Santo Domingo – City Guide for Nomads and Expats

The capital of the Dominican Republic as well as its largest city.

Zona Colonial is a UNESCO heritage site, and a great place to take a stroll during the day. The city is the financial, political, and industrial hub of the country. Santo Domingo women are among the best in the country, so if your priority is dating, I recommend starting here!

POPULATION: 2,000,000


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RENT AN APARTMENT IN SANTO DOMINGO

$500.00 in Santo Domingo can be done, and has been done. You may want to pay a bit more rent for a better apartment amenities/location, though. Apartment rentals — and cost of living in general — is higher than you might expect.

 

 NIGHTLIFE IN SANTO DOMINGO

7.75/10 

A plethora of options with some of the best dancing you’ll see anywhere. Zona Colonial and Venezuela Avenue is where it’s at. Zona Colonial has better looking girls and fancier clubs, but it is easier to hook up with girls on Venezuela. The choice is yours. Nightlife in Santo Domingo is pretty bumpin’ but kind of intimidating at first…feels like you might be robbed. But it is safer than it feels.

I recommend: Platinum Disco ClubIn the university zone, which is not far from the colonial zone. A bit higher brow, so if you like something a bit grittier so to speak, head to Venezuela Ave.

 

IS SANTO DOMINGO SAFE?

Santo Domingo can be a bit dangerous. Don’t look lost or rich at night and have all your wits about you when you’re out and about.

 

 COST OF LIVING IN SANTO DOMINGO

The following data is from Expatistan, a crowdsourced database of prices and cost of living around the world. In our experience, the data tends to underestimate cost of living, so take the following as the minimum you might need to live here.

*Figures are listed in USD

You’ll need a minimum of $885 USD/month to live in Santo Domingo (we suggest more like $1500)

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FINAL THOUGHTS

Santo Domingo is a solid city. Definitely has enough to warrant a week’s stay or longer. Girls in Santo Domingo are super cool as well. However, if you’re not used to spending time in 3rd-ish world countries, you may find the city a bit…grotty. But it would be a damn shame if you let that deter you from going.


OVERALL RATING: 7.25/10


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