The historical encounters with the Spanish colonists, African slaves, Taino Indians, North American tourists have led to a truly eclectic mix of traditions and customs. Many Taino Indian words are still widely used within the modern language for some food and natural phenomena. The African elements are found in the dance and music.

Just as the Dominican Republic is rich in cultural imprints, it’s also rich in colors. Dominican carnivals in February is the best example. Unlike in the Catholic Europe, here carnivals may take place during the Lenten period too. That is due to the fact that the Spanish colonists let their African and Taino Indian slaves have a feast once a year to get the ‘wild’ out of their bodies. That’s why nowadays you can see carnival participants dressed as devils and chase spectators with a ‘vejiga’ and tap them to take the evil spirit out of the person. Every town also has its distinct characters, style, traditions and timeframe. All in all, carnivals are very colorful and joyful popular festivities that can enrich your encounter with this Caribbean island.
If you are not visiting the Dominican Republic during the carnival season, there are still plenty cultural activities for you.

Thus, only in Sosua you will find three different museums. One of them is the Jewish Museum that commemorates the memory of Jewish settlers who came to the Dominican Republic escaping the horrors of the Nazi regime in Europe and who built the Sosua village. Another one is Casa de Arte that looks to promote the art and culture among the local community. And finally el Castillo Mundo King will surprise you with unusual artworks, including alien-themed art, extraterrestrial messages, as well as a sizable collection of exotic Haitian sculptures.

Basically every day is a blessed day worth celebrating. Dominicans are very cheerful and warm-hearted people who are always smiling and enjoying life. And little is needed for a party. They can put music and start dancing traditional merengue, bachata or salsa just in front of ‘colmados’, their small convenience stores.

Besides, big concerts are frequent. Famous singers with Dominican origins (Romeo Santos, Cardi B, Juan Luis Guerra, Prince Royce, etc) like to perform for the local public. There are big concert venues, including the famous Casa de Campo and Puerto Plata Amphitheatre.

Talking about the architecture, it’s important to remember that the Dominican Republic is the country where the first city, university, cathedral, monastery and royal court in the New World were built. So visiting the Dominican Republic will give you a chance to see these unique historical sites.

Finally, the local cuisine will amaze you with its fusion of Spanish, Italian, Caribbean and US American traditions. Rice is an absolute king in traditional Dominican kitchens. The most typical dish called ‘la bandera’ (flag) is rice served with red beans and fried chicken. Besides, Dominicans are big fans of using coconut, plantains, fried cheese, garlic and onion in their cuisine. You will find recommendations for the best restaurants in the area on our social media accounts: Facebook and Instagram.

Excited to learn more about this amazing country? Visit it once and fall in love forever! Contact gabriela@hb.estate our rental manager to help you with accommodation arrangements for your trip.