CABARETE, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
The local currency is the Dominican peso (RD$). It comes in denominations of 1, 5, 10 and 25 peso coins and in 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000 and 2,000 notes. US dollars and euros can be readily exchanged in banks and authorized exchange offices across the country.
There are restrictions on bringing more than US$10,000 in cash into the country and any sum over this value needs to be declared on the customs form. It is prohibited to leave the Dominican Republic with more than $10,000 US dollars or equivalent in cash. If you need large amounts of cash, it is more convenient to make a bank withdrawal when in the country. Banks are normally open from 8:30am to 4pm. In large shopping centers, some bank branches are open until 8pm.Local currency in Dominican Pesos (RD or DOP)
Approximate Exchange rate: 46 DOP :1 US, 32 DOP :1 CDN, 51 DOP : 1 Euro, 59 DOP : 1 GBP
Local Banks : Scotiabank, Banco Popular
ATM’s available in several locations. Credit cards accepted at some stores and grocery stores. Mostly cash transactions. USD commonly accepted everywhere.
The official language is Spanish. English is widely spoken, and many tourist sector employees will be fluent in Italian, French, German, Russian and other languages as needed.
Because it is located in the Caribbean, the weather in the Dominican Republic is excellent all year round. During the summer, the temperature can range from 90 F (32 C) at midday to 70 F (21 C) at dawn. Temperatures can drop to a low of 65 F (18 C) in the winter. In the high mountainous areas of Jarabacoa and Constanza, the weather is cooler. In these areas, temperatures of 50 F (10 C) in the city in the early morning and below zero higher up in the mountains are not unusual.
In the tropics, although rainstorms can happen at any time of the year, rains usually fall for just short periods in the afternoon and evening. The warmest months are June through September.
In the Dominican Republic, electric outlets are 110 volts, the same as in the United States and Canada. Because of this, visitors from other countries needing power adapters are advised to bring their own.
A valid passport is required. You may also need a tourist card (US$10 or €10) or a visa.
Citizens of countries who are legally able to enter the European Union, Great Britain, the United States of America or Canada may enter the Dominican Republic by presenting a Tourist Card. The Tourist Card is valid for a year from the date of purchase and is valid for an up to 30-day visit for one person who will only be able to use it once. The Tourist Card can be acquired at point of sale locations in land, air or sea ports in the country. It is also sold at Dominican embassies and consulate offices overseas and by tour operating companies. It can be purchased online at www.dgii.gov.do/tarjetaTuristica/EN/about/Paginas/default.aspx
Tourists staying beyond the usual 30-day period need to pay a proportional fee depending on the extension, which can be paid at the Department of Migration or at the migration desk upon departure. www.migracion.gob.do/web/tarifas.php
The Dominican Republic issues tourist, business, work, student and residency visas. Tourist visas can be issued for one or several entries and can be extended to 60 days. For more details on the visas, see www.domrep.org/visa.html or www.consuladord.com
See this list for citizens who need to request a visa at Dominican consulates abroad.
See a list of the consulates at the Ministry of Foreign Relations website: www.consuladord.com
WHO IS EXEMPT FROM A TOURIST CARD OR VISA?
Residents and Dominican nationals.
Foreigners arriving from Argentina, Chile, South Korea, Ecuador, Israel, Japan, Peru and Uruguay.
Diplomatic and consular staff with assigned missions in the country, while on duty.
Passengers using private, noncommercial aviation as long as the aircraft fulfills the following requirements: the trip must be for sport, leisure, business or tourism purposes, and the aircraft must not weigh more than thirty thousand pounds (30,000 lbs) and have a maximum capacity of 12 passengers.
DOMINICAN HOLIDAYS 2017 (Non Business Days)
*January 1: New Year’s Day
*January 6: The Three Kings’ Day (religious)
*January 21: Our Lady of Altagracia Day (religious)
*January 26: Juan Pablo Duarte Day
*February 27: Independence Day
*March or April (varies) – Easter Friday (religious)
*May 1: Labor Day (celebrated on the closest Monday)
*June (varies) Corpus Christi Day (religious)
*August 16: Restoration of Independence Day
*September 24: Our Lady of Mercedes Day (religious)
*November 6: Constitution Day (celebrated on the closest Monday)
*December 25: Christmas Day (religious)
Puerto Plata ( POP airport is easiest way to travel to Cabarete) - Aeropuerto Internacional Gregorío Luperón (POP) - located18km west of Cabarete - 20 minute drive +/- US$35-$40 taxi (one way)
With direct flights from USA, Canada and UK - Most major airlines fly to Puerto Plata International Airport, like American Airlines, Westjet, Air Canada, Continental Airlines, JetBlue, British Airways, Tomson and many more.
Santiago - Cibao International Airport (STI) – 68km from Cabarete – 1 ½ hour drive – +/- US$100 taxi (one way)
Santo Domingo – Las Americas International (STQ) – 236km from Cabarete – 3 ½ hour drive or $US225 taxi (one way) – If you rent a vehicle we highly recommend that you only drive during day light hours, make sure your flight arrivals work accordingly.
We are happy to help arrange safe and reliable airport transfers, please do not hesitate to ask.
When researching your flight, you may be encouraged to fly to another city, Santo Domingo for example, because the flight cost is cheaper. This may seem cheaper at the start but you have to make sure you consider the extra travel costs and time to get from there to Cabarete. Staying over night in a hotel because of a late arrival, taking taxis, buses, or an additional flight, can add to your costs and travel time quite quickly.
Larimar is a semi rare blue, gem-quality variety of the mineral pectolite. Pectolite is normally gray in color and is actually not that rare, occurring in many locations around the world. But blue Larimar is found only in one location in the entire world - the Dominican Republic. Gemologically, blue Larimar is a hydrated sodium calcium silicate with manganese. Its distinct blue color is owed to calcium being replaced by copper impurities. The composition of Larimar is often mixed with other materials such as calcite and hematite. Its color can vary from white to light-blue, and from medium sky to volcanic blue.