Las Damas Street, Santo Domingo (Self Guided)

Las Damas is the most ancient street in the city and thus very popular due to its rich culture. The street received its name after the wives of important individuals in Dominican Republic who liked to take walks down the street in their spare time. Today you can follow their path and enjoy the same trees, colonial houses, and other buildings of interest.
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Las Damas Street Map

Guide Name: Las Damas Street
Guide Location: Dominican Republic » Santo Domingo (See other walking tours in Santo Domingo)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
Author: Maia
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Iglesia and Convento de Santa Clara

1) Iglesia and Convento de Santa Clara

Iglesia and Convento de Santa Clara was first a convent for postulates, but later became a church. The design of the building was very simple, until Don Rodrigo Pimentel modified the structure in 1648. Nuns, for several centuries, have had an intimate relationship with Iglesia and Convento de Santa Clara.
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Fortaleza Ozama

2) Fortaleza Ozama (must see)

The Fortaleza Ozama (in Spanish; Ozama Fortress in English) is a sixteenth-century castle which lies at the entrance to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and overlooking the Ozama River. Named after this river, the castle, also referred to as "La Fortaleza" or "The Fortress", is the oldest formal military construction still standing in America. An impressive architectural structure of medieval style and design, the Tower of Homage (in Spanish: Torre del Homenaje) stands in the center of the grounds. The castle was designed to guard the entrance to the port of Santo Domingo, and defend the city from seaborne enemies. Construction began in 1502. It was well-built enough to serve as a prison until the 1960s, when the prison was closed, the "Fortaleza" was restored and it opened to the public as a tourist attraction. It is located at the end of Las Damas Street.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Museo Infantil Trampolín

3) Museo Infantil Trampolín (must see)

If you have little children than you should definitely visit The Children’s Museum, or in Spanish "Museo Infantil Trampolín". Several rooms are of interest inside the museum, including one with a big screen movie centered around the solar system. Also, kids can see what it's like to be in the middle of an earthquake, courtesy of the earthquake simulator.

Opening hours: Tuesday - Friday: 9 am - 5 pm; Saturdays and Sundays - 10:00 am to 5:30 pm
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Casa de Bastidas

4) Casa de Bastidas (must see)

This is the house of Don Rodrigo de Bastidas, governor of Santo Domingo. The building is not incredibly luxurious, as it looks more like a warehouse and is not necessarily convenient for living. The home was built to serve as a place where the Crown revenues and fortunes were kept before they were transfered to Spain. Upon entering the building, one will discover a big plaque of Santa Barbara from the 18th century. Art galleries are also located inside.
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Governor Nicolás Ovando's Residence

5) Governor Nicolás Ovando's Residence

Construction on the governor's residence was completed around 1502. Former governor Nicolas Ovando personally designed it. The building has since been modified, yet was able to maintain its classic beauty. If you visit the home, make sure you venture out to the beautiful patio where you can witness the famous Ozama River.
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Panteón Nacional

6) Panteón Nacional (must see)

The National Pantheon was built from 1714-1746 by the Spaniard Geronimo Quezada y Garçon and was originally a Jesuit church. The structure was constructed in the neoclassic-renaissance style. Today the structure stands as a national symbol of the Dominican Republic and serves as the final resting place of the Republic's most honored citizens.

Jesuits held mass here from 1746-1767. After 1767 it was used as a tobacco warehouse and then as a theater. The theater was the venue for the pro-independence organization La Trinitaria, which staged shows under aliases such as La Filantrópica and La Dramática. From its stages, the ideas were set in motion for a free and sovereign republic by national heroes like Juan Pablo Duarte, Ramon Matias Mella, and Francisco del Rosario Sanchez, among others.

In 1956, Spanish architect Javier Borroso renovated the structure to serve its new purpose as a national mausoleum, by order of then dictator Rafael Trujillo. Originally, Trujillo envisioned being interred at the National Pantheon, yet ironically today it is the place were the country's most famous persons are honored, among others Trujillo's assassins. Other notables that are buried at the National Pantheon include: Francisco Gregorio Billini, Gregorio Luperón, and Eugenio Hostos.

Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday: 9 am – 4:30 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Capilla de los Remedios

7) Capilla de los Remedios (must see)

The chapel was built by Francisco Davila (also buried here), who had a lot of money. The chapel was a home for his relatives and the inside reflects that of a very rich owner. Outside, tourists will note a bell tower, created with stones.
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Plaza España

8) Plaza España (must see)

Plaza España is a very beautiful plaza without any traffic, perfect for a stroll during the morning or afternoon. Along with the terrific shops, cafés, and restaurants, visitors may also be fortunate enough to catch a live show. Last but not least, the plaza is also famous for the Alcazar de Colon.

Walking Tours in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Create Your Own Walk in Santo Domingo

Create Your Own Walk in Santo Domingo

Creating your own self-guided walk in Santo Domingo is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Santo Domingo - El Malecone

Santo Domingo - El Malecone

El Malecone stretches for 15 km along the shore. It is a very beautiful street to walk, where one can admire the beauty of the Dominican Republic while cherishing first-class ice cream. El Malecone is not only a popular attraction for tourists, but also a hot spot for locals as well. Make sure you check it out during your time in Santo Domingo.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Santo Domingo Colonial Churches

Santo Domingo Colonial Churches

Santo Domingo is a city with several different places of worship. The city is home to a number of beautiful churches rich in history and religious heritage. Also, the churches are all ideally situated close to one another, thereby making it possible to view them all in one trip.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Santo Domingo Shopping

Santo Domingo Shopping

Santo Domingo is famous not only for its great atmosphere, service, and beautiful locations, but also for its shopping spots. The most famous street for shopping in the city is El Conde, situated in the Colonial Zone. Here, you will find a lot of interesting goods for sell.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Santo Domingo - Northwest Tour

Santo Domingo - Northwest Tour

Northwest Santo Domingo is loaded with fantastic entertainment options. From the beautiful Botanic Garden with Jardín Japonés, to the well known baseball stadium, this region of the city is sure to leave you a very lasting impression.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.0 km
Santo Domingo Cultural Tour

Santo Domingo Cultural Tour

Santo Domingo is very beautiful and popular among tourists. The city offers a large variety of distinct cultural spots, thus making Santo Domingo all the more attractive. Museums, theaters, and other beautiful buildings line the city streets, clearly demonstrating culture through its traditions and its art.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Santo Domingo or "La Capital", as the Dominicans commonly refer to it, is one of the oldest cities in the Caribbean. The historic district of Zona Colonial, surrounded by walls, preserves legacy of the early settlers manifested in cobblestoned streets and centuries-old buildings dating back as far as the 1500s, including the Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor, the first cathedral ever...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Santo Domingo for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Santo Domingo has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Santo Domingo, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.