Dominican Republic Travel Tips

African shop in Santo Domingo

African shop in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; credit Paul Lowe

Dominican Republic Facts

Official Language: Spanish
Currency: Peso
Time Zone: Atlantic Time Zone
Est. Population: 6 million
Cruise Port City: Santo Domingo

Dominican Republic Travel Tips

Passports are required for U.S. citizens.

The island’s tropical climate averages 80 degrees from October to April and 90 degrees during the summer with humidity (110 degrees weather occurs during summer). As a result, the “dress code” is always “island casual.”

When you touch down in the Dominican Republic, you are no longer mandated to pay the U.S. $10 tourist entry fee. The price of your plane ticket includes the tourist card fee.

Vacation rates are less during the fall months. The Dominican Republic high tourist season runs between December and February.

The rainy season starts in October and ends in November, but because it is a tropical climate, brief showers can come at any time.

Get a local phone card for the best rates. The main post office is located in Santo Domingo. Post office hours are 7:30am-2:30pm (Monday-Friday).

Banks are open from 8:30am-4:30pm (Monday-Friday). Most stores are open 9am-5pm (Monday-Saturday) and some stores close for siesta. Passports are required for U.S. citizens.

You should drink only bottled water or water that has been boiled.

Bring sunglasses, a wide-brim hat and plenty of sunscreen.

Electricity is the same as the U.S. however some outlets may not accept a three prong plug, so bring a converter. If you plan to use a laptop, bring or purchase a surge protector.

The major holidays in the Dominican Republic are New Year’s Day, Our Lady of Altagracia Day, Duarte’s Birthday, Independence Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Labor Day, Corpus Christi, Restoration Day, Our Lady of Las Mercedes Day, Constitution Day, and Christmas.

The crime rate in Santo Domingo is similar to a major U.S. city, so visitors should use common sense when out and about. Don’t take photos of military or high security areas, unless you have their permission.


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