Things to do in Santiago Dominican Republic

Santiago de los Caballeros is the second largest city in the Dominican Republic with a population of a little over a half million. But once you visit the city, you will realize that it feels a lot smaller than this. The city is quite spread out, so if you were living here for awhile then you would need a car. There are no skyscrapers and the city has a really quiet vibe to it. This is a direct contrast to Santo Domingo, a bustling city with a certain energy to it.

There really isn’t too much to do here, it’s just a small middle-class city. You can get all the tourist stuff done in as little as a day.

Cigar Factory Tour

It’s the number one rated excursion on Trip Advisor for good reason. I would even go as far to say that it’s one of the best excursions in the entire county. It’s located in Tamboril, so it’s a little bit outside the city, but easily a accessible by taxi. Taking the tour is easy to setup- you can call ahead to make a reservation. It costs $10 and lasts at least an hour.

Cigar Factory Tour

Your guide on the tour will be a man named Eugene. He has been doing tours here for about 20 years and has a real passion for what he does. There shouldn’t be any communication problems because Eugene speaks 5 languages fluently. He will teach you everything you need to know about cigars, from the way you hold them to the way you light them. And you will learn the entire process of how the cigars are made and meet all the people who are involved in the process. It’s a fascinating learning experience and you will be entertained throughout the entire tour. I simply can’t recommend this tour enough- it’s a must do if you find yourself in Santiago. You can learn more about the tour and book your reservation on this website.

La Aurora Cigar Factory

El Monumento

This monument is located in the heart of the city, and you can see it from quite a distance away. It’s surrounded by a small park, so it makes for a great place to relax, take pictures, and look at some nice views of the city. You simply can’t get views like this from anywhere else in Santiago.

The height of the monument is about 219 feet. For a small fee, you can go up to the top of the monument and see an even better view. There’s also some nice bars and restaurants near by, so you can visit the monument either at night or during the day.

El Monumento

Nightlife

As a smaller city, the nightlife is not as good as Santo Domingo nightlife.  The nightlife here is considered to be inferior. However there are some options, although they are expensive. Nightclubs (discos) dominate the nightlife scene and bottle service also dominates the scene. If you want to be taken seriously then you have to buy a bottle. A cheaper bottle with mixers will cost around $75, while a better quality bottle can cost more than $100.

The best club here is called Levels. This is a club located on the 4th floor of the Bella Terra Mall. It’s pretty fancy, so you are best off wearing a dress shirt and jeans. There is no cover, and Wednesday is ladies night which can be a lot of fun. There are also 3 bars on the bottle floor of this mall that are decent quality. Any of the other clubs in the city are more hit and miss, where as Levels is consistency good on Wednesdays and on the weekends.

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