At the eastern end of Calle El Conde, you’ll stumble on the first paved street in the Americas: Calle Las Damas or the “street of the ladies.” Sixteenth century architecture, former colonial buildings now turned into museums, embassies, and upscale hotels flank this picturesque, narrow road. Connecting directly to the Alcazar de Colón Palace, María de Toledo and her ladies would step out of the palace and stroll up and down Calle Las Damas in the evenings. Key sites located along this historic street include Fortaleza Ozama, the first fortress in the Americas, and the National Pantheon, resting place of the Dominican Republic’s national heroes.

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Boca Chica

A forty-minute drive east of Santo Domingo, this white sand beach town offers authentic Dominican bustle: hotels and restaurants line the sand, vendors hawk wares, and fry fish shacks sell plates of red snapper, tostones, and yaniqueques.

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