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Tipping In Punta Cana

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#1 jaj1230

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    Posted 25 April 2014 - 08:24 PM

    So i know that in the resorts it is not necessary to tip as a guest.. but what about when it comes to weddings?

    Here in NY you tip, everyone and anyone when it comes to a wedding. I just want to be prepared as to who we should be tipping, and how much.

    So far i thought

    -Wedding Coordinator

    - DJ



    who else? do we tip wait staff and bartenders? what about transportation we have set up for to and from airport?


    Very confused.. please help :)


    #2 1BeachBride

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    • Wedding Date:June 21, 2014
    • Wedding Location:Grand Palladium Bavaro Resorts & Spa- Punta Cana, DR
    • LocationPhiladelphia, PA

    Posted 25 April 2014 - 08:47 PM

    The DR is a poor country. The resorts make a lot of money and the workers make very little. They work crazy long hours and make somewhere between $100-$200 per MONTH. Many support large families.


    When we go, we always try to tip everyone that we can. It is very much appreciated there. We purposely overpack & leave clothes, my fiancĂ© takes new baseball hats and gives them out (baseball is big), we also tip cash. They appreciate US money - more value. Leave a dollar or two daily on your pillow for maid. Do daily because different maids clean your room depending on schedule. But tip the people you mentioned and  bartenders. I would tip the chef but we stay at all inclusives and no guarantee it will make it to him back in the kitchen.


    They are very kind people and if you tip someone a little something, he/she will cater to you for the entire trip (no lie!).

    #3 DWBride2015

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    • Wedding Date:April 24, 2015
    • Wedding Location:Royalton Resort- Jellyfish
    • LocationDR Punta Cana

    Posted 26 April 2014 - 02:01 PM

    Thanks for sharing. Its good to know.

    Soon to be Mrs. Thiam

    #4 kellymiller

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    • Wedding Location:Dreams Palm Beach Dominican Republic
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    Posted 27 April 2014 - 08:28 AM

    Thanks for sharing!

    #5 LiannaBanana

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    • Wedding Date:April 1, 2015
    • Wedding Location:Royalton Punta Cana
    • LocationToronto, ON

    Posted 27 April 2014 - 09:19 AM

    Thanks for sharing the info!

    #6 ak1029

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    • Wedding Date:July 11, 2015
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    Posted 27 April 2014 - 05:30 PM

    Just got back from Majestic Elegance for 5 days, and I would recommend bringing $75-100 in 1's/5's for tipping for that time.  It starts at the airport, people want to take your bags for you and expect a tip. Shuttle drivers to and from the airport.  Bell hops at the resorts who bring your bags to your rooms.  While the bartenders and waitstaff certainly don't expect it, the ones that are friendly and great clearly really appreciate it. 


    We did not tip every drink or meal, but every couple drinks we would leave $1 or 2.  If you plan on spending a long time at a certain bar, tipping well early is always a good idea. 


    If you go on an excursion, the driver to/from expects a tip, as well as the people who lead the excursion (and they deserve it).


    As said above, it is not required to tip.  But, when you realize how much they work and how little they make, you want to tip a little more. 


    Remember - $1 = 44 Pesos so 1 or 2 dollar tips are appreciated!

    #7 1BeachBride

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    Posted 27 April 2014 - 05:40 PM

    @ak1029 I forgot to mention the exchange value...thanks for that.

    #8 cneedham

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    • Wedding Date:November 14, 2014
    • Wedding Location:The Majestic Colonial
    • LocationPunta Cana, Dominican Republic

    Posted 07 May 2014 - 12:35 PM

    Bring lots of $1 bills!!! You will need them! 


    We tipped mostly at a la carte dinners....... Maid service, bar service......

    #9 keezy

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    • Wedding Date:October 20, 2014
    • Wedding Location:Punta Cana
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    Posted 16 June 2014 - 09:47 PM

    How much did you tip the wedding coordinator?

    #10 tarynh86

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    Posted 17 June 2014 - 03:17 AM

    Great info

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