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The Little Mail Carriers did some island hopping earlier this year, from the Azores across the Atlantic Ocean to the Dominican Republic, where they were welcomed by the local community of enthusiastic postcrossers. Read on to learn about this sunny land and its many delights!

Hi everyone! That was a long ride in our envelope, and we’re really glad to finally be out to meet Stephanie, the friendly post officer that stamped our passport.

The Little Mail Carriers visit Dominican Republic!

After the formalities were done, our first order of business was to meet the local Postcrossing community! Everyone was super friendly and they had lots of ideas of things they wanted to show us. While they discussed and made plans, we tasted the delicious “Pasteles en hoja”, a local savory speciality.


Our first host Ramón (aka ramonlora) showed us the old part of Santo Domingo, which is called the “Zona Colonial”. It is an area filled with monuments and landmarks that are often featured on postcards. We visited the impressive Basílica Catedral de Santa María de la Encarnación, the Alcázar de Colón, the Ovando Statue overlooking the Plaza España and the Ozama fortress.

Zona Colonial of Santo Domingo

We also checked out a curious landmark: the “Faro a Colón” (or, the Columbus lighthouse). It’s a peculiar lighthouse, as it was built quite inland, in the last decades of the XX century, when boats no longer relied so much on lighthouses for navigation. Why would they build it, then? Turns out, the cross-shaped lighthouse is more of a monument in honor of Columbus than a navigation tool. Its construction was quite controversial and took several decades until it was finished in 1992.

The Little Mail Carriers visit Dominican Republic!

After that, we went to see the thing that is featured in most Dominican Republic postcards… the beach! Though many beaches here are private, Juan Dolio is still free to visit and just an hour drive from Santo Domingo.

Julian Dolio beach

And what feels good after a day at the beach? Paletas, of course! These fruity ice-popsicles were a delicious treat on a warm day. On every corner there’s a fruit stall, and they will offer you a kaleidoscope of juicy and tasty fresh fruits, all year around.


On the next days, we hitched a ride with Darío (aka dariomartinezb) and drove to Santiago de los Caballeros, a city located about 160 kms Northwest of Santo Domingo, in the center of the Cibao Valley. It was founded by Cristopher Columbus in 1495, it had to be rebuilt some miles farther in 1562 due to a devastating earthquake.

Here we visited the Monumento a los Héroes de la Restauración (Monument to the Heroes of the Restoration), which is the most famous landmark in Santiago, and can be seen from almost every corner of the city. The Monumento is flanked by statues of the heroes that helped the still young Dominican Republic regain its independence in 1863, and it was an honor for us to stand by the feet of such brave men.

Monumento a los Héroes de la Restauración

After that, it was time to pay a visit to the second-best place according to our host: the Cibao Stadium, home of the Cibao Eagles. Baseball is king in the Dominican Republic, and we imagined the crowd screaming "VUAL’ÁGUILA!” (that’s Go Eagles!) when there’s a home run.

Cibao Stadium

Our next host Hanley was waiting for us to visit Salcedo, hometown of the Mirabal Sisters, to visit their home and gardens which are now a museum.

Ever heard about the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, commemorated worldwide on November 25th? The date has its roots on the Mirabal Sisters, three brave women that opposed Dominican ruthless ruler Rafael L. Trujillo and were killed by his orders on November 25, 1960. The three sisters and their husbands suffered countless horrors but endured them all and inspired the population to fight the dictator. Patria, Minerva and María Teresa Mirabal are called “Las Mariposas” (the butterflies) as they symbolize freedom and hope.

Visiting the Mirabal sisters museum

Driving southwest, we reached San Francisco de Macorís, a town known for being the epicenter of the Dominican rice industry, and also the birthplace of several national heroes. We had a look at the local parks and Victorian architecture houses that are featured in so many local postcards and also strolled around the Plaza de los Mártires (aka Martyrs Place) which honors the men that took part on the crucial expedition against Trujillo in 1959.

Plaza de los Mártires

While the mission failed, it helped increase the discomfort of the people and it’s said that this expedition, along with the Mirabal Sisters assassination, marked the tipping point of the regime. Less than two years after the expedition, the Dominican Republic was freed from the dictator.

Hanley also took us to Tenares where his dad is from, and where we played a dominoes tournament! It’s said that there are three things you can find in almost any corner in the Dominican Republic: a Colmado (small grocery store), a radio-set playing bachata, and a game of Dominoes.

Playing dominoes

Our last host for the trip was Namir (aka rosanza), who took us to Puerto Plata, the city where she was born. Puerto Plata is called the Bride of the Atlantic, and for good reasons. While nowadays most tourists will know Punta Cana and Bávaro (in the East), the Dominican enchanting love story with beaches and golden sands started in Puerto Plata, many decades ago. It remains a very popular destination, especially among Europeans, some of which love it so much that they decide to settle there. Cabarete and Sosúa, a few miles East of Puerto Plata, may properly be called European refuges for retirees and surfers.

Architecture in Puerto Plata

Namir’s parents keep a small museum at home, and just before we left, she showed us some curious artifacts, including this “iron made of iron” which was used to iron clothes before electricity was invented… can you guess how it worked?

Old ironing iron

Sadly, too soon it was time for us to go, but we treasure the memories we bring from this beautiful country! 💛

Our big thank you to everyone in the Dominican Republic who made this trip such a great adventure. Who knows where the Little Mail Carriers will pop up next? Stay tuned for their adventures!


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35 comments so far

GuyT, Canada
I love to follow the inresting stories our little mail carriers !!!

KoJep, Indonesia
i hope little mail carriers will meet many new friends from Dominican Republic. I hope more postcrosser from this country. I never send and received to/from there

Hanley, Dominican Republic
I enjoyed to participate in this activity. I thanks Dario Martinez and all the other postcrossing members.

bandcrab, United States of America
So cute and fascinating!

islander61, Bahamas
Nice to read about an island nation not to far from my own :) About that iron: I remember older relatives saying hot coals were put inside the iron and the heat warmed the fabric for ironing (something like that).

MirjamW, Netherlands
Oh wow, what a great report of your visit to the Dominican Republic! You've seen a lot of the country, and thanks to the Dominican participants that showed you so much, we can also enjoy some interesting views there. :-)

Gen24, United States of America
This is so cute! Thanks to the D.R Postcrossers for their help!

ezredax, United States of America
How fun! Wonderful story of visit. Learned a few new things as well.

ned44440, Ireland
It is always great to read these adventures and image you are there too 🙂. Keep up the travels and thank you for 'bringing' us with you.

-Cool-, Philippines
You put hot charcoals inside the iron to heat it up. Until the 1980s, we were using similar irons because there was no electricity in our town!
Great travel, mailers!
Come to the Philippines next!!!!

ShariLoveFIN, Finland
First time seeing this 🤩What a great idea and joyful to follow 👍💚🌺🤩😄

mapa, Belgium
great and interesting!

Azaria_, China
It's quite interesting to read our little mail traveling to different ares in the quiet morning on my way to school.

Sidolix, Germany
Very nice trip with many information !
I was just in Punta Cana but the island has a lot of nice places !
I know the iron, have use it 50 y ago with hot coal !

butterflycard, Malaysia
The metal iron is in front of a Brother typewriter.Also metal iron needs hot coals .This will make the plate of the iron HOT but not fun to get burnt.!

fisherman, Ireland
Nice story and lovely views - I was lucky enough to receive a card from Dario some time ago many thanks again

jeroenvberlo, Netherlands
Very nice story... it made me want to go get some fresh fruit. Of to the market. See you later. 😀

Alexander9179, Russia
I sent 80 (20 each year) postcards from the Dominican Republic; not a single one reached the addressees, either to Europe, or to Asia, or to the Russian Federation. I sent 2 postcards from Haiti, one arrived, after 16 months ...

Alexander9179, Russia
It is a pity there is no airport photo. And from their prison the best view of all in the world ...

daisy363, United States of America
I love the Little Postcrossers series! Very informative! I love looking at the pictures!!

alison41, South Africa
Dominican Rep is a country we almost never hear about in this part of the world; I know next to nothing about it. As for the iron: you place it on top of the surface of a wood burning stove, and it heats up that way. My childhood had both these items. Ironing was a very hot and sweaty business. Thank goodness for the ease of electricity.

Flippie, Canada
Thank you Little Mail carriers, because you guys I feel I'm always on a trip with you.
Keep going....

saikat_das, India

Robin67, Austria

As, most likely, I'll never receive an official card from your precious island, maybe a member of you local community of enthusiastic postcrossers would like to swap a card with me? If you do, please get in touch! :-)

Thank you! :-)

CliffClaven, Luxembourg
Interesting information. I returned from the Dominican Republic last week. Now waiting for the postcards to arrive!

sacdalton, United States of America
Looks like it was a great trip!

Well_Keynell, Russia
Wow! That's amazing! I saw that trip report at first time. But what next? Who decide where our little mail carriers gone next time?

Geminiscp, Portugal
Super cute!! Lucky guys! :D

ave, United States of America
Wow! A great adventure to a place we rarely hear of -- thanks for sharing it with us!

luvwhidbeyisland, United States of America
I learned so much about the Dominican Republic!

kathilo, United States of America
There are Postcrossers in the Dominican Republic?!? Who knew??? Why don't I ever get a contact in the Dominican Republic???

Captain-Colin, United Kingdom
What lovely travelogues from these guys!

NIDUSKA, Finland

Darcey1, South Africa
Wow, that roll looks yummy llol

Braam, Australia
Thanks for such an interesting visit to the Dominican Republic, from this arm-chair traveller. Columbus would be proud of the beautiful country he helped to create!

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