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Money and costs

Currency
Pesos (RD$)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated May 20, 2019 5:40AM 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)

ATMs can be found throughout the DR. Credit and debit cards widely accepted in cities and tourism-related businesses.

Tipping

A shock to many first-timers, most restaurants add a whopping 28% (ITBIS of 18% and an automatic 10% service charge) to every bill. Menus don't always indicate whether prices include the tax and tip.

  • Hotels A 10% service charge is often automatically included; however, a US$1 to US$2 per night gratuity left for cleaning staff is worth considering.

  • Taxis Typically, you can round up or give a little extra change.

  • Tours You should also tip tour guides, some of whom earn no other salary.

  • Restaurants Tipping generally not expected since 10% automatically added to total. If especially impressed, you can add whatever else you feel is deserved.