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Key to the City

A Non-Tourist-y Guide to the Dominican Republic

Key to the City 01/16/2018

 

Luz Ortiz’s friends are lucky—anyone planning a trip to her birth country, the Dominican Republic, goes equipped with her insider, not-in-the guidebook tips. Well, we got you an in, too, and asked the woman behind the wonderfully sleek, curvy jewelry line that bears her name what art—and food—you absolutely gotta consume if you make the journey yourself.



Stay

 

KEEP IT CENTRAL

“If you want a metropolitan experience, then the capital, Santo Domingo, is a good place to stay. I would recommend staying in the Zona Capital, which is a neighborhood that’s historical and very charming. There’s also a lot to do—there are a lot of bars, restaurants, shops, and museums. I think staying at an Airbnb is great, and there are so many all over the Dominican.”


 

Eat

 

GO VEGGIE

“My favorite new place  on Zona Capital is called called TIME Vegetarian Kitchen. It’s vegetarian but fused with the taste of the traditional food we eat in the Dominican. I took my sister—and we both aren’t vegetarians—but we were both blown away by how good it was. It tastes like you’re eating meat, but you’re not.”

 

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Do Things

 

DIVE INTO A LOCAL DELI

“If you’re staying at a resort, then I definitely recommend just going outside of that and exploring the town more. Stop into a deli where they serve food and beer. They’re all over the island and usually pretty great.”

 

CHILL AT THE MUSEO DE ARTE MODERNO

“In September, I was in Santo Domingo for ten days, so  I really got to explore. I went to the Museo de Arte Moderno for the first time, and it’s really beautiful. I loved the architecture. The building is really amazing. The space is relaxed and not super-formal, so it’s an easy place to hang out.”


 

DIP DOWN TO PUNTA CANA

“I’ve been going to Punta Cana more lately since I got married there, so it holds a special place for me. It’s on the eastern tip of the island, and its more of an easygoing beach town. It’s also only three hours away from the city, so whenever I want to enjoy a quick getaway, that's my place. I recommend to eating at Playa Blanca Restaurant, the sort of spot in which you can walk right up from the beach and have the best view and some tasty, fresh seafood and grilled meats. I also recommend checking out the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park, which is made up of freshwater lagoons—I can spend a whole day swimming in these natural beauties, and there are lots of fish and turtles. I recommend packing some snacks and water as the walk to the lagoons is not short, but the scenery is very lovely and peaceful—it’s a really magical place!”

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