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HVGB currency/spending question

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HVGB currency/spending question

Hi I'm wondering about obtaining currency when at HVGB? First choice website states currency exch is available. Anyone know if they have an atm machine? Or are they likely to swap GBP for USD?

I was thinking about taking some US dollars with me but I'm really not sure how much currency I'll need as it's an all inclusive holiday??

AS far as ATMs go, do they dispense currency in US dollars and/or the Dom Rep local currency?

Any advice greatly welcome.


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1. Re: HVGB currency/spending question

There may well be an ATM at the resort as there is a casino and the two tend to go hand in hand but for sure there is at least one at the Playa Dorada Plaza. ATMs will dispense only $RD pesos.

If you convert GBP they will almost assuredly only convert to $RD pesos. If you want $US take them.


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You'll need to take $ to pay the entry (tourist card) and exit tax. At present $30 total per person, but about to go up (allegedly on the 1st May)to $40.

However, you can pay for the tourist card on line.

Single Dollars are also handy for tipping as the smallest DRP note (50DRPS) are not easy to get hold of.

$s and DRPs are acceptable in most shops but a few only take DRPs.

The shopping mall at PP has a bank and they'll changed £, but I don't know good the exchange rate will be for £ into $s.

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3. Re: HVGB currency/spending question

There are 3 ATM's at the plaza and a bank and 4 / 5 places that exchange money.... we find being from the uk.... best to take travellers cheques in dollars.... ATM, machine only give out in Peso's and not all cards work and security from Uk bank can be an issue.... read some of the forums.

Good tip has already been given you.... take CASH dollars for import tax / entry tax of $10 each to get in and $20 each to get out.and also some small $1 bills for tips.


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4. Re: HVGB currency/spending question

Thanks for the replies and advice :)

Now I have another question. HOw far away is the 'Plaza'. Not been to Dom Rep before and wondering if it's safe to walk off the complex etc ? Thanks again.

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5. Re: HVGB currency/spending question

If you come out the HVGB, turn left at the side street - the plaza is about 10 minutes walk. It is inside the complex so, very safe.

The plaza is a 2 story building - easy to find and on the same side of the street as your hotel.

Here is a link to a layout of Playa Dorada - the plaza is shown as the 3rd building from your hotel:


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"Not been to Dom Rep before and wondering if it's safe to walk off the complex etc?"

It is very safe in the Dominican Republic as long as you use some common sense. If you go out dripping in gold, you are making yourself look like a decent target. But if you go out dripping in gold in the UK and wander in an area that you don't know, you will make yourself a target there too!

You can easily & safely visit the city on your own. If you are feeling adventurous, get the gua-gua from the main gate. This is a local transport, an over-crowded minibus that is never EVER full! Agree the price before you get on. If you don't speak Spanish, have the correct notes in your hand and show them while saying "Puerto Plata". I'd guess RD$20 (about 40p) each would be about right (as a waiter at your hotel). If you don't agree the price before you get on, expect to be asked for a lot more, about RD$100! The drive in to the city is usually quite sedate. You'll go past the Brugal rum factory and the Monster Truck station, get off there if you want to look around or book a great trip. Otherwise stay on until Central Park, which is a square park in the middle of the city. Looking down a couple of the side roads from the square, you will see the sea, so walk down to the Malecon and stroll along to the fort (sea on your right). Find a map so you can visit the Amber Museum. For a 'first trip out', this will be a good way to see some of the country that many tourists never do, but in relative safety.

Carry with you a copy of your passport & travel insurance just in case you are in an accident. Keep money in front pocket. You will be able to buy art work or souvenirs much cheaper in the city than at the complex.

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