Santo Domingo de Guzmán, today’s capital of the Dominican Republic, was the first city of the New World, founded in 1496 by Bartholomew Columbus, Governor of the Frontier Lands. The Colonial Zone was built in 1502, by Nicolás de Ovando, a veritable city-within, declared by UNESCO to be part of Humanity’s Cultural Patrimony. This confined space of just three square kilometers is undergoing a rebirth of extraordinary interest, both locally and internationally. There is ongoing work on recovering and re-building its oldest historical buildings and infrastructures. Boutique hotels, new businesses, artisanship shops and outlets and other activities are growing. The streets are safe and secure, allowing you to stroll the streets day or night without fear.