The capital city of Santo Domingo is highly underrated when it comes to tourism to the Dominican Republic. Many people use it as a jumping off point for adventures further north while others skip it altogether in favor of the resorts of Punta Cana. But I loved it. The ancient architecture, the energy of the calles, the impromptu dance parties, and, of course, the food. It’s the energy on these streets that set it apart from other Caribbean destinations I’d visited.
We walked down the same strip of shops to get just about everywhere and wandered down them in search for music and beers. The metal doors that protected the shops were painted with colorful designs instead of traditional walls used in other cities. The designs themselves were varied, from whimsical to nostalgic. They were a surprising burst of color from the brick and stucco buildings that covered the Colonial Zone.
While not like the street art of places like Miami or Toronto, I was very impressed with what I found. I still hardly scratched the surface as there are some truly stunning murals and pieces around the larger area of the city. See this guide on Global Street Art for more.