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Essential information

At a glance

Plug combo ab
Electricity
120V/60hz
Dec-Apr
Best time to go
Dry
Monday
HRS
01
01
MINS
50
50
Current Time
GMT -3
currency
Dominican peso (RD$)

Money and costs

Currency
Pesos (RD$)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated September 01, 2019 5:08AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
US$60
  • Budget room: RD$1500 (US$35)
  • Meal at local comedor: RD$250–300 (US$5–6)
  • Small bottled water: RD$10 (US$0.21)
  • Six-pack of 12oz Presidentes: RD$62 (US$1.30)
  • Rides on motoconchos (motorcycle taxis) and guaguas (small buses) to get around: RD$47 (US$1)
Midrange
US$60–200
  • Internet deal on all-inclusive accommodations: RD$2800 (US$65)
  • First-class bus tickets between major destinations: RD$420 (US$10)
  • Group tours for activities like snorkeling, hiking, etc: RD$1648 (US$35)
Top end (more than)
US$200
  • Beachfront resort: RD$8500 (US$200)
  • Meal at top restaurant in urban or resort areas: RD$1500 (US$35)
  • Car rental for a week, at an average daily rate (including insurance): RD$1412 (US$30)

Visas

The majority of would-be foreign travelers in the Dominican Republic do not need to obtain visas prior to arrival.

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When to go and weather

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Getting to Dominican Republic

There are a variety of ways to get to and from the Dominican Republic, including flights into international airports, overland crossings, international cruiseships and ferries. Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Getting around Dominican Republic

The DR is a fairly small country, so in theory at least it’s easy to drive or take public transportation from one side of the country to the other. In practice, however, the inadequate road network will behoove some with limited time and a sufficient budget to consider flying.

Air Useful if short on time, though the most expensive option and sometimes unreliable depending on time of year.

Bus Two major companies, Caribe Tours and Metro, provide comfortable; frequent service along a network of major cities and towns.

Car Most convenient option if seeking freedom of movement, especially if interested in exploring rural and mountain regions.

Guaguas Basically small buses or minivans, ubiquitous, least expensive and least comfortable, but often the only available public transport.

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