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travelling alone

by juffie

i am planning a trip to santo domingo for a week and I'll be staying in the Zona Colonial.
I am doing this trip by myself. Do you have any tips for a woman travelling by herself? What to do/ not to do in santo domingo?

thank you.

Re: travelling alone

by marielexoteria

What NOT to do:

- Don't put on a lot of flashy (or even discreet) jewelry.
- Don't flash your money.
- Don't give in to pushy vendors.
- Don't walk alone on dark streets at night.
- Don't exchange your US dollars in the black market.
- IF visiting our beautiful churches on Zona Colonial, don't wear mini skirts or bare shoulders (I think they still have that rule). The same goes for some governmental buildings and the Pantheon (but check it out first, I might be wrong).
- Don't drink tap water.
- If you visit a bar or discotheque, don't leave your drink unattended.

What to do:

- Take your time checking out whatever you wanna shop.
- Hold on to your purse for dear life. If you're walking on a sidewalk, put on your purse on the shoulder that does NOT face the street.
- Haggle, haggle and then haggle some more.
- Bring your US dollars and exchange them as you need in the local banks. They always have a screen or sign showing the exchange rate of the day. At the same time, bring some Dominican currency to pay for the cab to your hotel and small expenses you might encounter the arrival date (like a bottle of water, dinner, etc.) or until you can go to a bank and exchange your US dollars.
- If you take a cab from a hotel or touristic point, agree on a price before you get in. Our taxis don't run by the meter and they have fixed prices depending on distance. Better yet, call a cab from a reputable firm (see my Santo Domingo page for tips).

I can't come up with anything else now and I'm sorry if any of the tips are common sense to you (which they are). Hope it helps.

Travel Tips for Santo Domingo

Caña y jugo de caña (sugar cane and its juice)

by marielexoteria

Dominicans like enjoying a glass of sugar cane juice on a hot day. Not only is it delicious but it helps cleanse the kidneys. Before there used to be a lot of sellers selling the juice in tricycles but as of Feb 2008 I only saw one at El Malecón but the juice can be bought at the big supermarkets.

When I was a child I also used to eat sugar cane with my friends. You peel it (we left that to the adults), then you take a bite, chew it and suck the juice and then you spit it out. What can't be eaten plus the skin is taken to make paper - or at least it was then, so nothing from the sugar cane was wasted.

Sugar cane was a big deal for us during the colonial times and at one point we produced sugar for export. Now, as far as I know, we only produce it for internal consumption.

"Paleteros" : Local street vendors

by Guzzie19

There are nice guys sitting or standing in the corner or place that you cannot imagine and in their little cart they have all that you need for the last minute that you forgot to buy at the store such as: cigarettes, candies, gum, calling cards, chocolate, lollypops or even fruit!.

They wont harm you.. just offer their products to make their living.

Paleteros

by marielexoteria

This kind of street vendor keeps to one street corner to sell his/her merchandise. They started selling cookies, crackers, lollipops, bubble gum, etc but some sell fruit today as well. The name "paletero" comes from the word "paleta" which means lollipop.

El Malecón

by mikey_e

The Malecón or sea wall is a favourite attraction in many coastal cities and towns in the Caribbean and Central America, and the one in Santo Domingo is no exception. Called Avenida George Washington in some parts, the Malecón goes from the Rio Ozama and the Monument to Fray Montesinos all the way west out past Gazcue and on along the coast to the Government buildings. As you get closer to the Zona Colonial, the Malecón takes more of an entertainment district atmosphere with restaurants, nightclubs, parks and impromptu fairs popping up. Farther west, however, where the skyline is dominated by casinos and hotels, the Malecón is just a promenade that provides breathtaking views of the sparkling waters of the Caribbean Sea and the intense green of the foliage along the shore. There are some horse and buggy services for those who wish to complete the romantic scene, but a walk along the shore is quite impressive as well.

Metro de Santo Domingo: Line 1

by marielexoteria

A metro line is being constructed in Santo Domingo and it's expected to be fully operational in Feb 2008 but will be formally open to the masses in Apr 2008. The route consists of 16 stations for a length of 14,5km.

Edit Apr 2009: alright, so we took the metro. The wagons reminded me of the Madrid metro and it's not so weird considering that they financed the project :) The stations are very clean and safe and patrolled by law enforcement people and the process of buying the ticket is very efficient. The ticket is actually a card that everyone must buy and it costs 30 pesos (a little less than 1 US), then every single trip costs 20 pesos. You place the card on top of the turnstile and pass.

We did the trip for the whole line once and then got off at the station closest to where I can go home. Total price? 70 pesos.

The stations don't have names according to the streets close to it, but of people that are/were important to the Dominican history but under the name you'll see which street or "landmark" it's close to.

The one tourist attraction that this metro line passes by is Teatro Nacional (National Theater) and the station to get there is called Casandra Damirón.

Edit Oct 2009: they have started the construction of line 2, which will go from Los Alcarrizos to El Almirante (and close to my house).

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