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Estadio del Cibao

With the Dominican Republic winning the 2013 World Baseball Classic (WBC) tournament held in the U.S. by Major League Baseball (MLB), a spotlight now shines on that country’s formidable baseball talent.  Die-hard American and international baseball fans can visit Estadio Cibao (Av. Imbert) and see the local professional league team, “Águilas Cibaeñas”, play the island’s […]

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Centro Plaza Internacional

The growing popularity of American-style shopping centers has resulted in the presence of two malls in the middle & upper class districts of Los Jardines and Gurabo in Santiago:  “Centro Plaza Internacional”, which has a variety of ladies apparel boutiques, men’s clothing stores, a Starbucks-style local café & book stores, DVD and videogame rental shop, […]

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SANTIAGO – NIGHTLIFE

To a growing number of visitors, Santiago’s evolving nightlife is an attraction unto itself.  This is divided into two distinct areas.  One is the traditional Latin music scene, composed mainly of the island’s trademark rhythms (Merengue and Bachata).  Local discos like “Ambis” (located at Autopista Duarte Km. 2) and various lounges like “Level” (located at […]

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SANTIAGO – DINING

If you want decent Dominican food, along with a eagle’s eye view of the Santiago area, as well as a bit of history, you can’t get better than “Camp David Ranch Restaurant” (Carretera Luperón. Km 7.5), which is part of a hotel of the same name.  At over 2,000 feet above sea level, this classy […]

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SANTIAGO – CAR RENTAL

Along with such taxis for tourists, there is a cheaper taxi service used by locals to get from one district to another, called “conch cars” (which follow a designated letter-assigned route, such as “Route A”, “Route M”, etc.).  In fact, to get from one far-flung district to another, one may have to take at least […]

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SANTIAGO – TAXI

Even though Santiago is considered a regional city, it is still a large enough city for visitors to justify hiring taxis whenever possible (this applies to those who are not renting their own vehicle).  The best approach would be to hire a driver affiliated with a business class hotel, such as the Gran Almirante, Hotel […]

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“Pro Cigar Festival”

The region’s indigenous roots live on today in the form of tobacco production.  Over the years, due to the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba, the U.S. cigar market has increasingly bought hand-rolled fine cigars from the Santiago region (a.k.a. El Cibao).  E. León Jiménez’s best-known label is “La Aurora”.  There are also foreign-owned cigar labels […]

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Centro Leon

  In further exploring the history of that part of the country, the best place for that would be the sleek, modern museum known as “Centro León” (built within the property of Dominican manufacturer E. León Jiménes).  That firm is best-known for its line of hand-rolled cigars, as well as being the Dominican affiliate of […]

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The Monument

For Dominicans residing overseas, as well as for tourists, Santiago has at least one conspicuous historical site:  “El Monumento” (The Monument) – located in the heart of the city, and built to commemorate Dominican independence from Spain after that country’s war of restoration in 1863.  This part of Santiago is also distinct, because it is […]

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SANTIAGO — THINGS TO SEE AND DO

Santiago (a.k.a. Santiago de los Caballeros), the island’s second-largest city (with nearby two million residents) grew in importance thanks to the large presence of its former residents in the USA, especially in New York City (which has half a million Dominican immigrants, and New York-born Dominican residents there).  The city’s airport, Aeropuerto Internacional del Cibao […]