IIC Santo Domingo

Things to Do in 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:

Our Top 6 for Music & Dancing

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

Food, glorious Food

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


Please note that the country is under State of Emergency at present. One of the measures implemented by the Dominican Government is the mandatory rule to wear a face mask at all times in public areas. In some parts of the country, there is a nightly curfew in place which also limits mobility. (DUE TO CHANGES – see also our post here). 

These regulations are revised every couple of weeks to adapt to the changing situations. Please follow the news for updates.

REMEMBER: Restaurants, bars, tour operators and places to visit below may currently operate on limited capacity and a limited time schedule only. This also affects the Social Programs at our schools. As of now, there are few extracurricular activities organized by the school until further notice. We will gladly provide you with recommendations to safe places to go to on your own or use established providers on site to ask about tours and excursions.

Social Program at IIC in Santo Domingo

Our Student Facilitator and team in Santo Domingo also love to organize activities and short excursions for our students like

  • Merengue and Bachata dancing
  • Dominican cooking
  • 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.

Bicycle Tour Santo Domingo Zona Colonial

Other activities of our school’s Social Program:

  • 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
  • Snorkeling
  • River-Rafting
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Mountain-bike tours
  • Motorbike tours
  • Hiking
  • Gym