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Monasterio de San Francisco

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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Great music and dancing - very Dominican event

We stumbled into this giant street party on a Sunday night at Monasterio de San Francisco, and had... read more

Reviewed 19 March 2018
Robert D
A Sunday Night "Don't Miss" Dance Party

Every Sunday night, a live band plays merengue music in the ruins and thousands socialize and dance... read more

Reviewed 1 February 2018
karatdabeach
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Daytona Beach, Florida
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The ruins of the first New World monastery lie here, destroyed by two different earthquakes.
  • Excellent42%
  • Very good38%
  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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Reviewed 19 March 2018

We stumbled into this giant street party on a Sunday night at Monasterio de San Francisco, and had a great time dancing, having a few beers with the locals and listening to some great music. Getting here early is definitely advisable to get a good...More

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Reviewed 1 February 2018

Every Sunday night, a live band plays merengue music in the ruins and thousands socialize and dance in this lovely setting. Exciting and a first for us!

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Reviewed 22 January 2018

This easily accessible site is definitely worth stopping if you are walking in the area. There is a nice walkway to view it and you can see inside through the bars on the windows. Look for green parrots- we missed them but others in our...More

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Reviewed 27 December 2017

We visited on Sunday night when a local band plays and the town comes together to dance! Beer trucks and music and LOTS of people crowded on the hill. Has a very local flavor to it. You don't really get to explore the history of...More

Thank MC M
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Reviewed 25 December 2017 via mobile

The concert/dancing here on Sunday night was one of my favorite events of my trip. This was all amazing place. The dancers were clearly mostly regulars and had been dancing for many many years. I simply watch and enjoyed. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank Andrea F
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Reviewed 11 August 2017

These open air concerts are amazing! I think they happen every sunday. The crowd is happy and friendly, and the music is great- all your old merengue/son/salsa favorites from the 80's and 90's. 5-10pm, afterwards the dancers head to Parada77 which is a block or...More

Thank Kelli B
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Reviewed 23 July 2017

These ruins have a very nice atmosphere (first monastery in the Americas), so if you walk not far from this area (eg Plaza España area) it is worth to include this in your program. You can get into the gardens as well if you ask...More

Thank Márk N
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Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

Went on a Sunday night where they have free live music and dancing. A fun atmosphere, both tourists and locals there. Will go again next time I'm in Santo Domingo

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Reviewed 1 June 2017

Normally the ruins of the Monastery are closed, BUT every Sunday evening they have live tropical music played by a group called Bonyé. This is an established Dominican tradition and locals from all ages go every Sunday to dance salsa, bachata and merengue. You will...More

Thank VirginiaVelkra
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

This place comes to life on Sunday night where a sea of people spread out onto the side streets leading up to this ruin. A live band plays and people of all age dance the night away. It is a great place to see even...More

Thank Nga D
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