The most important tip I can give you on Dominican Republic local food, and the only one that will make you elevate from being a tourist to becoming a real traveler immersed in the local culture, is “Stay away from McDonalds“. When visiting Dominican Republic, there is awesome local food to try. Head to the local eateries too, and go where the locals go. For me, the food, wine and and even the water is part of the travel experience.
What to Eat in Dominican Republic
Food in the Dominican Republic is typical Caribbean fare, with lots of tropical fruits, rice, beans, and seafood. Most restaurant meals will cost an additional 16% tax plus 10% service: for very good service, it is customary to leave an additional 10%.
What to Drink in Dominican Republic
Beer: Presidente, Brahma, Bohemia Rum: Brugal, Barcelo, Bermudez, Macorix, Siboney, Punta Cana. Mama Juana: a mixture of bark and herbs left to soak in rum, red wine and honey. Additionally, other imported drinks are available for purchase–at least in the towns and cities–they might not be as readily available out in the countryside. Do not drink tap water! Locals, even in the most rural areas, will either boil their water or purchase bottled water. Eating salads or other food that may be washed in tap water is not advisable. Ice is a bad idea as well, except in luxury hotels and restaurants (which produce ice from bottled water). If you plan on cooking or washing dishes for longer stays, it is a good idea to rinse everything with bottled or boiled water before use. In every community, there will be one or more colmados (the same as what are called bodegas in Puerto Rico) where you can buy small amounts of everything. Water is sold in bottles at 15 pesos and up, but it is also sold in plastic bags (fundas) at 2 for 5 pesos, much cheaper and with less plastic trash. If you stay in a room with a kitchenette, you can buy water for around 50 pesos for a 40 liter (huge) jug. Many hotels will refill your water bottle, though probably not the expensive ones. Beer and rum are sold by everyone, everywhere.
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