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Which currency?

Hi All,

I'm due to go to Bahia Ambar in Sept and have been talking to travel agent about currency. They're suggesting we change everything into Dominican Pesos, but from what i've read around here, people are talking about tipping etc in dollars.

Coming from the UK, which would be better? Or perhaps a split between the two?



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1. Re: Which currency?

Just from our experience, coming from Canada, we brought only USD. It is readily accepted everywhere for shopping, tipping, taxis, excursions etc. For souvenir type shopping and excursions, the prices are given in USD.

Enjoy your trip :D

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We just came back and all we brought were US dollars... We used that for tipping, shopping, paying for our excursion and whatever charges incurred at our hotel.

Edited: 22 August 2014, 01:20
Cape May, New Jersey
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US Dollars. Get a new travel agent.

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Dave, your Travel Agent should know that USD are the most commonly used currency in all of the Punta Cana resorts. It's surely not worth the headache of getting Pesos, virtually every tourist brings Dollars, and they are accepted everywhere you may go at any of the resorts in Punta Cana. Best Wishes, "Cheers" Leo & Sue ps. We were just at the Bahia Ambar a couple of months ago, so any questions You might have, we would be Glad to answer for You.

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Dave T,

been going there for the last 7 years, I have just used US dollars, everybody seems to be happy with them.

The only thing I would say is stock up on the smaller denomination notes prior to departing as they are harder to come by once at the resort (if stuck best source the bell boys), your travel agent should be able to obtain 1's, 5's and 10 dollar notes, or there are other outlets available, personally there is a High St., pawnbroker I have found that give a very favourable rate and carry a stock of these notes, much better rate than the travel agent, the rate is usually displayed in their window as it fluctuates daily, hope this is of help.


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Hi Dave,

Take USD. Your travel agent probably gets a better rate selling you Dominican Pesos. As Baloo says order small notes and try somewhere other than a travel agent for a better rate, any of those payday loan money shops usually have a better rate.



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7. Re: Which currency?

USD will work fine at any of the tourist areas. If you are going out and about to do some shopping and exploring you will get better prices in pesos.

But change for pesos here as you need them. Use ATMs, banks or cambio shops for changing. Never change at home, airports, or hotels as you will get the worst exchange rates there. Just as a point of reference the USD is trading at about 43.4 pesos to the dollar.

Also if using a Credit card or ATM card notify your home bank of your travel plans or they will put a hold on the card with the first use fearing fraud.


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we take us and canadian dollars and convert the canadian dollars into pesos for tipping it works great for us

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US $.'s is the way to go, your travel agent needs to be replaced

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As you are British you will need to change pounds into dollars. If you change too many then you will loose out when exchanging back. IMO better to take a smaller amount and then use a fee free credit card such as Halifax Clarity. With this you could pay for larger items + get cash out in pesos from the ATMs (no additional fees + the exchange rate pound to peso is good.).