Dominican Republic Commercial Opening Hours

What are the commercial opening hours in the Dominican Republic?

Dominican Republic Commercial Opening Hours

As in many other tropical countries, in the Dominican Republic the working day begins very early. It is important to realize that the commercial opening hours vary depending if it is a tourists area or not.

Generally, life in the Dominican Republic begins at 8:00 a.m. The banks open from Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and some of them until 6:00 p.m. The official centers from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; the museum open from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and are also open on Saturdays.

Businesses open its doors from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. from Monday to Saturday, but on Sundays they close to rest. In the case of supermarkets they work, generally from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. from Monday to Saturday and on Sundays from 8:00  a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The restaurants serve from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., since the Dominican hours for lunch is from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., and later from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., always with variable schedule. The bars and discos opened everyday from 6:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m., generally.

The most typical goods in the island are, in addition to tobacco and the Dominican rum, the handicraft of auburn, lignum vitae or bamboo; the amber jewelry typical of the island, black coral, red coral, larimar and hematite. There are also very sought the pieces of costume jewelry, such as earrings, medallions, cufflinks, etc.; made with coins of the sunken Spanish galleons in the beaches, which have elevated prices due to the lack of material. Other flashy items are the shells and attractive seashells; just as Haitian paintings which varied prices depending on the size.

For this type of shopping in the island it is very important the bargaining, since it is a common practice which will let you shop at good price and avoid being swindled; many sellers began the negotiation with very high prices arranged for a reduction in the price.

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