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    Default 4 days until Santo Domingo trip and nowhere to stay....

    Hi Everyone!
    I am flying out of Atlanta to the DR on February 1st and I have NOT been able to find an inexpensive, safe place via internet. ALot of the places that Ive researched have mixed reviews. I don't want to be homeless when I get there!!! I am looking for one bedroom in Santo Domingo and I am a female traveling solo. This will be my first time in the country so I want somewhere relative to the community. I am staying for 2 weeks and want to spend about $300US. I would even be willing to rent a room or in law suite from a family. Please help!
    Also, any suggestions about what to do while there? I want to really experience the country, where should I go?
    Thanks for your help!

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    Might not find much for only $300 and 2 weeks. Try Boca Chica, cheaper and not far away by bus. The El Caucho Hotel is $25 to $35 per night depending on the season. Chantal runs the place and is a nice lady. I live a few doors down the street and spend most evenings out front. Chantal---809-523-6734 or [email protected]. Tell her Gari sent you and she might give you a greak on the pricing.

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    It is tourist season here now. Oh and ignore all the bad rap that may come from some of the folks on here. I live here and it is not such a bad place to live or visit.

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    $300 for 14 days on your FIRST trip????

    $1000 would be much more realistic and even that would be on the low side of what most back-packer type tourists would pay after hotels, travel and eating expenses. If nothing else, you want to have something of a cushion. You do not want to be caught short of money when you are traveling. I've been there and done that and living on colmado food gets boring pretty quick.

    Maybe at the hostel place in Jarabacoa?

    Jarabacoa Mountain Hostel | Dominican Republic

    A reasonable daily budget range would be:

    Hotel $30-$45 (or more, depending on region)
    Transport $10-$15 (or more, if touring)
    Food $15-$30
    Drinks $0-$15 (even water is going to be about $3-$5/day if you buy the little bottles)
    Other $0-$15

    So based on those numbers, you're looking at $45-$120/day. That's based on part what I've spent on my trips and I'm about as cheap a tourist you're going to meet in the DR.

    I think you'd have a hard time getting by on that kind of money even volunteering at some orphanage where if you want a shower it involves a five gallon plastic bucket and you have to bring your own TP. They often expect volunteers to donate about $100/week to help them with their operating costs.

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    I think 300US is her accom budget. It is impossible for a visitor to get by on 300US all in, I don't care who you are. Most halfway acceptable (call centre etc) doms live on that kind of money without having to pay for accom, living with parents.

    I see no point in even trying to get by on that money all in, it would be a purely miserable time, wandering the streets like a tramp, looking in KFC and cake shop windows like oliver twist, dreaming of owning a presidente some day!

    Don't do the Cap like that, it isn't worth it.

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    I was thinking she meant $300 for lodging. yeah 50 to 100 per day for everything some pretty good.

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    yeah definitely bring more money, especially if you want to travel around the country. 3 or 4 joints around here where you can get a meal for about $4 and those kinda joints are all over the country. water at the colmado about .40, cerveza $1.5 to $2. even get a good meal on duarte here for $6 or $7. bus into the capital one way $1.80. tours of the colonial zone $25 or so.

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    I might be cheaper (knocking nuckles on elbow) than you givadog!

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    I wasn't speaking about food, attractions etc. $300 was what I planned to spend on lodging. I figure if I can get a 1 bedroom apartment in Santo Domingo for $600/month then it shouldn't be a problem to get a place for 2 weeks for half that... makes sense to me mathematically. At any rate, some members have contacted me directly about places that they know of and I found a great website Vacation rentals, private rooms, sublets by the night - Accommodations on Airbnb where families who rent rooms post available rooms. Honestly, as I am a single woman traveling alone, I'd prefer to stay with a host family. I was going to stay for 6 months with a host family, but I am not able to do this with the university for such a short period.
    I had planned to spend additional money on surviving as I do not want to look in KFC and spend my time roaming like Olliver Twist lol.

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    Just wondering, what is there to do in Boca Chica? I've heard of Sousa and Punta Canta <---I think thats how its spelled. But not the area that you refer to. Is it an area for tourists? Or mostly families?

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