Ruinas de San Francisco Dance PartyWe’ve been to a dozen Latin countries but none have rhythm and joy quite like the Dominican Republic. The sounds of salsa, merengue, and bachata seem to come from every direction, and you can’t help but smile and shake your rump. With an abundance of good music and good rum, everything is more chilled out…spending the afternoon playing dominoes, strolling a gorgeous beach, throwing the baseball around, and nipping off a bottle of “medicinal” Mamajuana…the Dominican Republic knows how to have fun.


You know you’re in the Dominican Republic When…

Zona Colonial Santo Domingo, DR– You get to claim the “Oldest City in the Americas” and that Columbus strutted your streets


Samana Tree Houses– You might find yourself at an eco-lodge playing Tarzan


Colmado Anthony– You stop into the corner store (colmado) for a quick snack and wind up buying a bottle of Brugal Rum and dancing with your new BFFs…for the next four hours


Dominican Republic Baseball– Baseball players are training for the MLB right out of the womb–or sooner!


Taxis in Dominican Republic– UberPool & LyftLine have nothing on these taxis. $.25 a passenger and this Nissan Sentra won’t leave until it has six paying passengers. (Note the lack of door panels for space savings.)


Mamajuana Dominican Republic– Drinking a herbal rum punch is not only a good time, “It’s good for you, and makes you strong like bull!”


Dancing in the Dominican Republic– Everybody loves to dance, and age or fashion sense do not limit your luck with the ladies


Dominoes in the Dominican Republic– Next to baseball, dominoes are the national past-time. Principe, draw from the boneyard and set your doublets!


powerwheels cars– Saturday night family fun means heading to the boardwalk and letting your kids drive Power Wheels all over tarnation, while you drink Presidentes, and belt your favorite karaoke ballads


Gambling in the DR-People gamble on all things American (college basketball, pro football, the lotto in all major States, etc.) like it’s a Vegas weekend


Bacardi Beach, Dominican Republic– The beaches are so beautiful they are literally straight out of a Bacardi ad


De Reversa Mami– When a song that’s sweeping the nation even makes the white boys dance


4 thoughts on “You Know You’re In The Dominican Republic When…

  • January 23, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Hi! Wondering what part or parts of the DR were you in?

    • January 23, 2016 at 12:47 pm

      We were in Santo Domingo then drove northeast to Samana, exploring Las Terrenas, Los Haities NP, La Sangria, El Valle, El Limon, and Santa Barbara. What fun and lovely place! Have you been to the DR?

  • July 8, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    Great impressions, you got the feeling of the Dominican Republic so perfectly!
    And you’re right, with music and rum everything is so much easier – that’s why I love the country (even I can’t dance 😉 ).
    I am super happy to see that you saw so much more than just Punta Cana, as there is an abundance of treasures to explore in the country.

    Cheers, Chris

    • January 15, 2021 at 1:37 am

      Chris, thanks so much for the multiple comments, you rock man. Yeah we absolutely LOVED the DR…glad we got the felling spot on. The people made the magic!


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