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In the Dominican Republic! One of the most geographically diverse travel destinations, this Caribbean nation is home to beautiful beaches, vast rainforests and many Spanish landmarks.

How much spending money do I need for the Dominican Republic?

Compared to most Caribbean destinations, the Dominican Republic is an affordable place to visit, with more than reasonable prices for travellers. There is a relatively high degree of wealth inequality, so most tourists don’t venture outside urbanised areas or resorts.

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Budget your Dominican Republic trip

The Dominican Republic brings together deep colonial history, fascinating wildlife and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Beginning in Santo Domingo, the cultural, financial and political centre of the country, you’ll see old and new rubbing shoulders like nowhere else. The city’s Zona Colonial, founded during Christopher Columbus’s first voyage, is the oldest European settlement in the world. Exploring the parks and squares you’ll retrace the steps of the first Spanish conquistadores, from the Basilica Santa Maria la Menor, the first cathedral built in the New World, to La Isabela, the peaceful bay that looks much the same as it would have done in the fifteenth century.

The Dominican Republic is geopolitically unusual, being one of the only island states to share land with just one other nation, the former-slave republic Haiti. The split has its roots in colonial conflict between France and Spain, a struggle that determined vastly different economic and political outcomes for each.

Modern-day DR has a well-deserved reputation for being a cheerful, welcoming and friendly place to relax. Peaceful islands surround the mainland – many, like Isla Saona, only accessible by speedboat or catamaran. Meanwhile its mountainous terrain offers hiking opportunities with stunning views, like the Amber Trail – which follows the DR’s world-famous amber mines – or the Pico Duarte, the highest mountain in the Caribbean.

Politically, a lack of transparency around the DR’s presidential elections has caused concern in the international community. Alongside unequal access to party financing and differential media coverage, it has been reported that potentially-compromisable electronic voting software has been used, especially during two victorious campaigns for the current President, Danilo Medina.

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Overall budget for 1 day pp: RD$1290.50 (£18)

Overall budget for 1 day pp: RD$2465 (£35)

Overall budget for 1 day pp: More than RD$6880 (£100)

Food & drink

  • Breakfast for one: RD$60
  • Lunch for one: RD$300
  • Dinner for one: RD$500
  • Local beers x2: RD$220
  • Bottle of water: RD$50


Food & drink

  • Breakfast for one: RD$200
  • Lunch for one: RD$500
  • Dinner, 3 courses for one: RD$1000
  • Local beers x2: RD$220
  • Bottle of water x2: RD$100
  • Coffee: RD$85

Food & drink

  • Breakfast for one: RD$500
  • Lunch for one: RD$700
  • Dinner, 3 courses for one: RD$2000
  • Bottle of wine: RD$450
  • Bottle of water x2: RD$100
  • Coffee x2: RD$170
  • Cocktails x2: RD$665

Activities in budget

  • Hike the Amber Route: free
  • Visit the Catedral de Santa Maria la Menor, Santo Domingo: free
  • Walk through Zona Colonial: free
  • Museo De Las Casas Reales, Santo Domingo: RD$160

Activities in budget

  • Hike the Pico Duarte: RD$100
  • Museo De Las Casas Reales, Santo Domingo: RD$160
  • Los Haitises National Park: RD$100
  • Hike the Amber Route: free

Activities in budget

  • Parque Nacional Los Haitises boat trip: RD$1500
  • Museo De Las Casas Reales, Santo Domingo: RD$160
  • Hike the Amber Route: free
  • Teleferico Puerto Cable Car: RD$540
  • Los Haitises National Park: RD$100

What denominations do Dominican Pesos come in?

The Dominican Peso comes in the following denominations:

RD$1, RD$5, RD$10, RD$25

RD$20, RD$50, RD$100, RD$200, RD$500, RD$1000, RD$2000

Leftover Dominican Peso?

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Dominican Peso FAQs

What currency is DOP?

DOP is the abbreviation for the Dominican Peso, the official currency of the Dominican Republic. The currency symbol is $ or RD$.

What sort of currency is the Dominican Peso?

The Dominican Peso is the official currency of the Dominican Republic. Many tourist spots also accept US Dollars.

What language do they speak in the Dominican Republic?

Although Spanish is the official language of the Dominican Republic, the dialect of Dominican Spanish, with its African influences, is the most prevalent.

Is the Dominican Republic safe?

Tourists sticking to the well-trodden tourist spots and more populous areas, will find the DR a safe and easygoing place to visit. Scams are sometimes run on unsuspecting travellers, so it’s advisable to be in your guard, and looking after possessions will keep them from risk of theft.

Do you need a visa for the Dominican Republic?

British citizens don’t need a visa to enter the DR.

How much should you tip in the Dominican Republic?

Many DR businesses expect hefty tips on top of their standard charge. In a restaurant, tipping is usually around 25-30%, while other service-based activities will expect around 10%.

Do you need cash or card in the Dominican Republic?

The DR is a cash-dominant economy. You’ll be able to use credit cards in the larger cities, but watch out for surcharges that can be quietly added to your bill.

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