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Santo Domingo City Guide

El Conde, the main street

Santo Domingo in a word: Dependable.

Chance of Hooking up: 4 / 5
Quality of Girls: 3 / 5
Smoking tolerance level: 2 / 5
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Costs €$£

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.
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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.

The Girls

Naughty Nomad was here 😉

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.

Nightlife Recommendations

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)

Makumba Entrance

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

Nomad’s input: Email me for a contact

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.



DR forum: How to pick up girl in the Dominican Republic – here.

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26 Responses to Santo Domingo City Guide

  1. Latin Stylez February 14, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    Hey NN,

    Seems like the Dominican was a fun time for you. If I make it down there, I will be referring to your write-up. The girls get a 3/5 why lower?


    • Naughty Nomad February 14, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

      Why lower than what? The truth is the standard is only so-so in DR.

  2. Jesse Charger February 14, 2011 at 11:59 pm #

    Hey Nomad, I saw your interview over at NextLevelLifetyles with Tony. Man, you look hilarious with those alien glasses on, I was cracking up! I somehow missed that you were Irish before, cool accent bro! I’ll listen to it again, you had lots of good info in there 🙂

    • Naughty Nomad February 15, 2011 at 2:22 am #

      Glad I came across ok, I was actually really nervous :/

  3. Jesse Charger February 15, 2011 at 11:19 pm #

    Don’t worry, you did great! And Funny as hell!!

  4. kevin taus September 29, 2011 at 9:22 pm #

    Whats a good hotel to stay at thats close to the nightlife and reasonable priced?

    • Naughty Nomad September 30, 2011 at 2:57 am #

      Afraid I don’t have any recommendations.

  5. 420forlife November 5, 2011 at 5:12 am #

    hey Nomad were you able to score any bud in the D R ..and if you did how is it any good stuff out there like kush ??

    • Naughty Nomad November 6, 2011 at 12:09 am #

      Yes, but SD wasn’t great. Your best bet in Sosua. -got some good stuff there for cheap.

  6. marco February 9, 2012 at 2:55 am #

    Learn Spanish… in you need translator you can’t play in Rd. And dominican girls are SEXY and with incredible round ASSES, if you like them…. And finally… they can sex!!!! You don’t have to pay for dominican girls, if you’re a decent european boy

  7. Ariel September 21, 2012 at 5:33 am #

    Everytime I go to the beach in Boca chica I always score bud from dudes on motorcycles which I don’t like and it’s always a small amount so they don’t rip me off but this time around I’m going for 2 weeks stight and I want to get a nice oz to last me the whole time I’m there maybe u an help with a contact it would be very helpful thanks in advance

  8. Tusk November 3, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

    Yo Nomad Im headed to Santo Domingo and Boca Chica next weekend, is it easier to get bud in santo domingo or boca chica? You got a connect for me?

    • Naughty Nomad November 4, 2012 at 8:26 am #

      @Tusk. Afraid not.

  9. Nick October 1, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

    hey! do you have a hotel to recommend in santo domingo where its not a problem to bring girls and have some sexy time? haha go there in january 🙂 .. and btw to kiev in november.. liked both of ur reviews! cant wait

  10. Grips n' The Yellow Pliers June 11, 2014 at 10:41 pm #

    Life is worth living.. in Santo Domingo. 🙂

  11. Leo July 12, 2016 at 4:45 pm #

    I speak no Spanish ,I’m american,is it a waste of my time to go bar hopping and girl hunting,I’m 40

  12. Mike July 20, 2016 at 5:53 am #

    I have 2 weeks in Santo Domingo, and I’m wondering which neighborhood I should stay in to get the most bang (literally) for my buck. Thoughts?

    • Mark Zolo July 21, 2016 at 9:36 pm #

      Been too long. Zona Colonia is the nicest part… but Venzuela street is where the action is.

  13. Olympia December 19, 2016 at 11:36 am #

    Hey! Can i have your e-mail for the contact in Santo Domingo? I need sum bud

  14. guy March 3, 2017 at 9:56 am #

    cant wait to make my first trip here, heard great things

    • Gih December 5, 2018 at 9:05 am #

      Just make sure to watch your pockets. You aren’t in Asia anymore my friend. The Americas are home to the highest crime rates in the world!

  15. Kuma May 24, 2017 at 3:03 am #

    Excellent sum up. I was there in 2006 and going Back 2017 memorial day, which is this weekend. I will check out the places you name. Any other advice on dance shows would be great.

    • Max June 25, 2017 at 1:37 pm #

      How did you find it kuma?

  16. Max June 25, 2017 at 1:34 pm #

    I visited last year. Will be returning again in september. Your best bet is to rent an apartment in Piantini which is the best area to stay in my opinion. Piantini is a safer area and atrracts more upper class locals and generally better looking ladies. Lots of restaurants, bars and shopping facilities. You can catch an uber to zona colonial for a fee dollars also. Any questions pm me, i would be happy to help


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