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7 Reasons Why This Cultural Caribbean City Is Gaining Popularity


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The Dominican Republic has become one of the most popular destinations for travelers this year, especially now that it is the summer season.

Poolside drinks, toes in the sand and not a care in the world at one of the country’s many luxury beachside all-inclusive resorts; that’s what travelers look for when booking a trip to this pristine Caribbean country.

while approximately 80 percent of American travelers head to the trendy coastal city of Punta Cana, another city is ready to make a name for itself.

Monument in Santiago Dominican Republic

Punta Cana will always be the golden child of the Dominicans, but the cultural city of Santiago it is worth a trip for a variety of reasons.

Are here 7 reasons why Santiago is gaining popularity:

Hotels everywhere

Santiago de Los Caballeros, better known as Santiago, is an inland city far from the famous beaches.

Travelers won’t find luxury all-inclusive resorts in the city, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any decent places to stay.

charming hotel in santiago dominican republic

The city is packed with upscale accommodations near the bustling downtown district. Guests will find themselves enjoying the amenities even though it’s not all-inclusive.

Luxury hotels, like the Hodelpa Gran Almirante Hotel & Casinowill knock your socks off, while others have been book cozy rental houses to immerse yourself like a local.

Tasty Dominican cuisine

Santiago is a busy city with its residents on the go. From street vendors to wild, lead-footed taxi drivers, the city can get chaotic.

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restaurants in the Dominican Republic

One of the best parts of traveling is learning about its culture. Literally. What better way to experience food passed down through the generations that may not be commonly available in your hometown?

Santiago is no different. One way to escape the chaos is to find one of its many mom-and-pop restaurants and indulge in tasty Dominican cuisine.

The perfect day trip destination

Many travelers book an all-inclusive resort with the intention of being glued to their beach chair. Others like to get out and explore a bit.

traveler taking a road trip in the beach city

Santiago is suitable for everyone and close enough to be worth a day trip from multiple Dominican resorts.

Located about an hour south of the beautiful coastal city of Puerto Plata and a 4-hour drive from Punta Cana, the beaches are within easy reach.

unexpected gems

The city is fun to explore because you never know what hidden treasures you will come across. One attraction that cannot be ignored is the huge giant known as the Monument of the Heroes of the Restoration.

monument of the heroes of the restoration

Reaching heights of approximately 230 feet, it really is not to be missed. Others, like Parque Duarte, are a must.

This park houses historic colonial-style buildings nestled in an urban space with beautiful gardens in the heart of the city.

With the recent announcement of the investment of millions of dollars to attract more tourists, there are sure to be even more amazing sites on the way.

Accessible Airports

Many western tourists fly directly to Punta Cana, but there are many major airports within the country. Santiago holds one of them.

jet blue plane

Cibao International Airport (STI) offers multiple flights directly from the continental United States. Whether you’re looking to make Santiago your main destination or a gateway to the beach, travelers can easily fly here.

An hour away, Puerto Plata is also home to an international airport. According to the official STI website, the top 5 US airlines fly here:

  • jetblue
  • Spirit
  • Delta
  • American
  • United

Avoid the tourist crowd

Since most tourists to the Dominican Republic are there for a dream beach vacation, many of the tourist areas can fill up like sardines.

crowds on the beach of punta cana

Coming to Santiago, whether for a day trip, a weekend getaway, or as a top destination for an off-the-beaten-path cultural experience, is an excellent strategy to avoid the beach crowds.

When travelers book a beach vacation, they often think of relaxation. When tourists are blocking your view of the beach or listening to loud music nearby, those dreamy beach vibes can wear off real quick.

A trip to the city may be just what the doctor ordered.

An Emerging Ecotourism Center

Santiago is a picturesque city surrounded by exuberant vegetation. Even at first glance, you can easily see why it is becoming an ecotourism destination.

view of santiago dominican republic

Those with a heightened sense of adventure come to take on Pico Diego de Ocampo peak, which rises to more than 4,000 feet in a gorge mountain range.

With tranquil botanical gardens and many mountain trails to hike, outdoor enthusiasts love what they find here in and around Santiago.

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