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Power outages have been one of the downfalls of placing a major headquarter in the city, but the infrastructure is a great advantage to many of these international firms. Since Santo Domingo has privatize and integrated with the US telecommunication system, they have been fortunate to have the benefit of a contemporary telecommunication system.
Incomes in Santo Domingo can vary from extremely rich to extremely poor. Many of the prominent families live in neighborhoods surrounding Avenida John F. Kennedy ("Avenida" = "Avenue") to the north, Avenida 27 de Febrero to the south, Avenida Winston Churchill to the west and Avenida Máximo Gómez to the east. Some other areas that are always expanding and developing are Naco, Arroyo Hondo, Piantini, Paraíso, Bella Vista, Sarasota. Most of the city's less fortunate live outside the center of Santo Domingo, which can be seen by various slums that
Avenida Winston Churchill and 27 de Febrero Avenue are two of the commercial centers of the city. Many malls and shops are located in these two avenues such as, Acropolis Center, Scotiabank, Citibank, Banco BHD, Banco del Progreso, Banreservas,Plaza Central and Plaza Naco. However,
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Atlanta, Boston, New York, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Philadelphia, Panama City, San Jose Costa Rica, San Juan Puerto Rico, Havana, Port-au-Prince, Caracas, Paris, Madrid, Frankfurt, Munich and Duesseldorf and surrounding Caribbean islands.
Airfare to Santo Domingo may vary widely depending on season and demand. A round trip ticket
Airfare from most cities in Latin America cost between US$400 and US$1,000 and require layovers in Panama City, Panama (Copa Air) or San Jose, Costa Rica (Taca).
=== By ferry ===
There is ferry service to and from San Juan,
== Get around ==
*'''From the airport''' You can book your airport transfers in advance. Can try Dominican Airport Transfers[http://www.dominicanairporttransfers.com] one of business leaders, you can actually get an instant quote and book online on their automated site but the office is located in the city.
Taxis charge anywhere from US$25 to US$40 for the drive from the airport into Santo Domingo.
Unlike most major metropolitan areas, there are very few roaming taxis in Santo Domingo. In most cases you have to call a dispatcher to have a taxi sent to your location. This isn't a problem and most businesses will gladly call a cab for you. Relatively expensive, usually US$ 4-15 per average trip and possibly more if you use one of the friendly cabs waiting in front of your nice hotel lobby. Again, depending on circumstances, you may find that hiring a cab driver for the day is a good bargain.
Alternatively, go up
Bottom line: taxis are convenient but expensive.
All major US car rental firms are available at the airport, along with several local vendors offering everything from subcompacts to late model Hummers, Range Rovers and Land Cruisers. When renting from local vendors be sure to read the fine print regarding insurance coverage; you might think you're getting a great deal on a car, only to get into an accident and find out that your insurance coverage does not apply or that your deductible is as high as US$5,000.
'''Advice to potential renters:''' Gasoline costs around US$ 5 per gallon here and people drive fast and furious, breaking every imaginable rule. It might be safer and cheaper to develop a friendship with a cab driver who will gladly become your personal driver, tourguide and concierge for a day rate equal to a fraction of what it would cost you to rent, insure and gas up a rental.
===By collective taxi ===
These collective taxis or
They fit 7 people total, the driver, two in front passenger seat, and four in the back seat.
Santo Domingo has just recently gotten its own Metro, with just one line operating on a North-South axis under the Maximo Gomez avenue, going from Villa Mella to the Centro de los Heroes and the Malecon, passing by the National Theater and the Santo Domingo Autonomous University (UASD). It costs just 20 pesos per ride (less than US$
Despite boasting a rich cultural, architectural and artistic heritage, Santo Domingo has not been exploited for all its tourist potential. You're pretty much on your own to discover this fascinating city. Make the most of your time there.
* <see name="Colonial Zone" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Santo Domingo was the first major european settlement in the New World. Christopher Columbus walked these streets! Check out the many examples of 15th and 16th century architecture in the Colonial Zone. Don't miss the '''Ozama Fort''', the '''Alcazar de Colon''' and the '''Cathedral''', all built in Columbus' lifetime. You can also check beautiful churches and convents, such as the '''Iglesia Regina Angelorum''' and the '''Convento de los Dominicos'''. Don't miss the '''Panteon Nacional''', where the national heroes are
* <see name="Malecon" alt="George Washington Avenue" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">This waterfront boulevard is home to several huge hotel/casino complexes and dozens of small restaurants, clubs and cafes. Go there to people watch, take a romantic carriage ride or just have a few beers. Site of many festivals and concerts throughout the year. Parallel to the Malecon you will find '''Avenida Independencia''', a tree lined street full of shops, bed and breakfasts and affordable restaurants with a nice mix of locals and tourists. For a unique dining experience check out '''Adrian Tropical''', a traditional Dominican restaurant literally built on the water, or '''San Gil''', a more formal eatery occupying the ruins of a colonial fort. The Malecon Center, located on the far end of the Malecon, is a new and still underoccupied high-end shopping center/hotel/condo complex with a '''Botero sculpture''' out front that reportedly cost US$1 million.</see>
* <see name="Plaza de la Cultura" alt="" address="" directions="Walk all the way down the Malecon to Avenida Maximo Gomez and take a left. Walk past the McDonald's and Pizza Hut." phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">This amazing complex is home to the National Theater and five museums, ranging from the delapidated and mundane, to the crisp, modern '''Museum of Modern Art'''[http://www.museodeartemoderno.org.do/], the largest in the Caribbean and home to exhibits by artists from Jamaica, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and of course, the Dominican Republic. If want a nice beautiful garden to read or talk this is your place also. </see>
* <see name="Eco-tourism" alt="" address="" directions="" phone=""
Also, you can visit the '''Jardin Botanico''', a vast, beautiful and lush park situated near one of Santo Domingo's most exclusive neighborhoods. There you can experience different ecosystems from a rain-forest to a Japanese garden!</see>
* <see name="Eastern Santo Domingo" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Refered to as Santo Domingo Oriental, this separate municipality is not very tourist-friendly. Fortunately, most of its attractions are very close to the Colonial Zone and easy to get to. Check out '''Los Tres Ojos''', or Three Eyes, a series of open-roof caverns and underground lakes for the whole family to explore (with a local this part of Santo Domingo is the most poverty stricken and can be dangerous!!!!). Head over to the '''Faro a Colon''', a huge lighthouse and monument to Christopher Columbus which not only houses his remains but doubles as a museum. Check out the '''Santo Domingo Aquarium''', a small but impressive showcase of the local aquatic life. If you're looking for some shopping, you can go to the '''Megacentro''', Santo Domingo's largest shopping mall. It is massive!</see>
In the Colonial Zone:
* '''Alcázar de Colón''' - Visit this stunning villa, built in 1510 and retaining period furnishings and other items owned by Governor Diego Colón, first-born son of Christopher Columbus.
* '''Naval Museum of the Atarazanas''' Located across the plaza from the Alcazar de Colon on Calle Atarazana, the oldest street in the Western Hemisphere.
* '''Museum of the Casas Reales''' Another great museum featuring collections depicting life in 16th century Santo Domingo. Located on Calle Las Damas, walking distance from the Alcazar de Colon and the Naval Museum.
* '''World of Ambar Museum''' An impressive collection of
* '''Museum of Duarte''' A collection of artifacts and writings regarding the Dominican Republic's founding father, Juan Pablo Duarte. Located on Calle Isabel La Catolica, a few blocks west of the above museums.
* '''Museum of Natural History'''
* '''Museum of Dominican Man'''
* '''Museum of Modern Art'''
* '''National Museum of History and Geography'''
If you want to experience American-style shopping there are plenty of options but here are the three most popular: Plaza Central, Acropolis Center and, for those of you willing to venture into Santo Domingo Oriental, MegaCentro. Remember: no haggling at the malls. While MegaCentro is farther away than the others, it is the largest mall in the Caribbean (
Please remember when shopping at the malls, this is an island where practically everything being sold is imported and, worse yet, taxed at 16% (ITBIS or Value Added Tax). Don't expect to find too many bargains to brag about back home!
Note: Unless the contrary is specified menu prices don’t include the 10% service charge and 16% sales tax, so real prices are 26% higher than indicated in the menu.
* '''Tony Roma's''' in the Sarasota Avenue
* '''Outback Steak House''' in Acropolis Mall
* '''Hard Rock Cafe''' in the Colonial Zone, facing the Cathedral
* '''La Marrana''' Very trendy Spanish restaurant
* '''Cane''', '''Jaleo''' and '''Tangerine''' Three contiguous "Dominican fusion" bar/restaurants
* '''Aka''' Possibly the most popular Japanese restaurant
* '''Fellini's''' Fancy Italian
In this upscale area of Santo Domingo, consider:
* '''LED''' A nice Club with House music, where some well known DJ's are invited. Near Santo Domingo Hotel.
* '''Mix''' Right next to the Mix Restaurant, another popular bar.
* '''Rua''' Open air bar in front of Aka
If you you are more into the bohemian scene check out the Colonial Zone for great bars and cafes, as well as a vibrant gay nightlife scene. Here are some hints:
*'''Bio.''' Modern eclectic music from regueaton to latin rock, very young public. Famous for serving drinks from buckets. Calle Sanchez and Padre Billini
*'''Bocanegra''' Currently the trendiest place in the Colonial Zone
*'''Doubles''' Good Latin dance music.
*'''El Beduino''' New Hookah Bar on a rooftop in the Colonial Zone.
*'''El Sarten''' Latin Dance music
*<sleep name="Courtyard by Marriot Santo Domingo Hotel" alt="" address="Avenida Maximo Gomez" phone=" + 1 809-685-1010" url="http://www.marriott.com/sdqcy" checkin="3PM" checkout="1PM" price="" lat="" long="">Near the business district, conveniently located to the US Embassy and the US Consulate, ideal for business travellers. Comfortable rooms equipped with free wireless internet. </sleep>
* '''Hilton Santo Domingo''', George Washington Avenue, #500, Tel: +1-809-685-0000, [http://www.hiltoncaribbean.com/santodomingo].
* '''Hotel Delta:''', Sarasota #53 in Bella Vista area, +1 809 535 0800, [http://www.hoteldelta.com.do]. Excellent for the business traveler. It located in the center of the city making it very accessible. Hotel offers a business center and wifi connection. Restaurant with 24 hour room service. There is a very nice pool/bar on the rooftop which offers a 360 degree view of the city.
* '''Pension Ginette''' El Conde 505 (near Puerta del Conde), Tel: +1 809 623 9740. 400 DOP for 2 people.
* <sleep name=" Quality Hotel Real Aeropuerto Santo Domingo" address="KM 22 Autopista Las Americas next to Las Americas Free Zone" phone="+1 809 549 2525" fax="+1 809 549 2727" price="Prices range between $80 - $140" url="http://www.realhotelsandresorts.com/rhr/info/en/QualAeroSantoDomingo.aspx">Quality Hotel Real Aeropuerto Santo Domingo offers guests pool, parks in every area, restaurant and bar. Rooms have access to high speed internet, cable TV, laundry service, among other services.</sleep>
* '''Renaissance Jaragua Hotel & Casino''' Reservations: +1 809 221-2222 [http://www.marriott.com/sdqgw]. Centrally located near El Conde (shopping district), historic colonial buildings, and restaurants. Also across the street from the malecon (which is long sidewalk and sitting area in front of ocean).
* '''The RoofTop Hostel''', Calle Francisco Peynado No. 56, Edificio Calú, Tel: +1-809-297-2538, A great hangout spot for backpackers with dorm beds starting at $6 USD per night [http://www.Santodomingohostels.com].
Poverty, though not as bad as next door [[Haiti]], is still rampant and it is best you take precautions. Do not flash obvious wealth in poorer or middle class sections of the city (lots of jewelry, expensive camera, big watches, etc). Keep your bag away from the street when walking as it can be snatched by kids on mopeds and keep a firm grip on it. Keep your passport at your
Walk confidently. Don't dress like a tourist. Be yourself but if yourself is flashing Gucci and Prada where ever you go, maybe you need to dress down a bit.
* [[Image:ca-flag.png|20px]] <listing name="Canada" address="Capitán Eugenio de Marchena, No. 39
La Esperilla, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic" phone="1-809-200-0012 / 809-685-1136" fax="
* [[Image:sp-flag.png|20px]] <listing name="Spain" address="Av. Independencia No. 1205, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic" phone="1-809-535-6500" fax="1-809-535-1595" email="[email protected]"