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Solo Travel to Dominican Republic

I'm traveling to Santo Domingo in a few weeks and looking for fun activities to do like tours of the city and other points of interest that are safe. Please let me know some of your experiences, good and bad.

Thanks!

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1. Re: Solo Travel to Dominican Republic

Hello VaTravelGirl9

Welcome to Tripadvisor and the Solo Travel forum. In addition to this forum you might want to also browse and post to the Dominican Republic forum so that local destination experts (DEs) and regular visitors that spend time there can answer your questions. They are also more likely to be able to support your questions than the TA members that spend time on this particular forum.

tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g147288-i27-Domini…

Wishing you a good experience on Tripadvisor and hope you enjoy your holiday to Santo Domingo.

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2. Re: Solo Travel to Dominican Republic

When you have your suggestions check out the solo reviews if that option is available.

Otherwise read between the lines - are there a lot of family reviews.

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3. Re: Solo Travel to Dominican Republic

VaTravelGirl9

When ever I go to a new destination, I have a good read of the detination forums and other information for that particular place. I click on the "things to do" options, and read the reviews that have been submitted by other travellers.

I've found this very useful for including, or even excluding activities/sites/day tours and boat trips etc. Sometimes other posters attach pictures too, so you can get some idea of whether the activity etc is more geared towards families than adults.

I've also found that the local information about costs of activities much better too, as hotels and travel companies seem to charge a huge mark up for trips/activities than can be arranged locally.

If there is anything you really want to see/do, then I'd also suggest posting a thread in the desination forum. BradJill has already supplied the link. Hope you have a great trip.

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4. Re: Solo Travel to Dominican Republic

will do, thanks!

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5. Re: Solo Travel to Dominican Republic

Hi, when are you going to be there? I was also thinking of going solo to Santo Domingo late August / early September.

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6. Re: Solo Travel to Dominican Republic

Did you go yet? What city did you visit? I will be going to Santo Domingo in May! AND SOLO! If you went, how was it? Do you know Spanish? What was the highlights in food, travel, entertainment, and weather?

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7. Re: Solo Travel to Dominican Republic

You will only go to Santo Domingo?

Its better to rent a hotel in the old city. You can walk there all around the old city and Malecon. I felt safe at night however you can always in a taxi who are cheap. At Bolivar plaza are plenty of official guides who can show you around if you like to know more about the city. Other places of interest is the plaza museo, Faro (lighthouse) and the caves. But you will need a taxi to get there. in the old city are many restaurants 9near plaza bolivar and plaza espanola) and bars.

You can also arrange a day tour to a beach if you would be interested in that.

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Yes, I will only be in Santo Domingo, And I got a room at Renaissance on Malecon. Were you a single traveler?

I booked a trip with Blue travel services for a city tour, and I plan on a Day trip to Boca Chica. I won't be going to the other resort areas because that is for Couples and Groups and I will be solo.

I would like to know any bad areas you saw immediately, or areas I might find interesting in music and food! How was the airport coming in and were you bothered a lot by beggars, thugs, scam artists and others people of the night?

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9. Re: Solo Travel to Dominican Republic

I was a single traveler indeed. I stayed in the zona colonial. You can walk from the renaissance to the zona colonial during the day for sure. At night it may be better to take a taxi.

In the zona colonial is a lot of police on the street so you wont get bothered much with beggars and thugs. Also people try to sell etc will leave you alone when you tell them that you have a Dominican wife

Airport went very smoothly. Don't forget to pay the 10 dollar entrance fee. Taxi ride should be around 40 dollars. The area between the airport and zona colonial seems a bit rough but I don't think you will want to go there. There is plenty of restaurants in zona colonial. Depends on what you like to eat. Near Malecon you will find some night clubs.

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Thank you so much for your info! You seen to L.O.V.E the colonial zone! ;o)

I want to stay in a comfortable hotel overlooking the water and in a NEWER area. I don't mind paying for that, that is why I am staying at the Renaissance Santo Domingo Jaragua Hotel & Casino. So if it rains or I spend a lot of time in my hotel, I will have 5 star services and comfortable accommodations overlooking the sea! I also want a BIG room that is newer!

I also have read what you state about the bad areas between the Airport and "crossing the bridge" to get to the colonial zone. I believe that area is called "Santo Domingo Este." I researched it and it is mostly residential and has a street Venezuela that has a ton of clubs. I'm not really a clubber!

I signed up for BLUE Travel Partner Services and prepaid for a "round trip shuttle" from airport to hotel. It was only $37 in TOTAL!!! bluetps.com/esp/…santo-domingo.html

Do you have any experience on the Malecon? Food, people, police, etc? Did you go to the mall, or the mercados?