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Tipping in Dominican Republic: Everything you need to know

Tipping in Dominican Republic: Everything you need to know

If you are in the Dominican Republic and don’t know how much to tip at all-inclusive resorts, restaurants, spas, hairdressers, and more, keep reading, because in this post we have prepared everything you need to know about tipping in Dominican Republic.

Of course, tipping is a personal decision, and the amount of your choice is up to you. However, it is true that we may need a little help when it comes to tipping in a country other than our own, while considering our budget. 

Of course, we don’t want to leave a bad impression on the staff who went out of their way to make our stay a better one, and even more so if we have been treated kindly. Here are the answers to these and other questions related to tipping in the Dominican Republic. 

Should you tip in dollars or in the local currency?

Tipping is not mandatory, but if you decide to leave a tip, make sure it is fair in case you decide to leave it in the local currency. In this sense, make the conversion at the exchange rate, since 10 pesos is not the same as US$10, for example. 

How much to tip in a hotel or all-inclusive resort?

If you want to tip the person who cleaned your room, you can leave a few dollars or pesos (the local currency). Some people choose to leave a tip daily, and others leave a tip when they leave.

It is important to note that the housekeeping staff is rotated every 2 to 3 days, so if you leave a tip at the end of your stay, it will not be received by the people who cleaned the room on the previous days. 

Here, we recommend that you indicate with a note that you leave a tip by adding this word in Spanish, so that the staff will not have problems when leaving the hotel or resort.

Another thing to keep in mind is that some all-inclusive resorts usually add a tip to the bill when you order room service. This can be from 1 to 5 dollars. 

Other operators that usually receive this type of recognition are the porters, who help you transport your luggage. With 1 to 5 dollars will be more than enough. 

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How much to leave in a restaurant?

If you have enjoyed a delicious meal at a restaurant in the Dominican Republic, and the bill comes, check that the 10% tip is included in the bill. Unfortunately, owners do not always tip their employees. But if you were satisfied and well served, it wouldn’t hurt to tip the service 10%. 

Tipping in Dominican Republic

Tipping in other service areas

Here is a list of the amounts of money that tourists usually tip according to the area of service that can be a guide for you:

  1. Cab drivers – They don’t always get tips, but if they help you with your bags or are very friendly, you can tip them up to $5. 
  2. Hairdresser – they usually receive up to 10% of the cost of the job. If they treat you kindly and do a good job, they are more than deserved!
  3. Butler – they will make your stay as stress-free and hassle-free as possible, so a tip of $10 to $20 is usually well accepted.
  4. Bartender – $1 to $2 is a good tip for the bartender if you have a quick drink. But if he’s been giving you a very good deal for a long time, feel free to be more generous.
  5. Tour guides – if you have a tour guide, you can give them up to $25 per day and $10 to the driver. These professionals will make your stay complete and exciting by taking you to the best places and sharing with you valuable knowledge as only the locals know how. 


Now you have an overview of tipping in the Dominican Republic, so it is up to you to decide how much to leave as a token of appreciation to each of the employees and staff that will make your stay an unforgettable experience. 

No matter how much you leave, the important thing is to do it with good intentions, good heart and as a nice gesture of gratitude for their work and dedication.

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