Trip Planning Guide

 

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TRANSPORTATION

 
Flights
The airport serving our area is Gregorion Luperon, Puerta Plata (POP)
Airlines serving the US
American Airlines, United Airlines, JetBlue
Airlines Serving Canada
Air Canada, WestJet, Air Transat, Sunwing
Visitor Fee
$10 US on arriving to the Dominican Republic (often included in the price of your airline ticket). There is no fee for departing provided you have been in the country for 30 days or less.
From/to the Airport
Taxis charge a flat rate fee of $30 to and from Casa Linda.
Rental Vehicles
If you’d like to rent a vehicle, please check with your credit card company to ensure you have insurance, if not, purchase from the rental agency. You can also ask our travel planner to book your rental car for you.

WEATHER

 
Ignore the Clouds On Your Weather App
Clouds blow in and out over the island everyday. It’s generally sunny all day with rain at night. Average temp is 28 degree Celsius or 82.4 degrees Fahrenheit
The Ocean
Our warm ocean is great for swimming all year round. There are no sharks, jellyfish, or other sea creatures to hurt you.
Hurricanes
The Sosua and Cabarete area has never had a recordable hurricane.

MISCELLANEOUS

 
Legal Drinking Age
Legal drinking age is 18
WI-FI
Wifi is available in all rental villas and is also widely available at shops, cafes, and restaurants on the North Coast
Power and Electricity
The dominican republic uses standard North American style electricity, 110 VAC, so no adapters are required.
Cable TV
All rental villas are equipped with Cable TV with a wide variety of channels as well as phones for local calling
Cell Phones
If you bring a cell phone there are several options for their use. You can purchase a travel plan from your own carrier for talk, text and data or you can buy a short term plan from one of the 2 major carriers locally (Claro or Altice (formerly Orange)
Spas
There are several excellent local spas in the area. Our Concierge will be happy to show you details and get you all set up.
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MEDICAL

 
Travel Insurance
Check with your credit card company, many cards offer travel medical coverage as a perk – you many not need to buy any at all; however, you will likely have to book your trip using that card for the coverage to be effective. Many times your airline will offer medical insurance when you book your flight. Banks also offer medical insurance now, and often at cheaper prices too.
Hospitals
There are several great local hospitals (one less than 5-minutes away), each with English speaking doctors. They all accept international travel insurance.
Prescriptions
It’s a great idea to take a photo of all your prescription meds. That way if you lose them or run out, you can simply show the photo to the pharmacist to get a refill. For glasses, it’s advisable to bring an extra pair. If they break or are lost, it will take up to two weeks for replacements.
Vaccinations
The north coast is a safe zone and most people choose not to get travel vaccinations. It is a personal choice.
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WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING

 
Clothes
The DR is a tropical climate. Bring cotton and light colored clothes for coolness. Casa Linda villas has all amenities you will need. All you need to bring are your clothes and personal items. Not to worry, if you forget something we have a convenience store as well as there are several full size grocery store located nearby.

MONEY

 
Current Exchange
Don’t exchange in your home country or at any airport! You will get much better exchange rates in Sosua and Cabarete. Any local DR bank will exchange at good rates (have a copy of your passport with you) or you can even do it at many money exchanges in town. You will be given DR persons, which is the local currency. To see current exchange rates, please visit XC Currency.
Payment Methods
Cash is the preferred method of payments here with the DR Peso being the currency of choice. Many businesses will accept US dollars; however, the exchange rate is not great at restaurants and stores. Best to convert as above.
Credit Cards
Most US or Canadian banks no longer require you to tell them that you will use your credit card out of the country; however, it’s advisable to call them to make sure your card will work in the Dominican Republic. Credit cards are accepted in the DR at restaurants and shopping; however, check with the merchant first.
Costs of Vacation
Spas
There are several excellent local spas in the area. Our Concierge will be happy to show you details and get you all set up.

SAFETY

 
The DR
The DR is a safe country; however, like anywhere in the world, there are places you shouldn’t go. Tourist areas are safe, even at night; however, the same caution you would use at home should be used here. The Dominican Republic thrives on tourism and has a vested interest in insuring the safety of visitors. We even have a tourist police force: Cestur. If you have a problem they are there to help. You will see them patrolling tourist areas and driving in their colorful trucks.

If you are not in a hotel, it is a good idea to rent in a gated community. This extra measure of security protects your valuables and offers you a level of service not found in stand alone villas or condos.

FOOD / WATER

 
Restaurants
The Sosua and Cabarete area have incredible restaurants that offer the flavours of the world. You can expect three types of restaurants here:

  1. Local Dominican places where you can buy chicken at the side of the road with rice and beans (it is really good!);
  2. Beach side or town restaurants with low to mid prices. Any type of food can be found, and
  3. fine or high end dining for that special night out.
Groceries
We have a similar selection here to North America but with some Spanish and local brands mixed in. We have small local supermarket as well as large big box grocery stores. Depending on where you’re from, you’ll probably find prices similar to the US or Canada. Meat is local and can taste different from your home country. Milk is sold in tetra packs (like orange/apple juice) and doesn’t have to refrigerated until it’s opened.

Water and ice. It is not advisable to drink DR tap water – bottled water is safe as is the ice you buy in the store. Restaurants serve bottled water and bagged ice. Some places have UV water treatment systems, making the tap water drinkable.

 
 
 
 

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