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The region is considered by many Dominicans as hopelessly boring after dark. Visitors tend to head for one of the bars or outdoor restaurants along the Malecón and make an evening of it. Many of these are expat joints, and tend to come and go with such frequency that a guidebook can't keep up-to-date with them.

That doesn't matter. All you have to do is stroll along the waterfront and check out the current favorites, which you'll recognize by the blaring merengue and gyrating crowds. There are two or three dance clubs nearby, none of them particularly memorable, which also change their stripes frequently.

If you're a woman traveling alone (or one of a group of women), expect a heavy dose of machismo if you patronize many of the waterfront bars. Men traveling alone can anticipate offers from prostitutes, both female and male.

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