Santo Domingo in a word: Dependable.
Chance of Hooking up: 4 / 5
Quality of Girls: 3 / 5
Smoking tolerance level: 2 / 5
City guide ratings explained
Beer: €3.00 for a pint bottle.
Bed: €8 i / €20 for a private room.
Bud: €40 for an once.
Board: €3 for a fast food meal.
Budget other: It’s €3 each way for taxis to Venezuela Street from Zona.
Santo Domingo is dependable. If you know where to look, every night here can be a party. The capital is a walk-able city with a laid back vibe, with Zona Colonia as it’s heart. Feel free to soak in it, date some chicas and hang out for awhile.
Dominican women come in many forms. 73% describe themselves as mixed race and it certainly looks that way. While some are black as spades and others very fair, the majority are somewhere in the middle. To generalise, the population are a mix of Latin and African genes, with most being pretty dark. While many sport a wee bit of a belly, expect fantastic tits and ass to compensate. Exceptional beauties are hard to find, but there is not shortage of sexy chicks about to take home. No shit, I actually hooked up with that girl in the picture my first night in in DR. However, most Dominican women look more like Arlenis Sosa pictured here.
Dominican girls LOVE foreigners but you should learn some basic Spanish. Most of the girls have very little (if any) English. This means you will need to Pipeline in Spanish, not English. In terms of night game, it’s pretty easy to pick up. Just get dancing. Beware, some girls are on the game so you might end up shoring. If you think the girl is working (if they’re exceptionally forward), make sure you agree sex is for free BEFORE it happens. Many men report bringing a innocent seeming Dominican girl back home only to find she wants money the next morning. Day game is a great option in the DR in general. If you exchange numbers, expect the girl to call you, not text. This is difficult without Spanish so if you can find a translator (preferable another bar girl) to speak for you and set up a meet up.
There are two main areas for nightlife – Zona Colonia & Venezuela Avenue, with the latter catering for locals rather than tourists. If it’s the weekend, Zona is great. On the weekdays not so, so hit Venezuela. I’ve given a run-down of my favourite joints. The last two places are the best ones for hooking up…
Café de Toi
A small, low key private bar in Zona. A little bit pricey, but it feels like a house party. It’s better during the weekend. When everywhere else in the city is closed, this place is still open until the early hours…
I love the music here. A cool rock bar with a nice crowd, but only buzzin’ on weekends. Good place to warm up for the night.
The Mango Tree (El árbol de Mango)
My favourite place in Zona (near BIO), this bar attracts a real artsy, classy yet bohemian crowd. The set up both inside and outside is also pretty conducive for game. A bit cliquey, but the chicks here are decent quality. Again, it’s a weekend only affair.
Makumba (Venezuela Ave)
No matter what night of the week, this place is packed and pumping until 4AM. Furthermore, The club has an abundance of locals keen to bump ‘n’ grind. The beers are cheap and the women are friendly. The crowd is mainly students, players or lower-income chicks. If you know even basic Spanish it’s easy to pick up here.
Getting High (courtesy of webehigh.com)
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Legislation: CATEGORY ONE: Simple Possession. Defined as possession of 20 grams or less. Minimum: 6 months in prison and a fine of RD $1,500. Maximum: 2 years in prison and a fine of RD$2,500. In the case of Simple Possession, persons who are deemed accomplices will be sanctioned with the same penalties imposed on the principal offender.
Where to buy marijuana: This is really a place where you have to know somebody (I’m sorry). You’ll never see anyone smoking on the street. Maybe a cool bartender can help but you better visit a few times before risking it.
Marijuana prices: RD$1500-2000 an oz. (US$50-65)
My Santo Domingo Experience
After my crazy first night in DR, I have a soft spot for the city. I spent 5 days there during which I’ve shored, dated Dominican beauty queens, and hooked up with a few students from Makumba. I picked up in Café de Toi and even Saturday in the liquor store beside Hostel Colonia. I wish I had more time hanging out in the city. Too many girls, not enough time.
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