100 centavos make up one Dominican Republic Peso (peso), with notes in denominations of peso.
1000, 500, 100, 50, 20, 10. Coins are in denominations of 1, 5, 10, and 25. The peso is not available for exchange outside the Dominican Republic.
USA, Canadian and European currencies may be exchanged for local currency. On departure, up to 30 per cent of the exchanged currency can be reconverted into US Dollars at any bank, provided original receipts are shown. All exchange must be done through dealers officially approved by the Central Bank.
MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and Visa are all accepted in shops, hotels and restaurants, while traveller’s cheques are accepted by some banks. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take travellers cheques in US Dollars.
Hotels and restaurants collect 22% above published prices: 12% sales tax and 10% service charge.
It is customary to tip an additional 10% for good service in restaurants.