Private taxis are available twenty-four hours a day in Santo Domingo, Santiago and Puerto Plata. Such taxis can be hailed via telephone, by simply using the Yellow Pages and searching under transportation. Taxi service operators will tell you by phone what the fare is for your trip route, make sure you let the driver know beforehand the fare given to you on the phone to avoid misunderstandings.
The Dominican Republic telephone system functions in a manner similar to the one that is utilized in both Canada and the United States. Claro and Orange (France Telecom) are the largest service providers in the country. Competition includes Viva and Tricom (sold to Altice). There are a number of Internet service providers like Wind, OneMax, Orange, Claro and Tricom.
The Atlantic Hurricane season begins on June 1st and runs until November 30th. During that time, US weather watchers keep a close eye on what is happening in the Caribbean. The reason is simple: hurricanes from the Atlantic that move into the Caribbean often affect the Eastern United States. The U.S. National Weather Service closely watches these storms, and the people in the Caribbean region benefit from the attention.
Commonly used spanish words and phrases that could come in handy during your visit to DR. Many dominicans speak english and other languages (especially in tourist areas like Punta Cana, La Romana, Puerto Plata and Santo Domingo) but a little effort on your part to speak spanish will be a much appreciated gesture by the locals. Have fun!
Weather in the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean is basically temperate and mild year round, save for the rare tropical storm or hurricane. For at least 300 days out of the year, the forecast is usually at least partly sunny or partly cloudy, with possibilities of a short rain shower.
With only a few exceptions to the rule, a passport or similar national identity document is needed to travel into the DR at all times. Citizens of both the United States and Canada are able to enter with only a tourist card (entry tax) that can be purchased on the port of entry. For all other countries, it is important to find the state you reside in on the following lists and follow the country specific protocol.
What form of currency should I bring on my trip? It is advised that you bring US currency. The US dollar is the easiest to exchange because it is one of the most traded currencies in the world. The Euro and Canadian dollar are also easily exchanged currencies in DR. However, the Canadian dollar is exchanged at a lower rate than the US dollar. You may want to consider bringing ATM cards, traveler’s checks and credit cards along with cash
The Dominican Republic offers travelers the second largest island nation in the Caribbean, with a wide variety to its geography. When traveling to this 30,101 square mile tropical destination, you need to keep in mind that there is a lot of territory to explore. Unlike many of the other islands in the Caribbean region, the Dominican Republic has multiple ports of entry, both airfields and seaports.