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The Dominican Republic is mostly known for its most popular tourist city, Punta Cana. This area is packed with resorts and beautiful beaches. My boyfriend and I wanted to explore the more local and historical areas, so for my 26th birthday we went to Santo Domingo and stayed in the Zona Colonial region.
One of the many streets in Zona Colonial!
Posing in the streets of Zona Colonial – right in front of our Airbnb apartment!
Inside the Cathedral Primada de America!
My love and I standing in front of Museo Fortaleza!
Zona Colonial is a small town located in the capital city, Santo Domingo. Zona Colonial means The Colonial Zone and is known for being the oldest continually inhabited city in all “The Americas”. It holds claim to the first cathedral, monastery, university and hospital in “The New World”. This area has hundreds of historical monuments, streets and churches dating back to the arrival of Christopher Columbus – 1942.
To enter the Dominican Republic, we had to pay a $10 USD entry fee at the airport. We then took a taxi to our two-bedroom Airbnb apartment in the heart of the historical city. We got a two-bedroom apartment because we had a videographer come with us, so I could make my first vlog for Beach Love Peace, LLC. Click here to check out my vlog for this trip! Our host was very helpful, but the best part of this particular Airbnb was the location! It was walking distance to museums, the grocery store, restaurants and so much more!
After enjoying our amazing meals at Ristorante Angelo!
I always have his back!
Captured a great moment at Plaza Espana!
We explored Zona Colonial and the Dominican Republic by visiting Plaza Espana, Museo Fortaleza and Boca Chica – just to name a few. One of my favorite restaurants we ate at in the city was called Ristorante Angelo – it’s 3 floors with a rooftop, amazing view, affordable and the food was so good we scrapped our plates clean.
The location of our apartment was to die for – I can’t stress that enough. One day after exploring we came back to the spot to relax and while chilling on the patio a huge parade passed by! We enjoyed a parade, their culture – from the patio. Another night, just two blocks up from our apartment, there was a huge block party – full of dancing couples, alcohol, great food and great vibes.
Enjoying the weather and vibes at Boca Chica beach!
I highly recommend going to the beach called Boca Chica. We had a great time with the locals and made a friend named Junior who was one of the few Dominicans we met in Santo Domingo who could speak fluent English. He was a great help, assisting us with everything we needed while at the beach due to the language barrier. If you go to Boca Chica ask for Junior from Sonny’s bar/restaurant!
Always there when I need him lol!
This trip was an amazing birthday celebration. My love planned a great trip and his itinerary was well organized, full of places I wanted to see and things I wanted to do. Exploring the historical monuments and/or museums in Zona Colonial, and enjoying the vibes of Boca Chica made this vacation wonderful.
Hope you enjoyed my post about my experience while vacationing in the Dominican Republic! If you have any questions, please leave a comment below or feel free to email me ([email protected])! Xoxo BeachLovePeace lovers!
Here are more pictures from this trip! Enjoy!