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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  • Harley1Dave
    Halifax, Canada240 contributions
    Exploring the Zone Colonial
    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.
    Visited February 2023
    Written February 19, 2023
  • Rosa L
    3 contributions
    I Love La Zona
    I had such a beautiful time in the colonial zone in DR. It is my favorite place ever. I walked a lot and explore different restaurants and bars in the zone. I felt safe and loved every minute of it.
    Visited October 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written April 7, 2023
  • Oakville89
    Grimsby, Canada228 contributions
    A must see if in the Dominican Republic
    Went on our own a couple of years ago. Took a tour with another couple this year. Tours have the advantage of better use of time and lots of information. In either case make sure to visit!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 20, 2023
  • Andrés Blanco
    Carteret, New Jersey675 contributions
    a MUST visit!
    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!
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 29, 2023
  • njcavalier
    Chatham, New Jersey388 contributions
    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
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ToniF
Trakoscan, Croatia10 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
Nothing special, nice to visit for a few hours.
We was expecting a lot more from reading other reviews
Written November 6, 2023
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njcavalier
Chatham, NJ388 contributions
Jul. 2023
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!
Written August 5, 2023
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Svetlana T
Stockholm, Sweden2 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Family
On first day it was confusing to fine good restoran. We went to restoran CARD and there was no service. We were sitting 40 minutes and waiting, waiving, asking to place order. 5 girls just sitting in phones and no customers were in restoran and they just ignored us. We were invisible and definitely not welcome. Still don’t understand why. Maybe if you not local or can’t speak Spanish fluently YOU ARE NOT Welcome to this country:(
Written August 5, 2023
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maat49
London, UK371 contributions
Jul. 2023
Stayed on Calle Sanchez and it is easy to walk from here to all the attractions around the Zona. Plenty of places to eat and drink in the area. Some streets have been refurbished with new upmarket hotels but some still have derelict buildings. A number of the roads are being dug up and re-laid so many detours.
Written July 25, 2023
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Andrés Blanco
Carteret, NJ675 contributions
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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Biz
2 contributions
Jun. 2023
You must see the place for yourself. Just an amazing part of the island. The area is rich with history of the Americas
Written June 20, 2023
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Oakville89
Grimsby, Canada228 contributions
Apr. 2023 • Couples
Went on our own a couple of years ago. Took a tour with another couple this year. Tours have the advantage of better use of time and lots of information. In either case make sure to visit!
Written April 20, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Rosa L
3 contributions
Oct. 2022 • Solo
I had such a beautiful time in the colonial zone in DR. It is my favorite place ever. I walked a lot and explore different restaurants and bars in the zone. I felt safe and loved every minute of it.
Written April 7, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Harley1Dave
Halifax, Canada240 contributions
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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EmilyMarquez
Miami, FL325 contributions
Jan. 2023
This is a treat as you get to see a Latin American Colonial city. A definite visit. Be sure to get there early enough to see the first cathedral in the new world.
Written February 9, 2023
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