Other sources of information
If you can’t find what you need to know in DR1, then find out the Dominican way. Ask your friends and acquaintances. The cashier of your local colmado may know just where to find those fluffy slippers.
There is a Yellow Pages in this country. If your home did not come equipped with all of the necessary telephone directories, call CODETEL at 220-3125 and ask for “Directorios”—or send a fax to 541-0902. Include your name, address, telephone number, etc., as well as the quantity of directories you need. There is a White Pages for the entire country, a Yellow Pages for Santo Domingo, as well as directories of health services. Telephone numbers change rapidly here; dispose of your outdated directories.
When calling outside of Santo Domingo, the number must be preceded by “1.” Otherwise, you may just get a busy signal.
It is advisable to buy a decent map. (Don’t rely on some of the tourist maps handed out at restaurants; they are often missing important streets and will only confuse you).
Good maps of the city are available from bookstores, such as Cuesta, located in the Nacional shopping center on the corner of 27 de Febrero and Abraham Lincoln, as well as from gas (petrol) stations, such as Texaco. The shop GAAR, located at Conde No. 502 and Arz. Nouel No. 355, specializes in maps of all sorts.
Other sources of information are the American Chamber of Commerce, the Commercial Section of the U.S. Embassy.
The Central Bank located on Pedro Henríquez Ureña has a large library dedicated to economic topics. The National Library is located in the Plaza de la Cultura on César Nicolás Penson. Several important book collections on the country are at the República Dominicana Library on Calle Dr. Delgado, near the National Palace.
The Helen Kellogg Library at the Episcopal Union Church at Av. Independencia, Tel. 689-8949, has an extensive selection of books in English on the Dominican Republic. That library is the only one which accepts memberships and allows members to take home their books.
Helping to ease women into their new lives here is the International Women's Club of Santo Domingo. This non-profit organization composed of women from all over the world meets monthly and welcomes women to join in as they promote friendship, provide opportunities for cultural exchanges and raise money that is donated to local charities. For more information, time and location of the next meeting email Susan at [email protected]
Also visit the business associations and chambers of commerce.