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Wallasey, United...
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i am travelling from uk next week is it best to take USD or pesos? Also does the Riu Meregue supply shampoo etc? Does anyone have hotel email address as we booked Riu Merengue and am aware now changed to Gardens and worried i might get the Village(prev Mambo)?

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1. Re: money

Hi Lorraine,

As you are coming from the UK this is best way for currency.

I only take $US for getting in and out of the DR and pesos for everything else..............$US10 for your Tourist Card (entry ) per person and $US20 Departure Tax per person

I usually take a little currency in pesos to just tide me over than use ATM's as they only give out pesos and at a good rate, but do inform your bank of the dates you are in the Dom. Rep as they will block your card for fraudulent use. There is an ATM at the main entrance to the Riu complex.

But you can take GBP and just change them in the exchange cambios much better rates than in your resort.

Even though prices off resort are sometimes priced in $US you will get trips, shopping and taxis at a far better rate if you ask to pay in pesos.

Yes the resort does supply the usual shampoo, soap etc but it is not good quality, I always take all my own brands.

The email address for the Merengue is clubhotel.merengue@riu.com

Angie.

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thanks Angie!! i am a little worried we will put put in the old Mambo now the Village and we booked riu meregue last year which is now the Gardens!!

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3. Re: money

Who do you recommend booking tours with as we want to do the white water rafting and the monkey jungle with zip lines?

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A good bet will be James at the plaza in Playa Dorada. Here is a list of options for you:

Mels www.mel-tour.com

iquana mama http://www.iguanamama.com/

outback safari http://www.outbacksafari.com.do/

Ocean world www.oceanworldadventurepark.com

isairatours:

Monkey Jungle and zip line: http://www.monkeyjungledr.com

James in Playa Dorada: https:/…home-1

Bavaro runners www.bavarorunners.com/

BObK

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I am just back from a shopping trip and I see Bob has answered your question on excursions, I can highly recommend James in the Playa Dorada Complex as many on the forums can too, his email contact details are on his website .

https:/…home-1

Angie.

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thanks.

Kitchener, Canada
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just checked out the provided link to james at playa dorado. a ton of good info there! thanks!

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Good Info! Thanks for the links BobK

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I'm American and it's sounds like I'll need more cash than when I've travelled to Mexico for example... I usually take a couple hundred...but try to pay with plastic for the most part. It sounds like plastic won't be real useful

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10. Re: money

At the bigger shops, restaurants and many excursions you can use plastic but they will ding you a bit on the exchange rate and there may be a charge from you CC company

BObK