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Excursion Tip: Visit Faro a Colón in Santo Domingo

Faro a Colón, the Columbus Lighthouse, located in Santo Domingo Este
Picture Credits: Cindy Van Dyck

When traveling to the Dominican Republic you will discover that the capital city of Santo Domingo offers an enormous amount of history. Not only in the famous colonial area of "zona colonial," but also just outside the city center you will find plenty of attractions to visit including Faro A Colón. We'll tell you more about it today.

You should spend at least three days in the capital to see all it's history

Located on the other side of the Ozama River, which separates the colonial neighborhood from the eastern portion, the Faro a Colón, or Columbus Lighthouse, stands as a striking testament to the nation's rich history and the enduring legacy of Christopher Columbus.

Inaugurated on Oct. 6, 1992 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Columbus' arrival in the Americas, this monumental structure is a must-visit destination for travelers seeking a mix of history, culture and architectural delights.

A Museum decicated to Columbus

The Faro a Colón itself is one of the largest monuments of its kind in the world, standing an impressive 207 meters tall. Its distinctive cross-shaped design is an imposing sight on Santo Domingo's skyline and attracts the attention of visitors from miles away, especially when it is illuminated at night by thousands of lights.

The main purpose of the Faro a Colón is twofold: it serves as both a mausoleum and a museum dedicated to Christopher Columbus. It is said that within the walls of the mausoleum lie the remains of the famous explorer, although the authenticity of these remains is subject to historical debate. Regardless, the monument symbolizes the central role Columbus played in determining the course of history.

What can you do inside?

Visitors to the Faro a Colón have the opportunity to delve into the past through its museum exhibits, which showcase a rich collection of artifacts, historical documents, and multimedia displays. These exhibits provide a comprehensive overview of Columbus's life, the Age of Discovery, and the broader history of the Dominican Republic.

For those seeking a breathtaking panorama of Santo Domingo, a journey to the top of the lighthouse is a must. The vantage point provides sweeping views of the city and its surroundings, creating a perfect setting for capturing memorable photographs.

Faro a Colón, the Columbus Lighthouse, located in Santo Domingo Este
Pictures Credits: Cindy Van Dyck

Practical information

The museum Faro a Colon is completely free of charge. You will only pay if you are taken there with a tour operator, so you will mainly pay for your transportation.

Going on your own? Then you can go there from Tuesday to Wednesday between 9 am and 5 pm. Sunday it closes an hour earlier and you can go there until 4 pm.

Address: Av Mirador del Este, Santo Domingo Este

At the museum itself, there is plenty of free parking provided to park your car. This is located about 5 minutes walking distance.

Visit more places in Santo Domingo

Are you on a short city trip in Santo Domingo? Take the time to combine your visit to Faro a Colón with more attractions around the area.

The most closeby is the National Park of Los Tres Ojos, about 6 minutes distance by car and perfect to combine with the musuem. Later on you can visit Zona Colonial and all it's attractions such as the KahKow Chocolate musuem, Catedral Primada de América and the Rum Museum. You will have a lovely time without any doubts!

If you don't have a hotel yet in Santo Domingo, we recommend you to stay at Hodelpa Nicolas de Ovando, Billini Hotel or Mosquito Colonial Hotel.

Activities and excursions in Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo
Pictures Credits: Cindy Van Dyck


The Faro a Colón stands not only as a monument to Christopher Columbus but as a beacon guiding travelers through the rich history and vibrant culture of the Dominican Republic. A visit to this iconic landmark promises an immersive experience that goes beyond the surface, offering a profound connection to the past and the spirit of discovery that defines this captivating destination. Enjoy!

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