Fortaleza Ozama

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Fortaleza Ozama is the oldest military fortress in the Americas that is still standing. Completed in 1505, the fort stood in defense of Santo Domingo for hundreds of years, even serving as a prison after decommission until the 1960's. This gives the fort an operation lifespan of at least 455 years. Since the closing of the prison, the fort has served as a historical site for the public.


Visitors to this site will be able to explore one of the first forts and testament of a new era of European colonization for the Americas. Learn the history of the fort and its role in the Caribbean story.

Staying Close

You may enjoy staying in Zona Colonial if you plan on visiting Fortaleza Ozama , since travelers to this area of the Dominican Republic will be pleased to have convenient access to the historical site during their time there. There is a sufficient bunch of lodgings in the community near this facility.

Hotels near Fortaleza Ozama
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Hodelpa Caribe Colonial Hotel 0.1 mi. (0.2 km) WNW
Hostal Nicolas De Ovando Hotel 0.1 mi. (0.3 km) NNW
Bettye's Galleria Guesthouse Guest house 0.2 mi. (0.2 km) NW
Hotel Conde De Penalba Hotel 0.2 mi. (0.1 km) W
Tierra Plana Hostel 0.2 mi. (0.0 km) W
Mercure Comercial Santo Domingo Hotel 0.2 mi. (0.1 km) W
Sofitel Frances Santo Domingo Hotel 0.3 mi. (0.2 km) NW

Location and What's Nearby

Vivacious visitors might additionally be engaged by the area because of the opportunities for outdoor pursuits. Historic site visitors also interested in golfing should consider going to the closest course, Isabel Villas Golf. Long moments can also be spent at Montesinos Beach, the most close-by beach. Though the outdoor options above are the easiest to get to, there will still be several equally enjoyable outdoor activities. Historic site guests will also find a variety of indoor attractions in this general area. Just a short distance away you will find two additional alluring attractions close by--Casa De Bastidas and House Of The Presidents.


Contact Information

Location: Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic


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