Santo Domingo, a city filled with local Latin culture, night life, restaurants, malls and complemented by the breathtaking Caribbean sea. 

Santo Domingo was the best experience I had living abroad. I was eight, eager to learn a new language, and make friends. To be honest, I don’t remember much when it comes to tourist attractions, but I had some feedback from local friends on what is trending in the city right now. 

1. visit Boca Chica or Juan Dolio 
great places to relax at beaches with turquoise waters. A tropical escape from the hectic city, treat yourself to a fun day filled with tanning on white sand beaches, nice restaurants, and wild nights out.

2. stop by Plaza Juan Barón 
if you are an outdoor lover, Plaza Juan Barón is a great place to hang around with friends and sit along the Caribbean sea. The place is also famous for a sunset spot and can get pretty busy at that time.

3. discover the Parque Nacional Los Tres Ojos 
certainly one of the best experiences you will have during your trip. Los Tres Ojos park is composed by underground caves and blue lagoons, creating a mysterious and breathtaking landscape. It is located a couple miles from Santo Domingo but it is definitely worth a visit. 

4. dance the night away at Parada 77 
a well known bar in the city where you can dance, drink, and meet new people to the sound of local music. Prices are reasonable and the bar is located in the Colonial Zone of the city where you can easily get to.

5. take a trip to the city of La Romana 
La Romana is a city located about an hour or so from Santo Domingo. This was by far my favorite thing to do on weekends with my family. We would stay at the Casa de Campo resort where we enjoyed a private pool, golf carts, and fancy restaurants. Indeed, this is a pricy experience, but it is perfect for some quality family time at a cozy and distinct place. 

While you are there, you should visit Altos de Chavón, the most famous attraction in the city of La Romana. The place is a replica of a Mediterranean village that sits above the Chavón river. It has panoramic views that will make your eyes pop. 

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