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.
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.