Dominican Republic’s cities have one thing in common: urban parks are the hub of social life, a central gathering point where locals take a break from their day to chat, meet with their loved ones, get a cold drink, a fresh coconut or ice cream from the mobile vendors, or throw down in a game of dominoes. Santo Domingo’s urban parks are among the most historic and scenic, from Parque Colón, surrounded in colonial architecture, to Parque Duarte, and Parque Independencia. Puerto Plata’s central square is worth a stroll, as is Santiago’s, and La Romana’s, filled with life-sized baseball statues.
Frequented at all times of the day, including at night in the Colonial City, city parks are a great way to experience the local culture.
Grab a park bench surrounded with trees or sea breeze, and kick back like a local.