Welcome to Santiago
Overlooked by most travelers, Santiago is a good place to contemplate ordinary Dominican life. Typical of poor barrios countrywide, Santiago’s are a maze of haphazardly constructed homes with corrugated-iron roofs. Meanwhile, just east of downtown is Cerros de Gurabo – surely one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the DR – where roads are lined with mansions concealed behind high walls. But all strata of society cheer for the hometown baseball team and come together around the Monument, the city’s raucous nightlife center.