Dominican Republic

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Currency: Dominican Peso
When to Visit: Dec - March
Language: Spanish
The currency is Dominican Pesos: RD$
The best time to visit is between December to March
Language: Spanish

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Once at the forefront of the new world, the Dominican Republic still holds remnants of its colonial past, whilst also adding in a more contemporary Caribbean twist. Start your adventure in ‘La Capital’, Santo Domingo, walking back in time along the cobblestone streets of Zona Colonial where the conquistadors once roamed. Outside of the tourist hotspots, the sounds of life ring out in the streets.

If you’re looking for that picturesque white-sandy Caribbean beach, look no further than Punta Cana, where tourism reigns supreme. If you happen to visit the DR in February, head up to Penísula de Samaná, where you’ll find one of the top 10 whale-watching destinations. Further north, lies the beautiful, cosmopolitan town of Las Terranas, with its golden sandy beaches, aqua blue waters, and European undertones.

If you came to the DR for surf and all things watersports, you’ll feel right at home along the North Coast, particularly Cabarete, with the best winds and surf on the island. Further inland lies the jaw-dropping 27 waterfalls, along with expansive dry deserts and jungly nature reserves waiting to be explored.

When to visit?

December to March is peak season where you'll get plenty of sunshine with minimal rainfall, however prices will normally be higher with more tourists. To experience the amazing whale watching in Samana the season starts from 15th January to March 25th with February being the best month. Be aware, hurricane season starts from June to November.

Currency – The official currency is Dominican Pesos (RD$). Although, in tourist areas, some businesses will list prices in, and accept US Dollars.

Money – ATMs are widely available. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted in cities and tourist areas.

Language – The official language of the Dominican Republic is Spanish

Getting Around –  The Dominican Republic has good transport links, with buses departing and arriving to most of the main tourist areas within the country. As long as you check the routes and timings beforehand you shouldn’t have any problems. We used Caribe tours and their buses were comfortable, punctual and had free wifi! Uber is also available in some areas.

Internet Access – Hotels, cafès and certain tourist areas have free wifi and in the capital, Santo Domingo, it is fairly easy to find internet access. In some hotels you can only access wifi in public spaces as they have limited access in rooms. 

When to visit?

December to March is peak season where you'll get plenty of sunshine with minimal rainfall, however prices will normally be higher with more tourists. To experience the amazing whale watching in Samana the season starts from 15th January to March 25th with February being the best month. Be aware, hurricane season starts from June to November.

Safety – On the whole, the Dominican Republic is a safe place to visit. Be aware that small crimes like pickpocketing can happen in tourist areas. There are reports of violent crimes but we felt completely safe whilst we were there. As with most countries, try and keep your valuables out of sight and take extra care at night. If coming back late from bars or restaurants take a taxi and avoid secluded areas.

Health – Use purified water for drinking, brushing teeth and hand washing. Before travelling make sure you’ve had hepatitis A and B and Typhoid vaccines. For further information check out this website. Make sure to bring a good insect repellant if you are travelling to more rural areas!

Currency – The official currency is Dominican Pesos (RD$). Although, in tourist areas, some businesses will list prices in, and accept US Dollars.

Money – ATMs are widely available. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted in cities and tourist areas.

Language – The official language of the Dominican Republic is Spanish

Getting Around –  The Dominican Republic has good transport links, with buses departing and arriving to most of the main tourist areas within the country. As long as you check the routes and timings beforehand you shouldn’t have any problems. We used Caribe tours and their buses were comfortable, punctual and had free wifi! Uber is also available in some areas.

Internet Access – Hotels, cafès and certain tourist areas have free wifi and in the capital, Santo Domingo, it is fairly easy to find internet access. In some hotels you can only access wifi in public spaces as they have limited access in rooms. 

Top Tip!

Restaurants in the Dominican Republic add a 10% service charge in addition to an 18% tax, increasing your bill by 28%! Menus typically don't indicate if these additions are included so make sure to ask to avoid a shock. 

Top Tip!

It is worth knowing that restaurants in the Dominican Republic add a 10% service charge in addition to an 18% tax, increasing your bill by 28%! Menus typically don't indicate if these additions are included so make sure to ask to avoid a shock. 

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Whale Watching in Samana

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La Zona Colonia in Santo Domingo

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Whale Watching in Samana

La Zona Colonial: Santo Domingo

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