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Old 01-27-2019, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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What a strange thing to say. The capital Santo Domingo is actually just like Cartagena and Havana. It has the old Colonial architecture and Medieval style streets. In fact the very first thing that comes to mind when you visit the Old part of the city is that it looks just like Cartagena.
Having been to both Santo Domingo and Cartagena now, I agree with that. Even if Cartagena seems more fully restored in its historic areas, and better marketed as a tourist destination, Santo Domingo is no less historic or rich in culture, and I might even go so far to say I prefer Santo Domingo to Cartagena.
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Old 01-27-2019, 10:21 AM
 
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I see you have Macao listed as your location, AKA Punta Cana.
Before the resorts, nobody visited there...except me.
Try Santiago, always enjoyed it more than SD.


Im glad someone finally mentioned Santiago.

I live in a very Dominican town in the northeast and everybody tells me that Santiago is more appealing than SD.
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Old 02-02-2019, 07:12 AM
 
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I lived in the DR for 14 years, working as a journalist. It is a fascinating place. It is hard to imagine that a relatively small place could be so diverse. I second the idea that the Zona Colonial in SD is one of the most beautiful places architecturally but there are also lots of small towns that are utterly charming with central squares with gardens. There are many places where tourists do not go -which is a shame since there is such natural beauty. The DR has more tree cover than it had 50 years ago and about 11 different climate zones - from the highest peak in the Caribbean to desert. Tourist infrastructure in the interior - and even in some of the really beautiful places - such as Jarabaco- is not well developed. Where is it developed it is either the "all inclusive" resort or boutique hotels - but there are now some more sorta back packing hostels coming up. Unlike some of the publicity that is circulated in the resorts - which want to keep the guests there, I suppose- I found the entire place very safe. I traveled alone, on public transport, by bus, on the backs on motorcycles (their taxis- motoconchos). As to ethnically diverse- the island is primarily Afro-Carribean. There is a small percentage of "white" Dominicans - the upper crust seen in the Sunday supplement but the bulk of the population is a mix of Indian/black/European with a touch of Indian. The city of SD is loaded with all types of people - Europeans/Russians/Latin Americans/Haitians/ Americans... The Dominicans actually quite love Americans - about a million Dominicans live in the States and those that do send lots of money home. The weather in Santiago is perhaps better than SD but as for culture and diversity-- shopping, festivals, general ambiance -- nothing beats SD. The VERY wealthy have country places outside of Santiago as they own the land in the Cibao valley which is the most fertile land.
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Old 02-02-2019, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Pereira, Colombia
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I know that were comparing A and B and Im throwing in C, but people shouldnt sleep on Old San Juan! My Colombian wife says its way better than Cartagena in her eyes, because tourists dont get aggressively hustled all day like on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. The buildings are similar in many ways, but they look better taken care of, and the colors are all the brighter and more recently painted on. Ive never been to Santo Domingo (just the other side, el Cibao) so I cant compare it with the other two cities I mentioned, but much can be said about the glaring rift between tourists and locals in Cartagena, and how tourist prices can be absurd, and a lot of hustling can happen. None of that really goes on in Old San Juan...Puerto Rico to me is truly the Pearl of the Caribbean, its not just a title.
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Old 02-07-2019, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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San Juan is definitely on my list. I will be interested in seeing how it compares to Santo Domingo and Cartagena.
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Old 02-08-2019, 01:27 PM
 
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San Juan is definitely on my list. I will be interested in seeing how it compares to Santo Domingo and Cartagena.
Santo Domingo is older, you will learn about the early stages of the Spanish conquest.
Buildings are more medieval and utilitarian.
Cartagena was built when the Spanish were already extracting large amount of riches from south america
you will see that in the architecture, same with Havana. (more palaces, bigger fortresses).
San Juan was a port used mainly for ship on its way to the Americas.
San juan is more clean, polished, maybe too polished. not sure how much of the architecture is truly original or modern reconstructions.
Santo Domingo is the least gentrified, lost of Dominicans going about their day.
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Old 02-22-2019, 12:42 PM
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Google Street View added many more streets and images of Santo Domingo. Some random shots in various areas of Santo Domingo proper.



























Apparently someone thought painting their house green was a good idea. Hmm...


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Old 02-22-2019, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Canada
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They have a barrio Chino in Sto Domino? Nice.
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Old 02-22-2019, 02:25 PM
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Random Google Street View shots of Cartagena, Colombia.























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