When you get to the airport there are 2 lines .... to the right is the Visitors side and the the left is the Dominican passport side.
Usually there is free wifi for 15 minutes at the foodcourt upstairs (very slow though) .
I find that Uber is a little cheaper and more direct (no haggling) to get to your destination. Many guys will ask you and taxi ? Taxi? Taxi ? At every corner you turn... try not to feel overwhelmed .
Tilling is usually not expected at local restaurants. if you leave even 2 dollars they will be very appreciative.
I feel like the best way to enjoy santo domingo is to have a local mentality . The historic conde is very nice if you are into colonial era architecture and hot weather.
Go to a local colmado and sit and enjoy a presidente or some Ron Barcelo with sprite (how i notice they drink it)
You would think being on an island its seafood galore.... but its not. Of course there is seafood available but doesnt mean its good. I prefer maine lobster are carribean lobsters are not as sweet or meaty. The local food is usually rice beans and a stewed protein( chicken pork chicken) . Alot of the country is very poor and this what is available, filling and cheap. I love it !! So good.
Instead of asking your hotel where to eat .. ask where is a good "comedor" which is a local sit down place where you see teachers nurses and doctors and locals eating lunch.
It is filling and only like 4 USD. Santo domingo is mostly barrios , historic center and the actual city. There can be sooo much traffic. The lifestyles in DR is either mountain side , city life , beach or poor inner city( which there is nothing to see and you will know when yoh are there because dirt roads and it looks iffy)
There is a huge influx of Venezuelans in DR which to my delight varies the cuisine a bit. Mangu is eaten for breakfast with los 3 golpes ( salami , cheese and egg all fried) .
The cuisine is simple so complicate it .
Any other questions feel free to ask here or send me a message . I would be delighted to help