You have just arrived at your resort in Punta Cana. You start to enjoy the Dominican ambiance and you feel like getting ready to go out for a few mojitos on the beach. But when you go to plug in the shaver or the hair straightener, suddenly, you see that the connection between the cable and the plug is impossible.
And the fact is that the Dominican Republic has very different electricity connections to those in Europe. That is why today we bring you this guide to know what kind of plugs are used in Punta Cana.
There are many people who think that the only thing that changes in the hotel room is the plug. But no, there is an electrical part that you also have to know. And that is that the power in the Dominican Republic works at a different voltage than in Europe.
Appliances in the old continent normally operate at a power of 220 volts, while in most Caribbean countries, as in the Dominican Republic, the voltage is 110 V, with a frequency of 60 hz.
It is not only here, as in most Latin American countries and in North America (Canada, United States and Mexico) this is also the standard voltage. That is why if you bring your chargers and devices from Europe you will have to buy not only a plug adapter, but you will also need a power transformer to be able to work with the Dominican 110V.
Now that you know the power differences, let's move on to the main course. For European travelers to Punta Cana, the plugs are an unknown quantity. This is not the case for those coming from South American countries (except Brazil), Central America or North America, since these states also use the same plug system as in the Dominican Republic.
The plugs in the country are of type A and B, which correspond to two flat plugs that, in the case of type B, are accompanied by a round plug just below. This round plug is additional in order to be able to ground the appliances.
That is why, if we have any other type of plug of the 14 that exist on the planet, we will need an adapter to be able to connect our electrical appliances to the current.
And now, what do we do? A very good advice is to buy a universal plug adapter before even traveling to the Dominican Republic. Normally you can buy them with a power adapter that transforms the volts automatically at a price of 9 euros.
What if I have already arrived in Punta Cana? Don't worry, you can find where to buy adapters for your devices in stores in Macao, Bavaro, Uvero Alto, La Romana or Santo Domingo.
Another option is to ask at the reception of hotels and resorts, as they are used to more than one clueless person forgetting that in the Dominican Republic they use different plugs.