A must-visit to learn about Santo Domingo's history, and nab some impressive views
Named after Santo Domingo's river, its doughty defensive fortress.
In the 15th and 16th centuries, in addition to colonisation by Spain, there was quite a bit of activity around this island and the Caribbean in general on the part of its European rivals France and England, as well as no small issue with pirates (arggh, no, it’s wasn’t just a Johnny Depp movie). That’s why the colonial administration got busy building various and sundry defensive fortifications, of which this is perhaps the foremost example. A visit here yields not just a trip back in time but also some pretty sweet views over Santo Domingo and the Caribbean Sea from its 18-metre (59-foot) walls.