Cost of living 2019 in Dominican Republic

Hello everyone,

As we usually do each year, we invite you to share your experiences and tell us more about the average prices of products and services in your town/city/area, so that we have updated information regarding cost of living and inflation in Dominican Republic.

Thanks to your contribution, future expats in Dominican Republic will be more informed and will be able to refine their budget and better prepare for their big move.

How much does it cost to rent an apartment or a house in Dominican Republic? How about buying an apartment or a house in Dominican Republic?

How much do you pay on average for public transportation (bus, subway, train, tram, taxi)?

How much do you pay for basic food items such as rice, bread, and pasta?

What is your monthly budget for groceries?

How much does it cost to see a doctor or health specialist in Dominican Republic?

How much do you pay for health insurance per month?

How much does childcare cost on average per month?

What is your child's schooling budget per month?

How much does it cost to fill up your car’s fuel tank?

How much do you pay for electricity/gas/water etc., per month?

How much do you pay for your internet and phone subscription?

How much do you pay for your lunch pack on weekdays?

How much do you pay for an espresso coffee?

How much do you pay for a cinema ticket?

How much does a gym membership cost in Dominican Republic?

Thank you for sharing your experience.

Priscilla

Some responses:   PESO IS  CURRENTLY 50 TO 1 MORE OR LESS

How much does it cost to rent an apartment or a house in Dominican Republic? How about buying an apartment or a house in Dominican Republic? DEPENDS WHERE YOU LIVE!!! IN  SANTO DOMINGO EAST,  3 BEDROOM 3 BATHROOM APT 10TH FLOOR WITH POOL AND GYM IN PROJECT - 24,000 RD OR us480

How much do you pay on average for public transportation (bus, subway, train, tram, taxi)?
IN THE CAPITAL  SUBWAY IS RD 20, CARRO PUBLICO IS 40 AGAIN DEPENDS ON ROUTE AND DISTANCE,  UBER 8 KM IS 180 RD

How much do you pay for basic food items such as rice, bread, and pasta?
GOOD QUALITY BREAD IS  170 RD A LOAF, PASTA GOOD QUALITY IS 76 RD A BOX AT PRICESMART, BIG BOX STORE

What is your monthly budget for groceries? SINGLE WOMAN DOESN'T COOK MUCH 125 US

How much does it cost to see a doctor or health specialist in Dominican Republic?
I PAY THE DEDUCTIBLE OF 20% I HAVE GOOD INSURANCE,  REG DOCTOR IS 200RD AND SPECIALIST ABOUT 500 RD

How much do you pay for health insurance per month? I PAY 2500 RD INCLUDING  DENTAL AND PRESCRIPTION COVERAGE!

How much does childcare cost on average per month? N/A

What is your child's schooling budget per month?  N/A

How much does it cost to fill up your car’s fuel tank?  2,200 RD MY VEHICLE IS SMALL AND USES REGULAR GAS  I CAN GO SANTO DOMINGO TO PUERTO PLATA AND RETURN ON ONE TANK OF GAS

How much do you pay for electricity/gas/water etc., per month?  ELECTRICITY ON EDEESTE IS 2400 RD A MONTH INCLUDING ONE ENERGY EFFICIENT AIR CONDITIONER USED DAILY, THIS WILL INCREASE SLIGHTLY IN SUMMER MONTHS.  PROPANE FOR COOKING AND HOT WATER IS 300 RD A MONTH.

How much do you pay for your internet and phone subscription? 20 DOWN AND 3 UP INTERNET VIA CLARO, WITH FULL CABLE AND HOME PHONE LINE -  3,400 INCLUDING TAXES

How much do you pay for your lunch pack on weekdays? A PLATO DEL DIA NEAR WHERE I WORK AND A DIET  COKE IS  120 RD A DAY

How much do you pay for an espresso coffee? CAFE AMERICANO AT A NICE PLACE IS 40RD,  QUICK COFFEE ON THE STREET IS 5 RD, BUT LOADED WITH SUGAR

How much do you pay for a cinema ticket?  UNDER 150 RD

How much does a gym membership cost in Dominican Republic?  1,000RD A MONTH.NOT THAT I HAVE ONE OR WOULD USE IT.....

i would like to participate, but here is the thing. some of us can live on frugal budgets, because we live a simpler lifestyle. i do not have to rent a house with a pool. i do not use air conditioning. i do not have to eat Angus beef three times a week. my expenses are very modest. i have an insurance policy which costs me 4000 pesos per month. can't do without that.

you see, if you divulge moderate expenditures, it will not be long before your detractors brand you a barrio rat.

I'm lucky, I don't give a ****. Have friends of all econmic strata. I don't care what they have either.  **** come with all size pockets.

Moderated by Priscilla yesterday
Reason : mind your language please !

Honey post whatever is true for you.  If people judge or label you that is there problem.  Be who you are!

Rent,luz,cable,wi-fi, cell = + or - 300  us a month. propane 200rd, trans, 20$. health ins 0, I'm too old so use publi health, ( no need yet)

You can live in DR modestly but as pointed out above there are some expats who simply can't believe one can survive on modest sums. You can and the money you save can be used on the better things you would desire.

Many of the numbers mentioned above by planner are realistic.

I rent a 2 bed apartment in a decent area on the Malecon west for 18,000 pesos monthly including maintenance and water. Gas for cooker and clothes dryer costs about 500 pesos a month and electricity is normally under 2000 pesos a month despite having 2 ton and 1 ton a/c's which I only use to knock down the temperature when hot. Wi fi cable and VOI telephone costs amount to 3000 pesos a month and add to that Netflix monthly charge. I drive a modest 2011 jipeta which gets me to Las Terrenas and back for 2000 pesos. Fully comprehensive car insurance and vehicle recovery costs 25,000 pesos a year for me). The living costs for myself and wife are modest and we probably spend under 5000 pesos a week on food and drink excluding wine. We eat well with a diet of plenty of fruit and vegetables and white meat and fish. (Sorry, grain fed beef is not to my liking, cows natural food is  grass!). Medical is my biggest outgoing with an expat offshore policy and I have never had a health problem in my life requiring hospitalization so I do wonder why I spend so much? age counts against me! Oh for an NHS!) My wife has a decent policy costing just over 2000 pesos a month.
Residency costs me now about 1250 pesos a month over the 4 year term and when I fly out on business monthly that reduces to 750 pesos if I reclaim the tourist card fee. If I didn't use a lawyer that cost would be zero.

I would rather keep what we save for the better things in life and I do like to travel around DR regularly and take vacations here.

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