Visit the oldest city in the New World and the first permanent settlement of Christopher Columbus after his “discovery” of the Americas. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. This incredible historic area boasts some of the oldest buildings in the New World. Top attractions include the Catedral Primada de América, the first cathedral in America, and the Alcazar de Colón, the former residence of Christopher Columbus’s son. Other attractions include the Dominican Convent, the first monastery in the Americas, and Ozama Fortress, the oldest fortress in the New World. The Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo also has beautiful parks and squares. Parque Colón, in front of the cathedral, is the perfect place to take a break and people watch. Plaza de España is a huge square with some of the best restaurants in the area.