Santiago De Los Caballeros, DR – City Guide for Nomads and Expats

 

The second-largest metropolis in the Dominican Republic.

An important area for farming, as well as education. Despite the impressive Spanish architecture from the old colonial days, Santiago is not overrun by tourists.

POPULATION: 700,000

 

SAFETY IN SANTIAGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Reasonably safe in Santiago. You shouldn’t have any problems unless you’re engaging in unconventional activities like drugs or prostitution.


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RENT AN APARTMENT IN SANTIAGO DE LOS CABALLEROS

$300.00. You can sneak by on that, but allow for more if you’re able.

 

NIGHTLIFE IN SANTIAGO DE LOS CABALLEROS

7/10 

A college town of any size is likely to have good nightlife, and Santiago is no exception. Although it’s not as raging as the resort destinations or Santo Domingo, it is enough to keep you going for a weekend or two.

I recommend: Ahi-Bar Dance Club. Nothing particularly special about this bar. Just about anywhere in Santiago with a crowd is as good as the next. I’ll give this place the edge because it is conveniently located in the historic district.

 

COST OF LIVING IN SANTIAGO DE LOS CABALLEROS

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 $707 USD/month to live in Santiago, Dominican Republic

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FINAL THOUGHTS

Santiago is a comfortable city. Less dirty and chaotic than Santo Domingo, but just as poorly equipped for rapid population growth. Not too many backpacker-type accommodations, but the low cost of food/drinks should offset the cost of a modest hotel room. Worth a visit.


OVERALL RATING: 7/10


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