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Living in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Santo Domingo, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked ten people living in Santo Domingo what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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For a Caribbean city, it’s very modern in terms of the entertainment that it offers, it also has great restaurants. But be warned about the city’s traffic, as traffic jams can easily last over an hour, and drivers don’t always abide by traffic laws. Also the city is very hot and humid.

Anonymous, says: 2022

Our city has a lot of traffic on peak hours. It’s weather is quite hot year-round. We have deliveries from almost any store or supermarket. People are very friendly, and are always willing to help others. It is quite safe to live in Santo Domingo, even though you should always protect yourself.

Wilder, says: 2020

If you decide to move to Santo Domingo, it is imperative you know that most people will greet you with a smile. It does not matter if it’s five in the morning or six in the afternoon, wherever you go, a smile is sure to grace your eyes. Do not be scared if you’re greeted with a “Good morning!” by friends and strangers.

Dominique, says: 2020

It’s a very fast-paced city with a lot of traffic due to bad organization of the public transportation. The people are incredibly nice, warm and the culinary experience is one of a kind. The beaches are worldwide known because of its clear water and perfect weather.

Heleary, says: 2020

A couple of things be aware if you are moving to Santo Domingo are that, even though is a beautiful city traffic during the morning tends to be really heavy. There are a lot of people who use motor cycles as their main transportation mean and you have to be always aware of your surroundings when you are headed somewhere. Most days are sunny, because we live in the tropics but rain can come at any given moment which make the weather really unpredictable.

Amanda, says: 2020

If you are thinking about living in Santo Domingo you should first consider the weather, it has a tropical wet climate and is usually hot. Another point to be careful about is public transportation, which is not good or consistent. renting in the wrong neighborhood could bring about some issues if detailed research is not conducted first.

Dorian, says: 2020

Santo Domingo is beautiful, particularly at night. We have stunning views and endless activities to choose from. The most exciting part about living in Santo Domingo is how close it is to other beautiful destinations such as the beach or cozy mountains. Moving to Santo Domingo would be an excellent idea for anyone looking to better their quality of life.

Patricia, says: 2020

You will find great education and great jobs. for when you want to escape your routine a little, we have beaches only 40 minutes away, which can come in handy when you want to relax.

Eduardo, says: 2020

In Santo Domingo, you should always be careful on the streets and be on the lookout for burglars on motorbikes. Also, public transportation is a disaster, so you should consider grabbing a taxi for you daily commute. However, there’s everything you’d expect in a city!

Patricia, says: 2020

It is a very crowded and busy city. Cars honking and motorcycles revving their engines can be heard as early as six in the morning. Traffic is awful. You can take as long as an hour to get home from work. Despite these shortcomings, I would further describe it as a marvelous and welcoming city to anyone who decides to live here.

Dorian, says: 2020

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