Dominican Republic

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Basics
How Much
One guy told us that his trip including airfare and 3 nights was $1100 U.S. He rented a car at the airport for $25 per day. Bar/street girls will charge at least 500 pesos or $32 for short time. 1000 pesos or $63.00USD for the entire night.

All night with a girl could go for $25, a sex massage could run you around $40.

What To Bring
You don’t need a lot of clothes as the weather is warm. Buy your condoms at home before you go to Boca Chica. The quality is not very good there. If you’re staying near the beach, bring a swim suit, and sun tan lotion. The water is very clear for skin diving so bringing a diving mask and some fllippers will come in handy. For the girls, bring some candies, soaps, perfume, anything from your home is greatly appreciated to give as gifts. The girls love little gifts like that.
Weather
Tropical year round. Expect highs in the upper 80’s during the day and lows at night in the low 70’s. Temperatures vary by less than 10 degrees F year round, a little cooler in the winter, warmer in the summer, rainiest in September and October. High season, November through March.
Best time to go weather wise is February and March since the nights are a bit cooler.

Drinking Water
Tap water is not purified here in the Dominican Republic, if consumed, could cause problems. Purchase bottled water. In most hotels and restaurants purified water and ice are served at the bar. Bottled water can be purchased from most hotel shops or local supermarkets

Scams
Women will come sit at your table or approach you for a drink. They will slip a drug into your drink and take your money so beware.

Telephones
Direct dialing to Dominican Republic use area code 809. The country’s privately owned telephone company Codetel, a GTE subsidiary, and Tricom (a Motorola joint venture) provide the Dominican Republic with one of the most sophisticated telecommunications systems in Latin America. Services include international direct dialing, faxing, teleconferencing, electronic mail and now videoconferencing.

Passporta
Are needed plus a green tourist card $10 from consulates, tourist offices, airlines on departure (eg American at Miami), or at the airport on arrival immigrations. Argentina, Ecuador, Israel, Japan, Liechtenstein, Norway, South Korea, Sweden, Uruguay are exempt. tourist cards have 60 day limit extensions available at Immigrations Huacal Building, Santo Domingo (T685-2505/2535). It’s easier to pay the fine $2US per month when leaving. Dominican Republic born people with Canadian or US citizenship report problems from immigration officers demanding different entry forms. All visitors should have an departing ticket (not always needed).

Language
Spanish is the official language. English is widely spoken, especially in tourist areas. Traffic signs and most menus in restaurants are in Spanish, although menus in tourist regions tend to be multilingual.

Local Food
Popular Dominican dishes are sancocho (meat and vegetable stew, moro rice cooked with beans, mangú mashed green plantains, longaniza spiced pork sausage, carne guisada beef stew, lechón asado roast suckling pig cooked on a spit, pescado con coco fish simmered in a coconut sauce, popular in Samaná and stewed goat. Plantains, rice, beans and root vegetables are staples.

Airport to Hotel via Taxi
From the airport, Boca Chica is 15 minutes by Taxi. You can check in and you’re right there by the beach. Know which guest house you are headed to,however. The drivers will take a commission to send you to Boca Chica’s less desirable places. You want a nice guest house by the beach or near it. A taxi from Santo Domingo Airport costs RD$200 $12.50US As you exit the customs area of the airport, you will undoubted receive numerous offers for transportation. Any taxi will do. Just remember that each person that assists in any small way will expect a tip, even if all they did was open the door for you. Don’t let them pressure you into paying too much for luggage handling. As a general rule, tip US$1-2 per bag, with a $2 minimum and a $5 maximum.

Currency
The Dominican peso is the only legal tender. The peso is divided into 100 centavos. There are coins in circulation of 25 and 50 centavos and 1 peso, and notes of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 pesos. In the countryside away from major centers, it can be difficult to change anything higher than a 100-peso note.

Credit Cards
Nearly all major hotels, restaurants and stores accept most credit cards. Several banks will give cash advances Visa or American Express cards, usually with five percent commission. Thomas Cook MasterCard refund assistant points are Vimenca, Avenida Abraham Lincoln 306, Santo Domingo, T5327381, and the Banco del Comercio Dominicano in Puerto Plata (T5862350, Duarte y Padre Castellanos) and La Romana (T5565151, Trinitaria 59).

Money Exchange
First, there is NO maximum amount on what you can change back to US Dollars and you DO NOT need a receipt.

2nd, use cash exchange booths as your first option. Do not rely on ATM’s. Your card can be retained by the machine for a variety of reasons and you may or may not be able to get it back before you have to leave the country.

Exchange booths give the best exchange rate – yes – better than ATM’s, which give rates closer to and usually slightly worse than banks, which use the “official” exchange rate.

For more info, see www.BocaChicaBeach.net/money.html.

The exchange rate fluctuates against the dollar. Banks and exchange houses (casas de cambio) are authorized to deal in foreign exchange. You will be given a receipt and, with this, you can change remaining pesos back into dollars at the end of your visit (maximum 30 percent of dollars changed; cash obtained against a credit card does not count). Do not rely on the airport bank being open. US dollar, Travellers’ cheques or cash, is the best currency to bring. Most European currencies can be changed at the Banco de Reservas (and some other banks); Scandinavian currencies are very hard to change. If stuck at weekends, most hotels will offer to change money if you ask casually “Is there anywhere open to change dollars?” The rates are generally the same as in banks; cash only. ATMs are an easy way to get cash and you will get close to the market rate, plus a commission of up to two percent. They are sometimes out of action at weekends and holidays and in small places they suffer from lack of maintenance and often do not work.

When you change money upon arriving, keep the receipt, you must show your receipt when you change it back. If you lose it, ask a luggage handler or cab driver for dollars–although you’ll get an awful exchange rate from them. It’s better than having worthless Dominican pesos in the U.S.

Departure Tax
Visitors must purchase a US$10.00 Tourist Card upon entering the country, unless they are exempted nationals from above-mentioned countries. A US$10.00 departure tax is required at the airport when leaving.

Hispaniola is a tropical island over 400 miles long and 180 wide. This was Columbus’ first landing in the New World. Haiti and its two million people occupy the western third of the island and the Dominican Republic takes up the rest. Eight million people live in the Republic, many of them poor as hell. However things are not as cheap as I expected – modest hotel is $20 a night, a beer is $2.50 and a meal a $5. For a room with an A-C and cable TV expect to pay around $40. The local areas are cheaper. A true bargain are the local “goa-goa” minibuses. You can travel on these for next to nothing and they are used mainly by the locals. The catch is they will cram up to 19 people into this vehicle (which is a japanese van – Mitsubishi or Toyota), so it is not always comfortable. But it can be a lot of fun since you get closer to the locals who seem to be generally fun loving friendly people with a quick smile. And they all love their merengue and chapata music. Merengue is this superfast latino dance music they play everywhere. It just gets you going and you have to start moving. So on a goa-goa minibus the driver cranks-up the radio and senoritas sing along the latest hits, somebody will pass around a bottle of Presidente and the senorita next to you may just have so little space that she is nearly sitting in your lap (or it can be a stinky old guy, hehe) and the van is cruising through the bright tropical day. They drive like maniacs and the goa-goas seem to be the worst, trying to make more money. Venturing into the countryside you will see a picturesque hilly country, people living in shacks, pigs running in the backyards, a guy wahsing his motorcycle in a river… Houses are often painted in loud colours, they just love that and it looks great. In the small towns you will see these little tavernas, many of them just shacks with a roof from banana leafs and a pool table inside, guys sipping Presidente or rum and just sitting around, all day long. Unemployment was said to be 14% in 1999, but I suspect it may be more than that now. Lot of people have jobs which pay next to nothing. The tropical forest that used to cover most of the country is from 90% gone (Haiti is even worse in this respect) so land erosion is rampant. Looks like they do not have much foresight in doing things and they will sacrify future gain for immediate profit. That attitude includes ripping off the foreigners they depend on, plundering the land and the sea. On the menu in some restaurants you will see “baby lobster”. That is just a regular lobster which did not have a chance to mature and reproduce, so by taking these youngsters they are depleting the stock… As a result of overfishing, there is not much fish in the waters around the island.  Littering is another problem: they throw away anything/anytime/anywhere and it shows.

The climate, the trade winds and temperatures are similar to Hawaii.

Yeah, driving. They just love to pass. The roads usually have no dividing lines, so it’s all up to your imagination. The passing guy will point his vehicle into oncoming traffic to make it obvious what his intentions are and then, just as your whole life flashes in front of your eyes, they swerve back into their lane. I approach it like skydiving – do not look in front of you if you are a passenger in a car, just like when jumping off the plane you do not look down on the ground, because you would get too scared to jump.

The tourists I met on the north shore were mostly Europeans: mainly Germans, some English, Dutch, French, Swiss etc. Some Americans. The hotel owner told me that they are now getting more Americans than before and fewer Germans, he thought the dwindling German economy was to blame. It is actually surprising how few Americans there are considering the vicinity of the mainland.

Crime – the country is a little seedy but I did not really feel threatened. They are actually quite nice. Violent crime is not uncommon, though. One of the girls I long-timed did take some money from my wallet when I was sleeping.

It is hard to find a public phone that would work. Internet cafes are not a problem, cost is $1/minute.

Getting cash from ATM’s is usually not a problem. About every second will work.
Money exchange booths are easy to find, although I would not recommned bringing large amounts of cash. Traveler’s checks are OK. In the future I will use mainly ATM’s.

Bring your own sunscreen and surf-wax, otherwise expect to pay more than twice the US price. In general – you need to know the prices. They will rip you off in a heartbeat, especailly the taxis and girls. Bargaining is a must. Need to speak some spanish.

At the airport do not let anybody touch your baggage when exiting the building.
A common trick – a self invited guy will carry your baggage for you for a few yards and then charge you ridiculous money for the service.

Drink only bottled water. Or beer. The local brew is called Presidente. It has 6% alcohol, so does the imported Heineken. Will get you a buzz in a hurry. Local rum is cheap and reportedly of excellent quality. That would be my two cents.

LODGING
Castello Beach Hotel
This is a newer place with about 15 units and the location is great. The hotel sits right in front of one of a very nice stretch of beach . All are air-conditioned and surround the courtyard and pool. They are guests friendly but the price for units here is high for the town at about $80.00 per night.

Palo Coco
This is a cabanas style hotel with 20 units set in garden surrounding the pool area. The restaurant is very good and reasonable in price. The location is very secluded and private located at the end of the town. Room rates here run $35-$45 per night

Kanesh Beach Hotel
Located right on the main beach in the middle of everything. They have 26 rooms, and a very good steak house restaurant at the hotel. They will not give you problems over guest here but just keep a low profile when bring girls back. The rate is $35-$45 dollars per night.

Villa Carocal
A 26-room hotel is located about 200 yards off the beach. Some large rooms complete with kitchens and some smaller rooms with beds only. It is clean, well kept, and no problem with bringing your guest here. Rate $25-$35 per night.

Hotel Diny
This is a very good Hotel & Restaurant right on the beach with 20 rooms of different size and price. A steady flow of girls can be seen coming and going from here. No problems with having guest. Prices from $20 -$35 per night.

BAVARO

In Bavaro the place for daytime action is Bavaro Plaza (open-air shopping center) that has a large bar in the middle of the courtyard where they play salsa all day. It’s a daytime pick-up bar for the locals. The girls who work the clubs at night stumble out of bed about 1 or 2 in the afternoon. They go to the Plaza to shop and to Western Union money made the night before to their families. They often get extra money by working the big bar in the center of the plaza. For nighttime action La Punta has about 65 girls working.

Pachi Pachi
next to La Punta has about 30 girls. Both of these places have rooms, some for living and some for entertaining clients. None of the girls are from the area they’re from the big cities on the south coast, Santo Domingo, La Romana, San Pedro and Higuey. This makes for good leverage when negotiating because they know in a few weeks they’ll be on a bus heading home, and want to make the most that they can.

LAS TERRENAS
You can still find several local girls waking around the area. Check out the small cafe that is located across from La Louisiane restaurant, at the entrance to Cocoa beach, there are always a few local girls hanging out and drinking. Make eye contact and smile. Another good afternoon spot is The Las Ballenas beach bar which opens around 11am and always has a few cute girls looking to make some cash. Many of the working girls will stop here in the afternoon before heading to the discos at night. If you do pick up one of these babes the prices will be lower than in the evening time. Las Ballenas is located at the end of Cocoa beach road.

PUNTA CANA
La Punta has some hot Dominican women. Ages ranged from 18-25. The average girl was a 7 or higher. The club sets a fixed price of $100US for the night with one of these girls. They have private rooms behind the club. For an additional $20.00 bar fine you can take the girl back to your hotel.

SOSUA
Just been to Sosua. It was more girls than ever. As usual you find most girls at the Merengue club, and the nearest bars. But it’s available girls all over town. Prices from 400 pesos, but expect to pay a bit more if you go for a bar girl,whith not proffesional. You also have 5 – 6 massage parlors, pay about 500 pesos for a body massage + hand/blowjob. If you want to bring girls to your room, you must stay away form the all iclusives, and choose a regular hotel.
The girls are generally good looking. Most mullatas, many pretty light skinned, but also darker girls. You will also find some latinas.
The beach is very good, and food and drinks are both good and cheap.

You got “Ingrids” Beetween Casa marina Beach and Hotel Don Andres, very cheap, and offers all servises. Another “Charicos” or something, they did not even asked if i wanted anything extra, gave me a normal massage, and a handjob, charged 500 pesos. This one is in the same street as Hotel Waterfront. The last one i tried, was about 20 meteres from the bar “Cel avvie” dont know the name, hairdresser with massage. They charged 400 pesos for a 1/2 hour of good massage and hand job. Did not try Sivias Massage center, but know they offers “extras” The family massage center at Don Andres, dosen’t give extras, but gives a very good normal massage. The town is so small, so everyone should find what they seek pretty easy.

Sosua Palace Hotel
Web Site
Email
Cell 809 889-4659
Owner/Manager
John Minelli
A small hotel made up of eight luxury suites just for adult fun. The rate for a private suite is $50US per night. You’ll find 4 to 6 girls, the fee 800 pesos or less than $50US for services. No problem bringing your own girls. It’s near Europa Hotel and within walking distance of the markets, restaurants, bars with working girls and lots of action.

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