Santo Domingo, Old Town By Night
In all of Santo Domingo there is no better sight than the Zona Colonial. Set serenely near the city’s waterfront and an energetic buzz of activity, the city’s “Old Town” is a is an enchanting wander through the architecture of Colonial Spain. Not only is this historic city a safe place for travelers to visit, but you are transported in time to the early-1500’s when Spain was building its New World empire.
While the city of Santo Domingo has grown in 500 years to a teeming metropolis of 3 million people, the Zona Colonial (Colonial Zone) is a UNESCO World Heritage sight that feels closer to a stroll through a European city than a burgeoning Caribbean capital.
Even for all of its history, however, the ills of modernity can still be seen in the darker corners of the city. Here, a lone homeless man drinks a bottle of beer on the steps of a colonial structure, the scene itself being somewhat of a microcosm for the ruinous era of colonialism.