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“Tranquility in a busy city”

National Botanical Garden
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Santo Domingo Sightseeing Tour
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Owner description: Full of flowers and plants native to the island, the gardens offer tram tours of the facilities.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

This is one of Santo Domingo's jewels!

Parking is free. Admission to the park is nominal (currently RD$100 pp for foreigners), and well worth it.

The park is very large. In the >20 times I've visited, it has never been crowded.

As other reviewers have noted, the Japanese garden is particularly impressive. Signs ask that visitors limit their stay in this part of the park to no more than 15 minutes, but - like most other regulations in the Dominican Republic - this rule is unenforced and generally ignored. The pond has lots of friendly turtles: try to remember to bring some bread crumbs for them!

Motorized trains run periodically through the park, but I prefer to walk. Completing the circumference will take approximately 60-90 minutes, and is mostly (about 2/3) in shade.

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Reviewed 13 February 2018

We spent a lovely, restful afternoon here, enjoying the train and the gorgeous Japanese Garden in particular. Not particularly easy to get to from the Colonial Zone, but we really needed a break from the busyness of the city.

Thank S B
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Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile

An absolute jewel. We took an Uber out, which was very easy. The little train is a great way to orientate yourself and the guide is given in English and Spanish. We had a wonderful time wondering the paths on our own. The Japanese garden is the clear standout and we saw more butterflys here than in the butterfly garden! We enjoyed seeing the bromeliads, water lilies and palms as well. Even better the little cafe had perfect Wi-fi so we could easily order an Uber back to the colonial zone. We had a very enjoyable 3 1/2 hours.

Thank Becky C
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Reviewed 13 December 2017 via mobile

A reL nice place to espend the day. There are thosands of endemic palm trees of the hispaniola. A japanice garden and a los of exotics displays.

Thank gvanderlinde
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

An excellent venue to spend few hours with the family and friends, and best of all without going out of Santo Domingo. A relaxing and learning experience for those who look for doing something different outdoors.

Thank Aron F
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