Category Archives: Dominican Republic

Haiti Travel: How to Spend a Memorable 3 Day Weekend in Haiti from the Dominican Republic

La otra cara de Haití (“the other side of Haiti”) is Atlas Travelers’ motto, the Dominican organization with whom I traveled through northern Haiti for three days from Santo Domingo. Atlas Travelers strives to present another “angle” to Haiti that rarely makes the news: the country’s natural beauty, deep history, and rich culture. They have […]

How to Get to Bahia de las Aguilas from Santo Domingo via Public Transportation

Bahia de las Aguilas is arguably the most beautiful beach in the Dominican Republic. Actually, many would further argue it’s one of the best beaches in the world. Renown for its piercing blue crystal clear water and located in a gorgeous desert-like region, Bahia de las Aguilas is well worth the long journey through the […]

I Caught the Dreaded Amoeba Parasite in DR: What Happened & How I Treated It

For weeks, I felt extra joint inflammation and random pains around my body. I thought maybe it was the new bed I was sleeping in, an autoimmune flare up, and/or the many things I’d been busy doing for weeks. I’d been moving around the island on very little sleep or rest and thus eating out […]

A Guide to Moving to & Living in Santo Domingo

living in santo domingo

If you’re thinking about moving to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic but not sure of where to begin, here’s a beginners guide to all the know-how’s and to-do’s of living in this vibrant city! There are tons of different neighborhoods and things to do for anyone looking to enjoy living a few months or […]

Visiting the Three Eyes National Park (Los Tres Ojos) in Santo Domingo

The Dominican Republic’s Three Eyes National Park is a nature reserve and open-air limestone cave system with a series of crystal clear lakes known as the “eyes.” Located in the capital, Santo Domingo, just ten minutes by car from the popular Colonial Zone, the park provides a sweet respite from the hustle and bustle of […]

10 Reasons to Visit Monte Cristi in the Dominican Republic

Monte Cristi is the Dominican Republic’s most northwestern province, bordering Haiti, and about 3 hours’ drive from Puerto Plata or 2 hours from Santiago. It’s uniquely located in a topography that offers clear emerald green beaches, natural swimming pools surrounded by mangroves, vibrant wildlife, uninhabited little islands (keys/cayos), and arid desert-like mountains. This more virginal […]

Prejudices Against the Dominican Accent & Anti-Dominican Sentiment

Dominican Accent Identity

Dominicans, Cubans, Puerto Ricans, coastal Colombians, coastal Panamanians, Argentinians, and even the Andalusian/Canarian Spaniards generally tend to omit certain syllables and letters in our Spanish accents. For example “Como tu estas?” can easily be said “Como tu ‘ta?” when we speak. We can shorten words to make our language flow smoother and faster. Similarly to […]

Hiking Pico Duarte in the Dominican Alps: Conquering the Tallest Mountain in the Caribbean

pico duarte hike

Hiking Pico Duarte in the Dominican Republic is often overlooked by tourists who visit the island and are usually more interested in the tropical country’s more conventional attractions: white sand, crystal clear beaches, coconut palm trees, and pina coladas. And while we proudly have lots of those scenes scattered throughout our coastlines, they’re just a […]

Best Places In the Dominican Republic to Visit Beyond Punta Cana

The Dominican Republic is the most popular travel destination in the Caribbean. Every year, over five million travelers from around the world arrive in the tropical island nation. Tourism is one of the most important sources of revenue for the island nation. However, this revenue is not spread out consistently around. Many foreign travelers in […]

Why I am Dominican Abroad and Not American Abroad

What does it mean to be an American? We are a 236-year-old relatively nascent country of immigrants, influenced by cultural values from around the world. Every few decades a new wave of immigrants enter and form their own diaspora communities for a few generations until they slowly assimilate into what we call the American culture; but […]