Top things to do in Santiago

Top Choice Museum in Santiago

Centro León

This large, modern museum, built with the tobacco wealth of the León Jimenez family, is a world-class institution with an impressive collection of paintings that trace the evolution of Dominican art in the 20th cent…
Top Choice Italian in Santiago

Il Pasticcio

Paolo, the Italian owner here, is full of character and style, and he's been welcoming Santiago’s powerful and bohemians since 1995. Curiously decorated with a range of objets d’art, the restaurant is a reflection o…
Top Choice Dominican in Santiago

Camp David

Sit outside on the restaurant's balcony, with piano music on the stereo and the city spread out at your feet… This is easily the most romantic spot around, though you’ll need a car to make it up the mountain to wher…
Monument in Santiago

Monumento a los Héroes de la Restauración de la República

On a hill at the eastern end of the downtown area, this monument is Santiago’s most recognizable sight, featuring a large bronze Angel de La Paz statue at the very top. The boxy, eight-story edifice was originally b…
Stadium in Santiago

Estadio Cibao

Santiago’s Águilas baseball team is one of six in the country and the most successful in the league's history. Watching local fans root for the home side is almost as fun as the games themselves, held two to three t…
Cultural in Santiago

Carnival

Santiago is famous for its fantastical Carnival caretas (masks) and hosts an international careta competition in the lead-up to the big event. Rival neighborhoods La Joya and Los Pepines make up the bulk of the para…
Live Music in Santiago

Dao al Pescao

This Caribbean tapas bar occupies a refurbished mansion filled with trippy art and tropical plants – it's the kind of place you'd come Saturday night to drink a few cocktails, hear some DJs and feast on innovative C…
Church in Santiago

Catedral de Santiago Apóstol

Santiago’s cathedral, opposite the southern side of Parque Duarte, was built between 1868 and 1895 and is a combination of Gothic and neoclassical styles. The cathedral contains the marble tomb of late-19th-century …
Club in Santiago

New Monte Bar

A diverse mix of locals, dom-yors (Dominicans living in New York City) and even a celebrity baseball player or two come here for serious merengue music and dancing. Cover charges vary. It's set amid a series of auto…
Bar in Santiago

Ahi-Bar

The best of a string of bars on Calle RC Tolentino, Ahi has a modern open-air patio set above street level. Most people come to drink, but the food's pretty good too. A sister dance club across the street attracts t…