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Round-the-clock drugstore service is offered by Farmacia Deleyte, Calle John F. Kennedy 89 (tel. 809/586-2583). Emergency medical service in Puerto Plata is provided by Clínica Dr. Brugal, Calle José del Carmen Ariza 15 (tel. 809/586-2519). Medical services are also provided at Hospital Clínica Dr. José Gregorio Hernández, Av. 27 de Febrero 21 (tel. 809/586-1166), maintaining 24-hour emergency service. The Clínica Dental, also in Puerto Plata, is at Av. Juan Pablo Duarte 80, Galerías Las Bromelias 33 (tel. 809/971-5689). In addition, there is also Servi-Med, Plaza La Criolla, Sosuá (tel. 809/571-0964), and Servi-Med at Calle Principal in Cabarete (tel. 809/571-0964). To summon the police in Puerto Plata, call tel. 809/586-2331; if you need to visit in person, the address is Calle Luis Ginêbra 14. The office of the local Western Union is at Playa Plaza Dorada (tel. 809/320-2501), open daily from 8am to 9:45pm.

Because so many Canadian visitors descend on Puerto Plata annually, that country has opened a consulate at Virginia e Ortea, Edificio Isabel de Torres (Ste. 311-C) at Puerto Plata (tel. 809/586-5761; www.canadainternational.gc.ca), Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm.

The U.K. Consulate is at Beller 51 (tel. 809/586-4244; www.fco.gov.uk), open Monday to Friday 8:15am to 12:30pm. The U.S. Consulate is at César Nicolas Penson (tel. 809/221-2171; http://santodomingo.usembassy.gov), open Monday to Friday 7:30am to 4pm.

For Internet access, go to SR Systems, Carretera Puerto Plata and Maimon (tel. 809/320-1603), where the charge is RD$200 for 30 minutes.

For money exchange or banks with ATMs, head for Banco BHD, Calle San Felipe (tel. 809/320-7919), open Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm; or Banco del Progreso, Calle Beller 33 (tel. 809/320-0504; www.progreso.com.do), open Monday to Friday 8:30am to 3pm, Saturday 9am to 1pm.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.