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New to Dom Rep - Help Please

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New to Dom Rep - Help Please

We have booked to travel to Royalton Punta Cana (Diamond Club) next summer and would like some advice please. We will only be eating and drinking in the hotel.

Is it safe to have ice in your drinks?

Do you tip the butler in local currency?

What vaccinations are required?

Many thanks!

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1. Re: New to Dom Rep - Help Please

Yes,

yes if you have it and if not USD or BPS will work,

none.

Welcome

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2. Re: New to Dom Rep - Help Please

Regarding vaccinations, your best bet is to contact your health care provider. Countries vary on what they feel their citizen should have/ take when traveling abroad. As well as your own health history.

We are traveling to the D.R in September for the first time from the US and my Health Care provider recommended Anti Malaria medication for the area of the Dominican Republic we will be traveling. Also an update to tetanus and a shot for Typhoid, plus all the regular travel medications for travelers diarrhea and such.

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All water used for food prep is safe, this includes ice. Careful to not drink the water in your room (includes shower) Bottled water is everywhere so you shouldnt have a problem. Some people do brush their teeth with tap water and have never had a problem, but we didnt risk it.

We did not take any vacinations on either trip, but since you are in the UK, you may be required to get some shots by your insurance provider, so check with a DR. or your insurance company.

We do take a good antibiotic (Cipro) with us in case of emergency, but other than that, no prescriptions just the normal over the counter travel meds. Cipro is powerful and may not be easy to get from a DR as a preventative/just in case med but it can be bought easily in the DR with no Rx. It carries its own risks, so speak to a doctor.

We also took probiotics for several weeks before and during the trip, I'm not sure if they did anything, but we never had any stomach issues.

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I totally agree with Megs415. The best place to seeking advice about vaccinations is you GP's surgery. Make an appointment with you GP practice nurse and she will be the best person to advise you based on your medical history and previous vaccination history.

here is a link to the NHS fit for travel website. You GP practice nurse will use the healthcare providers version of this website, which has more detailed information.

fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/caribbean/d…

All ice on resorts is made from purifided water so is perfectly safe.

Tipping is at your discretion and you can feel free to tip who and when you like. Generally we tip if we have had good friendly service and a few US dollars is usually enough. By a few I mean 2 to 5. But if you don't want to tip you don't have to and it won't effect the level of service you get

Have a good holiday

Cheers,

Dave

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Hi

1. Yes

2. We always use US$

3. Seek professional advice from your doctor and not a stranger on the Internet

King's Lynn, United...
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Thank you all!

I am delighted by the ice issue and will contact the practice nurse for vaccination advise.

I don't understand why people from the UK are taking US Dollars instead of local currency for tipping. If anyone could advise that would be great.

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Forrester42..... You can use pesos for sure. Just that USD are just as readily accepted. I would say it is cause you can get a more favourable exchange on USD and/ or less notes to carry.

We changed a sizeable amount of money into Dominican Pesos on our first long stay and the " wedge" of pesos we ended up with was ridiculously large.

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Forrester, changing BPS into RD in the UK typically gets you an unfavorable rate and that is why folks change BPS into USD to go to the DR. Also note that you will need to pay $10 to enter and $20 to leave the D.R. (except on BA).

But do note if you go away from the resort areas USD are not taken as much and when taken the rate is bad. In the resort area prices are quoted in USD often and USD gladly taken.

PS: today the RD to BPS 70.1 to 1; the RD to USD is 43.3 to 1

Edited: 22 August 2014, 15:34
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Thank you all!

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10. Re: New to Dom Rep - Help Please

Is it safe to have ice in your drinks? Yes, hotels use filtered water.

Do you tip the butler in local currency? We used US dollars and it was easy and ok with them

What vaccinations are required? None

Use bug spray!