Puerto Rico vs Dominican Republic: Which is Better?


Thinking about planning a trip to Puerto Rico or Dominican Republic? Here’s a question that I came across on Facebook recently:

I need some input from you brothers. I’m planning a vacation for my birthday in June. I’ve decided between the Dominican Republic or Puerto Rico. I’m leaning towards Puerto Rico as my first choice. How do Puerto Rico treat the single American brothas?

I’ve been fortunate enough to have visited both Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Both countries have their pros and cons.

In this article, I’m going to compare Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic to help you decide which country you want to visit.


US citizens don’t require a visa to enter the Dominican Republic. You can stay 30 days in the DR as long as you have a valid passport.

Puerto Rico is a United States territory and all Puerto Ricans are American citizens. You can move to Puerto Rico and stay there as long as you like. I love the ease of entering Puerto Rico and they win the visa comparison by a long shot.

Winner: Puerto Rico

Cost of Living

If you are looking for the cheapest trip, then Dominican Republic is much cheaper than Puerto Rico. Since Puerto Rico is an American territory, you will find USA prices everywhere. Everything from hotels to nightclubs is expensive in the capital of San Juan.

I remember having to pay $20 cover charge to enter a popular nightclub in San Juan.

Dominican Republic is cheaper for tourists. According to Numbeo, Dominican Republic is around 27% cheaper. Your dollar goes much further in Hispaniola, the name of the island that separates Dominican Republic and Haiti.

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Winner: Dominican Republic


Both countries have an amazingly rich food culture, but I’d have to lean with Puerto Rico as my preference. Too many street vendors were selling cheap food in the DR that I wouldn’t dare eat. I mostly ate at the hotel during my trip just to be safe.

Puerto Rico has many clean restaurants and better street food. The fruits & vegetables were really good in Puerto Rico.

Winner: Puerto Rico


In Puerto Rico, you will notice the nightlife is rich and livingly. There are many nightclubs in Old San Juan with some pretty expensive cover charges. The good part is that some of the women I saw at these nightclubs were stunningly beautiful. Puerto Rican women really like to dress up and look good for their men.

In Dominican Republic, I noticed most of the nightlife was geared towards prostitution or going to local nightclubs. I once got refused entry into a Dominican nightclub because they didn’t like my shoes. That was the first time I ever got refused from a club.

The pay for play scene in DR is huge. You will see many older white men walking with young Dominican girls half their age. Poverty is a huge problem so many of these girls are single mothers and desperate for extra income.

It’s also more dangerous in the DR due to the language barrier and poverty. Lots of American men go missing in the DR every year so please be careful!

Winner: Puerto Rico


This is a tough choice for me because female beauty is reliant on preference. Do you prefer big booty brown girls or a wide selection of body types and skin tones?

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Puerto Rico is very diverse and I saw a lot of hot young girls as well as attractive female tourists. The selection there is incredible so you can sample a wide variety of ladies.

On the other hand, your typical Dominican chick will be brown skinned. There isn’t as much genetic diversity in the DR. DR girls are beautiful, too. It’s hard to choose between the two countries. Here’s some tips on meeting women in the Dominican Republic.

If I had to choose one, I’d say Puerto Rico because I have access to a wide variety of girls who dress nicer.

Winner: Puerto Rico


Puerto Rico wins this category hands down. I felt much safer and had zero problems walking alone at night. On the other hand, the Dominican Republic has plenty of issues with safety.

I mentioned earlier that American men go missing in the DR every year. Part of the problem is that men don’t understand how low DR salaries are. If you go down their showing off your money, you will attract bad people.

Many DR girls will work with a local boyfriend to set you up and rob you. It’s the reality of life in the DR. I didn’t have any problems because I don’t show off my money or wear expensive jewelry to attract thieves.

Some of you brothas love to show off. LOL. I’d recommend Puerto Rico if that’s your thing.

Winner: Puerto Rico.


The DR has some of the nicest beaches in the world. Punta Cana and Boca Chica are absolutely stunning in comparison to Puerto Rico.

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Puerto Rico has some nice beaches on the Caribbean side, but you will find more eye candy in the DR.

Winner: Dominican Republic


I hope I covered everything on both beautiful countries. If I were planning a birthday vacation, then I would go to Puerto Rico over the Dominican Republic. It’s safer, easier to get around, and you will have a good time.

The DR is nice, but I would rather go to Brazil and spend my time there. Brazil offers more women, better food, better beaches and a better overall experience.



  1. Good article but I might add something that you didn’t touch on:DR is one of the most racist countries in the world when it comes to black people so as a black man I would avoid that country altogether… Visit Brazil or Columbia instead If your looking for Latin women….

    Hope you do an article about Indonesia or Malaysia in the future, from what I’ve read The Philippines can’t hold a candle to them when it comes to quality and quantity of women especially Indonesia.


    • The Dominican Republic is not “racist” like you said. People of different color visit every year and that makes your false accusation look bad. You’re just making this conclusion on paid anti-propaganda that you read out there.


    • Nice article but you missed something very important about race. In DR you won t see any of those ridiculous race groups ….The previous first lady of USA, who is a beautiful, elegant, smart and classy woman was constantly attacked and name called only because of her race, wake up people! USA is propably the most racist country in the world where races is taking to a whole different level. Oh BTW I have visited 15 countries between America and Europe so what I have written is base on experience….




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