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-The Dominican lifestyle is more American than Latin, with short siestas and without long, late lunches.

-The non-Latin ambience is indicated by the fact that, though the culture is rich in Roman Catholic and Spanish influences, 72-hour divorces may be obtained.

-Daytime dress is generally casual but beachwear and shorts are only acceptable in resorts and at pools.

-Evenings tend to be smarter, with jackets (although not necessarily ties) recommended for men at better restaurants, hotels and for social functions.

-Tipping: hotel and restaurant bills automatically include a 10 per cent service charge (on top of a 12 per cent charge for tax purposes) but an additional tip may be given as an appreciation of good service. Taxi drivers on the fixed routes do not expect tips.

-Do not carry large amounts of cash.

-Keep your travel documents safe at all times.

-Do get a Dominican Republic cell phone rental so you can stay in touch and coveniently get important information during your stay.

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