The Dominican Republic is a nation saturated in history, and Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club knows that some travelers heading to the region will want to explore the region’s rich heritage. Luckily these travelers will not need to do much research on their own as Lifestyle Holidays is presenting four of the greatest landmarks that the country has to offer.
Starting at the very beginning of Dominican Republic history, the La Isabela settlement in Puerto Plata was one of the first European settlements in America. On his second voyage to the Americas, Christopher Columbus established La Isabela, naming the settlement after Queen Isabella I of Castile who, along with her husband King Ferdinand, helped financed Columbus’ voyages to the Americas. While La Isabela was eventually abandoned, the remains serve as a reminder for the area’s historical significance.
Another historical site that many travelers will be interested in is Ciudad Colonial in Santo Domingo. Not only is Ciudad Colonial one of the oldest, continually inhabited European settlements in the Americas, but it also contains historic landmarks like Alcazar de Colon, Catedral Primada de America, Fortaleza Ozama, and more. As Spanish influence spread throughout the New World, Ciudad Colonial served as a central hub for Spanish activity and, because of its significance, Ciudad Colonial’s legacy lives on to this day.
Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club suggests that travelers not miss out on experiencing the Cueva de las Maravillas, found between La Romana and Santo Domingo. The Cueva de las Maravillas are an impressive series of caverns that stretch across 800 meters below ground. The well-lit cavern is partially open to the public to come explore and see for themselves the magnificence of the great stalagmites and stalactites.
The fourth great attraction is the Museo de las Casas Reales, in Santo Domingo. Dating back to the 16th Century, the building was originally built to serve as a home to the Spanish administration in charge of the colonies. In the 1970s the building was opened as a cultural and historical museum, and is now one of the most frequented tourist attractions in Santo Domingo.
When visiting the Dominican Republic this fall, travelers are sure to enjoy these many offerings and make a trip that they will remember for years to come. For more information visit http://www.lifestyleholidaysvc.com/.