Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Photos taken by David Stanley in Santo Domingo, the oldest European city in the Americas.
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The European discoverer of America Christopher Columbus is buried in the Faro a Colón (1992) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The European discoverer of America Christopher Columbus is buried in the Faro a Colón in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The Obelisco Macho (1936) in Santo Domingo was erected by order of the Dominican Republic's former dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo (1891-1961).

The Obelisco Macho in Santo Domingo was erected by order of the Dominican Republic's former dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo

The mausoleum of Christopher Columbus or Faro a Colón in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, was erected in 1992 to mark the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America by Europeans.

The mausoleum of Christopher Columbus or Faro a Colón in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, was erected in 1992 to mark the anniversary of the discovery of America by Europeans.

The Lago de Azufre is one of three sinkholes at Parque Los Tres Ojos in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Taino Indians once used the caves as a refuge.

The Lago de Azufre is one of three sinkholes at Parque Los Tres Ojos in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Taino Indians once used the caves as a refuge.

Flamingos are a feature of the Parque Zoológico Nacional in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Flamingos are a feature of the Parque Zoológico Nacional in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The Fortaleza Ozama (1502) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is the oldest military fortress in the Americas.

The Fortaleza Ozama in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is the oldest military fortress in the Americas.

The Parque Zoológico Nacional in,Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, has a captive breeding program for the critically endangered Ricord's iguana (Cyclura ricordi).

The Parque Zoológico Nacional in,Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, has a captive breeding program for the critically endangered Ricord's iguana (Cyclura ricordi).

he founding fathers of the Dominican Republic, Sanchez, Duarte, and Mella, are buried in the Altar de La Patria in Parque Independencia, Santo Domingo.

he founding fathers of the Dominican Republic, Sanchez, Duarte, and Mella, are buried in the Altar de La Patria in Parque Independencia, Santo Domingo.

The former Jesuit convent (1714-1745) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, now serves as the Panteón Nacional dedicated to national heroes.

The former Jesuit convent in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, now serves as the Panteón Nacional dedicated to national heroes.

The evening program at the Hamaca Garden Hotel at Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, can be fun.

The evening program at the Hamaca Garden Hotel at Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, can be fun.

The beach chairs at the Hamaca Garden Hotel at Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, are always fully occupied.

The beach chairs at the Hamaca Garden Hotel at Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, are always fully occupied.

One of the most popular public beaches near Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is at Boca Chica, 40 kilometers east of the capital.

One of the most popular public beaches near Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is at Boca Chica, 40 kilometers east of the capital.

A regular bus service links Boca Chica to Santo Domingo, capital of the Dominican Republic, 40 kilometers west.

A regular bus service links Boca Chica to Santo Domingo, capital of the Dominican Republic, 40 kilometers west.

Dugongs can be seen at the Acuario Nacional República Dominicana in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Dugongs can be seen at the Acuario Nacional República Dominicana in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Low cliffs line the Caribbean coast at the Acuario Nacional República Dominicana in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Low cliffs line the Caribbean coast at the Acuario Nacional República Dominicana in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

A highlight at the Jardín Botánico Nacional northwest of downtown Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is the Japanese Garden.

A highlight at the Jardín Botánico Nacional northwest of downtown Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is the Japanese Garden.

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