Is the Dominican Republic Safe to Visit

More than 2.7 million Americans travel to the Dominican Republic each year, making it America’s second-favorite tourist destination. With tourists from Europe and other countries included, around 6.5 million people visit the Dominican Republic every year.

There’s a lot to see and do in this area, and locals go out of their way to assist visitors – whether you’re visiting or not. But, as with every journey to a new location, a few safety suggestions may keep you even more safe and secure while also providing greater peace of mind.

Is it true that the Dominican Republic is a safe destination?

The Dominican Republic is rapidly becoming a safe tourist destination. In 2018-2019, the country rose seven points on the Global Peace Index to rank 84th between Switzerland and the United States–making it considerably safer than many well-known tourist destinations such as Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, India, and even the US.

Because the Dominican Republic’s economy is largely dependent on tourism, its government does all it can to make the country as tourist-friendly as possible. You are not required to obtain a tourist visa if you are a citizen of the United States, Canada, Japan, or most European countries. The Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI) ranked the Dominican Republic (DR) among the top ten countries prioritizing tourism and travel in 2019.

The TTCI also named this island country “the most improved nation in the subregion” “as a result of above-average regional and worldwide progress on 11 pillars.” The biggest enhancements were in the areas of Cultural Heritage and Environmental Sustainability.

There’s so much more to see on this beautiful island than just the beaches and resorts. If you’re looking for an adventure, it’s perfectly possible to head off the beaten path. However, there are a few things you should keep in mind to stay safe (and healthy!). Many of these tips are probably things you already do in your hometown, especially if you’re coming from a major U.S. city.

How to stay safe as a traveler

When you’re in an unfamiliar place, it’s always best to be cautious. The same goes for tourist traps and hotspots—you should never let your guard down. Be weary of leaving drinks unattended, stranger danger, and getting too drunk around new friends. If you can help it, use the buddy system when going to the bathroom—even at resorts!

Keep your expensive clothing and accessories to a bare minimum, and avoid displaying them in public. Also, don’t leave your bag or phone accessible from the window of a vehicle.

Keep your valuables close to you by wearing a crossbody bag in the Dominican Republic. Wearing it in front of you will help prevent any pickpocketing attempts.

In April 2019, the US State Department issued a Level 2 travel advisory for the Dominican Republic due to an increase in daterape and robbery reports. The advisory also warns tourists to limit any personal danger caused by excessive inebriation.

How to stay healthy as a traveler

Please keep in mind that tap water is not consumed in the Dominican Republic. Bottled water is all that people there drink. In the heat, fresh juices on the street are enticing, but the ice is usually produced from tap water, so they should be avoided.

Food trucks and booths may not be as clean as Dominican restaurants and resorts, so you should avoid them. Your local cafe will offer almost all of the same street snacks and beverages that are attracting you, without putting your stomach at risk.

Traffic safety is important for everyone, but especially for pedestrians. Remember to look both ways before crossing the street, and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Motorcycles can sometimes

be hard to see, so always be on the lookout for them when you’re crossing the road.

Is there an available WiFi connection? Can I make calls with my cellphone?

Wifi is available at most major hotels and many boutique lodgings. If you intend on using it frequently or consume a lot of data, look into the cost of wifi while looking for accommodation; several places do provide free wifi, at least until a certain amount.

There are thousands of free Wi-Fi hot spots in the Dominican Republic, with decent coverage in major cities and key destinations such as Santo Domingo, Punta Cana, La Romana, Santiago de los Caballeros, and San Pedro de Macoris.

When you’re desperate for wifi, it’s easy to think that any signal will do. However, if you want more reliability, consider roaming with your regular phone carrier. Then when you don’t need the internet on your phone, simply put it in airplane mode.

Most unlocked phones for global usage may be used in the Dominican Republic, although international phone calls and data roaming costs will vary. Check if your phone can use the internet frequencies utilized in the Dominican Republic before purchasing a SIM card there.

If you have an unlocked phone, getting a local sim card will give you much better signal strength than using your home carrier. Claro has the best coverage in the area and their prepaid cards only cost 150 pesos (approximately US $2.85*).

Why travel to the Dominican Republic?

The Dominican Republic is renowned for its pristine beaches, delectable cigars and coffee, as well as a fascinating heritage of Major League Baseball stars. Its citizens are also passionate about good food, dancing, and living life to the fullest.

Located on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, Playa Encuentro is one of the world’s most beloved beaches for surfers. The waves are especially impressive during winter months when large swells roll in due to continuous year-round wind. In February, some of surfing’s biggest names come to play at Master of the Ocean, an annual tournament that attractsWindsurfers and kitesurfers from all over compete.

The Dominican Republic is teeming with natural beauty, from wild tropical forests to vibrant small towns and picturesque mountain paths. And there’s so much to do beyond the resorts, from mountain biking and hiking to caving and white-water rafting. So come explore all that this country has to offer!

If you’re interested in colonial history, take a walk through the 500 year old Colonial Zone downtown Santo Domingo, or visit the Catedral Primada de América. For those more interested in indigenous peoples, there are dozens of sites of cultural significance for the native Caribbean Taíno people, and plenty of living culture too.

Throughout their long history of colonialism, slavery, piracy, and authoritarian governments on the road to becoming a free republic, Dominicans have continually shown remarkable warmth, tenacity, business acumen, and generosity.

If you’re looking for a more authentic Caribbean experience, look no further than the Dominican Republic.

Author: admin

Kate loves to travel and write. She has been to many different places and has seen and experienced a lot of different things. This has given her a lot of material to write about, and she enjoys sharing her stories with others. She hopes to continue traveling and writing for many years to come.

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