Rules You Must Obey When in Sosúa
This post not only applies to Sosúa and the Dominican Republic, but it applies to any destination you travel too, so regardless of your travel experience… I encourage you to read along. The rules below are simple and follow common sense logic… but as you know the popular saying “common sense is not so common”. So, without further ado:
6 Simple Rules To Be Follow
You are in a different country – respect their rules, culture, customs and way of life. Do not compare where you come from and the Dominican Republic and think things such as “this is not how it’s done in my country or so and so”. The Dominican Republic is a Spanish speaking country, so don’t expect people to talk to you in English. Make the effort and communicate in Spanish, even if it’s broken Spanish… that is how you learn and FAST – by practicing and speaking to the locals.
No showing off – the Dominican Republic is indeed a third world country, thus there is a lot of corruption and high levels of unemployment. Furthermore, wages are very low compared to first world nations. So please do not come to Sosúa flashing your nice clothes, jewelry, shoes, etc. The locals are respectful and proud… but please do not invite trouble by showing off.
Never carry more than 3000 pesos on you – God forbid the unthinkable happens… although unlikely, you never know, so in the event you get robbed, make sure that you are not carrying a lot of cash on you. A good meal anywhere in Sosúa for 1 person is less than 1000 pesos, so you don’t need to walk around with a ton of cash on you, and whatever you do, don’t make it “rain” ever… whether you are in the club, bar, etc. Don’t do it.
Always Your Safe – almost every hotel or airbnb provide safes to use, so make use of time at all times, and store all your valuables in it. Your passports, money, credit cards, debit cards and even your jewelry… basically, ANYTHING of value. Do this whether or not you will be bringing company back with you to your hotel or airbnb. Believe it or not… I had something as simple as my nail clippers being stolen.
Everything (well, almost everything) is negotiable in the Dominican Republic, so negotiate EVERYTHING upfront, make sure you agree upon a price beforehand. If you must… pay your way out of trouble, pay!
Thou shall not do drugs of any kind or engage in shady activities… and please for the love of GOD stay away from trouble, this includes arguing with Police or getting into fights with the locals. It will not end well for you. It would be an utter nightmare, believe me.
Sign up to my newsletter so I can notify you when I post new content.
About the Author