, where you will find beaches, a spa and excellent all-inclusive service in Boca Chica.


Be Live Experience Hamaca Beach

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The Be Live Experience Hamaca Beach Hotel is an all-inclusive resort with spa at the Boca Chica beach. It is located by one of the most famous beaches in the Dominican Republic and this all-inclusive hotel is particularly suitable for groups and families who wish to spend a truly relaxing holiday in the Caribbean. You will not have to worry about anything, everything is included: from the local and international cuisine on offer to entertainment, parties at the beach and sports courts.

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Fuerte San Gil

Fuerte de San Gil/ Fort of San Gil

The Fuerte San Gil, one time named Fuerte del Matadero / Slaughterhouse Fort, is a 3-sided polygon fort. It was built between 1503 and 1510. This important fort was the first part of the defense of the walled city of Santo Domingo now called Zona Colonial or Ciudad Colonial.

Fort San Gil as the sun rises.
Fort San Gil as the sun rises.

This fortification was a very important bastion to protect the city from Pirate and marauder attack. The watchtower was located on the far corner of the fort. It gave a perfect view of any ship coming from the Caribbean Sea trying to enter the ports of the city. The tower also gave a great view of the sand patch below. This beach is riddled with caves that are excellent places for hiding.

Fuerte San Gil and the beach and caves below
Fuerte San Gil and the beach and caves below

In 1887 the original fort collapsed

due to rough seas. The fort was recently renovated. The renovation closely replicates the original. The area has been cleaned up and again is a nice place to visit.

The circular inner wall of Fuerte San Gil
The circular inner wall of Fuerte San Gil

The fort was ignored for many years and was in disrepair. The beach below was piled high with garbage and was home to stray dogs and homeless people who made the coral caves below their home.

Fuerte San Gil the wall that faces the sea.
Fuerte San Gil the wall that faces the sea.

There is a grassy area beside the Fort San Gil. It is a nice place to sit and watch the sea.

There used to be a restaurant located inside the fort. The barbecue pit can still be seen in the center of the old fort.

Fort San Gil in front of the Malecon
Fort San Gil in front of the Malecon

Location:

The Southwest most part of Zona Colonial where the Zone meats up with Ciudad Nueva. The fort is on the Malecón (Avenida George Washington) at the intersection of Palo Hincado. The bright white Obelisco Hembra is in the front of the fort. Be careful when crossing the Malecon. Pedestrians DO NOT have the right or way.