Dominican Republic: Places to Go
Parks and Zoos.
National Park Zoo:
This is a unique zoo, in that the normal cages were opened and the
animals released into the Park to give them a greater feel of their
natural habitat. These conditions have made for the successful
reproduction of the animals. The combination of flora, fauna and wildlife
is a mix that is working excellently in this park. The following is a
short list of some of the animals that can be seen at the zoo. There are
animals such as Emus, White Rhinoceros, Hyenas, Jaguars, Elephants,
Crocodiles and Lions.
The Isle Cabritos National Park:
A large population of wildlife is now present in this park. This was
almost a wasteland before, due to the destruction of the vegetation,
either by lumbering or by the extensive grazing of animals. The turn
around has been a wonder to this park. This is made apparent by the wide
variety of animal life that is currently residing there. Some of the
present residents are crocodiles and almost sixty-two species of
Parque National del Este:
Another unique park, this one includes a beach, caves with
pre-Columbian art and writings on the walls, and a wonderful array of
The National Botanical Garden:
With an impressive orchid population it has over 300 species. An annual
orchid show is one of the highlights of this park.
The Anthropological Reserve:
Considered to be the most impressive cave system in the Caribbean.
These caves are fill with a variety of wall paintings and rock drawings
that make it a great archaeological value. Admission to these reserves is
The Montecristi National Park:
Situated on the Northwestern end of the island, this park is a vast
expanse of marine and an impressive land ecosystem.
The Alcaza Museum:
Exhibits religious and colonial objects.
The Amber Museum:
A Victorian Mansion transformed into this museum exhibiting prehistoric
anber- encased specimens.
The Museum of Taino Art:
A historical trip going all the way to the first inhabitants of the
island. The exhibits include the period of Slaves and the
The Numismatic and Philatelic Museum:
It is believed that the collection of antique coins, bills and stamps
dates as far back as 1865.
- National Museum of History and Geography
- The Museum of the Dominican Family
- The Museum of Modern Art
La Torre del Homenaje:
Built in 1503, served as a prison, this is the first military
Casa de Cordon:
This cultural center was the first Spanish styled home built by
Francisco de Garay.