What to do & see in and around Santo Domingo
Music and dance are at the heart of Dominican life. The school organizes dance courses of Merengue, Bachata, and Dominican Salsa and provides valuable insider tips to those eager to become better acquainted with the more traditional and original dancing spots. These are our top spots for going dancing and having fun in Santo Domingo:
Las Ruinas del Monasterio de San Francisco in Zona Colonial
– on Sundays only; great place to meet people and spent time together; in the evening live music and dancing (for free)
also in Zona Colonial:
Parada 77 – small place with atmosphere, perfect for Latin Music lovers and dancers
El Sartén – Salsa and Son
Sabina Bar – small bar, dedicated to Spanish folk singer Joaquin Sabina
Terraza Olimpica in Ave. Máximo Góomez
– typical Dominican discotheque with live music twice a week
Jet Set Club in Zona Tropical/Ave. Independencia
– celebrate with Santo Domingo’s rich and famous
and not to forget the following restaurants we like to take our students to:
Restaurant El Conuco in Zona Gazcue
– lots of local flavor and typical Dominican food; don’t miss out on the bottle dance!
D’Luis Parrillada at the Malecóon
– located directly on the ocean; best to try the Mofóngo
Onno’s Zona Colonial
– great for food and fun
Our student facilitator and the team in Santo Domingo also love to organize leisure time activities and short excursions like
- BBQ in the school’s garden
- Visit of cultural events, concerts, museums
- Excursions to the beach
One of the closest beaches to Santo Domingo is Boca Chica Beach, about 40 minutes away by public transport. A variety of sports activities is available, too.
You can now also book directly online, as an add-on to your IIC Spanish course program, a 90-minute Bike Tour through the Old Town of Santo Domingo (Zona Colonial) through us and our local partner.
Additional activities on the leisure program of the school: meeting the Spanish language students of IIC Sosua and spending a fun time with them in Santo Domingo, Sosua, or Cabarete as well as excursions to Las Terrenas on the beautiful peninsula of Samana or going inland to the famous carnival of La Vega.
Of course, participation in activities and excursions is always voluntary. Costs depend on the number of participants; the excursions usually require a minimum turnout of participants.
Further activities – we would be glad to help you arrange it:
- Horseback riding
- Scuba diving
- Mountain-bike tours
- Motorbike tours