Santo Domingo: Down and Dirty in the Dominican
- Places I Went:
- Bajos De Haina
- Santo Domingo
- Las Américas International Airport's
- Parque Colón
- Catedral Santa María La Menor
- Av. 27 De Febrero / Churchill
- Alcázar De Colón
About my trip
This was a fun and wild time in Santo Domingo while only briefly visiting the country.
I flew into the country from Miami; a direct flight only last about 2 hours. At the Miami airport, I exchanged dollars for Dominican Pesos. It is a fairly cheap country to have a great time in. Getting into the country was easy, cost of $35 and an awesome stamp on my passport! After arriving at the international airport, I finagled a good rate for a taxi to take me to my hotel. Like in most countries, never pay full price, always work a deal. I stayed at a hotel near the Districto Nacional. I spent most of my time in the Districto Nacaional. There are lots of good sites to see, shop to negotiate at, and restaurants to eat great Hispanic and Caribbean food at, always fresh. There is fresh food stands on most corners, which was awesome. Walk around and check it all out. Taxis are a good and safe way to travel around to city.
Don't be a sucker. While walking around the Distrito Nacional, don't let anyone offer to "show you around." This is a total scam and it's what they do - show you around as an unofficial tour guide and try to sucker money out of you for their "services." I let a guy show me around for an hour and then said laters dude. He was pissed; I gave him $10 US, and ran away.
My top tip for this trip
1. Walk around and check out the city center
2. Go to the north side of the country to the nicer beaches
3. Drink lots of Mama Juana, the coutry's specialty drink