Cost of living in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district RD$ 321
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) RD$ 262
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast RD$ 118
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk RD$ 52
12 eggs, large RD$ 80
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes RD$ 72
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RD$ 129
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RD$ 88
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RD$ 71
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket RD$ 79
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality RD$ 408
2 liters of Coca-Cola RD$ 62
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RD$ 50
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area RD$ 41,286
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area RD$ 17,000
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RD$ 7,446
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area RD$ 15,070
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area RD$ 9,428
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio RD$ 3,578
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) RD$ 2,118
40” flat screen TV RD$ 32,035
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) RD$ 6,465
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RD$ 253
Hourly rate for cleaning help RD$ 126
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) RD$ 2,172
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) RD$ 2,044
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) RD$ 2,719
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RD$ 2,421
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new RD$ 921,948
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RD$ 56
Monthly ticket public transport RD$ 988
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) RD$ 1,066
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) RD$ 285
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) RD$ 126
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) RD$ 1,383
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) RD$ 314
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) RD$ 118
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) RD$ 181
4 rolls of toilet paper RD$ 81
Tube of toothpaste RD$ 108
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RD$ 200
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RD$ 917
2 tickets to the movies RD$ 395
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) RD$ 1,338
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert RD$ 1,831
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RD$ 315
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RD$ 82
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RD$ 114
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB RD$ 21,630
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RD$ 8
1 month of gym membership in business district RD$ 1,348
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes RD$ 95
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 45 prices entered by 8 different people.
Latest price update: February 20, 2018.

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