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Calle Isabel La Catolica 155, Santo Domingo, Caribbean
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beach hotels car rentals meet up i need all of you to help me out ""!""!"!"!"!"!"!

by usersafe

i am coming to dc next month to Santo Domingo i need the following advice


The best beach with white sand and clear water

The best resort which is close to the city and not credit crunching expensive


Should i rent a car or taxi to get around as i like to stay on the beach during the day and party in the city by night (is there GPS?)


anyone want to meet up with a couple i am from london and my other half is from Atlanta, and the more the merrier, we have a clash because i am a city type of guy and she is the beach type so we trying to find a balance


I know if you know locals they can find you the best deals as everything on the internet is expensive, and site that don't come up on Google top 10 with cracking deal would be nice.

if you want to contact me directly then please do so mrsoul_2004@hotmail.com i will be in town from 9th June till the 15th June

Re: beach hotels car rentals meet up i need all of you to help me out ""!""!"!"!"!"!"!

by marielexoteria

The closest beach to Santo Domingo is Boca Chica, about 45 minutes from the city center. I haven't been there but the report I've got is that the beach isn't all that good and people recommend Juan Dolio (about 1h15 from the city center).

As to beach resorts: how much is your budget per person per day or per room per day? Would you prefer a non All-Inclusive place?

Off the top of my head, I'd recommend Sosúa or Cabarete for beach action during the day and partying during the night, but those towns are about 4-4.5 hours from Santo Domingo and I wouldn't advise anyone to drive at night from Juan Dolio/Boca Chica.

Rent a car: I think renting a car depends on where you're going. Within Santo Domingo, take a taxi if you don't wanna walk or take the bus. If you're traveling a lot outside of Santo Domingo, then a car might be good but we have excellent first class buses to take you to a lot of places.

We have some GPS maps, yes. Check out: http://la-hispaniola.com/ and then go to "Foro". You need to register to download the free maps and I think they work with Garmin GPS.

Re: beach hotels car rentals meet up i need all of you to help me out ""!""!"!"!"!"!"!

by Dominicano_Tranquilo

Yes. There are 2 or 3 companys in this merchant. I`m using GPS Garmin Dominican Maps: http://dominicana.cc/mapstore.php
and still have no problems. Some people use Nokia Maps, or something else...

Travel Tips for Santo Domingo

you must go to restaurant...

by angelica2

you must go to restaurant vesubio for eat the mots varied food of the city. if you want to dance a good merengue and you want to eat the native food you must visit el conuco. my best memory is boca chica´s beach and its nearby hotel hamaca.

But did you ever saw it this...

by Umfufu

Did you ever saw the Dominican Flag this way...ha ha not possible, never made an other picture like this.
On the beach this flag was always there, between a red, yellow or green one and a little flag saying the life guards were there.

We thought that the way of the...

by andreyvonn

We thought that the way of the Republican people in the touristic areas, was to always try to get the most out of whatever they are selling, we have to bargain all the time, which gets very annoying. We visited other places but foud that this is particularly true in the Dominican Republic.Too bad.

faro a colon

by willy_wonka

one of the most visited monuments in santo domingo, it probably doesnt warrant to be labelled as 'off the beaten path', but i have classified it as so, because it did take a bit of effort to get out there. basically, i gave up on the bus idea and blew some money on a taxi.

and yes, it was a bit of a waste of time. basically, the faro a colon is a huge concrete block of a monument that supposedly houses the remains of colombus (hence the name meaning 'lighthouse of colombus'. along the huge hallway preceding the 'remains' (disputed by italy and spain) there is a museum dedicated to the seafaring ways of the explorers of the americas.

the most funniest thing i learnt about this ugly monument however, was the fact that at night, huge light beams are meant to shoot out into the night sky from the top of the monument, but it hardly ever happens because when they put the lights on, the neighborhoods surround the faro are blacked out! so much light and power being wasted while people in 'third world' conditions dont get power. no wonder they rarely ever turn it on!

located on parque mirador del este, around US$3 to enter, closed mondays.

A little bit of Sweden in Santo Domingo

by marielexoteria

In Santo Domingo there are 2 streets named after 2 Swedish people. The first one, and the one I actually remember hearing the name of (although I didn't know who he was until I moved here), is Olof Palme. This street is located in the neighborhood called Los Prados and unfortunately it gets misspelled as Olaf Palmer or Oloff Palme.

The other street is named after Erik Ekman, a botanist that collected plant specimens in Dominican Republic. The street is called Erick Leonard Ekman (misspelled again). Erik Ekman died in Santiago de los Caballeros in 1931 and there's a sign and a statue in his honor, by his grave.

Edit Apr 2009: in adittion to having Volvo cars and buses, Scania trucks and Saab cars, we also have knäckebröd from the brand Wasa, as seen in the first picture of this tip. I found the bread on Jumbo, the supermarket on Megacentro.

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