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Public transit is not one of Santo Domingo's strong points. A system of local buses called guaguas runs through the city. They're a lot less fun than walking. Should you want to brave them—and, yes, they will get you out to Juan Dolio and Boca Chica beaches for a fraction of what a taxi costs—your hotel staffers will be able to point out the nearest stops.
Similarly, there are publicos, old run-down cars that drive the main drags, picking up as many people as they can squeeze in—seven, eight, or more. Even though the ride may not seem too bad if you're one of the first ones in, as it goes along it will get progressively more crowded until you will want to jump out no matter where you are.
A subway opened in early 2009. It has some 20 stops to begin with, but none are in the Zona Colonial or on the Malecón.
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