Travel the Dominican Republic – during Corona and the elections
After a long flight with a 3 hours layover in Atlanta I arrived around midnight in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. Luckily I got picked up by family members of a friend because it’s really dangerous to be out there at night – especially for tourists or girls in general. We passed some bridges on the highway – which is not well lit by the way – and there were gangs sitting on their motorcycles in the dark waiting for tourists returning from the airport. The moment I saw and realized that I was shocked and scared at the same time. In that case you want to feel save with your driver. If you don’t know anyone who can pick you up you should look up verified drivers online in advance of your trip!
They dropped me off at my hostel which I booked in advance on hostelworld.com (Santo Domingo Bed and Breakfast). I didn’t spend a lot on that hostel because I knew I would leave early in the morning. I think for a few nights it’s okay to stay there. If you’re planning to spend more days in Santo Domingo you should probably find a better place to stay. I was really happy when I found out about the fact, that there’s Uber (You don’t have Uber yet? Use my code 9g2emn to get discounts) in Santo Domingo and that they have super cheap fares. In the morning I took an Uber to the Caribe Tours bus station. The buses of this company are safe for tourists and take you to nearly all the places in the country for little money. They have functioning wifi on board, the seats are comfortable for sleeping and the buses are not too crowded. I found this company through a site that I always use to get around while traveling: Rome2Rio.
The language school
The studio I lived in was right under the classrooms. There was a shared kitchen but we all had our own bathroom in our rooms. Classes started every morning at 9am and went until 12:30pm. At 10:30am there was a short coffee break where everyone got together for about 30 minutes. Some of the others booked extra classes in the afternoons but I preferred to get to know the area in the afternoons.
Cabarete: Surfers Paradise
Cabarete has more to offer than plenty of bars and clubs at the beach. It’s one of the best wind and kite surfing spots in the world and offers a variety of sports’ activities. My favorite beach was Playa Encuentro where I went surfing with Dominican surfschool. But even if you don’t surf you should go there and just enjoy the relaxed vibe that this place exudes. For nightlife I can recommend the Voy Voy Bar (especially on Mondays for karaoke night), Onno’s Bar and Ojos (Latino Nights on Thursdays).
About the Dominicans & their country
Elections & Corona crisis in the Dominican Republic
When I left Germany there were a few corona cases in Europe but I didn’t expect the whole thing to get that crazy. So I left without any concerns – actually I was being more concerned about being robbed in the Dominican Republic than anything else. So everything went fine for a while but then the general elections took place and there were a few protests and celebrations on the streets. That was the first time when all bars, clubs and restaurants were closed for a few days. There was no alcohol sold or served anywhere to prevent aggressions.
- 1. If you have booked with an agency, contact them to see if they have new plans for you.
- If not and your flight got cancelled, try to reach the airline to rebook you on a new flight.
- If nothing helps, contact the embassy of your country in the country that you’re in – they must help you!
- If not even the embassy is willing to help, try to reach a family member or friend at home and have them make some calls to help you.