Parque Mirador del Sur

Santo Domingo

A long tree-filled corridor atop an enormous limestone ridge, this park is riddled with caves, some as big as airplane hangars. One of the caves has been converted into a restaurant, and the park’s seemingly endless paths are a popular jogging route for 30-something professionals, many of whom live in the middle- and upper-class neighborhoods north of the park.

Zumba has become quite popular at the eastern, sports-oriented end of the park, and on clear days hundreds of practitioners gather after work for the free dance classes.

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Nearby Santo Domingo attractions

1. Palacio de Bellas Artes

2.43 MILES

This huge neoclassical building houses several national performing arts schools and is sometimes the sight for exhibitions and performances. Check the…

2. Playa Guibia


A beach area on the Malecón popular with families on weekends, featuring a sandy volleyball court, a kids' playground, gym equipment and free wi-fi access.

3. Museo Bellapart

2.55 MILES

Incongruously located on the 5th floor of a large Honda dealership, which looks like a parking garage, is this significant private collection of Dominican…

4. Plaza de la Cultura

2.61 MILES

This large, centrally located park, mostly a sun-baked, fairly unkempt plaza, has three museums (two of which are worth visiting), the national theater…

5. Museo de Arte Moderno

2.65 MILES

The museum’s permanent collection includes paintings and a few sculptures by the DR’s best-known modern artists, including Luís Desangles, Adriana Billini…

6. Museo Nacional de Historia Natural

2.72 MILES

This museum explores the natural environs of the Dominican Republic, with the massive jaw of a sperm whale welcoming visitors at the door. Old-fashioned…

7. Museo del Hombre Dominicano

2.77 MILES

Highlights here include an impressive collection of Taíno artifacts, including stone axes and intriguing urns and carvings and an interesting section on…

8. Jardín Botánico Nacional

3.14 MILES

The lush grounds span 2 sq km and include vast areas devoted to aquatic plants, orchids, bromeliads, ferns, palm trees, a Japanese garden and much more…