Punta Cana Currency
Punta Cana currency is the DOP, the Dominican Peso, although US dollars are accepted at most
tourist destinations. If you are going shopping and paying with US dollars, just make sure that
you know the current exchange rate (see the currency converter at the bottom of this page).
US dollars are our Punta Cana currency of choice
We’ve always found that US cash is the easiest and most versatile form of money to bring with
you. Only carry what you need with you, leave the rest of it in the safe in your hotel. When
going out on excursions, subdivide the money in your pockets so that you only need to take
out what you need. You don’t want to be flashing money around in an impoverished area!
Another important note: people never have change and even if they do, they often tell you
that they don’t so bring small bills.
Everyone tends to go to the bank before they leave on vacation to get a stack of large bills
which they realize is a pain only when they get to Punta Cana. We suggest that you bring
around $100 in one dollar bills – they’re perfect for leaving tips and for making exact
change for retailers.
Dominican Pesos in Punta Cana
Bringing some Dominican Pesos with you is a good idea as they are an easier form of Punta
Cana currency to spend in some shopping areas and restaurants. If you have too many of them,
they can easily be used for leaving tips and any retailer will accept them. You can change
dollars to pesos at the front desk of every hotel, but you’ll get a better rate if you visit
a foreign exchange house before you leave home.
Credit cards in Punta Cana
Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere in Punta Cana now and are great for day trips to
urban areas where you don’t want to have too much cash on you. There have been many reports
about people double charging credit cards in Punta Cana, but just keep track of your bills
and let the credit card companies sort out any wrongdoings on the part of their retailers.
Be aware that most credit card companies now charge an exchange fee for converting pesos to
dollars, usually works as a percentage of the bill. Good idea to check with your card
company before you leave for Punta Cana.
ATMs in Punta Cana
There are ATMs in town and at a lot of the hotels. They usually charge about a $5 user fee,
which isn’t a huge deal when you need cash. ATMs aren’t a great thing to bank on using while
you’re in Punta Cana as they tend to be scattered around somewhat aimlessly and are often
out of funds. But if you are in need of Punta Cana currency find an ATM – most of them work
on the Plus network and will work with most North American bank cards.
Traveler’s Checks in Punta Cana
Traveler’s checks can be cashed at the front desk of most hotels, but they will usually only
give you pesos for them and you’ll be paying their conversion fee. While traveler’s checks
are safer than cash – they are a bit of a pain in the butt as far as Punta Cana currency
goes so we never use them anymore. If you’re having trouble exchanging your traveler’s
checks – try the casino at your resort. They’ll often accept traveler’s checks for gambling
chips that you can then convert back into US dollars.
Tips for Punta Cana currency
- Bring lots of small bills as most retailers claim not to have change and great for
tipping at resort.
- Only carry the amount of cash that you need on you
- Subdivide cash in your pockets to prevent flashing money around
- Don’t use traveler’s checks if you can help it
- Casinos at resort are a good back door way of cashing traveler’s checks
- Keep credit card info in your safe in case you lose your card
- Credit card companies charge a conversion fee
- ATMs charge a $5 fee and will work with most North American bank cards
- Beware of street currency changers in urban areas – they often double fold bills to
count them twice.
- Know the exchange rates before you leave (see the currency converter below)
Punta Cana Currency