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Rough Guide Dominican Republic 4e [Paperback]

Sean Harvey
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Feb. 10 2009 Rough Guide to Dominican Republic
"The Rough Guide to The Dominican Republic" explores every corner of the Caribbean's most popular destination, from the largest resort areas to secluded hideaways in the undeveloped hinterlands. The guide is fully up-dated with new colour sections highlighting adventure sports - from kite-boarding to mountain climbing - and Dominican music - fast-paced, irresistibly danceable, and omnipresent across the country. The vibrant capital Santo Domingo is covered in-depth with detailed background information on its historic forts and churches, and the Zona Colonial as well as the best in Dominican museums, restaurants, and nightlife. Along with dozens of restaurant and accommodation reviews, the guide includes detailed coverage of the country's history, wildlife, beaches and outdoor activities, as well as all the essential information you need for the trip of a lifetime. Make the most of your time with "The Rough Guide to The Dominican Republic".

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, had to send it back! Jan. 1 2013
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The print is simply too small for my old eyes to read. I bought the book based on the five star rating but when I got it, knew that it would not work for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful and accurate Jan. 26 2009
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We just returned (January 2009) from the Dominican Republic and used the Rough Guide as our principle source of information during our travel. I had hoped that the book would come out before we left. I had the earlier edition but knew some items were out of date. This edition arrived around Christmas and we left on Jan 12 for 10 days in the DR.

Read the first 55 pages of the book carefully. Unless you have a lot of time or are a very superficial traveler, you will not be able to see all there is to see as described in the Colour Section. However, the Basics section is accurate and very informative. Even then, there are some corrections. When we left, there was no departure fee (p51) but the sign indicating the fees was still up with the fees blanked out. The cost of a phone from Orange (p54) was around RD$600 not RD$2000. We bought one for our stay and then gave it to a work group from Canada when we left.

We drove throughout the eastern half of the DR so I can not speak to the accuracy for the rest of the country. However, for where we were, the book was quite accurate although a bit optimistic in spots. What no book can accurately convey is the friendliness and good nature of most Dominicans.

This was the only book (or map) that showed the new road (highway 6 - opened late 2008) from Santo Domingo to Sanchez. This excellent road cuts a couple of hours off travel from Santo Domingo to the north coast.

We visited Santo Domingo, Boca Chica, Hato Major, Río San Juan, Cabarete, Sosúa and Puerto Plata as well as some rural areas. For the towns where the book provided maps, they were accurate and quite helpful. We drove about 550 miles and found the surface condition of roads varies from excellent to "You call that a road?" I don't think the DR infrastructure is sufficiently well developed to make timely repairs.

Driving around in towns provides much adventure. Street names may be present. Roads may be OK or extremely rough. You will surely find speed bumps and drainage ditches that you need to cross. (We put rain drains underground while in the DR, rain drainage is above ground and across streets especially at intersections.)

The Rough Guide points out that motorbikes (motochonchos) are common except in Santo Domingo. It is indeed true that if you are lost, you can flag down a motochonista (driver) and ask for directions. If he (only a few women) knows where it is, he will take you there and you are expected to tip him at the end of the trip. We did this at least 3 times and saved much frustration.

Both of the hotels we stayed at, Casa Blanca in Cabarete and Zapata in Boca Chica, are accurately described in the book and accurate maps accompany the town descriptions. We stayed in these two towns because we could explore the southeast from Boca Chica (as well as snorkel a bit) and the northeast from Cabarete. That worked well and the places we went to were accurately described in the book.

I noticed another reviewer was using this book as an inspiration for travel. I suggest another DR book, Adventure Guide- Hunter or one of the more superficial small books such as the Berlitz pocket guide. However, The Rough Guide is what you need if you are actually traveling to the DR. (I would have rated this a 4.5 but couldn't so I rated it a 5.)
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but... Dec 28 2009
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I actually live in the DR but it wasn't till this year that me and my family started doing a little more exploring, we found the rough guide useful after we had decided where we wanted to go. However, the DR is a country in constant change, so this kind of book quickly falls behind. Some of the tours mentioned (even with phone numbers) were no longer available, the prices have varied too. I found it optimistic in parts (the roads were often much worse) and pessimistic in others (times between places, especially). The hotel descriptions were pretty accurate. So, basically, it was a good starting point, but be prepared to ask a lot of questions everywhere you go.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is the best guide to the DR I have read June 5 2013
By Richard H. Eldridge - Published on
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The best, bar none guidebook I have ever used was the Let's Go Guide to Ecuador & the Galapagos, but this is the best guide to the Dominican Republic, because it mentions more towns and places that the Lonely Planet Guide to the DR and Haiti, which is not bad at all, just less complete. The index allows you to look up places and other things easily, and there are maps that are quite useful as well.

Other guidebooks beside this one and the Lonely Planet Guide to the DR & Haiti seem to concentrate on the AI (All Inclusive) resorts, which are for another sort of tourist who likes being pampered, does not want to be bothered with speaking other languages and has fistfuls of money. This guidebook is ideal for the traveler who finds it exciting and interesting to travel on the guaguas and eat with the locals and speak with them as equals rather than as servants.

I have not used this guidebook for travel yet, but I have visited the DR several times and bought these two guidebooks to update myself on what has been happening in the DR for the past twelve years or so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic Look at the DR Feb. 17 2013
By Dean J. Benware - Published on
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I bought this guide because I am planning a vacation to visit the DR where I have friends living. I have asked them to get me more information about things in the guide book and have been very happy to have this book to plan my trip. After ordering the book I found out I would arrive there on the Dominican Republic Independence Day and there is a torch lite parade with fireworks, cannons and the 1812 overture. With out this book I would not have known about this. I also plan on traveling from Santo Domingo to Santiago to visit some people and was able to make arrangements with a tour bus company for round trip at a very reasonable price. Thank you for this guide book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Need Bionic eyes July 22 2012
By wattsie - Published on
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Bought this for an upcoming holiday in the DR, but when I got it, even with new glasses, I was unable to read this easily. The text is TINY.

What I could read was well-written and informative, but that was at home under full lighting. This would be nigh impossible to read on the road in DR.

So 3/5 for good content, but way too small text
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