If the Dominican Republic is your destination, then you just can't skip visiting the historic city of Santo Domingo. This lively city is the modern face of the country.

When visiting Santo Domingo, do consider some of these highly recommended tours. It would be absolutely in the fitness of things to take guided tours of Museo de las Casas Reales, Boca Chica and Monasterio de San Francisco.


The Museo de las Casas Reales is located on Calle Las Damas, which is the first street to be built by Europeans in the continent. This building was reconstructed in early 16th century, and served as a governmental palace in colonial times. The Chancellery of the Indies was among several other offices to be housed here. The Museo de las Casas Reales presently doubles as an art gallery with contemporary Dominican art exhibitions being prominently showcased. A tour of this historically important street in Santo Domingo will keep you spellbound where you will get to see the Reloi de Sol (sundial), which was built in 1753 on the orders of General Francisco de Rubio. The Capilla de Nuestra Senora de los Remedios, a private chapel for the Dávila family built in the early 16th century, lies next to the Reloi de Sol. The Alcázar de Colón is yet another important building that must be seen. This building, which currently lies at the end of Calle Las Damas and was built be Diego Colón between 1510 and 1514, was the seat of the Spanish crown in the New World for nearly six decades. It presently houses the interesting Viceregal Museum or Museo Virreinal.

The town and beach of Boca Chica, situated just east of Santo Domingo, is a must-visit. Three large all-inclusive resorts and a number of small hotels, condos and rooming houses can be found in the town. To see all the off-beach action, visit Calle Duarte, which is just behind the beach. An array of restaurants, discos, bars and gift shops are found here. Don't miss out on the beauty of the Boca Chica beach before heading to the tourist town and beach of Juan Dolio, a few minutes farther east from here.

The Monasterio de San Francisco is the most import ruins in Santo Domingo which should be visited. This is the first monastery in the Americas, and was built in the first decade of the 16th century. The monastery was however finally destroyed by two earthquakes which took place in 1673 and 1751 respectively.

These are the important recommended tours that every visitor to Santo Domingo should consider undertaking them. These tours would offer great insight into the historic city of Santo Domingo.

Joel Jensen is an associate editor with http://www.Farebuzz.com.