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Santo Domingo

What have been the highlights of your time in this country? Best trips or experiences?

Meeting happy and gregarious Dominicans; learning about the country's complex history and visiting historic sites; the music and dancing; the endless weekend road trips to hidden beaches, surf spots, mountain hikes, etc. - Nov 18, 2016
Undoubtedly, long weekends at the beach. - Apr 28, 2016
Getaways to some of the higher-end resort areas like Casa de Campo, Cap Cana, and Club Hemingway. - Jan 28, 2016
Weekend trips out of the city. - Jan 19, 2016
I can't see there are any highlights. It is always good to get out of the city and explore the rest of the country....but highlights...none. - Aug 10, 2015
Ability to get back to the U.S. quickly, child friendly nature of everything - Aug 2, 2015
The ability to play golf year round at very inexpensive prices as compared to the U.S. The beach resorts are only a 2.5 - 3 hour drive on a well paved highway to the east of the country (Punta Cana). The resorts run the gamut from relatively ok to luxurious ameneties. - Aug 25, 2014
The best part has definitely been the ability to just jump in our car and be at a beach town/resort in 2-3 hours. There is a huge range of prices here so you can pay as much or as little as you want. You can find isolated beaches where you are the only one there, or bustling beaches with lots to do. You can stay at a boutique hotel, a beautiful villa, a huge resort, you name it. The mountains are beautiful too and there is a lot to do in Santo Domingo as well. - Jul 14, 2013
Weekend trips to the beaches and the mountains. - Apr 30, 2013
Cabarete beach, Las Terrenas beach, and Punta Cana beach. Water activities: surfing, catamaran, and snorkeling. - Apr 29, 2013
Bahia de los Aquilas and other out-of-the-way beaches. Winter-league baseball games. Great music and dancing. - Jan 24, 2013
Don't miss going to Villa Pajon near Constanza. Cool, fresh air, green grass, no car horns, no loud music. You'll think you are in another country. My biggest regret was only going there once. - Jun 4, 2012
Almost all of our trips to the beaches have been wonderful. We prefer to stay away from the all-inclusives (there are literally hundreds of those), and hit the small beach-front condos and villas. We also took a drive through the agricultural region (Constanza and Jarabacoa) and the mountains which was fabulous. The Embassy community is large, and tends to band together. - Mar 13, 2012
The beaches here are amazing! The weather is great year-round, albeit a bit hot in the summer. The proximity of excursions makes it easy to get away for quick weekend trips. - Feb 22, 2012
Nice trips although very expensive, weather. - Feb 12, 2012
Great resorts - Oct 5, 2011
Getting out of Santo Domingo is important. We have enjoyed visiting different parts of the country. You can find some nice hotels and those vacations have been great. - Jun 21, 2011
Close proximity to clean beaches (45 minutes away), free folkloric musical and dance performances - May 21, 2011
Ecotourism, there are amazing things to see and do around the have to get out there and take advantage.otherwise, you will go crazy with the chaotic life in santo domingo - Nov 10, 2010
My wife developed a close relationship with the Damas Diplomaticas, a charity organization that assists about 2000 orphans throughout the country. - Aug 11, 2010
The weekend beach trips with the family, and meeting some wonderful expat families outside of the State Dept. - Jun 29, 2010