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Old 07-25-2019, 12:04 PM
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Monumento a José Martí

A rotunda that is a green space which a large statue of José Martí, the liberator of Cuba. He died wounded in battle in liberating Cuba and his lasts words had a free Cuba on his mind. This is the largest statue of a Cuban outside of Cuba. Santo Domingo used to have a lot of traffic circles, but most were destroyed to make way for tunnels, bridges, and modern intersections.



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Old 07-25-2019, 02:07 PM
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Museo de Ámbar & Museo Mundo de Ámbar

These are two museums a few blocks from each other. The Museo de Ámbar in Parque Colón is smaller than the Museo Mundo de Ámbar. Both deals with all types of amber, including the rare blue amber. The Dominican Republic is one of only a single digits countries in the world where amber is mined, the biggest one being on the Northern Mountain Range (septentrional is another way of saying north in Spanish). Due to this the Dominican Republic was feature in the beginning of the movie Jurassic Park. Museo de Ámbar is in a 1800 building built in the Spanish style on Parque Colón while Museo Mundo de Ámbar is in a colonial house from the 1500s. The first place is also an amber art gallery while on the second place they sell jewelry incorporating amber.


Museo de Ámbar in Parque Colón.


Museo Mundo de Ámbar a few blocks away.


Scene in Jurassic Park where the Dominican Republic is featured due to amber. A representation of an amber can be seen here too.
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Old 07-25-2019, 02:48 PM
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Ruinas del Hospital San Nicolás de Bari

The first hospital of the New World was San Nicolás de Bari. It used to cover the entire block, including the corner where now is a church. For a time this was a place to lock up crazy people. In the late 1800s the place became a ruin and afterwards a wall was destroyed by a mayor because it posed a danger to pedestrians. The main part of the structure is still preserved, but in ruins. Its also noticeable that the hospital had at least two floors.

Photos are from Google Street View.








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Old 07-25-2019, 04:34 PM
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Bella Piazza

This place on avenida Sarasota has a very large Body Shop Athletic Club (there are several in the city) gym on the top floors, including walking/jogging/running machines that look towards the Caribbean Sea and some parts of the city. At the bottom are several restaurants, which is the main reason for showing this plaza. I do find it funny that one of the largest gyms is on top while fattening restaurants are at the bottom. lol The shopping center has its own indoor parking.





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Old 07-25-2019, 06:44 PM
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Parque de Venezuela

A small park dedicated to Venezuela. The Venezuelan flag is always waving in this green space of Santo Domingo. Venezuelans visiting and living in Santo Domingo love this place, but its easy to see why. lol The DR and Venezuela has supported each other, even before the DR and Venezuela were countries.





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Old 07-26-2019, 07:34 AM
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Machu Picchu

As the name suggest, a Peruvian restaurant where some of the Peruvian community in Santo Domingo tends to unite during Peru’s holidays, Dominican holidays, and soccer matches. They also have another place where Peruvians congregate, but aside from somewhere in the modern city which is huge, I don’t know where exactly it’s. This restaurant has good food, which is expected of Peru, and was established by a Peruvian that migrated to the DR. Aside from its combinations of colors and the name, the restaurant has many Peruvian flags on its facades. Peruvians in the DR usually pick a Dominican spouse and have Dominican-Peruvian kids. Some arrive in the DR with their Peruvian spouse and family. Most are from Lima, from what I could tell (the accent). This is a slice from home in the DR for them.


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Old 07-26-2019, 08:34 AM
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Casa Juan Bautista Vicini

This is the original house where lived Juan Bautista Vicini. He arrived from Italy in the middle of the 1800s as a young guy and only the clothes on his back. With time he build a fortune in the sugar industry and then branch out to other sectors. At a time the DR used this family's paper money as legal tender and was the biggest lender to the DR government. A descendant also became president for a very short time. Aside from the DR, the Vicini family has other investments in several countries in the region including the USA (major shareholders in Citibank among other companies) and in Italy. Some experts place them as the sixth biggest private wealth in the Americas. Today the Vicini family is very big mostly living in the Santo Domingo area, though some live in other major cities of the world. Today the Vicini empire is under the leadership of his grandson who was asked to return to the DR to take over the business when his father died. People in that family (and several others) are born automatically with a visa to the United States simply because they belong to that family and are legitimately his descendants. No need to apply to enter the USA. One of his descendants play a major role in financing the killing of the dictator Trujillo in 1961. The building itself is Spanish colonial with some sections built in the 1800s.




Juan Bautista Vicini, patriarch of the family in the Dominican Republic. When he was younger immigrated to the DR from Italy with only his clothes in his back. https://casashistoricasrd.com/casa-vicini/


One of his descendants built this home in the first decades of the XX Century, a few blocks where the family started in Santo Domingo. https://casashistoricasrd.com/residencia-vicini/

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Old 07-26-2019, 11:16 AM
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Population Distribution and Density in the Dominican Republic

As can be seen on the map, the population is most concentrated in the Santo Domingo area and in the Cibao Valley. Outside of those two places the population is concentrated in a few places and along the major highways, then it's sparsely populated in much of the rest. There are areas that don't have a person in them. The capital and the Cibao regions collectively is home to slightly less than 80% of the population. With the exception of the eastern region where the population was concentrated around El Seibo and Higüey and now it's concentrated along some cities in the Caribbean coast, other areas have the distribution it always had. What has changed is the density. The rural population is around 20% of the people with, again, the Cibao Valley being the area with the greatest concentration of small and medium size family farms. Despite this, some areas of the north are sparsely populated, which is the case of the Samana Peninsula in the northeast where the province total population represents around 1% of the national population. Less than 40% live in the Santo Domingo region. Its very common to read old descriptions of the island and foreigners saying that from a boat the Dominican coast made it seem the country was wanting of population or deserted compared to other islands and the western part of the same island where the bulk of the population live on the coast. This can also be seen in the food, since seafoods doesn't make much of the diet of most people, contrasting with other islands nearby where seafood is eaten a lot. For people that visit Punta Cana (today over 70% of tourists in the DR go to that region), it's on the eastern tip of the country. Bávaro is slightly north of the tip and the Punta Cana International Airport is slightly south of the tip.


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Old 07-26-2019, 03:07 PM
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Nighlife in Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo probably has the most exciting nightlife in the Caribbean. Every genre, from latin music to international ones, absolutely everything is available. Nightclubs are all over the city, but the Colonial City has the advantage that the streets are and the blocks are smaller, making the area perfect for bars and clubs hopping through the night. It is impossible to remotely name them all because they are literally hundreds in the city and its metro area, but this is a very small sample.

For those that are gay, be aware that Santo Domingo is more accepting of this in the Caribbean. I'm not gay myself, but I have met some people that live in Santo Domingo because of the extreme intolerance in their places of origin. Some of these people lived in the US before moving to the DR. In some islands they kill someone that is suspected of being gay, which I think is too much. The Colonial City has many gay bars and the same applies as above. Also keep in mind two things: a) The Archbishop of Santo Domingo lives in the Colonial City and sometimes he shows his displeasure regarding this subject; b) The Dominican attitude is that no one gets in what anyone does in their private place, but public show of affection is frown upon even for heterosexual couples. It is a cultural thing that is easy adhere to by everyone. I think that Santo Domingo and San Juan are the only two places in the Caribbean to have an annual gay parades. There are some gays in Dominican television who say of their preference very freely and the shows continue to be popular, plus the people travel around without fear. I think that says it all.










An American bar in the Ciudad Colonial. The American flag waves above the place.










This is a program in Dominican TV where the people hosting the show are gay (not the woman), says freely in front of the camera that they are gay, and travel throughout Santo Domingo and the DR without fear, security, or thinking that their condition makes them a target. They couldn't do that in many other places of the Caribbean.

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Old 07-26-2019, 07:56 PM
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I think this recent video in English describes accurately the gay scene in Santo Domingo. Very different from most areas in the Caribbean. The guy is an American and lives in Miami. I know this video is no more then 2 years old, because Presidente beer came out with its Black series relatively recently.

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