Are you planning to go dancing in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic? Bachata and merengue both originated there, and it’s the place to go if you want to immerse yourself in a culture where people love these music and dance styles.
I spent two wonderful years living in Santo Domingo. On my small street, there were two colmados (corner stores) where bachata or merengue were played on full blast all day long. On Fridays and Saturdays, my friends and I would go from location to location to dance, drink Presidente beer, and hang out. As a dance-obsessed world traveler, I was in heaven.
So many people have reached out to me for dance recommendations that I’ve created a dance map of Santo Domingo. You can find it here.
The dance map includes information on where to:
1) Dance most nights of the week, as well as what to wear to each venue
2) Shop for dance clothes and shoes
3) Stay in the city
I also share many of my other favorite tips for having a great time dancing in Santo Domingo. The dance map is the resource I wish I’d had when I first visited the Dominican Republic and after I moved there. There are so many places to go out, but not all of those places are the best option for avid dance travelers. If you’re like me, you want to know where to go that has the best atmosphere and some great dancers. The dance map will save you time, money and energy, which is especially important if you don’t have much time in the capital!
For a peek at one of the hot spots, watch the video below. I created this video on my very first trip to the Dominican Republic when I was scouting for a future retreat, and it gives a great sense of the local vibe on a typical night of dancing in Santo Domingo.
For all the wonderful details about the many, many places to dance, grab my dance map!
Want more information on the Dominican Republic?
- Check out the Britannica entries about the country and Santo Domingo
- Read about fun things to do in Santo Domingo
- Check out this story in Conde Nast
- See general travel guides, as written up by Afar, National Geographic and Lonely Planet
What excites you most about dancing in Santo Domingo? Sound off below!