A not-very-helpful staff runs the city's main tourist office at the Secretaría de Estado de Turismo, Edificios Gubernamentales, avenidas México and 30 de Marzo (tel. 809/221-4660; fax 809/682-3806; www.godominicarepublic.com). Hours are Monday to Friday 8:30am to 3pm. Much of the information dispensed here -- such as it is -- is hopelessly out-of-date.
A good map of Santo Domingo is imperative for getting around, and vital if you plan to traverse the country by car. The best ones are published by Mapas Triunfo, Av. Mexico 119, in Santo Domingo (tel. 809/566-0959). A map simply called Dominican Republic has a detailed street map of Santo Domingo and a good road map of the country. This map is sold all over the city in gift shops and bookstores and even at newspaper and magazine kiosks.
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