Music in Santo Domingo

Festival Presidente

Held at the Estadio Olímpico (Olympic Stadium), this huge three-day event attracts the top names in Latin music – jazz, salsa, merengue and bachata (popular guitar music based on bolero rhythms). Jennifer Lopez and …
Music in Cabarete

Dominican Jazz Festival

Also held in Puerto Plata (Oct 31) and Sosúa (Nov 1), this long-running festival attracts top musical talent from around the country and abroad. Most of the visiting musicians run workshops for kids; in 2013, Bernie…
Music in Santo Domingo

Merengue Festival

The largest in the country, this two-week celebration of the DR’s favorite music is held yearly. Most of the activity is on the Malecón, but there are related events across the city.
Sports in Cabarete

Master of the Ocean

A triathlon of water sports – surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. From the beach you can watch some spectacular performances.
Carnival in Santo Domingo


Carnaval (in Spanish) is celebrated throughout the country every Sunday in February, culminating in a huge blowout in Santo Domingo during the last weekend of the month or first weekend of March. Av George Washingto…
Cultural in Polo

Festival de Café Orgánico de Polo

Started in 2004, this festival is held on the first weekend in June. From Friday to Sunday, local coffee growers celebrate the end of the coffee-harvesting season. There’s live merengue and bachata in the evenings, …