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

Zona Colonial is a good option for those wishing to visit Fortaleza Ozama , since travelers to this region of the Dominican Republic will have convenient access to the historical site throughout their trip. If you wish to book your stay close to this historical site, there are a decent selection of lodging options close-by.

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 will additionally be attracted by the region because of the ample availability of outdoor options. Historic site visitors looking to follow-up with a few holes of golf should look into the nearest course, Isabel Villas Golf. If golf doesn't tickle your fancy, you might want to head over to Montesinos Beach, the most convenient beach to visit. Though the outdoor options above are the easiest to get to, you will still find a variety of equally enjoyable outdoor options. Historic site visitors will also find a variety of indoor attractions in this general vicinity. Without going too far, you can find two more interesting sites nearby you may want to check out--Casa De Bastidas and House Of The Presidents.


Contact Information

Location: Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic


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