The Merengue Festival is slated for 26-29 July in Santo Domingo. This year, the festival will be sponsored by Brugal Rum and will be known as the Festival Brugal del Merengue. Some 18 merengue groups have been contracted for live performances at the Avenida del Puerto of Santo Domingo. If you'll be in Santo Domingo this weekend you should check it out. This is another great way to experience real Dominican culture AND shmooze with the boys!
Also, if you haven't checked out Monaga or Spirit lately then you're about to miss a really fantastic sale on airfare. Spirit has many awesome discounts on various routes, including Santo Domingo. Book now because the sale ends in a few days!!