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One week in Santo for a student is an Itinerary for Santo Domingo.
Santo Domingo being the Capitol of Dominican Republic is the most advanced city in the Island. You can find here over 26 colleges and universities including the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo ， the largest and the first university of the Americas. Santo Domingo when compared to some countries in Latin America is well developed and is rapidly moving into the 21st century. You can find pretty much anything you would in the states in Santo Domingo. This is one of the major reasons why students from all over the United States vacation in Santo Domingo. Students must understand that although Santo Domingo is a beautiful island full of life, there are parts of the city which are very poor. Streets are not fixed and houses are not very pretty. To understand why this is so you must understand the history and know that D.R. is relatively new to the current democratic government. The country suffered 31 years of a brutal dictatorship by Trujillo and its now recovering and moving forward.
Depending where in the capitol you stay, everything you need is relatively close by. This is the reason why locals and tourists a like walk to their destination and rely on the public transportation. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes before leaving your hotel room.
Walk-You may be able to walk to your destination because most restaurants and super markets are within a reasonable distance. Public Transportation- The public transportation system is a cheap，easy a safe way to get around. The bus works just like our local transportation system here in the United States. Before getting in the bus ask a local, or the bus driver what bus will take you to your destination， they will point you in the right direction. The bus is roughly 15pesos. Public Cars- you can identify a public car from a regular car because it will have a government seal on the windshield. Public cars usually go up and down a street. You can catch one by standing on the street and signaling if your going up the street or down. Public cars are also safe, except you will probably be riding along with at least 5 other people going the same way you are. Public cars are roughly 20-25pesos. Taxi- Taxis are also very safe but will cost any where from 150-300 pesos depending on how far your destination. Public Vans- Also called guaguas. These are not recommended to visitors because they are not safe，unless maybe accompanied by a local. Usually costs about 25-30 pesos
There are many things to see in this city.The Colonial Zone
There are many things to do for Student and non students alike in the Dominican republic. Its rich culture and old architect offers a beauty that leaves visitors yearning and wanting more.
the museum is free and one of the newest to open. It holds all the history of rum making in Dominican Republic. In the front of the museum you will find all the Dominican rum for sale at reasonable prices. There is also a very nice bar inside where you can enjoy a nice drink of rum or any other drink you like.
There are many plazas in Santo Domingo where you can find nice things. If you just walk out of your hotel room and walk on the main street you will run across a few plazas selling clothes/accesories as well as great restaurants. Most popular place for shopping is El Conde located in the colonial zone. Here you will find anything you are looking for. It is a strip of stores, gift shops and restaurants. In El conde you will find nice soveniers at a reasonable price. You can stop in any restaurant for fresh fruit drinks, good food and to rest your feet.
There are many places where one can enjoy good music and drinks at a reasonable price.
This plaza has become one of the capital’s top weekend destinations with five very popular bar/clubs with Zambra-809.683.7373, Vié 809.227-2503, Shots (829) 886.1208, Sinatra 809.368.1155 and Taboo Bamboo 809.227-2727 all in the same plaza. This is a favorite spot for locals and especially visitors because it reminds them of the states. Because of its proximity you can bar hop until you find the one that fits you. Music ranging from rock, hip-hop and Latin. When in the plaza the drink to try is definitely Omega shot. Make sure you have a designated driver or number to a taxi.
Santo Domingo is a beautiful,exciting, and happy place. Have fun when your there but take caution and try to refraine from doing things you normally would not do in the states. Below are helpful suggestions to ensure you have a safe trip.