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    Money Rates

    by Hermanater Written Jan 5, 2006

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    Favorite thing: We were not sure what kind or how much money to bring. I brought alomg some American money and some Canadian as well as my debit card. Most people will deal in Pesos or American dollars.

    At the time we were there the exchange rate I used was 25 RD$ per $1 CDN and 30 RD$ per $1 US. The hotel gave a bit less. I took money out of a ATM machine and am not sure what the rate was. We found out that whenever we travel, the ATM machines generally give the best exchange rate. Do remember what the ratio is when you use a debit machine. I made the mistake and took out $100 pesos not dollars. My bank at home charges $2 per transaction so that 100 RD$ ($4 CDN) cost me $6 CDN. After doing the same thing in Mexico you would think a person would learn....

    You really have to watch the venders. They will ask you if you are paying in dollars or pesos. If you say dollars they might say $40US. If you say you would rather pay in pesos because you don't have enough peses they will then say 1500 RD$ which is $50 US.

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    by quartinb Updated Oct 1, 2005

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    Favorite thing: being an all inclusive resort yu can have great cocktails all day long and whatever yu are and whenever yu want. alcoholic or not a lot of cocktails for yu to try.
    and refreshing of the pool or at the beach the perfect vacation spot...

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    at nite

    by quartinb Updated Oct 1, 2005

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    Favorite thing: at a resort of this kind obviously, the offer for a nite entertainment, is very narrow one.
    a couple of drinks in open bar, some sort of show, dancing, singing, in a small theatre, and by midnight off we go to the discoteque...
    7 days with "all" these options, it's a bit ...anoying!
    by the fourth nite we had an evening on the beach with ocasionally friends!
    great time that evening!

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    The Dominican Peso

    by lamentforicarus Written Sep 20, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The Dominican currency steadily depreciated for the first several year of the new millennium, reaching an exchange rate of nearly 60 DOP to 1 USD in early 2004. Since that time, the Dominican Peso has gained ground on the dollar and at the time of writing (2005) converted at approximately 30 DOP to 1 USD. Currently, the Dominican Peso is exchanged as follows:

    24 DOP - 1 Canadian Dollar
    2.7 DOP - 1 Mexican Peso
    12 DOP - 1 Brazilian Real
    36 DOP - 1 Euro Dollar
    52 DOP - 1 British Pound
    23 DOP - 1 Swiss Franc
    3.6 DOP - 1 Chinese Yuan
    0.26 DOP - 1 Japanese Yen
    11 DOP - 1 East Caribbean Dollar
    0. 47 DOP - 1 Jamaican Dollar
    0.7 DOP - 1 Haitian Gourde

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    Beautiful country, beautiful people...

    by Chantale21 Written Jun 8, 2005

    Favorite thing: I urge anyone looking for an amazing tropical gettaway to go to the Dominican Republic. The resorts are incredible, however, take the time to explore the country outside the resorts. The Dominican people are genuine, friendly people, and the countryside is wonderful.

    Fondest memory: I miss the people the most...not for long though! I am moving to Santiago, DR to teach English with my sister! See you soon DR!!

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    lush greenery and hot

    by francolin Written Jan 17, 2005

    Favorite thing: do take one if the jeep safari, will take you out into the countryside and you will see all sorts of beautiful things..I think the beauty of dominican is the natural surroundings..

    Fondest memory: do take some binoculars with you and go for a walk..I was delighted by the birdlife there..such beautiful colours..there are two types of hummingbird too..both can be found with-in the hotel can be butterflies,moths and lizards.
    do take plenty of mosquito repellant though..we got attacked quite often..especially near the shrubs ect.

    passion flower and fruit
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    by PrincessK Written Dec 15, 2004

    Favorite thing: The official language is Spanish, so do as much as you can to bone up on Spanish before you go. Officially, nearly everyone involved in tourism speaks English, but in fact many people have trouble understanding English. Waitresses in coffee shops may simply drop their jaws when you speak to them in English. In the outlying areas, it is absolutely necessary to speak Spanish. Do bring along a phrase book and keep it handy in your bag.

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    by jo38 Written Nov 13, 2004

    Favorite thing: make sure that you go and visit the locals take lots of goody bags for the children, pens, pencils school stuff they have very little its quit a tear jerker you will want to take them home with you

    Fondest memory: jeep safari go and see the waterfalls. be prepared!

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    Pack light

    by jodssmile Updated Oct 16, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Do not overpack.
    Even at an all inclusive resort did not need much.
    Bring space for souvenirs in suitcase.
    We brought some school supplies for the poor children and left.
    School is free, but some cannot afford the required uniform and then the textbooks.
    Leave some toys for maid or coloring books/crayons.
    Expect to spend much time on beach.
    Sunblock a necessity here!
    Bring American U.S. dollars, bring many one dollar bills.
    Travelor checks pain in neck. If insist on bringing them,do not exchange at hotel, you get ripped off.
    Drink bottled water. Never the tap water or you will get to know the bathroom well.
    Bring any prescription meds(marked well) that you need.
    Bring pen for airport, you will be glad you did.
    Departure tax money, have correct amount.
    (ask your travel agent if departure tax paid already in advance, otherwise have in US dollars).
    Yes, they do have Dominican pesos, but prefer the US dollar. Even many Europeans carried US dollar.
    I enjoyed the tour Outback Jungle Safari the most. Had tour guide Jesse, and he had awesome humor but obviously truly cared about the less fortunate Dominicans.

    Fondest memory: If you go to an all-inclusive resort as I did. Get out on a good tour. Arrange the tour in advance of your trip.
    Do not commit self to staying in resort as some people did and they sounded bored.
    It is great to get out and see the country.

    You may otherwise not see the real Dominican people, culture, and beautiful green tropical country.
    The people are friendly and the land is beautiful.

    Isabelle del Torres Mountain...
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  • The best place i went to was...

    by BABYA Updated Jun 3, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The best place i went to was bounty island its were they filmed the advert.
    I went with the tour operater i went with.
    it cost's about £70 pound that is with a flight over the island, you then pick up a boat that takes you there, you moor up in the middle of the sea the water is so shallow that you can get off the boat and stand up and have a drink or a swim its up to you.
    the beach has golden white sands and it is beautiful.
    its a must if you ever go to dominican republic

    Fondest memory: My fondest momory of dominican is spending my last night there in a small bar in playa dorada called cheers bar with my boyfriend and all my friends.
    i miss my boyfriend of course and the dominican people they are so friendly they always make you feel welcome.
    i miss danceing to menrengue.
    i miss everything there its a beautiful place to be.

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    A children's smile

    by chicabonita Updated Feb 9, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The Dominican people are very friendly and welcoming. If you stay in one of the all inclusive resorts you must take the chance to visite the country and get in touch with its people.

    Especially go up the country and don't stay in the most touristic spots!


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    by chicabonita Updated Nov 19, 2003

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    Favorite thing: View from Cayacoa Beach Hotel in Santa Bárbara de Samaná. At the hotel I stayed a weekend during my stay on the island in 1995.

    Fondest memory: For one week-end we went to Samana by car. The ride from Santo Domingo took a few hours. The country side was amazing. Arriving on the peninsula we went up a hill (sorry don't know any more were excatly) but from up there we had an outstanding view over the hills covered all over with palmtrees and the peninsula de Samana .... oh I want to be back right now!

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    A market at the Haiti Border

    by chicabonita Updated Nov 19, 2003

    Favorite thing: On the way to Lago Enriquillo we stopped at the Haitian Border where a market took place. I can't really remember what to buy, cause it is quite some time ago. Its was in 1995. Also I didn't buy anything ... well, it was quite interesting to see!

    Sorry but I have no idea if these markets still exist ...

    Market stands
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    A Dominican christmas tree

    by chicabonita Updated Nov 1, 2003

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    Favorite thing: ... a little bit different from a German one. But you also find other one and the christmas staff is quite similar to the staff you could find in Germany. I got the impression that the American influence on christmas decoration was quite high ....

    Fondest memory: A christmas without snow and low temperatures? Yes, I would prefer it ...

    In 1995 - christmas trees

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    Car for sale

    by chicabonita Updated Oct 14, 2003

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    Favorite thing: I was really surprised when I saw that this car was for sale.

    Coming from Germany where we have a Technical Inspection Authority (TUEV) for cars ... and where you can get a ticket if you car hasn't a valid TUEV badge ...

    This car definately wouldn't get the German TUEV badge! :-)

    Do you want to buy a new car?

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