Bachata and merengue both originated in the Dominican Republic, 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 the capital, Santo Domino. 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 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 while in the DR.
If you want one hot tip, 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.
For all the wonderful details about the many, many places to dance in Santo Domingo, grab my dance map!