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How much should you take on holiday to the Dominican Republic?
That’s a good question, and it depends on how much you intend to spend. Luckily, the Dominican Republic (commonly abbreviated as DR) is a beautiful destination with eating, entertainment and accommodation that’s accessible to backpackers and resort hoppers alike.
Budget travellers can expect to spend about £50 over the course of the day on food, accommodation, transportation, and entertainment in the Dominican Republic. Mid-range travellers should budget £150 a day.
If money isn’t a concern and you’re going to be travelling in luxury, expect to spend about £300 in the DR over the course of a day.
There’s a range of choices for accommodation in the DR, and a range of prices to reflect those choices. Budget travellers should expect to spend somewhere in the range of £10 to £30 a night.
Most dorm beds are closer to ten quid, with some budget rooms sitting around the 25 quid range. You’ll get a place to sleep at a beachside hostel or an affordable bed at a discount hotel in a location like Santiago.
Want a nicer digs than that?
A standard, all-inclusive hotel room in the Dominican Republic will cost you about £50 – £60 a night. That usually comes with wireless internet, cable television, and breakfast. Some hotels will also offer laundry, and many offer pools.
There is no standard definition to “all inclusive,” of course, so be sure to ring ahead or read the website thoroughly before you enter in your credit card information.
Some travellers are interested in staying somewhere truly luxurious. The DR is dotted with resorts that offer this kind of experience – there’s several along the idyllic northern coast – and the privilege of staying in one can be yours, for the price of about £150 per night.
Having somewhere to stay is a good start, but everyone needs to eat as well. Just as there’s a range of prices for different hotels in the Dominican Republic, there’s a variety of culinary experiences available at different price points. Down on the budget end of things you have traditional Dominican comedores.
You can get fresh-caught fish, fried plantains, and beans from a thatch roof shack on the beach all day if that’s what you fancy. The privilege will cost you between £10 and £20 a day.
It’s an authentic way to do it, and appealing for backpackers trying to stretch out their quid until the last, but the risk of picking up a stomach bug may be too high for the mid-range traveler.
Luckily, the Dominican Republic offers up a whole range of restaurants that cater to such a person.
There are more formal takes on traditional Dominican cuisine and ethnic food of all kinds *although good curries are in short supply). There’s even American-style fast food in the big urban and tourist centers. If you’re working with a mid-range budget for food, expect to spend between £30 and £40 pounds a day
If you’re really looking to eat your way through the Dominican Republic and you’re ready to spend some money doing it, there’s plenty of restaurants to cater to you as well. The bulk of these high-end eateries are concentrated in the upscale districts of Santiago and Santo Domingo.
Some of the resorts along the northern coast come with restaurants attached, or have highball eating options that have sprung up organically nearby. You’ll have to pay a pretty penny for a day of meals at restaurants like these, however; we recommend budgeting between £70 and £80 pounds a day.
What if you’re interested in going out for a round after you’re finished eating? There are, once again, a range of options. Beer is cheap in the Dominican Republic. Six of the local lager, called Presidentes, will cost you only £1 down at the shops.
If you’re buying a round down at a local bar, expect to be paying between £10 and £20 – depending, of course, on the bar, and on how many friends you have. If you’re in a suit and tie cocktail bar, you may be paying a few more pounds per cuba libre than you would at a bamboo-walled dive with surfboards on the wall.
Thankfully, there’s more to do in the Dominican Republic than drink. Several different kinds of nature excursions are available; you can go snorkelling, kayak through mangroves, explore remote beaches, zipline through the jungle, or spelunk in a cave system.
Depending on the excursion, most of these cost between £30 to £80. That price usually includes transportation and food. Often, there’s complimentary alcohol as well.
You can get around between the different parts of the Dominican Republic a number of different ways.
The authentic Dominican experience includes motoconchos (motorcycle taxis) and guaguas (small buses). They’re best for short to medium distances – getting around town, or for a short trip to a spot that you’d like to see nearby.
They’re very cheap, costing less than £1. If you’re interested in travelling from town to town, there are public buses available that service a slightly longer range. Try Metro Bus or Caribe Tours.
You can also pay to hire a car, if you’d like. It’ll cost you between £25 and £60 a day to get around. That price estimate includes insurance. Petrol is relatively cheap in the Dominican Republic; you can get a liter for less than £1 pound.
Perhaps the most expensive method of travel is by taxi. If you’re travelling from the Las Americas airport to downtown Santiago, the trip will cost you about £40. The ride takes about 45 minutes, to be fair, so it’s a good bit cheaper than a similar taxi ride in London would be.
There are a couple of other things that you should keep in mind while budgeting for your trip to the DR. Restaurants will often add a service fee and tip to the bill that increases the base price by a whopping 20 – 30%. Hotels often include a gratuity of 10%.
Finally, it’s courteous to tip tour guides and cleaning staff a few Dominican pesos if you can.
|Holiday Class||Estimated Amount Needed Per Day (Per Person)|
|Budget||£150 Per Day|
|Mid-range||£250 Per Day|
|High-end||£500 Per Day|
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