As you prepare for your trip to Punta Cana, you’ll want to know which currency to use during your trip. Not only that, but you’ll also need to know where to exchange money, and what the exchange rate is. I’ll answer all of these questions and give you some money tips to help you out during your vacation.
Currency in Punta Cana
The currency in the Dominican Republic is the Dominican Peso (DOP). That being said, US Dollars are widely accepted and actually preferred over the peso. Taxis, excursion vendors, and restaurants will all accept USD and usually have the same rate as the bank.
Where to exchange money
Like I stated above, you actually don’t need to exchange money if you already have US Dollars. If for some reason you do still want to exchange money, DO NOT exchange money at the airport. Their rates are way lower than any other place on the island.
You can exchange at your resort or at a casa de cambio (there’s only one in Bavaro). Do yourself a favor and just stick with USD.
What is the exchange rate?
The exchange rate is constantly changing. Right now it’s roughly 54 DOP to 1 USD, but that could change at any time. I always recommend checking the exchange rate before your trip to make sure you know what you’re paying when the bill comes.
Can you pay with a credit/debit card?
At the resort, most of the vendors (ie. excursions, gift shop, etc.) do accept credit/debit cards. The large grocery stores and restaurants accept credit cards as well, but the smaller shops and convenience stores around town do not. Taxis do not accept cards either. So it’s always best to be prepared and bring cash just in case!
ATMs in Punta Cana
While ATMs are popping up all over town, I would avoid them as much as possible. Sometimes they’re out of order, sometimes they’re out of money. Other times, your bank blocks your card and deny the transaction. Whatever the case, ATMs in the Dominican Republic are unreliable so it’s best not to have to use one on your trip.
If you’re at an all-inclusive resort, tips are not required – but they are always appreciated! Feel free to tip 1-2 USD to the bell boy, servers, concierge, or anyone you feel has done an exceptional job during your stay.
If you go out to eat, some restaurants already include gratuity on the check. If it’s not listed there, you can leave 10 percent if you enjoyed your meal and the service.
These are only a few of the tips to help you out on your vacation. I hope you found them useful!
If you’re in the early stages of planning your trip, check out this article for the best time to visit Punta Cana.