The country’s second-largest city, Santiago de los Caballeros is sprawling, modern, and cosmopolitan. Located far from the crowded tourist spots, Santiago de los Caballeros also manages to exude its own brand of authentic Dominican charm, as it establishes itself as a fascinating holiday hotspot. With tobacco and sugarcane plantations dominating the valley, in addition to factories constantly churning out rum and cigars, Santiago de los Caballeros is unapologetically Dominican. Mazes of chaotically constructed homes with corrugated iron roofs dot the city, as well as mansions hiding behind high walls in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the Dominican Republic. Leave the residential areas, and experience the raucous nightlife, baseball-crazed parks, fascinating landmarks, and high-quality culinary scene.