The Dominican Republic is a country in the Caribbean and is located on an island with Haiti.

Impressions from my Vlog

Santo Domingo

The capital Santo Domingo has many New World buildings in the Colonial Zone, such as a Cathedral and Fortaleza Ozama. Worth seeing was the 3-eyes National Park (Los Tres Ojos) with three Lagoon in the middle of the city.

Travel Tips

Planning

  • I was for 9 days in the Dominican Republic with Haiti:
    • Day 1: Afternoon flight from Kingston (Jamaica) to Santo Domingo.
    • Day 2: Bus from Santo Domingo to Cap-Haitien (Haiti)
    • Day 3: Haiti
    • Day 4: Bus from Cap Haitien (Haiti) to Santo Domingo.
    • Day 5-8: Santo Domingo with a visit to the Colonial Zone and the 3-Eye National Park. Otherwise, I spent a lot of time reading, online training and working.
    • Day 9: Flight to Sint Maarten (Netherlands).
  • The beaches at Punta Cana are said to be very beautiful. I already saw many beautiful beaches in the Caribbean and let them out.
  • Spanish is spoken in the Dominican Republic and only partial English.
  • I used for my planning and can recommend the Lonely Planet for the Caribbean Islands.

Transport

  • Getting there:
    • There are several international airports.
    • Cruise ships
    • Ferry from Puerto Rico (USA).
  • Budget transport from the airport in Santo Domingo to the city:
    • From the airport in Santo Domingo to the city is no public transport.
    • The cheapest way is Uber. The airport has free Wi-Fi.
    • Within Santo Domingo, I also used Uber like to get to the bus station.
  • Budget transport between the cities:
    • For the means of transport between the cities, there are suggestions on Rome2Rio.
    • A bus company is Caribe Tours.

Accommodation

  • There are some hostels on HostelWorld.
  • I spend every night in Santo Domingo at the Island Life Backpackers Hostel(HostelWorld, Booking.com, Hotels.com).
    • It is run by an American who traveled a lot himself.
    • I liked the all-you-can-eat breakfast with pancakes, scrambled eggs, muesli, soup, vegetable stew with sausage (no idea who’s something like this for breakfast?!?).
    • The Wi-Fi was strong, the toilets new and there was a lot of space.
    • Rates were the same across all online platforms. To save 10%, I recommend booking with Hotels.com with the collection of bonus nights.

Do you have questions to plan your trip or suggestions? I'm looking forward to your commentary.

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