Is the Dominican Republic a safe place to visit? Yes! We’ll show you why you can enjoy your stay on our beautiful island and feel safe. We’ll also give you some tips on how to exercise the same wisdom and caution that you would use when you visit anywhere else in the world.
The Dominican Republic is among the destinations of choice in the Caribbean. We don’t take this fact for granted, so when you visit us, your safety becomes our priority.
To ease your mind even more, CESTUR, the National Tourism Police, maintain a constant presence in most major cities, including Cabarete, where the eXtreme Circus is located. You can recognize them easily by their navy-blue pants, white shirt, and cap, with the words CESTUR, emblazoned on it. They are always ready to assist you, if you ever have any problems or questions while you’re out and about. You can reach them via a toll-free line: 1-809-200-3500.
At eXtreme Circus, we have 24-hour security and surveillance cameras, and our security gates were designed by a United States NAVY Seal. We also have a strict no-guest policy and a sign-in sheet for visitors, because we are vigilant about ensuring that every guest on the property is accounted for. Our skilled reception team is available to help with any problems or concerns and to plan any excursions in which you’re interested.
That said, you can feel right at home in Cabarete, while making the most of your vacation. You’ll meet a friendly community of expats and locals who mostly will try and help you out if the need arises. For example, if your moto or guagua runs out of gas, you can bet your last dollar that locals will show up and offer to help in one way or another. And you wouldn’t need to tip your Good Samaritans.
Where your health is concerned, we are not in a malaria-danger zone. You can also surf without being worried about shark attacks!
It’s true that Cabarete is a safe place, but it’s always good to exercise caution and common sense. As such, here are a few tips on how to have a safe trip in the DR.
Safety Tips in the DR
These precautions apply to any country you visit.
Learn a few greetings in Spanish. Mastering basic phrases and street greetings will help you feel less like an observer or outsider. Here, we say, “Hey, what’s up?” to almost everyone, no matter where we go. So you can fit in by saying a confident “¿Hola, cómo estás?” or the local greeting, “¿Qué es lo que?” When responding, you can say, “Todo bien” (All good) or “Tranquilo” (I’m chillin’).
Always carry an ID, not necessarily your passport, that can identify you.
Let your friends watch your drinks and/or food, if you need to go to the restroom.
Always inform those closest to you of your itinerary. You can share your location with family and friends before heading out.
Walk in a group on well-lit roads at night, and stick to the beach during the daytime.
Make a copy of your passport. Make two copies and leave the original in a safe in your room. Leave the other copy with a family member at home, and keep the second copy on your person while you’re out and about.
Keep cash and credit cards in separate places. It’s best to keep only the cash you’ll need while you’re out sightseeing or on an excursion. Leave the larger portion in a safe in your hotel room. Also, keep your passport, cash, and credit cards in separate places, such as a wallet, money pouch, and room safe.
Wherever your travels take you, by being aware and alert, and exercising caution, you can focus on enjoying the country instead of worrying needlessly. So come to the DR and have the time of your life! We’ll be your home away from home.