I spent two weekends in Santo Domingo earlier this summer. Upon arriving to the Dominican Republic, my family and I stayed in Naco for a few days before heading to the countryside in Bani.
There I got to see some of my cousins who live in Santo Domingo and enjoy some of the city life. But first order of business was getting my Dominican phone number at the mall and unlimited data for those Instagram pics. I even came across a dope car show.
We then drove back to the hotel and got dressed for dinner. That night we ate at El Jalao, a fun and decorative restaurant by the colonial zone (Zona Colonial) where a live band performs while you dine. I had the mofongo de chicharones – it was delicious!
After dinner we took photos by the park that’s located directly behind the Basilica Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor. According to Wikipedia, it is the oldest cathedral in the Americas, begun in 1512 and completed in 1540. “It’s the Cathedral of the Archbishop of Santo Domingo who has the honorary title of Primate of the Americas because Santo Domingo was the first Catholic diocese established in the New World.”
The following morning I invited some of my cousins to spend the first part of the day with me by the hotel’s rooftop. There I enjoyed a cold Presidente (the beer from Dominican Republic) and reminisced about visiting the area when I was younger and how much it has changed.
After my much needed R&R time where I kept repeating to everyone that I was “on vacation,” my group went for a walk by the Zona Colonial. It was my parents-in-law first time in Santo Domingo.
We had lunch by El Conde where I spotted lots of Dominican art including the following two images:
I was thrilled to finally wear my “Fleek” top I purchased at H&M. I felt like a 15-year-old with the matching fanny pack.