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One week in Santo Domingo for a student

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'''One week in Santo Domingo for a student''' is an Itinerary for [[Santo Domingo]].
==Understand==
[[Image:Bandera.JPG|thumb|260px|thumb|The National flag of the Dominican Repulic]]
==Prepare==
Depending where in the capitol capital 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.  
==Get in==
==Go/Walk/Drive/...==
'''Walk'''-You may be able to walk to your destination because most restaurants and super markets are within a reasonable distance. However, it is not advisable to walk after certain hours, and to NEVER walk around the city while flashing signs of wealth.
'''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.
*'''National theater/ Teatro Nacional''' Students like to visit the National theater because it holds many cultural events as well as concerts from American and Dominican artists alike. The theater is also located on the Plaza of Culture.
*'''Cinema Cafe''' [http://www.cinemacafe.com.do] is a meeting place of artists, students, young professionals, music and movie-lovers. It is a place to listen to good music,poetry and to see theater performances. ''Location: Plaza de la Cultura''
*<do name="Cinema Cafe" alt="" address="" directions="Plaza de la Cultura. Enter at the Calles Pedro Henriquez Ureña, Gazcue, Santo Domingo" phone="809-221-7555" url="http://www.cinemacafe.com.do" hours="Monday thru Thursday 11AM to 1AM, Fridays 11AM to 3AM. Saturday 4PM to 3PM, Sunday 5PM to 1AM" price="" lat="" long=""></do>
*<do name="Museum of Rum and Sugar Cane/Museo del Ron y la Caña" alt="" address="Isabel la Catolica #261, Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo, Republica Dominicana" directions="" phone="809-685-5111" url="" hours="9AM to 5PM (bar is open during the museum hours with limited service) daily. Closed Sunday." price="Free" lat="" long=""></do>
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.
*'''Malecon''' is a park running along the sea side of the busy street of ''Ave George Washington''. It is a nice and relaxing place for a walk. Along the road you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Caribbean sea, people hanging, small kiosks selling goods and restaurants. There are many branches where you can sit and admire the view.
==Buy==
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.
==Eat==
*<eat name="Adrian Tropical Food" alt="" address="Avenida 27 de Febrero, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic" directions="" phone="(809) 472-1763‎" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></eat>
While in Adrian the dish to try is '''Mofongo'''. This is a dish made from mashed plantains.
 
'''Must Have Dishes'''
*Mofongo
*Sancocho-Famous and typical soup.
*Fried Plantains/Platano Frito
*The National Plate- Rice, beans,your choice of meat and salad
 
These dishes are found in almost any restaurant.
 
'''Must Have Deserts'''
*Helado Bon/Bon Ice Cream- Many flavors to choose from. Bon is found in almost every corner of Santo Domingo.
*Flan
*Tres Leche Biscocho/Three Milk Cake- delicious cake made with whole milk, carnation milk and condensed milk.
==Drink==
There are many places where one can enjoy good music and drinks at a reasonable price.
*'''Plaza Uris''' located on Ave. Roberto Pastoriza
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.
*'''LED''' Students love this spot because of its spacious dance floor and popularity. Located inside the hotel '''Hispanola''' on ''Ave. Independencia & Abraham Lincoln-809.476.7733 – Open Wed-Sat''. It may be a bit costly than the other bars/clubs, make sure to call for entrance fee ahead of time.
*'''El Sarten''' this is a vintage Latin bar frequented by a mature crowd of experienced dancers. Drop in if you want to see some serious merengue and salsa steps. Located on ''Calle Hostos #153, Zona Colonial # 809.686.9621 – Open every night
*'''Colonia Zone''' the colonial zone offers many bars/restaurant with students like to hang out and drink. Take a taxi to the colonial zone and explore the town, stopping at the many bars along the way.
 
== Specialty Drinks ==
When in Santo Domingo you absolutely must try a few drinks made delicious in SD.
 
'''Alcholic beverages'''
*Mamajuana- this is found only in the Dominican Repulic, Puerto Rico and Cuba. You can buy pre-made bottles and make yourself in the States. Also used for medicinal purposes.
*Barcelo- Most Popular Dominican Rum
*Brugal- Cheap and popular Dominican Rum
*Presidente- The official Dominican beer. Cant leave Santo Domingo without tasting it.
'''Non-Alcholic beverages'''
*Chinola Juice/Passion Fruit
*Tamarindo
*Guarapo
*Maví
==Sleep==
==Stay safe==
Santo Domingo is a beautiful,exciting, and happy place. Have fun when your there but take caution. Below are helpful suggestions to ensure you have a safe trip.
 
*Try not to go out at night alone. Make sure when hitting the clubs/stores/restaurants and such you are accompanied by someone else.
*Santo Domingo is a relatively poor country, try not to dress too flashy. It is not safe for you to be wearing your Rolex or Gucci.
*Do NOT drink the water. You will get sick. Bottled water is really cheap and sold every where. Ice is okay.
*Make sure to make copies of your documents. Leave the original in a safe place in your hotel or place where you are staying.
*When walking on the side walk do Not stand too close to the street. Sometimes people on mo-peds/motorcycles will pass by and yank your purse from you.
*Try not to have too many big bills on you. Just carry with you the amount you will need for that outing.
*If you get lost at any time ask a local person walking by for directions. They are always more than happy to help. Do NOT follow anyone that offers to take you to your destination. They will usually expect some payment for their effort. Worse, they could be setting you up.
==Get out==
[[Category: Itineraries for Dominican Republic]]
[[Category: Itineraries for students]]
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