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effect of Hurricane on La Romana and Currency question

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effect of Hurricane on La Romana and Currency question

Leaving for LaRomana on 9/3. Wondering about hurricane damage? Staying at Casa Del Mar. Also wondering if it is better to change dollars to Pesos at home-Boston, before leaving. Thanks

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1. Re: effect of Hurricane on La Romana and Currency question

There was no damage at the hotel so not to worry. Sometimes a passing storm that didn't make direct landfall can cause flooding or create storm surge that can deteriorate the beach. In the next week there's still lots of time for any trees that lost branches or displaced sand to be attended to. You'll be fine...as long as another storm isn't right behind this one.

It was on September 3 last year that I got a bunch of pictures of this coast when Hurricane Felix was passing a few hundred miles away. Though not resulting in rain or damage, it was amazing the effect the storm that far away had on the water and entering the ocean was not recommended (though unsafe, people still played in the waves anyway). That which is usually flat calm had people surfing in Dominicus, 10 minutes away.

Depending on what you intend to do with your days and time in the DR, US funds could possibly carry you through the week without the need to convert to pesos at all. If you stay on the property or buy locally organized excursions, then the American dollar will be fine. To buy street food or to wander on your own, pesos are better. If you have an angle on an outfit at home that will exchange pesos for a known cheap service charge, you could do it before you leave home. Otherwise, you can buy something from the hotel gift shop where you'll likely receive pesos as change even if you hand them an American bill. You can use the exchange bank at the hotel which is convenient but they don't offer the best rate. I would find out what the hotel is charging for that conversion and then head to Bayahibe and one of the banks there to compare the price. There is one at the Hotel Bayahibe as well as at Llave de Mar on the main drag. If their price is no better, only get as much as you need and then convert on an as-needed basis from the hotel. You can tip in US funds, but by no means is American money more desirable to the staff or vendors than Dominican pesos as some people have read here. They have the same trouble converting money as you have, so it's not better than the country's own designated currency.

The price difference may only be a couple of dollars and may not be worth a lot of trouble to run around looking for a percentage point better. When on vacation, convenience may be worth money! When leaving, you won't be able to buy back US dollars with any remaining pesos though, so you can save it for your next trip or tip all your favourite staff on your way to/through the lobby!

Kaki

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2. Re: effect of Hurricane on La Romana and Currency question

We were lucky here in Bayahibe, that the storm hit more west. We had little bit of rain, the water that is normally nice and calm was wavy and some water trips had to be canceled for two days. Now the water is nice and calm again, yesterday nice and sunny, today little overcast.

Have a nice trip and see you on Bayahibe beach!!!

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