Cost of Living in Santo Domingo

Just a quick post with a few details about costs in Santo Domingo.
It is hard to plan for a trip here for six weeks when you have no idea what things cost. Everyone says ‘stuff is cheap’, but that doesn’t give you numbers to budget on! So, here are a few things I’ve purchased in the last few days, their local cost and the translation into how much that is in US dollars.

$1 US = $39 Dominican Pesos

15 minute carror publico (taxi with many people) – $25 Pesos / Less than $1 US
15 minute taxi ride – $180 Pesos / $4.50 US
Public bus to Boca Chica (1 hour on bus) – $50 Pesos / $1.50 US
Public bus to Boca Chica with Air Conditioning (1 hour on bus) – $70 Pesos / less than $2 US
Lunch – rice (a lot), chicken stir fry, pasta salad, coke – $389.40 Pesos / $10 US
Dasani water – $14.95 Pesos / less than .50cents US
Ivory Body Wash – $159 Pesos / $4 US
Umbrella – $125 Pesos / $3 US
Hot dog, pop, chips – $200 Pesos / $5 US
4 large Presidente beer, 1 litre of coke, 1 litre of rum, 1 ‘rev’ type drink = $1300 Pesos / $35 US
Pina Colada – $200 Pesos / $5 US
Fried chicken & fried plantanes, chicken breast & french fries, Coke (meals for two people at a nice restaurant) – $970 Pesos / $25 US

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