Dominican Republic FAQ
Is it safe for women to travel to the Dominican Republic?
Yes. The DR is a highly traveled country and typically very safe. In the most tourist areas it is always a good idea to bring only what you need and leave all valuables at home. Don't leave stuff unattended on the beach. Like most countries in Latin America it is not uncommon for men to cat call or whistle. Generally this is pretty harmless and best to ignore.
Do you have a payment plan for this trip?
Yes! After paying the deposit for the trip, you can chose to pay the remaining balance in 3-5 installments up until 90 days of departure.
Where should I fly into?
There are two airports to choose from: POP (Puerto Plata) and STI (Santiago). POP is closest to our hotel- about 50 min- but flights can be limited from some parts of the USA. STI is a bigger airport with more flights. It is about 1 hour and 20 min from our hotel.
A shuttle with our driver will be arranged by Purposeful Nomad once everyone has their flights so someone will be there to meet you when you land. The shuttle from POP is $30 and a shuttle from ST is $90. Both prices are based on the trip so that price can be split with others.
What type of clothes should I pack?
A more concise packing list will be sent along in your trip packet. Bring layers. It can be hot during the day and cool and windy at night. Comfortable yoga and workout clothes, stuff for the beach and swimming, informal wear for the daytime and a rain jacket of course. Pack some old clothes you don't mind getting dirty for service days.
Do I need international travel insurance?
Yes. International travel insurance is required. Information will be sent to you in your welcome packet about the best companies and how to sign up.
What is the weather like in Cabarete?
This glorious area of the DR has a pretty steady temperature through out the year. Generally highs in the 80's with lows in the 70'S/high 60's. The wind can pick up on the coast quite a bit which is why this area is such a mecca for wind sports. It rains on and off with the heaviest months being July and December.
Will the group be together the whole time?
Groups travel together at all times in a private van with driver and guide. There are specific days where you are allowed to choose your own adventure, wander into town or just hang out.
What is not included in the overall cost?
Not included is international airfare, travel insurance, tips, alcohol, extra snacks and food outside the noted meals per day, personal expenses and any additional activities.
What extra money do I need? Can I use US Dollars?
The currency on the DR is the Dominican Peso but US Dollars are widely used. If you are bringing cash please do so in smaller bills as larger ones are harder to change. You may also bring pesos but keep in mind there are ATM's where you can withdraw cash if needed. Credit cards aren't always accepted so please don't depend on them as your only means of buying something.
We will need money for the lunches that are on your own, any souvenir shopping you want to do, any alcohol you consume, extra snacks and things and if you want to do any additional activities.
TIPPING: There will not be many situations where you will need to tip but as always if you feel a service given to you deserves it than it is up to your discretion i.e. driver, hotel staff, instructor....If you do an optional tour or surf lesson or eat out in a restaurant generally a 10% tip is appreciated.
Do I need vaccinations?
Typically people do not get vaccinations to go the DR. Be an informed traveler, ultimately it is up to you to consult a physician and make sure you are up-to-date on your vaccinations. We are here to help but can not legally provide medical advice. Here are some great websites:
Can I drink the water?
No. It is not recommended to drink tap water. We will have big jugs of filtered water. Having said that, please bring a reusable water bottle as most hotels and tourist destinations offer refilling stations.
Do I need to speak Spanish?
It is certainly not a requirement but always fun to try! Every group has a bilingual guide so there is nothing to worry about.
Is there internet?
Yes. There is wifi at the beach lodge where we will be staying but please be aware that sometimes it does go down and/or the signal is lost.
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