HELPFUL THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
- Never place essential medications in checked baggage. If your luggage is lost or does not arrive on time, you will face some headaches getting refills.
- US dollars or Dominican Pesos are preferred currencies. Canadian dollars or Euros and Sterling are accepted but you don’t get the best exchange rate. Never change money at the Punta Cana Airport, as you will lose a lot in the exchange and service charge. It is good to bring a few $1.00 bills for tipping as it is hard to get change and all ATM machines dispense Pesos and don’t be fooled by the $ sign as it is Used to represent Dominican Pesos.
- Bring ample Sunscreen for your stay because you will pay double or triple the price compare to back home.
- Drink lots of water to avoid getting dehydrated, which can happen quickly. All the resorts and restaurant use purified bottled water and ice. Avoid the tap water.
- Credit cards are not accepted everywhere due to the high fees. Banks here charge retailers, however many restaurants and shops will take Visa or Mastercard. Let your financial institution know you are traveling to the Dominican Republic before you leave. Travelers Checks are only accepted at banks so don’t bother.
- Upon arrival at your hotel room, use the safety deposit box for your passport, as you should not carry it around except if you need it to go to a bank for cash.
- Men should bring at least 1 or 2 long pants and closed shoes, which are mandatory if you go to dine at night in the a la carte restaurants.
- Only use licensed taxi and request the rate sheet or book online using trip advisor to help you with your choice.
- Don’t rely on the weather network as YES; it will rain everyday for 10 to 20 minutes. Remember you are in the tropics where the weather can change in 10 minutes. Seldom do we have bad weather all day so count on lots of sun during your stay.