Traveler Tips and Information: Santo Domingo
About the Dominican Republic:
The Dominican Republic (DR) is the largest democratic country in the Caribbean, with a population of 9 million people. Its strategic geographical position allows an easy access to the markets of the U.S., Latin America, and the Caribbean.
The Dominican Republic is a country that offers multiple opportunities for business and investment. The country's growing economy is supported by an on-going process of modernization and is reinforced by aggressive efforts to promote trade liberalization and economic integration. The country enjoys an environment of political stability and democratic consolidation.
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You may choose to use a transportation company or taxi's to move around the city. A transportation company is safer and more reliable. During the work day, taxi's usually arrive within 5 to 10 minutes of receiving a call. However, during rain or rushour, wait times can be considerably longer.
Taxi rides within the city normally cost about US$5. Please note, Hotel taxi's are 2 to 3 times the normal fare. Taxis in the Dominican Republic very often do not have seatbelts and driving in general is very aggressive. Even riding as a passenger can be stressful and it is best to simply relax. Always plan for a 30 to 60 minute road trip within the city as traffic in Santo Domingo is often very congested.
If you decide to use a taxi at the airport, look for drivers that have an ID and a number. One Taxi Service that we recommend is Apolli Taxi - Phone:809-537-0000. If you would like a chauffer, you may click here for a list of our contacts.
Facts About the DR:
Official Language: Spanish
|Normal Greeting: Saludo!|
|Official Currency: DR Peso|
|Currency Exchange: click here|
|Traditional Food: Habichuelas con Arroz (Red beans & rice)|
|Popular Music: Bachata & Merengue|
|Current President: click here|
|Minister of Ag: click here|
While Santo Domingo (and the Dominican Republic in general) is a safe place, caution is always prudent. Here are some safety tips to keep your trip from being spoiled by unexpected incidences:
1) Be careful about displaying valuable accessories such as jewelry and watches.
2) Be alert when using cameras or video recorders.
3) Avoid talking to strangers on the street.
4) Do not walk alone at night in uncertain areas.
5) Avoid the dangerous parts of town: The north part of Santo Domingo is considered to be the rough area.