One week in Santo Domingo for a student
Itinerary is in Santo Domingo.
Santo Domingo being the Capitol of Dominican Republic is the most advanced city in the Island. You can find here over 26 colleges and universities including the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo ， the largest and the first university of the Americas. Santo Domingo when compared to some countries in Latin America is well developed and is rapidly moving into the 21st century. You can find pretty much anything you would in the states in Santo Domingo. This is one of the major reasons why students from all over the United States vacation in Santo Domingo. Students must understand that although Santo Domingo is a beautiful island full of life, there are parts of the city which are very poor. Streets are not fixed and houses are not very pretty. To understand why this is so you must understand the history and know that D.R. is relatively new to the current democratic government.
Depending where in the capitol you stay, everything you need is relatively close by. This is the reason why locals and tourists a like walk to their destination and rely on the public transportation. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes before leaving your hotel room.
Walk-You may be able to walk to your destination because most restaurants and super markets are within a reasonable distance. Public Transportation- The public transportation system is a cheap，easy a safe way to get around. The bus works just like our local transportation system here in the United States. Before getting in the bus ask a local， or the bus driver what bus will take you to your destination， they will point you in the right direction. The bus is roughly 15pesos. Public Cars- you can identify a public car from a regular car because it will have a government seal on the windshield. Public cars usually go up and down a street. You can catch one by standing on the street and signaling if your going up the street or down. Public cars are also safe, except you will probably be riding along with at least 5 other people going the same way you are. Public cars are roughly 20-25pesos. Taxi- Taxis are also very safe but will cost any where from 150-300 pesos depending on how far your destination. Public Vans- Also called guaguas. These are not recommended to visitors because they are not safe， unless maybe accompanied by a local. Usually costs about 25-30 pesos