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$30 Million Makeover Planned for Santo Domingo's Colonial Zone

Santo Domingo is set to receive a $30 million makeover as the Dominican Republic's Tourism Ministry and the Inter-American Development Bank unveiled a new development programme for the city's historic Colonial Zone. The new facelift is expected to re-launch the capital city as one of the leading tourist destinations in the Caribbean while encouraging more tourists to book Dominican Republic holidays in Santo Domingo.

$30 Million Makeover Planned for Santo Domingo's Colonial Zone

The Colonial Zone in the city of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic will receive a makeover after the Dominican Republic’s Tourism Ministry and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced plans for a $30 million development programme.

The development programme will conserve the historic district and re-launch the capital city as one of the leading Caribbean tourist destinations while enticing travellers to book Dominican Republic holidays in Santo Domingo.

The programme will invest $22 million into the improvement of squares, public spaces, streets, underground power lines and surveillance, and $3.6 million will be spent on a local integration plan for tourism development.

Santo Domingo Cathedral
Image by: puroticorico, on Flickr

Many of the city’s tourist attractions will also be restored including the Ruinas de San Francisco, La Atarazana, Fortaleza Ozama, Alcazar de Colon and Las Casas Reales.

Santo Domingo is the capital city of the Dominican Republic and it is a popular destination for travellers taking holidays to the Dominican Republic due to its historic and cultural heritage.

The city is divided by the Ozama River and includes old Victorian houses, tree-lined streets, luxury Santo Domingo hotels, casinos, historic monuments and tourist attractions such as Columbus's Lighthouse, where the explorer's remains are buried; the open caves of the Parque Nacional Los Tres Ojos; and the National Aquarium.

The Colonial Zone features several examples of 15th and 16th century architecture; beautiful churches, cathedrals and convents including the Iglesia Regina Angelorum and the Convento de los Dominicos; and museums such as Alcazar de Colon, Museum of Duarte and the Museo del Ron Dominicano which turns into a rum bar after hours.

Partygoers can head to the Malecon Boulevard which is lined with nightclubs, casinos, restaurants, cafes and museums and is perfect for embracing the local lifestyle, cuisine and entertainment.

 Fortaleza Ozama in Santo Domingo
Image by: JohnConnell,on Flickr

During holidays in the Dominican Republic holidaymakers can head to the country’s many pristine, white sand, palm-fringed beaches for relaxation or fun activities in the sparkling turquoise ocean.

The nation offers plenty of activities for adventure-seekers including trekking up mountains, jumping off rocks into cascading waterfalls, windsurfing, surfing, scuba diving and snorkelling. Visitors can discover wildlife in thriving nature parks, play golf at world-class golf courses, go shopping, and relax in luxurious spas at beachfront Dominican Republic hotels.

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