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Calle Isabel La Católica, Santo Domingo 10210, Dominican Republic
The oldest church in the “New World”, Catedral Primada de America, can be found in the heart of the oldest European city in the Americas: La Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Its foundation stone was laid by Diego Columbus...
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Yamasá 92000, Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic ranks at the top of the global ranking in cocoa production and export. In 2009 it exported over 62,000 tons of cocoa mainly to the United States and Europe. Try the local cocoa tea made from shaving cocoa balls!
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Cuidad Colonial, Calle Las Damas, Santo Domingo 10210, Dominican Republic
Situated on Las Damas, the first paved street in the New World, Hostal Nicolas de Ovando is one of the most historic places you can sleep in the Western Hemisphere. The hotel incorporates three houses and patios built in 1502 for Santo Domingo's...
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When you amble on the oceanfront walks of Santo Domingo, don't miss the chance to say hello to Fray Anton-- This guy was a Spanish Dominican friar on the island of Hispaniola (now the Dominican Republic and Haiti) who, with prior, Fray Pedro de...
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To see some of the most colorful, old, colonial architecture in the Caribbean, it is not necessary to get a difficult-to-procure ticket to Havana. Of course, Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic is not the only Caribbean city with narrow...
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Dominican Republic
Say you REALLY want to get off the beaten path in the Caribbean. No other experience in the islands affords such a decidedly UN-island vibe than climbing Pico Duarte in the Dominican Republic. Ascending Pico Duarte is a hike and half. It starts...
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Calle Las Damas, Santo Domingo Este, Dominican Republic
Calle Las Damas is the oldest paved street in the new world with construction beginning in 1502. Originally named Calle de la Forteleza, or Street of the Fort, it makes a straight line above the shores of the Rio Ozama from the Fortaleza Ozama to...
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Calle Duarte 53, Santo Domingo 10210, Dominican Republic
El Beaterio is a restored sixteenth-century convent in the heart of Zona Colonial in Santo Domingo. Fromthe cozy, high-ceilinged living room at the front of the building to the tranquil courtyard at the back, this small, intimate hotel is perfect...
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Calle Duarte, Boca Chica, Dominican Republic
On a trip to La Republica Dominicana, my friend and I stayed in Boca Chica, a short drive from the airport. Every night, we walked across the road from our hostel and ate at this restaurant that had amazing food, beautiful views, and courteous...
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Plaza Espana, Ciudad Colonial, Santo Domingo 10210, Dominican Republic
Everyone we asked recommended Pat'e Palo as the best restaurant in Santo Domingo's Zona Colonial. Styling itself as a European brasserie, the enticing menu of executive chef Saverio Stassi manages to seem both exotic and familiar at the same time,...
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Isabel La Católica 159, Santo Domingo 10210, Dominican Republic
One of the things I love the most in Spanish colonized countries is the heritage they have been able to maintain from the colonial era. Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic is a prime example. Here you can see the cathedral, first in the...
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Santo Domingo 10212, Dominican Republic
In Santo Domingo, in the town square, you notice a funny two level structure perched on the edge and overlooking the ports. The Alcazar de Colon was a house built in 1510 by Cristobol Colombo's (Christopher Columbus) son, Diego. Diego was the...
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This is going to be my totem street art for 2015. Cool vibes only! A lot of the street art I ended up finding in Santo Domingo was in the Malecon section, by the ocean. This sort of boardwalk street has been a locals hang out spot for decades....
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Santo Domingo 10106, Dominican Republic
Up until this year I never really knew how much Dominicans are obsessed with Christmas. This special installation in the center of the city is in it’s second year. I saw so many happy faces. The kids really do have the best time. Photography by...
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Calle Emiliano Tejera, Santo Domingo 10212, Dominican Republic
Las Ruinas de San Francisco are the ruins of the oldest busing on the island. It was build in the 1500's and it served as a monastery for centuries. Around the early 1900's it was converted to an asylum until it was closed. Today it serves as a...
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Calle Las Damas 1, Santo Domingo 10210, Dominican Republic
We could still see the bullets in the door of Fortaleza Ozama--the America's oldest fort--from when the US attacked the Dominican. There are many strange after-effects from the violence that the Dominican populace have sustained through tyrannical...
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10901 Old Cutler Rd, Coral Gables, FL 33156, USA
While I went to the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden for their annual Chocolate Festival, I took time to walk around and found a little spot I'd previously overlooked. With a nearby bench, I took in a few moments to enjoy the sound of the water...
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130 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137, USA
I hope pastry chef, Hedy Goldsmith, includes this brilliant tangerine pot de creme in her upcoming cookbook. It is so delicious and the perfect size should you feel guilty about ordering dessert.
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Wynwood, Miami, FL, USA
One of the main reasons I love Miami is Wynwood District. The area is an ever-changing canvas of graffiti and social commentary. What was new yesterday may already have been re-purposed/-tagged/-painted today.
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3251 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33129, USA
I was in Miami for the first time last month. Most of what I saw in Miami - the beach, the art galleries, the nightlife - were all something I expected to encounter. But on a friend's recommendation I went to the Vizcaya mansion and gardens and...
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2390 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127, USA
Miami is the land of Cuban coffee and frankly, just between you and me, it's not very good. A few years ago a talented, Portland-born coffee roaster was convinced by his lovely Miami-born wife to open a third-wave espresso bar and cafe in Miami's...
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1600 Lenox Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA
I would never have guessed it but fried chicken and waffles (and biscuits) have taken over South Beach. Yes the land of the beautiful and thin people indeed like to get their fingers (and stomachs) dirty at this off the beaten track, yet still...
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301 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132, USA
An evening of quiet reflection at the Bay Front Park, Miami, Florida
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Ruta 66, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Immediately upon arriving to the Dominican Republic, by plane, if you look out of the window you can see a stunning landscape. Now imagine if you could get a closer look at that while flying in between mountains. We ended up taking a last minute...
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Luckily, there still are places in the world enough untouched to spend a week like Robinson Crusoe--unplugged, unstructured, by the sea. On the Samana Peninsula of the Dominican Republic, I found a small guest house that had space in the back...