Botanic garden in Gothenburg

English, Journal, Sweden

Although Gothenburg seems to be a rocky and hilly area very close to the beach, it consists of many green landscapes to relax in natural surroundings and have a good time. The first little travel experience I made in Sweden was the Botanic Garden in Gothenburg. 175 hectares of nature in the middle of the city. This place was a real oasis of exotic plants and flowers and good for starting the day.



As always when I travel and want to take some beautiful photos, weather conditions are challenging me. A very cloudy and grey morning in Gothenburg made it very complicated to capture some good footage. I learned to be grateful for a couple of sunny minutes and enjoy the few rays of the sun more than ever.

Swedish summers can be cold and windy!

Best place: The waterfall of the botanic garden in Gothenburg

My absolute favorite was the video of the waterfall I made:


Luckily, sunshine was coming out exactly during this moment. One thing to keep in mind about the Botanic Garden in Gothenburg is its beautiful waterfall. Definitely worth the climb.

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The waterfall.

The botanic garden in Stockholm is ideal for those who enjoy slow tourism

Usually, I like to discover these natural places in slow tourism mode to see everything one place has to offer. Having the maximum of joy and experiences of a place, it takes some hours to discover everything. Hunting places and being jumping around is something I don’t like.

But time was, unfortunately, ticking also for me this morning and I have had to work in the afternoon. Thus, I was speeding up to see whatever this Botanic Garden had to offer me and my friends in one hour.


Some areas like the exotic tribe house were closed down because of Covid regulations and there were as well plenty of construction sides that limited the visitor’s area as well. All in all, I wasn’t blessed with all the circumstances but had to deal with it anyhow. Better a little bit of time than nothing. Good to have some friends aboard who join the visit:

Unfortunately, I have had to exit the park earlier than I wanted. Duties! Usually, I would have spent there approximately 3 – 4 hours to have the full experience. The ideal timing for a morning or afternoon. For that limited amount of time, I’m quite happy and satisfied with the outcome of photos and videos of this place.

Is it worth visiting the Botanic Garden in Gothenburg?

All in all, the botanic garden is a place I would like to recommend to every visitor and traveler in Gothenburg. If you would have to pay an admission, it’s worth the money. But there aren’t any costs to enter if you disregard the way from and to the place. The botanic garden in Gothenburg is for free.

Without any direct costs involved, the Botanic Garden place is even more worth visiting. Especially when these colors welcome you:

Lush and colorful arrangement

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7 fascinating and surprising travel facts from Gothenburg Sweden đŸ‡žđŸ‡Ș

Countries, English, Journal, Sweden

I was blessed to spend a few days in the second biggest city of Sweden. Gothenburg is a very beautiful city and very recommendable to make travel experiences away from a capital city like Stockholm. Despite it is a Nordic and cold location, it is still charming and welcoming to foreigners. Some national features and characteristics might always surprise a visitor. Same happened to me when I travelled to Gothenburg. Thus I want to share some 7 fascinating and surprising travel characteristics from Gothenburg in Sweden.

1 – Free Water

For every thirsty traveler, I have some good news: Water is free and doesn’t need to be ordered when going out for a bite or a drink. You can drink as much water as you want.

I visited two different restaurants, Vi Viet (a Vietnamese restaurant with excellent food and service) and Moon Thai Kitchen (a Thai restaurant with spicy food with odd interior and decoration) and both of the time they offered free water to its guests. With these hot and spicy Asian cuisines, that’s a kind thing to do because that food can be challenging for the palate.

Where the service ends starts the water supply

Some days later I even encountered a water tap station in a bar called Vasaplatsens Bryggeri. Although it was self-service to get the water, I found this an interesting and supportive concept to counteract alcohol-charged evenings.

Water is free and not a commercialized product in Sweden.


2 – Unisex restrooms

You know all these irrational discussions about genderism that happen every day in every society around the world. Instead of unifying and reuniting people, the opposite movement occurs. It could become really difficult to make it nice and comfy for everyone when it comes to the most basic necessities.

Especially hygiene policies for rest- and bathrooms happen to be overcomplicated. With all the new genders in the world, there would be soon more segregated bathrooms than toilets. I have my difficulties to imagine this in means of transport like airplanes or trains. To avoid this unwanted scenario, I encountered in Gothenburg a newly old approach I wasn’t aware of before.

To simplify these trendy overcomplications and solve these issues, there are almost everywhere unisex and shared restrooms to find. In multiple restaurants, bars, and at the airport of Gothenburg I only encountered one single door for everyone.

I wasn’t immediately a fan of that solution, because I also have had to adapt to that situation. But the approach itself was worth considering as smart and simple. Usually, women don’t want to share public restrooms with men, but in this case it was me 🙂

3 – Snus shops

A few years ago, I lived together with a very nice guy in Finland who introduced me to the concept of Snus. Snus is a very odd product that is majorly produced and consumed in Scandinavian countries. It can be seen as a replacement for cigarettes that is a very trendy and bad habit as well. Just without all the smoke and smell.

Snus – The strangest way to consume tobacco

You consume tobacco with a small tobacco pillow that is placed inside of the gums. It lasts usually for a couple of minutes until an hour. Depends on the intensity and amount of tobacco and flavors inside. Mmmhhh…

High Tech Snus Shop

But the most surprising thing was a whole shop for Snus products. When it comes to cigars as an elegant and high-priced product, I might understand an own store for it. Snus shops surprised me in a way because I wasn’t expecting this little consumable product relevant enough to make a huge professional store with a wide portfolio.


4 – Manual cashless checkouts

One of my dreams came true during my few days of traveling in Sweden. To avoid long lines, searching your purse for the right amount of coins and banknotes, people in Sweden were introducing the concept of manual cashless checkouts in some of the supermarkets. And I love that idea.

No cash zone, no cashier, no cash in general: Sweden is a paradise.

No more immediate contact to moody cashiers included. I saw some pilot projects in other European countries before with some restrictions to it, but the Swedish solutions were very extensive and comprehensive at the same time. More a replacement to supply the whole supermarket than an addition to the traditional exit zones.

In Gothenburg I finally got to know that normal shopping in the supermarket can even be fun. To do this, the last step of the shopping process has to be overhauled and redefined.

5 – Free admission to parks

A great feature was the free admissions to some of the tourism destinations within Gothenburg. I did not expect to be let in for free. Wherever I visited some other public parks in other cities, botanic gardens, or nature reserves in other countries, there were always some admissions to pay.

In Gothenburg I encountered its Botanic Garden and a park called Slottskogen for free. Not only that, these two places were in an excellent and clean shape. If you are interested in finding out more about these two places, you should take a visit to the related articles I dedicated to these two

6 – Good public transportation

One key factor when traveling around urban areas is to comprehend and use successfully public transport. Having obtained all necessary information quickly, it was a pure joy to move quickly around Gothenborg.

Compared to many other countries I’ve traveled to, the public transport in Sweden was excellent, information was always transparent available and the buses and trams all the time on time. Of course, I don’t have more insights into the rest of the country, but I assume to find similar situations in other parts of Sweden.

What I also liked were some features they have had inside of the buses. Especially families with children and elderly people are taken care of in the public transports. And all the young folks can charge mobile devices on every seat. Buses drive in Gothenborg fully electric and are a blast!


7 – Perfectly aligned Scandinavian architecture

One of the most surprising features of Gothenburg was its architecture. Although it was a simple, minimalistic and efficient way to build houses, these constructions seem to have a Scandinavian characteristic that made them look classy. Many buildings just fit beautifully next to each other as they were planned as a collective project.

These houses that you can see in the pictures made me feel happy. Whenever I was walking around the streets of Gothenburg, I randomly took pictures of a line of houses that made me a real tourist. Tender pastel shades gave buildings in Gothenburg a unique character and let them even during cloudy days with difficult light conditions stand out.

This will be one of the main characteristics I will remember of Gothenburg. Both in and outside of the buildings these colors gave a warm and welcoming feeling to its visitors.

All of these peculiar experiences I made in Gothenborg gave me quite a good impression of the rest of Sweden. A very advanced, smart, free, and helpful society that makes me curious to one day return. Maybe I will offer more than 7 fascinating and surprising travel characteristics from Gothenburg in Sweden.

But one thing is for sure: That wasn’t the last time I visited Sweden, neither Gothenburg!

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Castillo Mundo King, das seltsamste Museum der Dominikanischen Republik

Dominican Republic, English

Menschen, die sich nicht fĂŒr Kultur, Geschichte oder Wissenschaft interessieren, haben es durchaus schwer, Spaß in Museen zu haben. Normalerweise gibt es immer einen pĂ€dagogischeren oder wissenschaftlichen Ansatz, wenn man ein Museum besucht. Fehlendes Entertainment und wenige Interaktionen gestalten viele Museumsbesuche oft etwas öd und langweilig. Aber es gibt ein ganz besonderes Museum in der Dominikanischen Republik, das einen Besuch mehr als wert ist. Wenn Du die NordkĂŒste von SosĂșa besuchst, solltest Du ein einzigartiges und unverwechselbares Museum besuchen. Lies diesen Artikel und erfahre mehr ĂŒber Castillo Mundo King, das seltsamste Museum der Dominikanischen Republik.

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Wo ist Castillo Mundo King?

Du findest das Museum Castillo Mundo King im kleinen KĂŒstenstĂ€dtchen SosĂșa an der NordkĂŒste der Dominikanischen Republik. Es ist sehr leicht zu finden und gut auf einem HĂŒgel aus der Ferne sichtbar. Etwas abseits der karibischen Turbulenzen an den StrĂ€nden finden Sie es in der Calle Camino Libre. Das ist irgendwie der perfekte Straßenname fĂŒr ein solches Museum, wenn Du mich fragst. Es bedeutet ĂŒbersetzt “Freier Straßenweg” und das passt perfekt zu dem, was Dich dort erwartet. Das Werk eines Freigeistes.

Wenn Du es trotzdem nicht finden kannst, kannst Du auch die folgenden GPS-Koordinaten von Castillo Mundo King verwenden:

Breitengrad: 19° 45′ 51.882″ N
LĂ€ngengrad: 70° 42′ 35.616″ W

Es ist auch bekannt als Mundo King Art Museum aus der englischer Sprache. Die spanische Originalversion ist jedoch gelĂ€ufiger. Die Leute in SosĂșa kennen diesen Ort definitiv. Du wirst das Museum nicht verfehlen können, wenn Du danach suchst. Hier ist der Grund weshalb:

Was ist Castillo Mundo King?

Was es ist? Obwohl ich ein Reiseblogger bin und gerne meine Artikel wortreich und fantasievoll gestalte, so habe ich Schwierigkeiten, eine adĂ€quate Kurzbeschreibung ĂŒber Castillo Mundo King zu vermitteln. Alles weitere solltest Du solltest Du selbst auf den folgenden Fotos und Videos entdecken. Ich könnte die gleiche Frage auch ĂŒber Kunst stellen. Eigentlich eine gute und passende Idee.

Was ist Kunst? Das ist eine der zentralen Fragen der Philosophie und der Kunst. Es gibt tausende verschiedener Antworten und Definitionen auf diese Frage. Alle sind gleichzeitig richtig und falsch, weil sie doch im Auge des Betrachters liegt. Ich hatte die Gelegenheit, Castillo Mundo King in SosĂșa zu besuchen, das meine Augen nachhaltig verwirrte, irritierte und erstaunen ließ. In gewisser Weise habe ich kein vergleichbares Museum mit dem gleichen kĂŒnstlerischen Anspruch weder vorher noch nachher sehen dĂŒrfen.

In diesem Sinne haben die ausgestellten Exponate, Artefakte und Ornamente eine tiefe Kerbe in meinem Erinnerungsvermögen hinterlassen. Etwas, das ich nie vergessen werde und an das ich immer zurĂŒckdenken werde. Daher empfehle ich, 2-3 Stunden an einem guten Morgen fĂŒr einen Besuch zu investieren. Castillo Mundo King ist definitiv einen Besuch wert. Was wĂŒrdest Du von einem solchen Eingang erwarten?

Ich bezahlte ungefĂ€hr 300 dominikanische Pesos (fast 6,00 USD) fĂŒr den Eintritt pro Person in Castillo Mundo King. Das ist schon ne Menge fĂŒr ein Museum, das weit weg der großen StĂ€dte ist. Eine schwierigere Frage wĂ€re, ob das Geld gerechtfertigt wĂ€re.

Galaxy Gallery?


Ein sehr informeller haitianischer Pförtner berechnete mir den Preis und bot sich mir mit einer RundfĂŒhrung an. Bereits am Eingang wurde mir klar, dass ich keine externe Hilfe brauchte, um zu verstehen, worum es hier eigentlich geht. Mein erster Eindruck war bereits ein visueller Schlag in die Fresse, der keiner weiteren ErklĂ€rung bedurfte.

Daher lehnte ich dankend jede Hilfe des fröhlich und freundlich wirkenden haitianischen Kurator an den EingangstĂŒren ab. Keine weiteren Details erforderlich, ich war bereits mit dem ersten Eindruck an der Eingangspforte bestens gefĂŒttert.

Wie hat mir Castillo Mundo King in SosĂșa gefallen?

Das ist schwer zu sagen. Aber ich muss zugeben, dass ich das, was ich sah, weder mochte noch nicht mochte. Vielleicht, weil es meine Erwartungen ĂŒbertraf und darĂŒber hinaus mir Dinge zeigte, von denen ich niemals annehmen wĂŒrde, dass sie existieren. Könntest Du jemals von einem Museum trĂ€umen, das haitianische Voodoo-Meisterwerke, außerirdische Ornamente und farbenfrohe Explosionen an WĂ€nden miteinander verbindet?

Es scheint ein architektonisches zeitloses Meisterwerk und gleichzeitig eine DeformitĂ€t zu sein. Synthese einer Freakshow und eines Albtraums. Ängstliche Vorfreude und verstörende Reaktionen werden gleichzeitig provoziert. Aber auch Bewunderung und Erstaunen ĂŒber die schiere Dimension und Struktur des Museums.

Wo wir gerade beim Thema ‘Dimension und Struktur’ sind: Die sind einzigartig und ein Besucher verliert sich zwischen den verschiedenen FlĂŒgeln und Plattformen. Erwarte keine rechteckigen oder kantigen Formen im architektonischen Design. Erwarte das Unerwartete in Castillo Mundo King. Oder gar nichts.

Jedenfalls findest Du ĂŒberall Korridore, Flure und verbaute TĂŒrme. Mehr Regel ist es eine Ausnahme. Ich fĂŒhlte mich irgendwie daran erinnert, gewisse Jump ‘N’ Run Videospiele zu daddeln. Fast, als wĂ€re es eine Herausforderung, zwischen den verschiedenen Plattformen zu springen und neue Level zu erkunden.

Eines der coolen Dinge ist die Aussicht vom höchsten der DĂ€cher. Auf der am höchsten zugĂ€nglichen Plattform hast Du einen Meerblick ĂŒber das gesamte Gebiet von Sosua und kannst den Atlantik sehen. Das war ziemlich beeindruckend und bei gutem Wetter eine schöne Sache.

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Die Sicht ĂŒber Sosua vom Castillo Mundo King.

Nach dem Tod des deutschen Architekten und KĂŒnstlers Rolf Schulz im Januar 2018 verfĂ€llt und verrottet das Museum fortschreitend. Er war der Bauherr dieses Museums und entwarf es scheinbar nach seinen eigenen Visionen und TrĂ€umen. Vielleicht gibt das YouTube-Video, das ich am Anfang meines Artikels verlinkt habe, einen guten Eindruck von ihm als Charakter. Als er verstarb, wurde das Museum semiprofessionell und informell weitergefĂŒhrt.

Der heruntergekommene Zustand verstÀrkt die visuelle Wahrnehmung

In gewisser Weise trĂ€gt der heruntergekommene Zustand des Museums zu der besonderen Stimmung bei, die es verkörpern möchte. Wenn es perfekt sauber und ein professionell gefĂŒhrtes Museum wĂ€re, wĂŒrde es wiederum nicht zu Castillo Mundo King passen. NatĂŒrliche Abnutzungserscheinungen durch direkten Einfluss von Sonnenschein, Regen und Wind verformen und bleichen die Ausstellung und das Museum als Ganzes zusehends aus. WasserschĂ€den durch angesammelten Regen und Laub aus angrenzenden WĂ€ldern tragen zu den natĂŒrlichen EinflĂŒssen auf das Museum bei.

Ich habe Castillo Mundo King vor der globalen Pandemie im November 2019 besucht. Ohne Einnahmen von Besuchern oder Sponsoren bin ich mir nicht sicher, in welchem Zustand sich das Museum und seine Ausstellungen jetzt befinden könnte. Als ich das Mundo Art King Museum besuchte, war alles halbformell und sehr locker organisiert. Die Chancen bestĂŒnden, dass der Verfall des Museums inzwischen fortgeschritten ist oder dass es von Hausbesetzern ĂŒberrannt wurde. Daher kann ich nichts garantieren, da alle meine Fotos vor der globalen Pandemie stammen.

Ein Besuch der sozialen Medien des Museums lohnen sich. Der Instagram account sieht ziemlich up-to-date aus und ein Blick auf Facebook ist auch eine gute Idee. Wenn Du auf der Suche nach einer englischen, spanischen oder französischen RundfĂŒhrung im Castillo Mundo King bist, dann empfehle ich eine Kontaktaufnahme mit Museumsadministration.

Vielleicht möchtest Du einen Kommentar dazu abgeben, wie es dem Museum jetzt geht, wenn Du neugierig genug fĂŒr einen Besuch warst. Ich wĂ€re auch neugierig, ob das Museum als solches weitergefĂŒhrt wird. In gewisser Weise wĂ€re es traurig und enttĂ€uschend, wenn es eines Tages seine TĂŒren schließen wĂŒrde.

Wie wĂŒrde ich Castillo Mundo King beschreiben? Als exzentrische, seltsame, verstörende, seltsame und unangenehme kĂŒnstlerische Synthese, die nirgendwo sonst existiert. Auf jeden Fall einen Besuch wert. Normalerweise widmen sich Museen einer bestimmten Disziplin, Wissen oder einzelnen Persönlichkeiten und haben einen besonderen Ansatz.


Aber was ist der eigentliche Ansatz von Castillo Mundo King? DafĂŒr musst Du das selber Museum besuchen und es herausfinden. Ich kann sagen, dass mein Besuch bei Castillo Mundo King aus meiner Sicht eine echte Inspiration und etwas zuvor (und danach) Unvorstellbares war.

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Mundo King Art Museum: The weirdest museum of the Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic, English

People who aren’t interested in culture, history, or science would be challenged to have a pleasant and joyful time in museums. Usually, there is always a more educative approach when spending hours in museums. Missing entertaining factors and few interactions make some museum visits often dull and boring. But there is one museum in the Dominican Republic, that deserves a visit. If you are visiting the northern coast of Sosua, you should visit a non-categorizable and odd museum. Read this article and find out more about Mundo Art King Museum: The weirdest museum of the Dominican Republic.

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Where is Castillo Mundo King?

You can find the museum Castillo Mundo King in Sosua on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. It’s easy to find and visible from far distances on the hill. A bit away from the Caribbean turbulences at the beaches, you’ll find it on Calle Camino Libre. That’s somehow the perfect street name for a museum like that if you ask me. It means translated ‘Free Way Street’ and that’s a perfect fit for what expects you there.


If you can’t find it, you can use as well the following GPS coordinates of Castillo Mundo King:

Latitude: 19° 45′ 51.882″ N
Longitude: 70° 42′ 35.616″ W

It’s also known as Mundo King Art Museum in English. But the original Spanish version is more common. People in Sosua definitely know this place. You can’t miss it. Here is the reason why:

What is Castillo Mundo King?

What it is? Although I’m a travel blogger and I love to juggle with words, I have difficulties shaping a good one-sentence description about Castillo Mundo King. Discover and experience it yourself in the following photos and videos. I could also ask the same question about art. A good idea actually.

What is art? That’s one of the centric questions of philosophy and art itself. Thousands of different answers and definitions to that question exist. All are right and wrong at the same time because it lies in the eye of the beholder. I had the chance to visit a museum in SosĂșa which confused, irritated, and disturbed my eyes in a sustained manner. In a way, I haven’t seen any comparable museum with the approach before or after.

In that sense, the presented exhibits, artifacts, and ornaments left a fingerprint on my mind. Something I will never forget and will always be able to remind. Hence, I recommend investing 2-3 of a morning for a visit. Castillo Mundo King is worth the visit. What would you expect from an entrance like this?

I paid about 300 Dominican Pesos (almost $6.00) for admission per person to Castillo Mundo King. That’s pretty much for a museum far away from urban cities. A more difficult question would be, if the money was justified.

Galaxy Gallery?


A very informal Haitian gatekeeper charged me the price and offered himself as a guide. Already at the entrance, I realized not needing any external help to explain what it’s all about. My first impression was already a punch with a hammer that didn’t need any further explanation.

Thus, I rejected any help from the happy and friendly Haitian guide at the entrance doors. No further details needed, I was already fulfilled with the first impression of what was presented to me.

Do I like or dislike Castillo Mundo King in SosĂșa?

That’s difficult to say. But I need to admit, that I neither liked nor disliked what I saw. Maybe, because it exceeded my expectations, respectively showed me things I would never assume exist. Could you ever dream about a museum that interweaves Haitian Voodoo masterpieces, extraterrestrial ornaments, and colorful explosions on walls?

It seems like an architectural timeless masterpiece and a deformity at the same time. Synthesis of a freak show and a nightmare. Fearful anticipations and aggrieving reactions simultaneously. But also, admiration and astonishment as to the sheer dimension and structure of the museum.

Speaking of dimension and structure that is unique: You get lost amongst the different wings and platforms. Don’t expect any rectangular or edgy shapes of its architectonic design. Expect the unexpected in Castillo Mundo King. Or nothing at all. But you will find corridors, hallways, and obstructed floors everywhere. More rule as an exception. I felt somehow reminded to jump and run video games and was challenged to jump and run amongst the different platforms.

One of the cool things is the rooftop view. On the highest accessible platform, you have an ocean view over the whole area of Sosua and can see the Atlantic Ocean. That was pretty impressive for me to see.


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The view over SosĂșa from the rooftop of Castillo Mundo King

After the German architect and constructer Rolf Schulz died in January 2018, the museum more and more decays and rots away. He was the proprietor of this museum and designed it as he dreamed about it. Maybe the YouTube-video I linked in the beginning of my article gives a good impression about him as a character. When he died, the museum was semi-professional and informally continued.

Its run-down shape amplifies your visual perception

In a way, the run-down condition of the museum contributes to the certain mood it embodies. If it would be perfectly clean and a professionally guided museum, it’s no fit for Castillo Mundo King. Natural attritions of direct influence of sunshine, rain, and wind deform and bleach out the exhibition and museum as a whole. Water damages due to accumulated rain and foliage from adjacent forests add up to the natural influences.

I visited Castillo Mundo King before the global pandemic. Without any income from visitors or sponsors, I’m not sure in what condition the museum and its exhibitions would be now. When I visited the Mundo Art King Museum, everything was semi-formal and very loosely organized. Chances are high, that the decay of the museum advanced in the meantime or that it is overrun by squatters. Thus, I can guarantee nothing, because all my photos were from before the global pandemic.

It would be worth a try to visit their Social Media channels. Their Instagram account is pretty up-to-date and taking a look at Facebook is also a good idea. In any event: If you like to have an English-speaking guide for in-depth knowledge about that place, I’d recommend you to send them a request.

Maybe you can leave a comment on how the museum is doing now if you were curious enough to visit it. I’d be curious as well to find out if the museum will continue as such. In a certain way, it would be sad and disappointing, if it closes its doors one day.

How would I describe Castillo Mundo King? As an eccentric, odd, disturbing, weird, and uncomfortable artistic synthesis you won’t find elsewhere. Definitely worth a visit. Usually, museums are dedicated to approaching a certain discipline, wisdom, or personality.

But what is the real approach of Castillo Mundo King? You need to visit the museum and find that out by yourself. I can tell, that my visit of Castillo Mundo King was from my perspective a real inspiration and something inconceivable.


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Playa Minitas – La playa mas limpia de RD en Casa de Campo

Dominican Republic, English

Las playas de RepĂșblica Dominicana son hermosas. Siempre que pienso en playas de un catĂĄlogo de viajes ilustrado, se pueden sacar fotos de RepĂșblica Dominicana. Una playa que recuerdo en particular. Playa Minitas: la playa mas limpia de RepĂșblica Dominicana Casa de Campo. Lea mi historia sobre una hermosa playa en el balneario mĂĄs antiguo de RepĂșblica Dominicana. ÂżQuizĂĄs necesitas algo de inspiraciĂłn caribeña para tus prĂłximas vacaciones?

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Donde se ubica Playa Minitas?

Playa Minitas no es una playa pĂșblica. Se encuentra dentro de la prestigiosa Casa de Campo en La Romana. Casa de Campo fue, por cierto, el primer resort en el Caribe y existe desde hace casi 50 años.

Para poder acceder a Ă©l es necesario tener permiso para ingresar. Eso hace que la playa sea muy privada en comparaciĂłn con muchas otras playas de RepĂșblica Dominicana. Las ventajas de las playas privadas son obvias:

  • No todo el mundo puede entrar al recinto
  • Estas playas estĂĄn equipadas con socorristas y seguridad adicional
  • Menos ruidos, sin vendedores en la playa, mejores instalaciones sanitarias

Pero lo mejor que considerarĂ­a es la pulcritud del lugar. En comparaciĂłn con muchas otras playas del paĂ­s, allĂ­ no encontrarĂĄ basura plĂĄstica. Siempre que visitaba playas pĂșblicas, habĂ­a demasiadas personas descuidadas que dejaban su basura.

Por supuesto, un resort de prestigio como Casa de Campo no puede permitirse fallas y deficiencias en sus instalaciones. La playa estaba muy limpia y organizada. ÂĄMe encantĂł su dedicaciĂłn a apoyar un medio ambiente limpio!

A quien no le guste la arena entre los dedos de los pies tiene una gran alternativa. A unos metros de la orilla hay una piscina. Ideal para personas a las que no les gusta el agua salada y no les gusta estar en medio de las olas.

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Una buena alternativa cercana: La piscina de Playa Minitas.

Como escribĂ­ antes, esta playa fue una de las mĂĄs grandes que vi en RepĂșblica Dominicana. Estaba tranquilo, no habĂ­a mucha gente alrededor, y simplemente ese tipo de playa que cabrĂ­a esperar de un catĂĄlogo ilustrado. ÂĄUn verdadero paraĂ­so!


Desde mi perspectiva, serĂ­a la playa perfecta para familias con niños pequeños. La orilla era muy poco profunda y las aguas en movimiento ni siquiera pueden considerarse olas. Siempre vi algunos socorristas observando las costas. Los niños estarĂ­an sĂșper seguros allĂ­ y se lo pasarĂ­an en grande.

Yo también. ¿Por qué no pueden ser todas las playas como Playa Minitas en Casa de Campo?

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Playa Minitas – Ein Strand wie aus dem Urlaubskatalog

Dominican Republic, English

StrĂ€nde in der Dominikanischen Republik sind wunderschön. Wann immer ich an StrĂ€nde aus einem illustrierten Urlaubskatalog denke, könnten die Fotos in der Dominikanischen Republik gemacht werden. Es gibt einen Strand, an den ich mich besonders gerne erinnere. Playa Minitas, ein Strand wie aus dem Urlaubskatalog. Lies in diesem Artikel ĂŒber einen wunderschönen Strand im Ă€ltesten Resort der Dominikanischen Republik. Vielleicht suchst Du nach karibischer Inspiration fĂŒr Deinen nĂ€chsten Urlaub?

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Wo ist Playa Minitas?

Playa Minitas ist kein öffentlicher Strand. Er befindet sich im prestigetrĂ€chtigen Resort von Casa de Campo in La Romana. Casa de Campo war ĂŒbrigens das erste Resort in der Dominikanischen Republik (und der gesamten Karibik) und existiert seit fast 50 Jahren.

Um Playa Minitas und das gesamte Resort von Casa de Campo betreten zu dĂŒrfen brauchst Du eine Genehmigung. Das macht diesen Strand natĂŒrlich nochmal etwas exklusiver und besonders. Die Vorteile von Playa Minitas als Privatstrand und Teil von Casa de Campo liegen natĂŒrlich auf der Hand:

  • Nicht jeder kann diesen Strand betreten
  • Der Strandabschnitt ist mit Rettungsschwimmern und zusĂ€tzlichen SicherheitskrĂ€ften ausgestattet
  • Weniger LĂ€rm, keine StrandverkĂ€ufer, bessere sanitĂ€re Anlagen

Aber der fĂŒr mich offensichtlichste Vorzug von Playa Minitas ist die Ordentlichkeit von Playa Minitas. Im Vergleich zu vielen anderen StrĂ€nden in der Dominikanischen Republik findest Du dort keinen wild entsorgten PlastikmĂŒll. Immer wenn ich öffentliche StrĂ€nde in der Dom Rep besucht habe, ließen viel zu viele sorglose Menschen viel zu viel MĂŒll zurĂŒck.

Of course, a prestigious resort like Casa de Campo can’t afford any flaws and deficiencies on their premises. The beach was very clean and organized. I loved their dedication to supporting a clean environment!

Wer Sand zwischen den Zehen nicht mag, kann auf eine gute Alternative zurĂŒckgreifen. Ein paar Meter vom Ufer entfernt befindet sich ein Pool. Großartig fĂŒr alle Leute, die kein Salzwasser mögen und lieber ihre Bahnen ziehen.

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Der Swimming Pool am Minitas Beach Club & Restaurant

Wie ich bereits zuvor schrieb, war dieser Strand einer der angenehmsten, die ich in der Dominikanischen Republik gesehen habe. Es war ruhig dort, wenig lĂ€rmende Leute und einfach diese Art Strand, wie man ihn in einem illustrierten Katalog erwarten wĂŒrde. Ein echtes Paradies!


Aus meiner Sicht wĂ€re es der perfekte Strand fĂŒr Familien mit kleinen Kindern. Die KĂŒste am Playa Minitas war sehr flach und das sich leicht bewegende Wasser könnte ich nicht mal als Wellen bezeichnen. Ich habe immer einige Rettungsschwimmer gesehen, die die KĂŒsten beobachtet haben. Kinder wĂ€ren dort super sicher und hĂ€tten eine tolle Zeit.

Die hatte ich aber auch. Warum können nicht alle StrÀnde wie Playa Minitas im Casa de Campo sein?

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Playa Minitas – A clean and neat beach in Casa de Campo

Dominican Republic, English

Beaches in the Dominican Republic are beautiful. Whenever I think about beaches from an illustrated travel catalog, photos could be taken from the Dominican Republic. One beach I remember in particular. Playa Minitas – A clean and neat beach in Casa de Campo. Read my short story about a beautiful beach in the oldest resort of the Dominican Republic. Maybe you need some Caribbean inspiration for your next vacation?

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Where is Playa Minitas?

Playa Minitas is not a public beach. It is located inside of the prestigious Casa de Campo in La Romana. Casa de Campo was by the way the first resort in the Caribbean and exists now for almost 50 years.

To be able to access it you need to have permission to enter. That makes the beach very private in comparison with many other beaches in the Dominican Republic. The advantages of private beaches like Playa Minitas are obvious:

  • Not everyone can enter the premises
  • These beaches are equipped with lifeguards and security
  • Fewer noises, no beach vendors, better sanitary facilities

But the best thing I would consider is the neatness of Playa Minitas. In comparison to many other beaches in the Dominican Republic, you won’t find any plastic garbage there. Whenever I visited public beaches, there were far too many careless people leaving their trash behind.

Of course, a prestigious resort like Casa de Campo can’t afford any flaws and deficiencies on their premises. The beach was very clean and organized. I loved their dedication to supporting a clean environment!

Whoever doesn’t like sand between the toes has a great alternative. A few yards away from the shore is a swimming pool. Great for people who don’t like salt water and don’t like to be amid the waves.

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A good and close-by alternative: The swimming pool at Playa Minitas.

As I wrote before, this beach was one of the greatest I saw in the Dominican Republic. It was quiet there, not too many people around, and simply that kind of beach you would expect from an illustrated catalog. A real paradise!


From my perspective, it would be the perfect beach for families with little kids. The shoreside at Playa Minitas was very shallow and the moving waters can’t be even considered as waves. I always saw some lifeguards observing the coasts. Kids would be super safe there and have a great time.

So did I. Why can’t be all beaches like Playa Minitas in Casa de Campo?

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El antiguo campamento de pescadores en Playa Teco MaimĂłn

Dominican Republic, English

Los locales abandonados han atraĂ­do a muchos viajeros y parecen ganar aĂșn mĂĄs la atenciĂłn de los curiosos exploradores. Siempre que hay edificios olvidados o abandonados, se pudren o desgastan. Algunas de estas ubicaciones fuera del mapa son de fĂĄcil acceso en la RepĂșblica Dominicana. Cuando estaba en un viaje por carretera, vi muchas de estas ĂĄreas abandonadas que tenĂ­an motivos pintorescos. Me gustarĂ­a presentarles algunos de estos lugares olvidados en RepĂșblica Dominicana y cĂłmo encontrarlos. El artĂ­culo de la primera ediciĂłn trata sobre un antiguo campamento de pescadores cerca de Playa Teco MaimĂłn.

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Lo que tambiĂ©n me atrae de los lugares perdidos es la sensaciĂłn de hacer el trabajo pionero de un viajero. Explore y descubra algo que no es muy conocido y necesita una voz para contar su historia. Pero lo que realmente me asombra de los locales abandonados son sus extremos intrĂ­nsecos. O son bien conocidos y se convirtieron debido a su condiciĂłn deteriorada en un destino turĂ­stico popular. O son un secreto bien guardado entre los lugareños y no se comunican pĂșblicamente en absoluto.

ÂżDĂłnde puedo encontrar el antiguo campamento de pescadores en Playa Teco MaimĂłn?

Seguramente prefiero hacer el trabajo pionero del viajero. Pero en el caso del antiguo campamento de pescadores, parecĂ­a que todo el mundo lo habĂ­a olvidado. No es un secreto en absoluto, porque estaba al final de un carril ciego. No pasaba mucho por ese lugar, aunque estaba a solo unos minutos de Puerto Plata. Sin embargo, no es una ciudad pequeña ni la mĂĄs grande de la costa norte de la RepĂșblica Dominicana.

Playa Teco MaimĂłn tampoco parece ser una playa bonita. Uno esperarĂ­a una playa paradisĂ­aca tĂ­pica de la RepĂșblica Dominicana con arena de grano fino. Pero este no es un espectĂĄculo por su playa. No es la playa caracterĂ­stica para que los turistas se relajen y pasen un rato. Playa Teco MaimĂłn estĂĄ bastante cerca de la BahĂ­a de MaimĂłn (BahĂ­a de MaimĂłn) donde ingresan a la bahĂ­a tanto cruceros como cargueros. No es la tĂ­pica playa que los amantes del sol visitan con frecuencia.

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Antiguas casas de pescadores en Playa Teco MaimĂłn cerca de Puerto Plata en RepĂșblica Dominicana.

Puedes encontrar el lugar perdido dentro del campamento de pesca abandonado en Playa Teco MaimĂłn en este mapa:

Si necesita las coordenadas exactas, escrĂ­balas en su GPS:

Latitud: 19° 49′ 42.84″ N
Longitud: 70°46’51.8″ W

ÂżCĂłmo puedo acceder al antiguo campamento de pescadores de Playa Teco MaimĂłn?

Necesitas un buen vehĂ­culo para llegar allĂ­. Estaba en la carretera haciendo un viaje por RepĂșblica Dominicana. Un SUV bueno y confiable con neumĂĄticos resistentes, conduciendo un todoterreno, incluso bajo la lluvia. El suelo estaba un poco embarrado, pero me llevĂł a salvo a travĂ©s del territorio.

No habĂ­a una razĂłn especifica por la que conduje hasta ese lugar. De alguna manera estaba en camino y me llamĂł la atenciĂłn. Si observas mĂĄs de cerca Google Maps, verĂĄs que mi ubicaciĂłn estĂĄ en un callejĂłn sin salida y ni siquiera tiene un nombre oficial. Ese es siempre un buen indicador en RepĂșblica Dominicana de que se avecina algo aventurero.

Mi Ășnico propĂłsito al llegar a un callejĂłn sin salida era la curiosidad de ver quĂ© hay al final del camino. Por suerte, este pueblo de pescadores abandonado fue la prueba de que mi curiosidad, valiĂł la pena tomar algunas fotos pintorescas. Al menos me impresionaron los edificios en ruinas.

¿Qué esperar de este lugar perdido?

Es una cuestión de perspectiva y de lo que quieres esperar. No pasé mucho tiempo allí, solo de 5 a 10 min para tomar algunas fotos desde el mejor ångulo. Pero no tenía ninguna expectativa y ni siquiera sabía que existían estas ruinas de campamentos de pesca. Por lo tanto, me alegré de tomar algunas fotos muy expresivas.

Estos edificios en los antiguos campamentos de pesca tienen el estilo arquitectĂłnico exacto del Caribe. AsĂ­ es como la gente comĂșn construye sus hogares. Construido simplemente con material sin tratar. Lo mismo ocurre con la alegre gama de colores que representan estas cabañas caribeñas.

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Un lugar perdido en RepĂșblica Dominicana: El antiguo pueblo de pescadores en Playa Teco MaimĂłn.


Debido a su estado deteriorado, la pintura ya se desprendiĂł de las paredes y erosionĂł. Esta casa azul fue la Ășnica que parecĂ­a bastante nueva. Su color azul resaltaba de los demĂĄs edificios de la zona. En otras palabras: demasiado joven y en muy buen estado para estar abandonado. Pero la madera y el porche dañados no ocultaban su afiliaciĂłn a este lugar perdido. QuizĂĄs era la menos abandonada de todas estas casas.

Las plantas silvestres y la hierba crecieron demasiado sobre los edificios. Los tornados caribeños dañan cada año el material de la madera de estos lugares y los hacen propensos a colapsar. La naturaleza reclama su territorio y vuelve a apoderarse del lugar.

Es la historia tĂ­pica: la gente se mudĂł de estas ĂĄreas y ya nadie se preocupa por el antiguo campamento de pescadores. AsĂ­, año tras año caerĂĄ mĂĄs y algĂșn dĂ­a colapsarĂĄ por completo. Hasta entonces, no puedo garantizar que encontrarĂĄs el antiguo campamento de pescadores en Playa Teco MaimĂłn.

QuizĂĄs ya desapareciĂł. QuizĂĄs lo encuentres destruido. QuizĂĄs lo veas aĂșn mĂĄs deteriorado. Prueba tu suerte y descĂșbrelo tĂș mismo.

No tuve suerte con las condiciones de luz y fui castigado con otro dĂ­a nublado durante mi viaje. De lo contrario, en un dĂ­a soleado, mis fotos habrĂ­an sido aĂșn mĂĄs pintorescas y mejor iluminadas. ContinuĂ© el camino hasta el final. AllĂ­, en el callejĂłn sin salida, observĂ© a un pescador anciano local y barbudo que pescaba a la manera tradicional con una red de pesca a mano.

Él y sus actividades de pesca eran tan impresionantes como este antiguo campamento. En cierto modo, representó un ajuste total a lo que vi antes: un viejo pescador en un antiguo campamento de pesca.

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Abandoned premises in the Dominican Republic: Old fishing camp at Playa Teco MaimĂłn

Dominican Republic, English

Abandoned premises have attracted many travelers and seem to gain even more attention from curious explorers. Whenever there are forgotten or abandoned buildings, they get rotten or weathered. Some of these off the map locations are pretty easy accessible in the Dominican Republic. When I was on a road trip, I saw many of these abandoned areas that gave picturesque motives. I would like to introduce some of these forgotten places in the Dominican Republic and how to find them. The first edition article deals with an old fishing camp close to Playa Teco MaimĂłn.

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What attracts me as well about lost places is the feeling to do a traveler’s pioneer work. Explore and discover something that isn’t well known and needs a voice to tell its story. But what really amazes me about abandoned premises is their intrinsic extremes. Either they are well-known and a turned because its ran-down condition into a popular tourism destination. Or they are a well-kept secret amongst locals and not publicly communicated at all.

Where can I find the old fishing camp at Playa Teco MaimĂłn?

Surely, I prefer to do the traveler’s pioneer work. But in the case of the old fishing camp, it seemed to be simply forgotten by everyone. Not a secret at all, because it was at the end of a blind lane. There wasn’t much going on around that place, although it was just a few minutes away from Puerto Plata. Not a small city though and the biggest one on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic.

Playa Teco Maimón doesn’t seem to be a nice and beautiful beach either. One would expect a typical paradisiacal beach in the Dominican Republic with fine-grained sand. But this one isn’t a sight for sore eyes. Not the characteristic beach for tourists to relax and spend some time. Playa Teco Maimón is too close to Bahía de Maimón (Maimón Bay) where both cruise ships and cargo vessels enter the bay. Not the typical beach that sun worshippers frequently visit.

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Old fishermen houses at Playa Teco MaimĂłn close to Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic.

You can find the lost place with the abandoned fishing camp at Playa Teco MaimĂłn on the map here:

If you need the exact coordinates, type them into your GPS:

Latitude: 19° 49′ 42.84″ N
Longitude: 70°46’51.8″ W

How can I access the old fishing camp at Playa Teco MaimĂłn?

You need good a vehicle to get there. I was on the road doing a road trip through the Dominican Republic. A good and reliable SUV with sturdy tires made me drive through that off-road terrain even by rain. The soil was a bit muddy, but it took me safely through the territory.

Off-road trip in the Dominican Republic

There wasn’t a real reason why I drove to that place. It was somehow on the way and caught my eye. If you take a closer look at Google Maps, you see that my linked location is on a dead-end and doesn’t even have an official name. That’s always a good indicator in the Dominican Republic that something adventurous lies ahead.

My only purpose driving into a dead-end was the curiosity to see what’s at the end of the path. Luckily, this abandoned fishing village was proof that my curiosity paid out taking some picturesque photos. At least I was impressed by that dilapidated buildings.

What to expect from this lost place?

It’s a question of your perspective and what you want to expect. I didn’t spend a lot of time there, only 5 – 10 to take some photos from the best angle. But I haven’t had any expectations and didn’t know these ruinous fishing camp even existed. Thus, I was happy to take some very expressive photos.

These buildings at the old fishing camps have the exact Caribbean style of architecture. That’s how ordinary people would construct their homes. Simply constructed with untreated material. Same with the joyful range of colors that represents these Caribbean cottages.

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A lost place in the Dominican Republic: The old fishing village at Playa Teco MaimĂłn.


Due to its run-down shape, the paint spalled already from the walls and weathered. This blue house was the only one to look fairly new. Its blue color highlighted the other buildings in the area. In other words: Too young and in too good shape to be derelict. But the damaged wood and porch didn’t conceal its affiliation to a lost place. Maybe it was the least abandoned of all these houses.

Wild plants and grass overgrew the buildings and overgrew. Caribbean tornados damage every year the wooden material of these shags and make them liable to collapse. Nature claims its territory back and takes over the place again.

It’s the typical story: People moved away from these areas and no one really cared anymore about the old fishing camp. Thus, it will year by year more fallen down and will one day collapse entirely. Until then, I can’t guarantee that you’ll find the old fishing camp at Playa Teco Maimón.

Maybe it will be already removed. Maybe you’ll find it destroyed. Maybe you see it even more decayed. Try your luck and find it out yourself.

I wasn’t lucky with the light conditions and was punished with another cloudy day during my roadtrip. Otherwise, on a sunny day, my taken photos would have been even more picturesque and better illuminated. I continued the drive to the end of the path. There at the dead-end, I observed an old and beardy Dominican fisher who fished the traditional way with a fishnet and by hand.

He and his fishing activities were as impressive as this old fishing camp. In a way, it represented a total fit to what I saw before: An old fisherman at an old fishing camp.

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Ein wunderschöner Aussichtspunkt am Mirador del AtlĂĄntico in Las Terrenas

Dominican Republic, English

In der Dominikanischen Republik gibt es nicht viele groß angelegte und sichere Aussichtsplattformen. Aber eine von ihnen ist definitiv einen Stopp wert. Ganz in der NĂ€he von Las Terrenas ist einer meiner Lieblingsorte fĂŒr eine kurze Mittagspause. Ich hielt dort hĂ€ufig an, wenn ich bergauf oder bergab nach Las Terrenas fuhr. Lies diesen Artikel und erfahre mehr ĂŒber einen wunderschönen Aussichtspunkt am ‘Mirador del AtlĂĄntico’ in Las Terrenas und wie Du dorthin findest.

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Kaum gute und sichere Aussichtspunkte

Normalerweise halten die Leute in der Dominikanischen Republik mit ihren Fahrzeugen gedankenlos an jeder Autobahn an der Seite an, um eine Pause einzulegen und ein paar Fotos zu machen. Es gibt nicht viele gute Aussichtspunkte, um die umliegende Natur in Ruhe zu beobachten. Meistens sind diese Aussichtsplattformen viel zu nahe an den Autobahnen gebaut und ein wenig gefÀhrlich.

Eine weitere Herausforderung sind die begrenzten Parkmöglichkeiten. Immer wenn viele Leute mit ihren Autos, Lastwagen oder MotorrĂ€dern vorbeibrettern, kann es auf diesen wenigen und klein gestalteten Plattformen schon mal etwas gemĂŒtlich werden. Verkehrsszenarien in der Dominikanischen Republik sind von Natur aus nicht sicher und sehr herausfordernd. Neugierige und gedankenlose Autofahrer verschĂ€rfen diese Situation noch weiter. Insbesondere, wenn die Aussichtspunkte nur auf einer Straßenseite sind und von beiden Verkehrsrichtungen angesteuert werden können.

Ich habe mehrere Rundreisen in der Dominikanischen Republik gemacht und war immer begeistert von dem GefĂŒhl der Freiheit, das ich wĂ€hrend der Fahrt hatte. In der Dominikanischen Republik fahren zu dĂŒrfen war immer eine Freude – wenn es weit weg von den ĂŒberfĂŒllten Touristengebieten und grĂ¶ĂŸeren StĂ€dten war. Die Verkehrssituationen dort sind allerdings ein echter Graus und waren immer nervenaufreibend. Aber das Fahren entlang der Autobahnen, KĂŒsten und Berge fernab der StĂ€dte war immer etwas Besonderes fĂŒr mich.

Wo ist der Mirador del AtlĂĄntico Las Terrenas?

‘Mirador’ bedeutet auf Spanisch ‘Ausguck’ oder Aussichtspunkt. Dieser spezielle Aussichtspunkt beschreibt also, dass er mit Blick auf den Atlantik und der Orientierung halber nahe Las Terrenas gelegen ist.

Wenn Du eine Rundreise in der Dominikanischen Republik unternimmst und von oder nach Las Terrenas fĂ€hrst, solltest Du genau dort anhalten. Es gibt kaum einen Ort auf der Insel, an dem sich die Aussicht besser genießen lĂ€sst. Ganz in der NĂ€he von Playa CosĂłn auf dem Highway 133 (Boulevard TurĂ­stico del AtlĂĄntico) findest Du auf Google Maps den “Mirador del AtlĂĄntico Las Terrenas”.

Das allein ist eine gute Referenz, da die meisten interessanten und hilfreichen Aussichtspunkte von Dominikanern nicht öffentlich zugĂ€nglich sind oder kommuniziert werden. Oft wird es irgendwie geheim gehalten und verborgen, dass sich Informationen ĂŒber solche Orte ausreichend verbreiten. Viele AuslĂ€nder, die in der Dominikanischen Republik ihre Rundreisen machen, durchqueren diese Orte normalerweise, ohne es irgendwie zu bemerken oder darauf hingewiesen zu werden. In diesem Fall kannst Du dort einen kleinen Zwischenstopp einplanen, da Du ihn leicht auf Google Maps finden kannst.

Breitengrad: 19° 17′ 29.898″ N
LĂ€ngengrad: 69° 36′ 42.18″ W

Was kann ich von Mirador del AtlĂĄntico Las Terrenas erwarten?

Die Aussichtsplattform befindet sich nur auf einer Seite der Autobahn. Wenn Du Las Terrenas und / oder Playa CosĂłn auf dem Highway 133 verlĂ€sst, ist sie auf Deiner Fahrtseite und leichter und sicherer zu erreichen. Wenn Du jedoch aus Richtung Santo Domingo oder Puerto Plata auf die Halbinsel SamanĂĄ in Richtung Las Terrenas und / oder Playa CosĂłn fĂ€hrst, musst Du die Gegenfahrbahn ĂŒberqueren, um die Plattform zu erreichen. Das solltest Du berĂŒcksichtigen und Dir merken.

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Blick vom Mirador del AtlĂĄntico Las Terrenas nach Playa CosĂłn

Ich habe es zu Beginn in diesem Artikel schon beschrieben – es könnte herausfordernd und gefĂ€hrlich werden, wenn Fahrzeuge von beiden Seiten zum Aussichtspunkt fahren wollen. Geschwindigkeitsbegrenzungen in der Dominikanischen Republik sind zwar allgemein bekannt, werden aber weder akzeptiert noch befolgt. Diese Aussichtsplattform befindet sich je nach individueller Fahrtrichtung vor oder hinter hinter einer Kurve am Berghang. Könnte ein bisschen herausfordernd sein.

Erwarten Sie keine Einkaufsmöglichkeiten oder sanitĂ€ren Einrichtungen am Mirador del AtlĂĄntico Las Terrenas. Es gibt kein Restaurant, GeschĂ€ft, keine Toilette, usw. Es ist ein reiner Aussichtspunkt in seinem natĂŒrlichen Zustand und nicht wirtschaftlich erschlossen worden.

Wenn Du eine ausgedehnte Mittagspause einlegen oder mal gepflegt austreten möchtest, suchst Du besser nach einem anderen Ort. In jenem anderen Fall ist es eine gute Idee, zum Mirador del AtlĂĄntico Las Terrenas Deinen eigenen Snack und ein GetrĂ€nk mitzubringen und die Aussicht zu genießen.

Wie ist die Aussicht vom Mirador del AtlĂĄntico Las Terrenas?

Auf dem Boden befindet sich ein großer Fels vor der BrĂŒstung. Wenn Du vorsichtig nach oben kletterst, hast Du eine noch bessere Sicht auf die umliegende Landschaft. Von dort aus kannst Du ĂŒber die NordkĂŒste der Dominikanischen Republik schauen. Überzeug Dich selbst und schau Dir mein Video an:

Wenn die Sicht klar und nicht neblig ist, kannst Du sogar nach Nordwesten bis zum Playa CosĂłn schauen. Wenn Du GlĂŒck hast wie ich oben im Video, fĂ€hrt kein Fahrzeug vorbei oder hĂ€lt an. Du kannst die Aussicht in Ruhe genießen und den Vogelstimmen lauschen. Eine nahezu ungetrĂŒbte Stille. Ich muss bei dieser Gelegenheit hervorheben, dass völlige Stille in der Dominikanischen Republik etwas sehr Seltenes ist. Normalerweise findest Du in der Dominikanischen Republik ĂŒberall Menschen und es wird ziemlich schnell ziemlich laut.

Koste also diesen Ă€ußerst seltenen Fall aus und genieß die Aussicht auf den Mirador del AtlĂĄntico Las Terrenas. Ein kurzer Stopp dort lohnt sich sehr!

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A great ocean view at Mirador del AtlĂĄntico Las Terrenas

Dominican Republic, English

There aren’t many spacious and secure viewing platforms in the Dominican Republic. But one of them definitely is worth a stop. Very close to Las Terrenas is one of my favorite spots to have a quick lunch break. I frequently stopped there when I was driving uphill or downhill to Las Terrenas. Read this article and find out more about a great ocean view at ‘Mirador del AtlĂĄntico Las Terrenas’ and how to get there.

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Not many good viewing platforms in the DR

Usually, people just stop in the Dominican Republic with their vehicles mindlessly at the side of a highway to have a break and take some photos. There aren’t many good viewing platforms to observe the surrounding nature. Most of the time, these observation decks are far too close to the highways and a little dangerous to stop by.

Another challenge is the limited parking spaces. Whenever a lot of people were stopping by with their cars, trucks, or motorcycles, it could get crowded on these few free platforms. Traffic scenarios in the Dominican Republic aren’t safe by nature, but curious people compound these complicated situations. Especially, when there’s only one possibility per lane to stop by and vehicles from both directions try to drive there.

I did several Road Trips in the Dominican Republic and was always delighted about the feeling of freedom I had. Driving in the Dominican Republic was always a joy – If that was far away from the highly crowded tourist areas and bigger cities. These traffic situations were always horrible. But driving along the highways, coasts, and mountains between the cities was always something special and enjoyable.

Where is Mirador del AtlĂĄntico Las Terrenas?

If you are doing a Road Trip in the Dominican Republic and are driving from or to Las Terrenas, there is one spot you should stop and enjoy the view. Very close to Playa Cosón on Highway 133 (Boulevard Turístico del Atlántico) you can find on Google Maps ‘Mirador del Atlántico Las Terrenas’.

This alone is a great reference because most of the interesting and helpful landmarks aren’t publicly available or communicated by Dominicans. A lot of times, obtaining information about the places like these are somehow secret and concealed. Many foreigners doing road trips in the DR would usually cross these places without taking notice of them. In this case, you can plan a little stop there because you can locate it on Google Maps.

Latitude: 19° 17′ 29.898″ N

Longitude 69° 36′ 42.18″ W

What can I expect from Mirador del AtlĂĄntico Las Terrenas?

The observation platform is only on one side of the highway. If you are leaving Las Terrenas and/or Playa CosĂłn, it would be on your side and easier and safer to reach. But if you are driving to Las Terrenas or Playa CosĂłn, you need to cross the other lane to reach the platform. You should consider that.

Mirador del Atlántico in Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic (4)
View from the Mirador del AtlĂĄntico Las Terrenas to Playa CosĂłn

I described it a bit earlier – It could get challenging and dangerous if vehicles from both sides decide to drive there. Many times, speeding limits in the Dominican Republic are known but neither accepted nor tolerated. This observation platform is behind (or before: depending on your driving direction) a curve at the mountainside. Could be a bit challenging.

Don’t expect any shopping possibilities or sanitary facilities at Mirador del Atlántico Las Terrenas. There isn’t any restaurant, shop, toilet, etc. It’s a viewpoint in its natural state and barely modified by humans. Definitely not a capitalized service area.


If you want to have an extensive lunch break or powder your nose, you’d better look for another place. In any other event, bringing your snack and enjoying the view is more than a good idea at Mirador del Atlántico Las Terrenas.

How is the view from Mirador del AtlĂĄntico Las Terrenas?

On the floor, you can find a rock. If you climb it carefully up, you have an even better view throughout the landscape. From there, you can look across the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. Convince yourself and take a look at my video:

If the view is clear and not foggy, you can even look to your Northwest down to Playa Cosón. If you’re lucky, there isn’t any vehicle driving or stopping. You can enjoy the view and listen to bird calls. Almost full silence. I need to highlight on this occasion, that full silence is something rare in the Dominican Republic. Usually, people conglomerate everywhere and are quite noisy.

Take advantage of this extremely rare case and enjoy the view at Mirador del Atlántico Las Terrenas. It’s worth it!

5 razones para vivir en la Zona Colonial de Santo Domingo (Update AbrĂ­l 2021)

5 reasons to live/leave this city, Dominican Republic, English, Insider Report

Santo Domingo es la ciudad mĂĄs grande de todo el Caribe y la capital de RepĂșblica Dominicana. Desde el punto de vista de un expatriado, puede que no sea tan atractivo vivir allĂ­ como visitarlo durante un fin de semana. Si es extranjero y trabaja en turismo, hotelerĂ­a o bienes raĂ­ces, probablemente Punta Cana o Las Terrenas podrĂ­an ser su principal lugar de residencia en la RepĂșblica Dominicana. Sin embargo, todavĂ­a hay muchos otros expatriados viviendo en Santo Domingo. AdemĂĄs de eso, muchos extranjeros tienden a mudarse a la Zona Colonial. Quiero ayudarlo a tener una mejor visiĂłn general de 5 razones para vivir en la Zona Colonial de Santo Domingo.

Tiempo de lectura aproximado: 15 minutos.

(Ășltima actualizaciĂłn: 10 de abril de 2021)

VivĂ­ en la Zona Colonial de Santo Domingo durante casi un año y medio. Este artĂ­culo no es un homenaje por defecto. DeberĂ­a verlo mĂĄs como una pequeña guĂ­a para extranjeros que buscan informaciĂłn de primera mano. Siempre que planee, considere o incluso sueñe despierto mudarse a la Zona Colonial de Santo Domingo, aquĂ­ puede encontrar informaciĂłn Ăștil en este artĂ­culo.

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Mi intenciĂłn para este artĂ­culo era brindar informaciĂłn y orientaciĂłn sobre la Zona Colonial que quizĂĄs no encuentre en otro lugar. Hay muchos sitios web relacionados con el turismo, la hospitalidad o las visitas turĂ­sticas en la Zona Colonial. ÂżPero vivir allĂ­ por mĂĄs tiempo? No se puede encontrar mucha informaciĂłn Ăștil. Me gustarĂ­a cerrar esa brecha.

Durante los tiempos difĂ­ciles de Covid-19, me alejĂ© de la Zona Colonial. Cuando salĂ­ de la Zona Colonial, no habĂ­a tanta vida pĂșblica posible como cabrĂ­a esperar de una ciudad caribeña. Debido a las restricciones, el encierro y los controles estrictos, no me importaba en quĂ© vecindario viviera. Porque no podĂ­a disfrutar ni beneficiarme de todos estos argumentos que normalmente convencerĂ­an a alguien de mudarse allĂ­ de forma permanente. Por lo tanto, me mudĂ© a Piantini a un barrio mĂĄs cĂ©ntrico. Al mismo tiempo, era un poco mĂĄs elegante, verde y tranquilo que la Zona Colonial.

Carnaval 2020 en la Zona Colonial en Santo Domingo (1)
Calle El Conde

Por tanto, mi artĂ­culo deberĂ­a ser una referencia a “la zona colonial normal”. No es una Zona Colonial durante ninguna intervenciĂłn polĂ­tica debido a una pandemia global. Solo una Zona Colonial regular antes y despuĂ©s de Covid-19. Esperemos que las cosas vuelvan a la “normalidad” sobre la que escribĂ­a antes en mi sitio web.

Si estĂĄ interesado en una descripciĂłn mĂĄs amplia de Santo Domingo en su conjunto, me gustarĂ­a recomendarle un artĂ­culo relacionado que escribĂ­ antes de cualquier incidente de Covid. Con la misma estructura y 5 buenas razones para vivir en Santo Domingo y 5 razones para dejarlo nuevamente.

5 buenas razones para vivir en Santo Domingo (04/2021 Update)

La RepĂșblica Dominicana es un magnĂ­fico destino turĂ­stico en el Caribe. Muchas fiestas comienzan en la capital de Santo Domingo y su Zona Colonial para recibir al visitante con un toque histĂłrico. ÂżY vivir en Santo Domingo? ÂżCuĂĄles son buenas razones para vivir en la capital dominicana?

Lea en este artĂ­culo lo que realmente significa para un extranjero la vida en la ciudad mĂĄs antigua del continente americano.

5 buenas razones para NO vivir en Santo Domingo (AbrĂ­l 2021 Update)

Vivir en el Caribe debe ser un sueño y estar lleno de frutas exĂłticas, hermosas playas y sol. ÂżPor quĂ© no vivir en Santo Domingo, la capital de RepĂșblica Dominicana? ÂżNo serĂ­a un buen plan mudarse allĂ­? Hay muy buenos argumentos, por quĂ© NO es una buena idea vivir en Santo Domingo. ÂżTe gustarĂ­a saber mĂĄs? Lea este artĂ­culo con 5 buenas razones para NO vivir en Santo Domingo.


Pero este artĂ­culo ahora es una especie de ediciĂłn especial y se centra en la Zona Colonial con todas sus interesantes facetas y peculiaridades. Es mĂĄs una comparaciĂłn entre los diferentes barrios de Santo Domingo. Siga el enlace a continuaciĂłn y eche un vistazo a la “Zona Colonial”, como la llamarĂ­an los dominicanos.

Por favor, avíseme en la sección de comentarios si le gustó el artículo y qué piensa al respecto. También puede enviarme un correo electrónico a y hacer sus preguntas de una manera un poco mås privada. Responderé lo mås råpido que pueda.

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Malecón, Cabrera, MarĂ­a Trinidad SĂĄnchez, Dominican Republic (8)

A wave-breaking experience at the MalecĂłn in Cabrera

Dominican Republic, English

A simple stop during a road trip in the Dominican Republic turned out to be funny and inspiring moments. I was on the road and stopped by at the MalecĂłn in Cabrera. Luckily, a spectacle of nature made a break more pleasant. Read my story about a wave-breaking experience at the MalecĂłn in Cabrera.

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Where can I find Cabrera?

Cabrera is one of the smaller cities in the Dominican Republic. Located in María Trinidad Sánchez province on the North Coast of the island, it is between Puerto Plata and the Peninsula Samaná. I did some desk research and couldn’t obtain a lot of information about Cabrera from the traveler’s perspective. Seems like, there’s either not a lot to do and visit. Or not frequently visited by people who like to write about it.

Cabrera doesn’t seem to be a real tourism destination for international travelers. It seems to be more for transit and stopping by. That’s exactly what I did to have a break during a drive along the North Coast of the Dominican Republic. Luckily, that was for me the right decision.

Where is the MalecĂłn in Cabrera?

I was driving from Las Terrenas and heading towards Cabarete. Cabrera is exactly in the middle and was the perfect city for a stop to stretch legs and have a lunch break. What I didn’t know was the little enhancement that awaited me during my break. It was a real joy to stop by at the Malecón and observe the waves as high as a house.

The photos and videos I took were from the cliffs at the most northern part of Duarte street and the Malécon in Cabrera. You can find the GPS coordinates of the Malecón in Cabrera here:

Latitude: 19°38’49.1″N
Longitude: 69°54’11.5″W

Powerful waves at the MalecĂłn de Cabrera

Amid these waves, I took several videos from the cliff. Maybe it was my lucky day – These waves turned out to be powerful and impressive. The sea spray lashed the wuthering saltwater on the ground. I could feel some water drops from the ocean some 70 – 80 ft. away from the cliffs. Quite powerful.

At least I’m under the impression, that I made some good recordings during my 30-minute stay at the Malecón of Cabrera. I tried to make a video to capture a wave-breaker. Take a look and check it out:

I got pretty wet because of the sea spray and felt the salty taste of the ocean between my lips. In combination with the scorching sun during noon, it was a real challenge for my skin and clothing. But I was happy to have spent some great moments at the cliffs. Enjoying the ocean view was very calming and relaxing. Especially with a view like that:


These cliffs were shaped for thousands of years because of the swell and salinity of the sea. I felt very invited to linger over the MalecĂłn of Cabrera and pass some time. A maritime inspiration for travelers and those who just want to come and stop by. I can definitely recommend to plan a stop at the MalecĂłn of Cabrera.

But you should better put on sunscreen and have some spare clothes with. It can get pretty wet and salty at the coast of Cabrera. Nevertheless, it’s worth it to visit the MalecĂłn of Cabrera for your own wave-breaking experience.

Maybe you can try to catch your own wave one day.

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5 GrĂŒnde, warum Du NICHT in der Zona Colonial von Santo Domingo leben solltest (April 2021 UPDATE)

5 reasons to live/leave this city, Dominican Republic, English

Santo Domingo ist die Hauptstadt der Dominikanischen Republik und ein beliebtes Reiseziel fĂŒr viele Touristen. Es gibt jedoch auch viele Auswanderer in einer internationalen Community, die im Ă€ltesten Stadtteil von Santo Domingo leben – dem historischen Stadtkern mit seiner ‘Zona Colonial’. Diese Gebiete sind in jeder Stadt grundsĂ€tzlich etwas interessanter fĂŒr auslĂ€ndische Reisende, Besucher und Touristen. Wie kann man jedoch ernsthaft in einer Nachbarschaft leben, in der andere Menschen ausgehen, reisen oder Partys feiern möchten? Einige Auswanderer haben ihre Zweifel, ob sie in die historische Altstadt von Santo Domingo ziehen sollen. Vielleicht könnte es ja sein, dass Sie irgendwie nicht fĂŒr diese turbulente, chaotische und lebendige Nachbarschaft geschaffen sind? Lies in diesem Artikel mehr ĂŒber 5 GrĂŒnde, warum Du nicht in der Zona Colonial von Santo Domingo leben solltest.

UngefÀhre Lesezeit: 15 Minuten

(Letztes Update: 10. April 2021)


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Willkommen zurĂŒck! Cool, dass Du Dich erfolgreich durchgeklickt hast und ĂŒber den vorherigen Artikel hier gelandet bist. Oder Du bist ĂŒber eine andere Möglichkeit auf diesen Artikel gestoßen. Auf jeden Fall bist Du neugierig geworden, warum es eine ganz gute Idee sein könnte, das Leben in der historischen Altstadt lieber zu meiden. Es gibt immer unzĂ€hlige positive Artikel, die ermutigen wollen, warum Du ein Ziel besuchen, bereisen oder dort hinziehen solltest. Aber nur wenige Artikel zeigen mal die ungeschminkte Wahrheit und skizzieren einige Gegenargumente. Deshalb bist aber schließlich Du hier gelandet – Schließlich möchtest Du mehr ĂŒber mögliche Nachteile, Probleme und GrĂŒnde erfahren, warum Du lieber nicht in der historische Altstadt von Santo Domingo leben solltest. Kann ja vor dem Auswandern eventuell ganz hilfreich werden, wenn mal die Kehrseite der Medaille portrĂ€tiert wird und ohnehin in die Dominikanische Republik gehen wollte.

Da komm natĂŒrlich ich ins Spiel. Ich möchte Dir einige Einblicke in die Zona Colonial von Santo Domingo geben und Dir meine Erfahrungen aus erster Hand mitteilen. Nicht alles ist glĂ€nzend und perfekt und der Ă€lteste Stadtteil von Santo Domingo ist auch weit davon entfernt. Sei also gespannt und finde in diesem Artikel 5 GrĂŒnde, warum Du nicht in die Zona Colonial von Santo Domingo ziehen solltest.

Lass mich im Kommentarbereich wissen, ob Dir der Artikel gefallen hat ich Dir weiterhelfen konnte. Du kannst mir gerne auch eine E-Mail an senden und Deine Fragen in einem etwas privaterem Rahmen stellen. Ich werde so schnell wie möglich darauf antworten. Vielen Dank!

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5 reasons to live in the colonial zone of Santo Domingo (April 2021 UPDATE)

5 reasons to live/leave this city, Dominican Republic, English, Insider Report

Santo Domingo is the biggest city in the entire Caribbean and the capital of the Dominican Republic. From an expat point of view, it might be not as attractive to live there as to visit it for a weekend. If you are a foreigner and work in tourism, hospitality, or real estate, probably Punta Cana or Las Terrenas might be your main place of residence in the Dominican Republic. However, there are still a lot of other expats living in Santo Domingo. In addition to that, many foreigners tend to move to the Colonial Zone. I want to help you have a better overview of 5 reasons to live in Santo Domingo’s Colonial Zone.

Approximate reading time: 15 minutes

(Last update: April 10, 2021)

I lived the expat life in the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo for almost one and a half years. This article isn’t by default an homage. You should see it more as a little guide for foreigners who are looking for first-hand information. Whenever you plan, consider, or might even daydream to move to the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo – Here you can find some useful information in this article.

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My intention for this article was to give some insights and guidance about the Colonial Zone you might not find elsewhere. There are plenty of websites regarding tourism, hospitality, or sightseeing in the Colonial Zone. But living there for longer? Not much useful information to be found. I would like to close that gap.

During the difficult times of Covid-19, I moved away from the Colonial Zone. When I left the Colonial Zone, there wasn’t much public life possible as you would expect it from a Caribbean city. Due to restrictions, lockdown, and strict controls, it didn’t matter to me in which neighborhood I lived. Because I could neither enjoy nor benefit from all these arguments that would usually convince someone to move there permanently. Thus, I moved to Piantini to a more central neighborhood. It was at the same time a bit more upscale, green and quiet than the Colonial Zone.

Carnaval 2020 en la Zona Colonial en Santo Domingo (1)
Calle El Conde

My article should be therefore a reference to ‘the normal’ Colonial Zone. Not a Colonial Zone during any political interventions because of a global pandemic. Just a regular Colonial Zone before and after Covid-19. Let’s hope, that things go back to this ‘normal’ I was writing about before on my website.

Are you interested in a broader overview of the expat life in Santo Domingo as a whole city? I would like to recommend you a related article that I wrote before any Covid incidents. With the same structure and 5 good reasons to live in Santo Domingo and 5 reasons to leave it again.

5 good reasons to live in Santo Domingo (04/2021 Update)

The Dominican Republic is a magnificent tourism destination in the Caribbean. Many holidays begin in the capital of Santo Domingo and its Colonial Zone to welcome the visitor with a historical flair. But what about living in Santo Domingo? What are good reasons to live in the Dominican capital?

Read in this article, what life in the oldest city on the American continent really means for a foreigner.


But this article now is kind of a special edition and focuses on the Colonial Zone with all its interesting facets and peculiarities. It’s more a comparison amongst the different neighborhoods of Santo Domingo. Please follow the link below and get a thorough glimpse about the ‘Zona Colonial’ how Dominicans would call it.

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Colonial Zone in Santo Domingo

5 good reasons to NOT live in the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo (April 2021 Update)

5 reasons to live/leave this city, Dominican Republic, English

Santo Domingo is the capital of the Dominican Republic and a popular destination for many tourists. However, there are as well many expats living in the oldest part of Santo Domingo – The historical part with its Colonial Zone. These areas are in any city by default a bit more interesting for foreign travelers, visitors, tourists. But seriously living in a neighborhood where other people celebrate, travel or party? Some expats have doubts when it comes to move to the Colonial Zone. Could it be, that you somehow are simply not made for a tumultuous, chaotic and vibrant neighborhood? Read in this article more about 5 reasons why to not move to the Colonial Zone.

Approximate reading time: 15 minutes

(Last update: April 10, 2021)


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Welcome back! You successfully clicked your way through and came here from the previous article. Or you accessed it by any other means. In any event, you are an expat and curious why it might be a better idea to avoid living in the Colonial Zone. There are always tons of positive articles that encourage you why you should do, move, visit, etc. something. But only a few confront the reverse of the medal and show some contra arguments. That’s why you are here – You would like to find out more about possible downsides, disadvantages and reasons to not live in the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo.

And here I am. I would like to give interested expats some more insights about the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo and share with you my first-hand insights. Not everything is shiny and perfect and the Colonial Zone is also far away from that. Please continue reading this article and find out more about 5 reasons why to not move to the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo.

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5 good reasons to NOT live in Santo Domingo (April 2021 UPDATE)

5 reasons to live/leave this city, Dominican Republic, English, Insider Report

Living in the Caribbean must be a dream and full of coconut palms, beautiful beaches and sunshine. Why not living in the Dominican Republic? Santo Domingo is the city with the biggest population in the Caribbean and the capital of the Dominican Republic. Wouldn’t it be a thing to move there to realize your Caribbean dream? Not at all, I would say. There are some very good arguments, why it’s not a good idea to live in Santo Domingo. Would you like to find out more? Read this article with 5 good reasons to NOT live in Santo Domingo.

Welcome back! You successfully clicked your way through and came here from the previous article in which I wrote about 5 good reasons to move to Santo Domingo. In any event, you are curious why it might be a better idea to avoid living in Santo Domingo. There are always tons of positive articles that encourage you why you should go, live, move to, visit, etc. somewhere. But only a few focuses the reverse of the medal to show you some honest counter-arguments. That’s why you are here – You would like to find out more about possible objections, disadvantages and reasons to not live in Santo Domingo.

Approximate reading time: 20 minutes

(Last Update: April 10, 2021)

Read in this article, what life in the oldest city on the American continent really means for a foreigner. And if you should consider to better look for a different city to realize your Caribbean dream.

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Maybe there are some things you might not find in other How-to-Guides that rather want to sell you a candy story. Moving abroad into a strange culture is a big project that involves the danger of making the wrong decision. Not always are expectations met after moving with your whole kit and caboodle to the Dominican Republic.

You want to be sure before you make a big step and assure you about the natural or artificial problems and challenges a new city has to face. I lived for about 1.5 years in Santo Domingo and before in other capital cities in Latin America. Thus I can comprehend all the doubts and hopes any foreigner has before moving to the Dominican Republic.

Carnaval 2020 en la Zona Colonial en Santo Domingo (7)
Weird snapshot, isn’t it? But also Santo Domingo has its own carnival.

And here I am. I would like to give you some more insights about Santo Domingo and share with you my first-hand insights. Not everything is shiny and perfect and Santo Domingo is also far away from that. Please continue reading this article to find out more about 5 good reasons why to not move to Santo Domingo.

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Ceviche in the Dominican Republic – How does it taste?

Dominican Republic, English, Foooooood

Ceviche is a well-known dish from Peru. It is particularly popular for its sour, fresh taste and the piquant spices. The Peruvian national dish, ceviche, has become a real export hit and has made it into various kitchens around the world. The Dominican Republic also offers its own variations of ceviche. Is it worth trying the Dominican ceviche and giving the version from the Dominican Republic a chance? How does ceviche taste in the Dominican Republic?

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Ceviche is a traditional and famous Peruvian dish

Whenever I am asked about my favorite food, I easily start pondering. As a proven food connoisseur and well-known gourmet with a penchant for gluttony, my abundance of culinary experience and my repertoire of internationally consumed dishes exceed the sheer number of gastronomic imaginations.

There is a lot that I like and almost nothing that I don’t like. Grandma always said, beaming with pride, that I was a good eater. But if I had to choose between any dishes, then I would rather name a simple dish that …

  • is prepared freshly
  • has a penchant for savory elements
  • contains healthy elements
  • and fills pleasantly my stomach

My choice would be ceviche. A traditional Peruvian dish from the coastal regions of the Andean state in South America.

Ceviche Peruano with Camote und Choclo

I had the privilege to live in the Peruvian capital of Lima for about a year and was able to consume some gastronomic masterpieces. Most of the time, when I quickly scanned the menu, I realized that my choice had already been made before I entered the restaurant. Anyone who has ever had the chance to try an originally prepared ceviche in Peru will be able to understand my words.

However, it is best not to eat ceviche alone. The marinated fish bite can be enjoyed better in company. Fortunately, there were several nice people during my time in Peru who were happy to share this meal with me.

Ceviche from all over the world

As with most traditions, recipes and culinary preparations are passed on over generations, evolve, and spread geographically. Without any real possibility of patenting food, it’s difficult to ascertain who prepared or cooked the very first delicacy of a dish before everyone else. While there has been a bitter struggle between Chile and Peru for hundreds of years for the pioneering claim of ceviche, this dish has spread globally and has been adopted and adapted by many other gastronomic kitchens.

From Mexico to the Philippines and Hawaii to the Caribbean, it is now possible to enjoy ceviche in similar variations and with typical national influences. Perhaps under a different name, with different side dishes, or made with different focus. The principle of marinating raw fish or seafood in various spices with lime juice has been a real trend and a cultural export hit for many years.

I also wrote an article a few years ago after trying the versions from Ecuador and Chile for the Peruvian cross-check. I recommend the following article as additional literature for all of you food-interested readers:

Yummy Ceviche: Chilean, Ecuadorian or Peruvian style?

The South American cuisine has many things to offer for hungry stomachs, but the most tasty South American fish-dish is Ceviche. It has also regionally different names like Cebiche or Seviche. Although they wrote Ceviche with an S, it reads like a love letter to their own food. I had the luck to try so far the Peruvian, Chilean and Ecuadorian version of Ceviche. The Mexican one I didn’t try so far. But I would like to share and compare the other three ones I tried.

The non-Peruvian experiences with its most famous national dish were rarely satisfactory. Expectations that ceviche would be at the same taste level as in Peruvian restaurants were too high. The disappointment when the Ecuadorians served me some kind of ceviche soup or the Mexicans with their outrageous audacity to stuff ceviche into a taco was too confusing and disillusioning for me.

I have therefore decided – of course purely out of pride and to protect my sensitive palate – not to try any ceviche outside of Peru. Or would you prefer a US pizza with dry salami and a burnt cheese crust instead of an original Italian master pizza from the oven?

Usually, ceviche is served with many tasty and decorative side dishes.


Isolating yourself completely from the ceviche, however, created some dreary absence. Although the palate is well protected from weak plagiarism from all over the world, the longing for the delicious dish always flamed latently in me. And sooner or later that culinary yearning had to be satisfied at some point.

Now ceviche has made it as well to the Dominican Republic. Whenever I eat ‘Ceviche Dominicano’ on a menu here on this chaotic island, some lustful stimuli conquered the taste buds of my tongue. The mouth began to become watery and immediately demanded that the dish be ordered.

Hence, I couldn’t resist and gave the Dominican ceviche a chance. Or two, or three. Or maybe even more chances than ‘just a try’. At least several times to be sure and each time with different results. I would like to share my experience report with you about ceviche from the Dominican Republic.

On the following pages, I describe with a few photos and texts what I was able to experience in the Dominican restaurants when I was served ceviche. To get a taste bit by bit, I recommend clicking on the next page.

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The expat dilemma: When we are stuck between two worlds

English, Phil O' Soph

How does it feel when we are stuck between two worlds? Although there is only one planet on which we humans live, this saying is often used. Is there something more to this casually expressed saying than just a lack of orientation and the search for identification? I gave myself a few deep thoughts about the concept of an expat and analyzed different perspectives when you are stuck between two worlds and why it was the same for me.

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Approximate reading time: 15 minutes

I’ve also had this feeling of being stuck between two worlds. Therefore, it is a little easier for me to describe this extraordinary state. To be stuck between two worlds is to be understood more as a symbol. This article is not about interstellar space travel. These two worlds simply symbolize different societies that are both geographically and culturally distant from each other.

Requirements for a feeling of being stuck between two worlds

Some requirements need to be met before we can suffer from this dilemma. Because being stuck between two worlds is easier said than done. What exactly does it take before a feeling of being stuck can be triggered?

Minimum requirement: Another world

The first premise is that there has to be at least the second world. Without the existence of such a second world, no strange feeling can develop in ourselves. In just one world you can stay comfortably without the feeling of ever being stuck in another world.

The seagull also has wanderlust and is much more interested in the foreign shore than the one she stands on

But as soon as we get to know a second world of at least the same nature and quality or of a different kind, an intrapersonal dilemma can develop in us. That is easy to explain: it appeals to us in the other world at least as well as in our ancestral world.

Now suddenly we no longer know which of the two worlds we would like to give preference to. After all, both worlds have many advantages and disadvantages to offer and we are fighting a tough battle for our preferences.

The more peculiar these worlds, the more character they offer

In addition to the sheer existence of a second world, both of these ominous worlds should be as distinct and different from each other as possible. Strong contrast and defined character can develop between the two options through the deliberate differences between the individual features.

Cuyabeno National Park in Ecuador
In the Ecuadorian jungle with indigenous people. The worlds that collide in this photo couldn’t be more different. The women in this photo would never think of wearing yellow socks.

The more one world differs from the other in certain forms and characteristics, the more we become aware of mutual differences and the respective advantages.

However, both perception and identification of a second world are of a purely individual nature and are difficult to determine or even to calculate. Where a visit to a different part of the city or a nearby town already appears to be ‘a completely different world’ for some, there are many other people who need other countries, languages, cultures, and ethnic groups to determine another world.

Rastafari in Santo Domingo
Different types. Similar beards.

When a second world opens up, it is quite difficult to put into words and certainly not to be determined by numbers. It’s just an individual impulse that feels different for everyone. However, a concrete variable is needed before the feeling for a second world develops: The time factor.


The time factor determines the degree of intensity of our reference point to the other world

Who comes into question to be stuck between worlds?

All those people who spend a particularly long time in a place that previously seemed so strange to them will at some point feel a certain belonging. Because only when enough time has passed, we feel and develop an emotional reference point to the other world. Points of reference can truly be all elements and aspects that another world has to offer.

Many emotional reference points in one picture: art, colors, culture, lifestyle.

All interpersonal expressions like language, all kinds of fine arts, fashion and make-up, culture, quirky behaviors, even certain capricious movements, culinary delights, and an extroverted lifestyle. The more expressionistic and obvious perceptible a reference point emanates from humans, the sooner we can build up a certain emotionality, find pleasure in it, and finally identify with these characteristics of the other world.

But natural elements such as the local flora and fauna or microclimatic zones and their associated elements can arouse our admiration. After all, we are more likely to associate the uniqueness of a natural environment with an emotional reference point than a man-made structure in concrete deserts.

Presa de Valdesia
Animals can also represent an emotional point of reference that we associate with a certain place.

So let us assume that within the other world both humans and nature exert a certain attraction on us and we like it as well. Maybe even we like it so much that they cast a spell over us. Then we decide to stay in this place for a longer period.

In short: the longer we spend time in a strange world, the more intense our emotional reference points and our sense of belonging to it. From a certain moment X in time, we are part of the new world, survived already the different culture shock, and firmly established ourselves in the new society. A second heart begins to beat in the chest for the new world.


Who is eligible for this feeling – and who is not

Travelers suspect that they are suffering from this phenomenon. If they feel particularly comfortable in more than one place and always communicate breathtakingly beautiful photos and videos, they might think that they are stuck somewhere between worlds. However, we always assume that travelers are stray adventurers who hurry from place to place without the desire to commit themselves to a place.

They stay barely anywhere for longer and linger in the same place. If doing so, they would of course no longer be travelers and lose this chic and self-proclaimed title that likes to attract a lot of attention.

Seen in this way, all travelers and globetrotters don’t qualify to be stuck between worlds. They can do this at most in the transit zone of an airport if they missed their connecting flight and cannot pursue the next targeted destination.

What is an expatriate?

If not even travelers, globetrotters, and other wandering people can get stuck between worlds, who does? The selection of a possible target group slowly vanishes. But conversely, it means that we are getting closer and closer to the matter.


Who is an expat?

In the hip and modern language, they simply would be called expatriates and not emigrants. It describes all of those who have sought their fortune in another country and have left their homeland behind them on good luck to live there.

The word ‘expatriate’ is made up of the two parts ‘Ex’ (formerly / from) and ‘Patria’ (home). If the word ‘expatriate’ is translated and defined correctly, the result is a person who has left his own home country. Look how the Oxford Dictionary defines this word:

a person living in a country that is not their own

Oxford Learning Dictionary

Easy and simply. No motivation is given to this definition. You can be a student, work or simply loiter away your time in a country that is not your own. You can call your own homeland your own? In this case, you must be a very rich man or woman. Congratulations!

Ultimately, expats are nothing more than migrant workers from more developed countries who seek permanent residence in the destination country on their own. This distinguishes the term of immigrants or guest workers. And of course also from all those privileged who are sent abroad by a company for a few years with a lavishly paid employment contract.

Expats are much more than temporary travelers, but still less rooted than the local natives of a ‘new world’ without a history to that place. This position of an expatriate, which is difficult to define, is reflected in the fundamental nature of what he does.

Huancayo in Peru
Wandering around in Huancaya, Peru

I previously described it with two signal words in the first paragraph of this chapter.

Fortune and luck 🍀

No expat in this world knows about the possible success or failure of his project before he leaves his home country. It all happens at the risk of luck, equipped with the principle of hope and a pinch of adventure.

There is no minimum time when you are or become an expatriate

But we only become expatriates when we have been able to live in our new world for several years and assimilate. There’s more to it than just gaining a foothold. Throwing an anchor in the new world and striking roots is a much more appropriate symbolization. Establishing yourself and being able to maintain life with own resources seems to fit the context much better.

But it can take many months and years before that happens. After a few days, weeks, or months, no one will be able to claim to have made it in the destination country. Rather than a firmly defined goal, this process is what matures into an expatriate.

Restaurant ‘Tiroler Adler’ in Pozuzo
Who of those two is Peruvian and who is German?


When do I start to get stuck between two worlds?

And within this process, the same feeling can be developed that I described at the beginning. To be stuck between two worlds. This usually happens when the whole process of emigration is questioned by ourselves. Most of the time, this feeling doesn’t come by itself but is triggered by problems and/or challenges.

‘Feeling lost’ is the best expression in English. This is expressed by the following phenomena:

‱ Feeling lost without being lost
‱ Missing certain things from the old world, but on the other hand appreciating local flavors of the new world
‱ Not really knowing how to continue in the new world, but also no longer wanting to go back to the old world.
‱ Moderating an internal duel of the two questions “What am I actually doing here?” And “Why did I leave?”

Certainly a real dilemma. Feeling at the same time two worlds pulsing inside of you is a latently tormenting stimulus. On the one hand, we have already established ourselves in the new world, but we haven’t broken away from the old world. And on the other hand, throwing anchors and striking roots didn’t work.

In the end, it’s a question of the agglomeration of information and the vertical perspective of our judgment. The further a camera lens zooms in, the blurrier the result will be. Borders seem to be vanishing. A cloud simply reminds us of sheep or cotton candy when we observe them from a great distance. Viewed from an airplane or helicopter, the visual information of the previously powerful and contoured cloud is more blurred into a dull and diffuse gas mixture.

The uncomfortable emotional transit zone

All those expatriates are in a kind of transit zone. This maps exactly the intersection that piles up within both worlds. Between the old and the new world, this transit zone would shimmer gray instead of adopting a defined hue. Perhaps similar to the cloud that, viewed up close, may no longer shine white and instead shimmer in gray.

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How does it feel when we’re stuck between two worlds?

The dangerous thing about this transit zone is to question your own decisions about your project abroad without finding a helpful answer. A transit zone can turn into a real emotional downward spiral even without outside help.

The most important thing is to talk about this expat phenomenon

Without the help and solace of open ears, this condition worsens. It is particularly problematic that friends and relatives from the old world can’t unfortunately be of help. Too little are their experiences in such a comparable situation.

Rather, all expats who are going through the same dilemma can help out. The more similar the culture of the target country, the better the advice. Where the advising expat comes from is even of secondary importance, since pretty much everyone is in the same boat. In this case, it is important to talk to each other.

Samaná Ocean View Eco Lodge
Exchanging ideas and problems with like-minded expats can never hurt, it can only help.

But the longer an answer to the question “What am I doing here?” is absent, the more insecure an expat will become about his plans. Being stuck between two worlds can be quite uncomfortable and paralyzing.

How can I free myself from the emotional transit zone?

However, I cannot offer a real solution to this dilemma. Every expatriate deals with an individual problem and individual feelings. I was not able to develop or find a golden formula according to a cookie-cutter approach.

In my opinion, however, the most important thing is to appreciate your own perspective and never lose courage and patience. Even if that is easier said than done, it is precisely these two points that have always caused me the most problems.

Always appreciate your perspective – the old world is not free from problems either

Your perspective can also be valued in those moments when an expatriate feels lost. After all, expats have made it much further through long-term entry into the other world than all those who stayed at home in the old world.

Of course, we mostly think back to the old world at home and associate it with a much simpler and less complicated time in life. We are much more likely to remember and prefer to remember the beautiful moments and ignore difficult times before. But it wasn’t free of problems in the old homeland either. And it’s not a simple story to come back and re-integrate yourself.

Eco del Mar, Bahia de las Aguilas (Dominican Republic)
Did I also have my problems in the Caribbean hammock at that moment? Definitely! But they were less important because I was much more able to appreciate my own perspective in the new world.

And all the intercultural competencies learned, foreign languages​​, and innovative solution methodologies are valuable skills that cannot be taken away from any expat. Feeling lost in such a situation is almost a luxury that the residents of the old world envy.

Never lose courage and patience

Of course, courage also plays an important role. Like wind in the sails, it was this factor that catapulted an expatriate that far after all. In the best possible way, your courage should never be lost, but it should always be remembered what brought you so far. Few people have proven that much courage in their life and left their comfortable old world.

Courage goes hand in hand with patience. Rash actions and decisions can navigate the ship in the completely wrong direction in this gray and foggy transit zone. If you only drive on sight, you shouldn’t turn the wheel hastily to force a decision.

Usually, it is enough to stay carefully on course until the cloudy fog is through. Patience is a virtue that I too had to learn painfully. I have always been able to sail around an average or shipwreck. Now and then my ship would also turn in circles before I was back on course. Courage and patience, given the right dose, can be better than any compass on the high seas.

Why did I write this article?

And as strange as that sounds, I also feel like I’m stuck between worlds as I write this article. This rare feeling always creeps in when you go from one world to another. And while I’m typing these lines, I’m on a plane over the Atlantic.

Somewhere in nowhere. Between the countries. Between the continents. Between the worlds. The good thing about these long flights during the Corona period is that airplanes are empty and almost nobody could disturb my concentration.

empty airplane from air europa
Only about 20 of the 200 seats were occupied

I was in the right mood and was able to write the article very quickly and thoroughly.

Now, this very rare but explicit feeling of being-stuck-between-the-worlds also releases many positive emotions. I’m looking forward to all the great people from the old world with all the extraordinary conversations and the joy of seeing each other again. All the culinary treasures of the old world that were only available in the new world with ridiculous and import prices. And of course for the call of the new world when I will suffer from the holiday fever again. Sooner or later, that’ll arise medium-term inside of me.

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Is Macao Beach the most beautiful beach in Punta Cana and the Dominican Republic?

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Macao Beach ranks in various ‘best beaches of the Dominican Republic’ articles always in the Top 10. That makes a curious traveler like me even more curious. How can it be, that a beach at the overcrowded east coast of the Dominican Republic is so popular and famous? I wanted to find it out myself and decided to invest a day at the weekend to go there and check the facts. Is Macao beach really the most beautiful beach on the Dominican east coast?

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Why is Macao Beach better than other beaches in Punta Cana?

The major reason is, that Macao Beach is less-frequented than other beaches in Punta Cana and still maintains the laid-back vibe of a Caribbean dream beach. In comparison to many other beaches in Punta Cana, Macao Beach kept a clean and authentic scenery with finer-grained sandbanks.

But first things first: The east coast in the Dominican Republic is the most famous tourist destination in the whole Caribbean. Punta Cana acts here as THE magnet for tourism in the Dominican Republic. Tourists from all over the world are seduced with all-round carefree packages in All-Inclusive-Resorts, many thrilling or relaxing activities and plenty of beautiful beaches to spend vacations.

However, there is still this one beach on the east coast of the Dominican Republic and in close distance to Punta Cana, which always scores in these Top-beaches-rankings. That’s Macao Beach. Just about half an hour from Punta Cana and 15 minutes away from BĂĄvaro away.

Macao Beach is less visited than other beaches in Punta Cana

When I think of Punta Cana and the east coast of the Dominican Republic, I see in my mind’s eye all the crowded beaches with the artificial paved concrete deserts and accommodations. Hordes of package tourists cannot decide if they prefer after an ample lunch to be grilled by the scorching sun at the hotel pool or rather have the same experience on a beach chair for the rest of the afternoon there.

So it is a small sensation for me that Macao Beach even makes it into all of these rankings of the most beautiful beaches in the Dominican Republic. But I wanted to find out exactly why the beach is so beautiful and popular. Right at the entrance to the beach, it becomes clear that Macao Beach has not (yet) fallen victim to mass tourism.

Macao Beach, Dominican Republic
A real beach needs character. These beach huts help to create a good and relaxing vibe around the area.

For a public beach without any major hotel chains in close proximity, Macao Beach is in a good shape. It was from an architectural perspective very well planned and the adjacent green garden elements fit the surrounding of the beach entrance.

Macao Beach, Dominican Republic
The entrance to Macao Beach looks promising and well-kept

On the right side of this picture, you can see a few beach chairs of Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana Resort to separate a private area. It has 500 rooms and is probably during high season and off Corona times very well visited. But other than that, there weren’t other accommodations near the beach. Hence all the other visitors at Macao Beach were daily visitors.

Not more than maybe 80 – 100 visitors in total visited the beach. And I went there on a Saturday, which is usually THE day in the week when Dominicans go out of the house to visit their beaches. Of course, there are fewer visitors in September 2020 during the era of Corona. But on the other hand, that doesn’t mean that I can’t have a couple of those at the beach.

Macao Beach, Dominican Republic
Getting infected by Corona drinks

Why Macao Beach is a pure Caribbean dream beach

But too much alcohol at the beach makes you not only tipsy but also dizzy and sluggish. The best thing to do against that is to walk along the beach and check out the scenery. What Macao Beach offered me was more than I expected and a natural resource in its pure beauty.

I was maybe lucky or just picked the right day in the calendar. But there weren’t many people at the beach and I made some very good photos.

There are some strong waves in the afternoon at Macao Beach. However, this condition depends on the form of the day. I was quite lucky and tried my best to literally ‘catch a wave’ with my camera.

These waves are not only good to take some goofy photos as I did. Especially water athletes with their boards would have a pretty good time at Macao Beach. No wonder, that Macao Beach is at the same time considered as one of the best destinations for surfing in the Dominican Republic.

Beach check: Macao Beach in the Dominican Republic

Did you plan to visit Macao Beach in Punta Cana? There are some things I can promise you to be excited about. On the other hand, there are also some things to consider before planning to travel to Macao Beach.

Read in the following section more about 5 reasons why a visit to Macao Beach is worth it and 5 reasons that should take into account for your travel planning to Macao Beach.

5 things I loved about Macao Beach:

  1. Macao Beach is a very clean beach and doesn’t consist of algas, seashells or garbage. I was pretty impressed by the neatness of Macao Beach and can barely remember any comparable beach in such a good shape.
Macao Beach, Dominican Republic
Macao Beach is one of the cleanest beaches I’ve seen in the Dominican Republic.
  1. Macao Beach offers good conditions for people who love water sports. If you are looking for waves, you’ll find them at this beach. There is also a famous surf school at Macao Beach called ‘Macao Surf Camp‘.
  2. Although it is a public beach, you’ll have a lot of privacy there. Just take a look at the pictures I uploaded earlier. If you walk for a couple of minutes away from the entrance you’ll be virtually alone at the beach.
  3. This relaxed vibe is very rare on the east coast of the Dominican Republic. There aren’t many quiet and serene places left around the shores of Punta Cana. You should enjoy that before this place is going to be exploited like the rest of the east coast.
  4. You like the sun, but you don’t fully love and enjoy it? Expect enough shade from offered umbrellas of the few beach bars. You’ll have to consume a couple of drinks, but nothing easier than that! If you are thrifty enough to save also a few bucks here, mother nature helps you out to not burn in the sun. The shoreside of Macao Beach is palm-lined with a lot of coconut trees who spend shade.

Macao Beach, Dominican Republic
Macao Beach on the east coast of the Dominican Republic.

5 things to consider before going to Macao Beach

Nobody’s perfect. Not even the beautiful Macao Beach on the east coast of the Dominican Republic is perfect. In fact, there are some reasons to consider before going there. Here you have 5 reasons to regard for your travel planning to Macao beach.

  1. Macao Beach has limited parking spaces. If you come by car, you probably have to park a bit outside of the official parking areas and walk some 5 – 10 minutes under the scorching sun. These parking spaces are under semi-professional surveillance. Don’t leave any valuable objects or money inside the car when you go to the beach. No one guarantees anything.
  2. Having a shower costs 50 Pesos. Not too much, but you should have change ready in your pockets. These showers aren’t private either. Remember the first picture I uploaded in this article?

Macao Beach, Dominican Republic
This shower is literally public and leaves no privacy for a visitor

  1. Public toilets exist. But I only saw two cabins there, not equipped with either toilet paper or soap. Could be very stinky after some time. Better doing one’s business at home before driving to Macao Beach.
  2. No changing booths at Macao Beach. The only privacy you can have is inside of the toilet cabins. And they are understandably not the best place to change clothes…
  3. I was there off-season during the Corona era and was pretty impressed by everything I saw. But I don’t even want to think about, how the most beautiful beach on the east coast of Punta Cana looks during high season at the weekends.

Is Macao Beach in Punta Cana the best beach on the east coast of the Dominican Republic?

I hope, that these 5 arguments for or against a visit to Macao Beach helped you out to have a better understanding. You should now know better what to expect from Macao Beach. I just can tell you, that I have had a pretty good time there.

If you still ask why, please take a look at the following picture:

Macao Beach, Dominican Republic
If you walk a few minutes, you can have Macao Beach for yourself and don’t need to share it with anyone.

Macao beach is definitely the beast beach on the east coast in the Dominican Republic. It doesn’t feel like Punta Cana and that’s the best argument for a visit. So far, I didn’t encounter any better beach on the east coast in Punta Cana. And if I ever will, I am going to write a new article about it 😎

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7 great examples of alternative tourism in the Dominican Republic

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When it comes to the next vacation planning, the Dominican Republic maybe is part of the shortlist. A small island somewhere in the Caribbean with palm trees and mile-long beaches. Isn’t that the country where also all the All-Inclusive-Resorts in Punta Cana are located? I would like to show 7 examples of alternative tourism in the Dominican Republic to make you aware of all the possibilities of the country. Maybe you’ll find out, why the Ministry of Tourism communicates its country as ‘The Dominican Republic has it all’.

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We all expect the Dominican Republic to be a country with a lot of sunshine, beaches and people with a laid-back mentality. I cannot deny this standard imagination of the Dominican Republic, because this type of All-Inclusive-Tourism is a steady characteristic for their national tourism. In that sense, your imagination of a colorful Caribbean country with music, dance, rum, and tropical birds, and exotic fruits is what the country can offer to every visitor.

The Dominican Republic is a pure paradise for alternative travelers

Spending vacations in a hermetically sealed all-inclusive resort might not be the preference for everyone. I was during all my time only twice for a couple of nights in Punta Cana and had soon enough from ‘tourism off the rack’ and impersonalized servicing.

For me, this type of tourism always seems a bit like a supervised vacation in artificial surroundings with organized feeding times. I am more the adventurous type of traveler and don’t really need to have this oversupply of service. It just makes you feel idle and unproductive. The few movements every day only makes you gain weight and sunburn as a souvenir.

The ‘other Dominican Republic’ far away from the All-Inclusive-Resorts in Punta Cana: Lush and green landscape in Tubagua

But the most populous country in the Caribbean has much more to offer than the typical gringo vacations for honeymooners and senior golfers. For me, that’s always the main reason to get curious. What does a tourism destination have to offer apart from the expectable factors?

And the Dominican Republic has many interesting ways for individual tourists who are curious to explore beyond the mass consumption society. Maybe you’ll be surprised about all the thrilling opportunities for an ambitious traveler that the Dominican Republic can fulfill.

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Is Los Patos in the Dominican Republic the shortest river in the world?

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I heard a lot of people in the Dominican Republic talking, that Los Patos is the shortest river in the world. But is that really true or just a fishy story? The best I could do was to find it out myself and visit the place. And I was not only surprised to see (one of the smallest) rivers of the world, but also what all happens there during a normal evening in the week.

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Some short facts about a short river

‘Los Patos’ means translated from Spanish ‘The ducks’. Why did Dominicans call this tiny short river ‘The Ducks’? They did it because there were a lot of ducks swimming. Very creative and quaint name-giving.

Los Patos is 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) away from ParaĂ­so and some 38 kilometers away from Barahona in the Southeast of the Dominican Republic. You’ll need definitely a car to get there. Going with public transport from Barahona is a real challenge for daredevils I would not recommend.!1m14!1m8!1m3!1d3621.9344065238843!2d-71.18351668703377!3d17.959072224180566!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x8ebaf8ad40a06bf5%3A0x96acf33da7fe92d8!2sLos%20Patos!5e0!3m2!1sde!2sdo!4v1600480711078!5m2!1sde!2sdo

Depending on the tide, Los Patos in the Dominican Republic has a length of 61 meters (about 200 feet) the shortest river on the island. That’s a short introduction with some short facts. But there’s not much else to write about

A river with only 61 meters in length? Is Los Patos in the Dominican Republic the smallest river in the world? Let’s find it out!

Where is the shortest river in the world?

When I wanted to find out about the shortest or smallest river in the world, I found much divergent information. Different websites seem to know about the shortest river in the world. The only problem is, that their answers differ and several rivers claim to be the shortest in the world. Usually, these types of official records are a matter of the Guinness World Records. Unfortunately, these guys seemed to stop listing that type of notable record for whatever reason:

Starting in 2006, the Guinness Book of World Records did not list a category for the shortest river.

And until today, there is sort of wrangling going on between two US-rivers who claim to be the shortest river of the world. Sounds to me a lot of controversies for a simple accolade whose champion isn’t even able to hang it on the own wall.

The Roe River measures an average 201 feet in length.

201 feet from the imperial system are 61 meters in the metric system. More or less the same length as Los Patos in the Dominican Republic!

Los Patos
Balneario Los Patos in Barahona. No sand, but pebbles at the beach. Is that the smallest river in the world?

Is Los Patos in the Dominican Republic the shortest river in the world?

My final answer is No, it isn’t. Los Patos in the Dominican Republic is not the shortest river in the world. There are five rivers in Europe which have a shorter length than Los Patos. Seems like, the shortest river of the world is Kuokanjoki in Finland with 3.5 meters (11.48 feet) which connects two lakes. Looks also quite funny in Google Maps, if you ask me. And if these 3.5 meters will be ever beaten, I’ll eat my hat!

What to do at Los Patos?

Well, after all the formalities it’s now time to give some insights and valuable content about the actual site. You probably clicked this article because you wanted to see also some photos and videos. I gladly show them to you and report what’s going on at Los Patos.

I arrived very late around 5 pm at Los Patos. Sun was already setting and it was getting dark. But not too late to take a fresh bath in the river. Some Dominicans kids took the term ‘taking a bath in the river’ a little bit too literal

and came with their whole bathing equipment while the parents were sitting at the same time in the plastic chairs drinking a cold beer.

Yes, cold beer! It was already time for cold beverages, as the day was already advanced. Before it was getting too dark, I still wanted to take some photos and record some videos. But from what exactly? No matter, if it is the shortest river in the country or of the world. There isn’t pretty much to do at Los Patos. It’s simply too short to offer some action. The best you can do is to sit your ass on a chair in the shallow waters and do the same as the Dominicans do. Nothing.

Loitering around

Drink a beer. Relax in the shade in a plastic chair. Let the river flow. Sit at the ‘Balneario Los Patos’ and enjoy the Caribbean. If you can. A lot of people are present in the evening and noisy Dominican music roared from the boom boxes to fill the whole area.

So I decided to walk a little away from the sound and waded in the fresh and clear water. I was curious where the shortest river ends. Little fishies are swimming inside of the shallow waters and even little ducklings follow their mama duck. I guess, that the Dominicans were right to call their river after the ducks.

But then I saw a pretty strange scene a few moments later and had to look twice to be sure.

@Los Patos in the Dominican Republic
Why are the two cars there in the river?

I saw two cars in the river. My first thought was, that these trucks were stuck in the uneven and slippery terrain and couldn’t drive any further. But I was wrong. The cars were on purpose parked there. To wash them.

A short walk in the smallest river of the Dominican Republic

Quite sad to observe, that people are washing their dirty cars in the river. In the end, Los Patos disembogues in the Caribbean Sea. Not only with freshwater, the freshwater from Los Patos is enriched also with all the shampoo from the spa visitors and lubricous dirt from the vehicles.

To not end this article with a sad memory of just another ecologic delinquency in the Dominican Republic, I’ll put next a photo of the beautiful sunset with damask rose hue.

Los Patos in Barahona
A very scenic Caribbean sunset @Los Patos in Barahona

Good news: Los Patos is not only called the smallest river in the Dominican Republic, but also the adjacent beach. That makes it easier to remember. I wrote another article about the following sunset with even more beautiful pictures at the beach. Check it out and let me know what you think about it!

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A road trip between the highest mountains of the Dominican Republic

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After all the theory about the traffic and road conditions in the Dominican Republic, it was finally time again for a road trip in the mountains. I was traveling on a risky route between Constanza and Padre Las Casas. In the middle of the two highest mountain slopes of the Dominican Republic. What an adventure! It was a real challenge, but seeing the beautiful landscapes in the Dominican mountains was just worth it.

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In this article, you will find out why you shouldn’t always rely on Google Maps and why you should allow an hour or two additional time buffers during such a trip.

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I’ve written a lot in the past few weeks about the traffic and road conditions in the Dominican Republic. Perhaps these four articles will help you to plan your vacations when you are considering a road trip through the Dominican Republic. Have a look, it’s about these following four articles:

How I prepared this trip to the Dominican highlands

It is fun to get into the car and just pound off. Without a detailed planning for your route, you’re pretty much smitten. Especially with all of these trips through the highlands and the wild nature, there are some things to consider and plan before you blast off.

Don’t trust Google Maps blindly

What I was particularly able to learn during this trip is not to rely on Google Maps. At least not when it comes to the estimated travel time. In this case, more than 2.5 hours of driving time should be planned for 62 kilometers. It’s suspiciously slow for so few kilometers. However, it goes up to 1,200 meters above sea level and the route leads through a mountain pass between the highest two mountains in the Dominican Republic.

The route from Constanza to Padre Las Casas took me between Alto de la Bandera and Pico Duarte.!1m28!1m12!1m3!1d255396.54710881924!2d-70.96330738357811!3d18.873809089740387!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!4m13!3e0!4m5!1s0x8eb0158d840606af%3A0xa21449b48105c4a3!2sConstanza%2041000!3m2!1d18.9114821!2d-70.7376623!4m5!1s0x8eb071b8595c34a3%3A0x49ff4eae70140919!2sPadre%20Las%20Casas!3m2!1d18.733629!2d-70.9398192!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sdo!4v1600350492610!5m2!1sen!2sdo

Overall, the trip took almost twice the estimated time. Of course, a few pee breaks and stops for photos included. But even with this half-hour tolerance in the time calculation, Google Maps has quite miscalculated. Because even the best route system cannot know what kind of complicated route conditions and tight hairpin bends can slow down the speed of travel.

Equip yourself in good time with what is necessary

Your provisions and enough water are essential during your journey on this route. You will drive under the hot sun for several hours and push the AC in the car to its limits. Take enough drinks with you and hydrate regularly with water while driving. Don’t underestimate the heat in the Dominican Republic.

The same goes for gasoline. Of course, you shouldn’t drink that (😅) but you should have enough in your tank. The best thing to do is to fill up the gas in Constanza. You will be on the safe side, because there are no more gas stations up in the mountains. And the constant driving in the mountains swallows a lot of fuel.


Consider the estimated driving time and include time buffers

Google Maps has miscalculated the time in a colossal way and 2.5 hours became almost 5 hours. However, Google Maps cannot know, it can only estimate.

Whenever you follow a vague estimate, plan at least an hour more as a time buffer. Something can always happen. A herd of cows can block the road, you might want to take a longer break or stop every few miles for a photo.

And in times of Covid-19 and imposed curfews, there is additional pressure due to a limited time window. You are only allowed to be on the streets up to a certain hour before traffic controls begin. That was very challenging for me, especially in 2020, and limited my travel adventures by car, very much. Especially on the weekends, when the curfew started at 5pm.

However, it is much more important to have reached the desired destination by the time it gets dark. When the sun is low and setting, driving a car is very challenging anyhow. In the mountains, the light conditions deteriorate much earlier and the routes are more difficult to follow.

When it is dark, the utmost caution is required while driving. In the mountains, driving at night can be life-threatening. There are nowhere street lights installed and I would not advise anyone to take the risk to drive in the dark. For this reason, it makes sense to leave the mountains behind you as early as possible and feel the asphalt roads under your wheels again by daylight.

Expect ‘Carretera Constanza – Guayabal’ as a rocky and uncomfortable road

You need a fit car with good working tires for the way from Constanza to Padre Las Casas. Driving the ‘Carretera Constanza – Guayabal’ is challenging. An SUV with all-wheel drive is recommended for such a slope. The road conditions are so bad that it cannot be even called a road.

Is it dangerous to drive in the Dominican Republic?
How are the road conditions in the Dominican Republic?

As soon as you have left Constanza with the car towards the mountains, the asphalt ends. The street begins to become a narrow path. You are literally wandering over hill and dale, sometimes even through flowing streams. In the heavy rainy season, this route is impossible to go by car. You should remind that before starting your journey.

Carretera Guayabal
Drive carefully AND slowly. You need to be aware of the possible dangers that could happen behind the cliff

Many places are barely wide enough for a second vehicle. The few trucks, cars, motorbikes or horses on the way have to maneuver so that you can pass safely with your own car. There are an extremely large number of hairpin bends and steep climbs to cope with your set of wheels.


Beautiful landscapes in the Dominican mountains are worth the hassle

The very first thing you see when you leave Constanza, however, is your hair again. On the outskirts of Constanza, the Dominicans cleared the mountain slopes in order to place a wild garbage dump. Because of hot temperatures and the strong sunlight, the garbage ignites and leaves smoke and offensive smell.

But after you have left this unpleasant part behind you, you will be rewarded. You can expect pure nature and beautiful mountain landscapes.

On this route you are between the highest mountain slopes in the entire Caribbean. If you ignore the dusty gravel roads, you are surrounded by a blooming fauna that you could never have imagined to be so green. In many places in the Dominican Republic, the tropical fauna has been deforested to plant agricultural monocultures such as avocado trees. Within this area you can still see the Caribbean in its full bloom. This is roughly how it looked all over the island before the natural landscapes were exploited:

Beautiful landscapes in the Dominican Republic

The special thing about this trip was being over 3,300 feet above sea level. Completely absurd to believe that these lush and green landscapes are actually belonging to the Caribbean. And yet this natural characteristic is also part of the geographic diverse Dominican Republic.

These mountains are so high and the clouds hang so low that you can almost smell them. And if a huge cloud tries to make it over the mountains as well, the entire valley suddenly darkens.

Mountains in the Dominican Republic
If you are in the Dominican mountains, you can almost touch the sky and smell the clouds.


Nevertheless, I was happy when I was able to leave this challenging route in the mountains behind me. As beautiful as the view in the pictures was, I could hardly really enjoy it.

It was too dangerous to let your eyes wander for a few moments and look lost in thoughts into the mountainous area. Not paying attention for a moment can be dangerous on such a (off-)road. Therefore, it is better to have a lot of small breaks in order to be able to take photos and enjoy the landscape instead of doing it while driving.

Lush green landscapes and pastures define the Dominican hills near Guayabal

Speaking of dangerous: Pretty much towards the end of the journey through the mountainous landscapes, after more or less 75% of the section, the brakes failed when going downhill. I could only let the car roll out and maneuver with the handbrake until the car came to a standstill at some point. Quite a challenge!

At some point the cart overheated and the brakes no longer worked downhill. The best solution: open the bonnet and let it cool down before continuing your drive.

At some point the brakes ran hot and stopped working. This usually happens on trips that go downhill for a long period of time. Frequent braking will eventually make the iron glow. In that case, you should try to stop the car immediately, secure it with the handbrake and let it cool down for a few minutes before continuing.

So you can certainly imagine that I was relatively happy when I arrived. Everything went well and I made it safely to my destination. 5 hours of intensive car drive with maximum concentration with failing brakes driving downhill may not be the right hobby for everyone. I thought it was great!

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Der dominikanische Straßenverkehr und seine seltsamen Eigenarten

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In den vergangenen Wochen habe ich bereits einige Artikel ĂŒber den tĂ€glichen Wahnsinn auf den dominikanischen Straßen geschrieben. Wer sich im dominikanischen Straßenverkehr selber fortbewegen will, der muss wirklich mit allem jederzeit rechnen. Mal latscht eine Horde wilder KĂŒhe ĂŒber die Fahrbahn, dann ĂŒberfluten die Straßen im Handumdrehen nach einer halben Stunde Regen und manchmal knattert ein angeheiterter Motorrad-Geisterfahrer mit einer Flasche Hochprozentigem in der Hand durch die Gegend. FĂŒr Action ist in der Dominikanischen Republik tatsĂ€chlich immer gesorgt.

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Nun wollen nicht alle Reisende diese Gefahren wĂ€hrend des Urlaubes auf sich nehmen. Viel bequemer ist es, Andere fahren zu lassen. Aber ist das wirklich sicherer? GĂŒnstiger? Schneller? VerlĂ€sslicher? In diesem Artikel möchte ich beschreiben, wie man sich als Reisender am geschicktesten durch die Dominikanische Republik fortbewegen kann ohne selber fahren zu mĂŒssen. Und welche seltsamen Eigenarten der dominikanische Straßenverkehr zu bieten hat.

Zwar locken die GroßstĂ€dte mit viel historischen und kulturellen SehenswĂŒrdigkeiten und auch kulinarischen SpezialitĂ€ten. Da die interessanten Stadtkerne zumeist fußlĂ€ufig erreichbar sind, benötigst Du gar keinen Mietwagen an diesen Tagen und kannst die StĂ€dte anderweitig erkunden.

Museo de las Casas Reales in Santo Domingo
Die koloniale Altstadt von Santo Domingo lĂ€sst sich am besten zu Fuß erkunden

Gerade weil das Land fĂŒr Massentourismus berĂŒhmt geworden ist, gibt es außerhalb der hermetisch abgeriegelten All-Inclusive-Resorts in Punta Cana und der großen StĂ€dte viele nationale Reiseziele, die nur wenig bekannt und bereist sind. All diese spannenden Orte sind weit auf der Insel verstreut und einen Besuch wert. Wenn Du also die schönsten Gegenden mit den spannendsten Reisezielen sehen möchtest, dann solltest Du circa 10 – 18 Tage dafĂŒr aufwenden. Ohne fahrbaren Untersatz geht das aber kaum.

Die sicherste Variante: Ein privater Chauffeur

Die sicherste Variante wĂ€re natĂŒrlich ein privater Chauffeur, der diese nervenaufreibende Aufgabe ĂŒbernimmt. Somit wĂ€rest Du selber fein raus und kannst Dich bequem auf der RĂŒckbank erholen. Du musst Dich selber um rein gar nichts kĂŒmmern und lĂ€sst Dich durch die Karibik kutschieren. Der Fahrer verfĂŒgt ĂŒber die lokalen Ortskenntnisse oder kennt sogar die gesamte Route – Und falls nicht, dann hilft oftmals das Navigationssystem bei den verwinkelten architektonischen Meisterleistungen in der Dominikanischen Republik.

Allerdings hapert es bei den meisten Fahrern dieser Fahrdienste an den Sprachkenntnissen. Wenn Du kein Spanisch sprichst (und das Dominikanische Spanisch ist das reinste Kauderwelsch unter den lateinamerikanischen Dialekten), dann wird der Fahrer Dir in der Regel auch kein verstÀndliches Englisch anbieten können. Der Job als Fahrer in der Dominikanischen Republik verlangt keinerlei Fremdsprachenkenntnisse und sie beherrschen Englisch maximal rudimentÀr.

Ein privater Fahrer hat viele Vorteile und ist natĂŒrlich nur bei wenigen Urlaubsbudgets wirklich möglich und geht irgendwann auch ziemlich ins Geld.


Die Touri-Variante: InnerstÀdtische Verleiher

Oder in ganz einfach ‘Slow Tourism’ live erleben und alles abklappern. Die meisten StĂ€dte in der Dominikanischen Republik verfĂŒgen ĂŒber einige private ‘Rent-A’ – Verleiher, in denen sich FahrrĂ€der, Roller oder andere Fortbewegungsmittel kostengĂŒnstig pro Stunde gemietet werden können. Gegen einen kleinen Aufpreis geht das natĂŒrlich auch als gefĂŒhrte Tour um so viel wie möglich ĂŒber die SehenswĂŒrdigkeiten zu erfahren.

FĂŒr ökologisch bewusste Reisende sei gesagt, dass es in vielen StĂ€dten auch schon die modernsten elektronischen Fortbewegungsmittel zur VerfĂŒgung stehen. Sieht natĂŒrlich mit dem Helm ein bisschen blöde aus, wenn auf der anderen Seite nicht mal der Motorradfahrer seine Helmpflicht einhĂ€lt. Aber sicher ist sicher.

Auf diese Art und Weise bekommst Du viel mehr vom tĂ€glichen Geschehen auf den dominikanischen Straßen mit und siehst die Dinge mit völlig anderen Augen. Und manche Stadtzentren, wie das von Puerto Plata auf den obigen Bildern ist definitiv einen Besuch wert!

Die rumpeligste Variante: Guaguas in der Dominikanischen Republik

Wie in vielen anderen lateinamerikanischen LĂ€ndern auch gibt es dann auch noch die Möglichkeit der Bustransporte. In der Dominikanischen Republik werden sie ‘Guaguas’ genannt. Das sind dominikanische Busbetreiber, die kurze und lange Transportstrecken anbieten.

Stell Dir einem Linienbus Ă€hnliche Sammeltaxis vor, die tagein und tagaus die gleichen Routen abklappern. Meistens mit einem laut brĂŒllenden Grobian an der SchiebetĂŒr ausgestattet, der neue FahrgĂ€ste anwerben soll. Diese Kleinbusse haben bis zu acht SitzplĂ€tze an Bord. Wunder Dich jedoch nicht, wenn die doppelte Anzahl an Passagieren sich dort reinzwĂ€ngt. Wer keinen Sitzplatz finden kann, der steht oder kniet wĂ€hrend der Fahrt. 

Jeder Bus ist in der Dominikanischen Republik ein Guagua. Sowohl inner- als auch außerstĂ€dtische Busse. Den Service der Guaguas habe ich ebenfalls ein paar mal in Anspruch genommen, um mich in der Dominikanischen Republik zwischen den StĂ€dten fortzubewegen. FĂŒr diese Zwecke sind die Busse natĂŒrlich grĂ¶ĂŸer als die schaukelnden BlechbĂŒchsen auf dem urbanen Asphalt.

Allerdings ist der Service rund um diese Busreisen katastrophal, Informationen zu den Routen, Preisen und FahrplĂ€nen sind schwierig nachzuvollziehen bzw. gar nicht transparent und es geht viel Zeit auf der schleichenden Fahrt verloren. Mit den Überlandbussen in der Dominikanischen Republik zu reisen wĂŒrde ich nur all jenen Individualtouristen empfehlen, die ein eingeschrĂ€nktes Budget zur VerfĂŒgung haben und trotzdem ein authentisches Abenteuer erleben wollen.


Warum heißen die Busse Guagua auf Spanisch?

Auch ich habe mich gefragt, woher dieser außergewöhnliche Name stammt. NatĂŒrlich hat dieses seltsame Wort nicht seinen Ursprung in der Dominikanischen Republik, sondern ist eines der vielen Fehlinterpretationen der Latinos. In diesem Beispiel soll ‘Guagua’ auf Kuba als Wortneuschöpfung entstanden sein.

Die Minivans nennt man auf Englisch schlicht ‘Wagon’. Blöderweise konnten die Kubaner dieses Wort nicht korrekt betonen und so wurde ‘Guagon’ fĂŒr dieses Transportmittel interpretiert. Kuba ist nicht weit entfernt und eine Nachbarinsel in der Karibik. NatĂŒrlich ist dann auch irgendwann das Wort in die Dominikanische Republik rĂŒbergeschwappt.

Ein antikes ‘GuagĂłn Cubano’ mit wesentlich mehr Beinfreiheit als die heutigen ‘Guaguas Dominicanos’

Ein paar Generationen spĂ€ter hörte man nur noch ‘Guagua’. Ich bin gespannt, wie sich der Bus als Transportmittel phonetisch in der Zukunft entwickeln wird.

Hier ein Zitat zu den öffentlichen Bussen in Santo Domingo:

Der öffentliche Nahverkehr im Großraum von Santo Domingo ist einer der schlechtesten in Lateinamerika und die Entwicklung kann mit einigen der Ă€rmsten LĂ€ndern Afrikas verglichen werden. Chaos dominiert die Straßen und völlige Blockaden auf Kreuzungen sind wegen der hohen Zahl an privaten Fahrzeugen normal. Der öffentliche Nahverkehr wird meist in Bussen mit unbequemen Konditionen ausgetragen.

”Public Transport and Urban Mobility in Greater Santo Domingo: Challenges of a Social Policy for Inclusion and Equity (2017)

Wer diesen unbequemen Konditionen entfliehen will, kann es ja mal mit privaten Chauffeurdiensten versuchen. FĂŒr Kurzstrecken innerhalb der StĂ€dte gibt es auch seit ein paar Jahren Fahrdienste wie UBER in der Dominikanischen Republik.

UBER in der Dominikanischen Republik

FĂŒr TagesausflĂŒge wĂŒrde ich keine Mietwagen eines lokalen Anbieters empfehlen. Mietwagen(reisen) lohnen sich schon rein von der Kostenperspektive betrachtet erst nach mehreren Tagen Mietdauer. Und wer will sich schon in seinem Urlaub einen vertrackten Vertrag im verwinkelten Fach-Spanisch antun?

FĂŒr diesen Zweck macht es viel mehr Sinn, sich entweder einer gefĂŒhrten Gruppentour anzuschließen, oder aber einen privaten Fahrer fĂŒr einen Tag anzuheuern. Und Online-Vermittler wie Uber und Cabify expandieren ihre Services ebenfalls in vielen dominikanischen StĂ€dten und Regionen und vereinfachen dieses Vorhaben.

Allerdings hatte ich mit UBER auch bereits die eine oder andere merkwĂŒrdige Erfahrung in Santo Domingo machen dĂŒrfen:


Ich kann versichern, dass ich bei diesen Screenshots nicht mit Photoshop nachgeholfen und manipuliert habe. Diese Zick-Zack-Kurse ist der UBER-Fahrer mit mir an Bord durch die Straßen gerollt. Bitte auch keine Fragen stellen, wie so etwas ĂŒberhaupt möglich sein kann. Leider habe ich darauf keine Antwort.

Allerdings muss man diesem System zu gute halten, dass es preislich gesehen fĂŒr den Citytrip deutliche Vorteile hat. Ebenfalls kannst Du bequem vor Fahrtantritt elektronisch bezahlen und wirst nicht von einem windigen Taxifahrer ĂŒber’s Ohr gehauen. Im Gegensatz zu Fahrten mit UBER in Europa oder den USA sind die Preise in der Dominikanischen Republik viel niedriger dank der hohen VerfĂŒgbarkeiten der Fahrservices.

Nachteilig fĂŒr den gesamten Verkehrsfluss sind diese Personenbeförderungsdienste (wie auch alle anderen Lieferservices) in den StĂ€dten. Ein jeder kann sich als Lieferant oder Chauffeur bei diesen Apps anmelden und als Reisender trĂ€gst Du damit zur urbanen Verstopfung der Straßen bei. Nicht zu vergessen Luftverschmutzung, LĂ€rm, etc. Aber diese Fahrservices sind ohnehin viel eher fĂŒr Tagestrips in den StĂ€dten geeignet.

Die unbequemste Variante: Carro PĂșblico

In einem vorigen Artikel beschrieb ich die Motorradfahrer in der Dominikanischen Republik als ‘Tickende Zeitbomben” im Straßenverkehr. Es gibt aber noch ein weiteres Transportmittel, das Ă€hnlichen Knalleffekt hat.

Neben den Motorradfahrern gehören die ‘Carros PĂșblicos’ zur schlimmsten und kriminellsten Spezies, die auf den dominikanischen Straßen tagein und tagaus rumsaust.

Was bedeutet das Wort Carro PĂșblico?

Diesmal ist es ein wenig einfacher zu ĂŒbersetzen. Weder hat sich ein Latino bei einem englischen Begriff verhört und fehlinterpretiert, noch wurde ein Begriff bis zur Unkenntlichkeit verunstaltet.

Ein Carro PĂșblico bedeutet ĂŒbersetzt auf Deutsch “öffentliches Auto”. Weniger geht es bei dem Begriff um den Anbieter, es wird nicht aus öffentlichen Mitteln finanziert. Viel mehr wird ein Carro PĂșblico der Öffentlichkeit angeboten.

Das wiederum kann wörtlich verstanden werden. Diese Autos werden mit ihrer Traglast dermaßen strapaziert, dass nahezu die gesamte Öffentlichkeit darin Platz findet. Ein Taxi ist es aber auch nicht. Carros PĂșblicos ruft man nicht an, diese Fahrzeuge fahren den gesamten Tag die gleiche Strecke auf und ab auf der Suche nach FahrgĂ€sten. Dies geschieht natĂŒrlich stets an der Seite des BĂŒrgersteiges, wo sich Passagiere besser aufgabeln lassen. Nicht selten kommt es hierbei zu erbitterten KonkurrenzkĂ€mpfen und gefĂ€hrlichen Verkehrsszenarien auf Kosten anderer Verkehrsteilnehmer.

Sie halten ĂŒberall an und lassen Passiere dort ein- und aussteigen, wo es gerade am besten passt. Das sorgt dann nach hinten fĂŒr einen gefĂ€hrlichen Dominoeffekt, wenn alle anderen Teilnehmer im Straßenverkehr ebenfalls abrupt bremsen oder ausweichen mĂŒssen. Nichts fĂŒr schwache Nerven – Die Nutzung solcher Transportmöglichkeiten fĂŒr Reisende ist auf eigene Gefahr. Und nur fĂŒr Adrenalinjunkies zu empfehlen, die wirklich nichts zu verlieren haben!

Carros PĂșblicos sind die antike Vorstufe von privatisierten Bussen im Straßentransport – Nur eben als Auto. Jedoch nicht minder eng und unbequem.

Diese ‘Carros PĂșblicos’ sind auf maximalen Umsatz bei geringstmöglichem Komfort und Sicherheit fĂŒr den Passagier aus. So kann es geschehen, dass schon mal bis zu 10 FahrgĂ€ste sich in ein einziges Auto quetschen, weil alle in die gleiche Richtung fahren und möglichst wenig Fahrgeld berappen wollen.

Der einzige Grund, weshalb dieses Fortbewegungsmittel ĂŒberhaupt noch heutzutage durch die dominikanischen Straßen wackelt, ist die lange Tradition der Carros PĂșblicos. Sie verfĂŒgen ĂŒber eine sehr starke und einflussreiche Gewerkschaft und sind wortwörtlich schon immer da gewesen. Bevor es einen Ă€hnlichen Service mit noch grĂ¶ĂŸeren Fahrzeugen zur Beförderung gab, rollten bereits diese Autos durch die Straßen von Santo Domingo.

Daher ist es ein höchst kompliziertes Unterfangen, diesen traditionellen Berufsstand fĂŒr das Allgemeinwohl und die Verkehrssicherheit einfach wegrationalisieren zu können. Sobald es irgendwelche Bestrebungen gibt, den Radius dieser rollenden Leichenwagen von Politik und Regierung einzudĂ€mmen, gibt es Proteste und Blockaden. Und die Fahrer der Carros Publicos reagieren Ă€hnlich ungehalten und grob außerhalb ihres Cockpits wie sie es wĂ€hrend der Fahrt tun.


Die lebensgefÀhrlichste Variante: Motoconchos

Auch Motorradfahrer transportieren Passagiere durch die Straßen. Wer also mit allen Wassern gewaschen ist und weder Tod noch Teufel fĂŒrchtet, der kann ja mal eine Fahrt mit einem sogenannten ‘Motoconcho’ in einer viel befahrenen Stadt unternehmen. Du wirst auf dem RĂŒcksitz des Motorrads Platz nehmen und fĂŒr einen Spottpreis durch die Gegend kutschiert werden.

In meinem letzten Artikel schrieb ich bereits, dass Motorradfahrer fĂŒr 67% aller UnfĂ€lle im Straßenverkehr in der Dominikanischen Republik verantwortlich sind. Motoconchos tragen ihren wesentlich Teil dazu bei und verhalten sich nicht minder rĂŒcksichtslos und aggressiv wie alle anderen Motorradfahrer auf der Insel.

Allerdings sind sie wahre Teufelskerle. Motoconchos werden gerne auch mal zu ganz gewöhnlichen Transportzwecken angeheuert. Wann immer irgendein Gegenstand fĂŒr den Haushalt transportiert werden soll, sind Motoconchos die gĂŒnstigere Wahl gegenĂŒber anderen Anbietern.

Dieses Prachtexemplar eines Motoconcho-Fahrers transportiert vier Gastanks und raucht noch gemĂŒtlich eine Zigarette nebenbei

Rechts ĂŒberholen, andere Verkehrsteilnehmer abdrĂ€ngen und pausenlos nötigen und auch die kleinste LĂŒcke an einer roten Ampel fĂŒr den eigenen Vorteil nutzen. Motoconchos machen so ziemlich alles, was im Straßenverkehr nicht erlaubt ist. Aber wer schert sich in der Dominikanischen Republik schon um die Verkehrsregeln?

Und wieso dieser außergewöhnlicher Name? Warum nennen die Dominikaner ihre zweirĂ€drigen Fahrzeuge ‘Motoconchos’?

Was bedeutet das Wort Motoconcho?

Ähnlich wie zuvor das ‘Guagua’ ist das ‘Motoconcho’ ein Ausdruck, der nicht in allen spanischen Vokabularien vorkommt. In diesem Fall ist es gar exklusiv dominikanischer Slang.

‘Concho’ bedeutet aus dem Spanischen ĂŒbersetzt Muschel, Schale oder Panzer. Also ein Wort, bei dem wir einen sehr robusten Schutzkörper assoziieren. Welch Ironie, sind es doch gerade diese oft selbst zusammengeflickten Transportmittel, die als erstes bei einem Unfall zerschellen. Damit hat das ‘Motoconcho’ allerdings nichts gemein.

Aber woher stammt dieses Wort nun? Es gibt zwei verschiedene Etymologien zu diesem Wort.

Motoconcho ist ein Kofferwort

Laut der ersten ErklÀrung bei dieser Wortneuschöpfung handelt es sich mal wieder um eine Art MissverstÀndnis, bzw. Verhörer aus einer anderen Sprache.

Es handelt sich vielmehr ein Kofferwort. Moto – con – cho war ursprĂŒnglich ein ‘Moto con Chauffeur‘ – Also nichts weiter, als ein Motorrad mit Chauffeur, um die angebotene Dienstleistung verkĂŒrzt und deutlicher zu beschreiben.

Es ist keine Seltenheit, dass manchmal bis zu 4 Personen auf einem Motoconcho sitzen

Und weil der Chauffeur aus dem Französischen seinen Ursprung bei den Lokomotiven hat, ist ein Chauffeur nichts weiter als ein Heizer, der zur Beschleunigung die Kohlen ins Feuer schaufelte. In bester Tradition heizen die Motoconchos noch heute durch die Straßen der Dominikanischen Republik und verursachen Ă€hnlich viel Qualm aus ihren Auspuffen wie eine antike Lokomotive.

Motoconcho hat einen geschichtlichen Hintergrund

Das Wort geht auf die alte Illustration des ‘Concho Primo‘ zurĂŒck, die erstmals im Jahre 1844 auftauchte. Es wurde zu militĂ€rischen Propagandazwecken eine Figur erfunden, die im Dominikanischen Wiederherstellungskrieg zwischen 1863 and 1865 gebraucht wurde, um Stimmung gegen die Spanier zu machen.

Ein gutes Jahrhundert spĂ€ter wurde die Figur des Concho Primo fĂŒr Werbezwecke gebraucht. Die die ersten Chevrolets wurden aus den USA importiert und es wurden erstmals fixe Routen fĂŒr diese Fahrrouten geplant. Der ‘Concho Primo’ stellte den typischen Dominikaner dar, der gerne mit einem solchen Auto fĂ€hrt. SpĂ€ter wurden dann alle Fahrzeuge fĂŒr den stĂ€dtischen Personenverkehr “concho” genannt und das Verb “conchar” wurde dominikanisiert und geschaffen.

Street to Laguna Rincon
Steiniger Weg auf dem dominikanischen Farmland

Der dominikanische Straßenverkehr hat viele Eigenarten und krude Systeme zu bieten, die in anderen Kulturkreisen völlig fremd und unmöglich erscheinen. Überall pausenlos rummst und hupt und quietscht und klirrt es auf den dominikanischen Straßen. Es mit eigenen Augen mal betrachtet zu haben ist die eine Sache. Eine völlig andere Sache ist allerdings, selber am Straßenverkehr teilzunehmen. Diese Eigenarten im dominikanischen Straßenverkehr spiegeln aber auch irgendwo die etwas chaotische Kultur der Dominikanischen Republik wider.

How to drive safe in the Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic, English, Reiseberichte, Reiseplanung

After analyzing the Dominican traffic from the theoretical perspective in my last article, I would now like to look at the practical side of it. Because it is much more exciting to take part in it than the road conditions and the dangers of daily traffic. With a few first hand recommendations, it is much more relaxed to drive in the most dangerous traffic country in Latin America. What is the safest way to get around the streets of the Dominican Republic? When should I use a rental car? And how do I have to consider when planning a road trip?

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From the perspective of an individual traveler, I find the Dominican Republic a very interesting destination to discover. I’ve already written an extensive article about this in the past. There are so many odd and impressive reasons for your next vacation adventure in the Dominican Republic.

With all the scattered travel destinations, you’ll might ask yourself at some point how to move across the island in the fastest and most safely manner.

Overloaded truck in the Dominican Republic
Only walking is cheaper

If you are a curious adventurer as well as I am, traveling by car is the best option for you.

What if I want to drive a car in the Dominican Republic myself?

I would recommend any adventurous traveler to spend as much time as possible outside of the big cities like Santo Domingo and Puerto Plata. It is not only much more pleasant and smooth to drive in the areas far away from the urban concrete jungles. You will also be amazed at the biodiversity and different microclimatic zones of the Caribbean.

Is it dangerous to drive in the Dominican Republic?
This is also the Dominican Republic – mountainous routes and green landscapes

Of course, the lead-footed adventurer itches a little. Drive towards a Caribbean sunset on a tropical island. There is a lot to discover in the Dominican Republic and the fastest way to do that is with a ride. Driving is fun.

After fathoming in the previous article why the Dominican Republic is not necessarily the safest place for road users, I can still give some tips for safe driving in the Dominican Republic.

Carnaval 2020 en la Zona Colonial en Santo Domingo (12)
Even the smallest vehicles curve through the narrow streets of the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo

The most important lesson is to adapt to the flow of traffic and to take over a little bit of the chaotic Dominican style.

On the other hand, that does not mean that you should cross red lights without hesitating like Dominicans or ruthlessly pushing other road users away or also honk non-stop while driving. However, if you cannot change your usual driving style from home, then you are more likely to be the foreign body in the chaotic Dominican system than the other way around.

Don’t try to change a running chaotic system, rather adapt to it. They never learned how to respect other people on the streets or traffic rules. And why should that be suddenly now your responsibility to teach them how to do it right? The best and safest way for you would be to go with the chaotic flow and accept how it is.

If possible, keep the greatest possible distance from other vehicles. Of course, this is not always doable without any problems. Dominicans like to use two lanes or slow down other road users without batting an eyelid.

You will be able to understand my advice with the greatest possible safety distance, if a motorcyclist without wearing helmet or protective wear comes towards you from the opposite lane as a wrong-way driver because he keeps looking at his mobile phone while driving

On this random snapshot, two motorcycle drive wrong way

If you want to be on the Dominican roads, you need a thick-skinned and be equipped with deaf ears. Everywhere in your surrounding it honks, squeaks and rumbles nonstop in Dominican traffic. You will see and experience things that you could not even have imagined in your wildest nightmares. Not for the faint of heart and people with a lack of concentration. Without your full attention while driving the car, those accidents happen quite unexpectedly.

Is my driver’s license valid in the Dominican Republic?

Perhaps another crucial question arises when planning your vacation to the Dominican Republic. Can I drive in the Dominican Republic with my driver’s license?

Yes it is valid, but only for the duration of your legal stay–i.e. your 30-day tourist card or visa term.

Dominican Ministry of Tourism

Good news: All driver’s licenses seem to be valid in the Dominican Republic! Nothing holds you back to do a road trip in the Dominican Republic. Important: Take the original driver’s license with your photo with you when you are going to rent a car. The rental car providers will not accept a copy.

What if you accidentally left your driver’s license at home?

In addition, more than 300,000 people drive without a license. This is due to the fact that a high proportion of them are illegal foreigners who do not have the necessary documents to get a driver’s license.

Dominican Today

According to official statements from the Dominican authorities, more than 300,000 people drive in the Dominican Republic without a license. That is almost 3% of the entire (!) Dominican population, disregarding e.g. too young, too old, disabled people, etc. However, it is not recommended to take the risk and drive in the Dominican Republic without a license. So don’t be an illegal foreigner and drive in the Dominican Republic with a driver’s license 😊

Incidentally, the further you move away from the cities, the more pleasant and safe the journey becomes. This is of course due to the reduced volume of traffic outside of the conurbations. It goes without saying that fewer accidents happen where there are fewer people driving cars and motorcycles.

Beware of all kinds of animals

We remember the quote from the Dominican Ministry of Tourism, which I also used to cite in my last article:

That being said, driving in the DR is known to be nerve-wracking; you must drive defensively and keep an eye out constantly for other drivers, motorbikes, pedestrians, cows, and other potential road companions and intruders.

Dominican Ministry of Tourism

And of course such a kind warning needs to be investigated a little more. The further you move away from the cities towards nature, the more you have to pay attention to fauna and flora “and other potential road companions and intruders” in traffic. It is certainly safer to move in road traffic where fewer Dominicans are up to mischief. However, that does not mean that it is completely benign.

Agricultural areas are less exotic but at least as animalistic. Watch out for herds of goats, sheep and cows and drive past them as slowly as possible:

A couple of goats are walking in the middle of the street

Wild critters can affect your driving skills even in the most remote places.

But if you want to take this opportunity to travel to these very remote places with all animal-like road users, then it only will be possible by rental car.

Rent a car in the Dominican Republic

For trips that last several days or entire round trips, I recommend using a rental car. Traveling quickly and individually, stopping everywhere to take photos and planning a route on your own: Renting a car in the Dominican Republic has many undeniable advantages for the traveler.

By the way: In November 2019 I made terrible experiences with the Auto Europe, which thwarted my travel plans and then betrayed and stole more than 1,000 dollar from me.

Auto Europe Erfahrung
I made very bad experiences with Auto Europe. Watch out! These tricksters breach both agreements and contracts and leave you as a customer alone in a foreign country without a car.

It is best to rent the car directly from the car rental company in your home country to avoid all those online brokers like Auto Europe. For possible legal skirmishes and annoyances in the aftermath, I also recommend signing a contract with the car rental company in your home country and paying in advance. This is not only the shortest and most convenient way, but also the safest way to plan your individual vacation in the Dominican Republic.

I was able to experience firsthand that it is better not to save on rental cars by these intermediates. Well-known providers such as Europcar or Sixt promise both better service and higher availability of their own fleet. Cheap providers like Interrent or car brokers like Auto Europe act unreliably and sometimes criminally when renting a car. Then it’s better to bite the bullet and spend a dollar or two more on a reliable and available rental car.

What can a driver expect in the Dominican Republic?

Driving through the Dominican Republic by rental car may not be everyone’s dream of a vacation in the Caribbean. It is the adventurous alternative to all-inclusive vacations in Punta Cana, where you spend your entire vacation in one place. The real and authentic Dominican Republic beckons outside the area around Punta Cana.

Only few rules and the typically chaotic Dominican mentality in traffic gives a latently unsafe and dangerous feeling. If you want to drive a car in the Dominican Republic by yourself, you should at least have practiced it beforehand in other countries during a vacation trip. Driving a car in the Dominican Republic is the Champions League of tests of courage and as demanding as the final level of a video game in ‘Hard Mode’.

The further your planned round trip leads away from the overpopulated cities in the Dominican Republic, the smoother and more carefree your journey feels. Not to forget the reduced potential for danger and fewer accidents outside of urban areas. Especially in the southwest of the Dominican Republic, deserted highways with no traffic are waiting to be driven by you:

This feeling of freedom and light-heartedness is extremely rare. Where else do you get the opportunity to be able to drive many miles completely alone on the highway in the middle of the day? Round trips in the Dominican Republic not only provide the opportunity to plan the vacation independently according to your own interests. Realizing and rewarding yourself with a road trip in the Caribbean is the real reason for every adventurous individual traveler.

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