Fuerte de Santa Bárbara
Iglesia de Santa Bárbara
This baroque church was built in 1574 to honor the patron saint of the military. After being done over by Drake, however, the church was...
Museo del Duarte
The birthplace of Juan Pablo Duarte has been converted into a modest museum. Three rooms display documents, artifacts and photos from...
Museo Mundo de Ambar
An impressive collection of amber samples from around the world, and excellent exhibits explaining in Spanish and English its...
El Patio del Canario
Owned by a Dominican salsa star, this bar is for grown-ups; if the music gets too loud step out into the beautiful courtyard.
Mesón del Jamón
Another of Plaza España’s eateries, Mesón del Jamón is distinctive for its elegant 2nd-floor balcony. Only four or so tables for two fit...
Fuerte de Santa Bárbara information
Lonely Planet review
Built during the 1570s, this fort served as one of the city’s main points of defense. It proved no match for Drake, however, who along with his fleet of 23 pirate-packed ships captured the fort in 1586. Today the fort lies in ruins at the end of a lonely street. There isn’t much to see here anymore, mostly rooftops and occasionally a cruise ship in the distance.