Bars and dance clubs are a'plenty in the Colonial City of Santo Domingo, but you won’t find a more lively and exhilarating ambience than the weekly outdoor Sunday night concert and bash with popular local band Grupo Bonyé (Calle Hostos, 5:30pm-10pm Sun., free) performing against the backdrop of the sprawling Ruins of San Francisco. For four hours, city dwellers from all corners to gather at this his- toric spot to dance from sundown to evening to merengue, son, and salsa. Sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism, this weekly event attracts everyone out of their respective neighborhoods across the city: tourists, locals, expats, rich and poor, young and old. It’s a safe environment to party in—just mind your purses and pockets. Ladies, you might be asked to dance, and it’s perfectly fine to accept or decline. Plastic tables and chairs are laid out across the plaza starting around 5pm—come early if you want to save space for your group.

Excerpted from Moon Dominican Republic, Moon Travel Guides/Hachette Books, 2016 edition)