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Dominican Republic: 2 Best eSIMs Compared + Discounts (2023)

(The) Dominican Republic, sometimes confused with Dominica, is known for its beaches, wildlife, and its thrilling nightlife.

It is probably also (one of) the cheapest travel destination in the Caribbean, where spending less than 50 USD a day could get you dar.

The Dominican Republic is also the Caribbean nation with the third-largest population (10.8 million), behind Haiti (11.4 million) and Cuba (11.3 million), but far ahead Jamaica (3 million) – the country with the fourth-largest population.

But what can you do in this exciting nation?

Well, you can sunbathe on the many beaches throughout the country, including Playa Macao, Playa Rincon & Bavaro Beach.

You can also explore the Cayo Levantado beach, which has a lot of cool restaurants with tasty snacks.

Or you can explore waterfalls, including 27 Waterfalls.

As you can see, there is no reason to be bored in the Dominican Republic.

Before you post your beach-body photos on Instagram and Facebook, be aware that international roaming can be expensive.

Travel eSIMs can be a much more affordable way to stay connected, even in the Dominican Republic.

How much will a travel eSIM for the Dominican Republic cost?

You can get a travel eSIM for the Dominican Republic for as little as 9.50 USD, with 1 GB for 7 days, up to 47 USD, for 7.5 GB, from Airalo & Holafly.

While this may sound a bit pricey but international roaming will be even more expensive.

So yeah, these travel eSIMs can be worth it.

In this guide, I will go over the travel eSIM options offered by Airalo & Holafly. Let's go.

Buying an eSIM for Dominican Republic Guide (Airalo, Holafly, & Acuntel)

Original publication: 29th of September 2022. Last updated: 30th of November 2022.


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eSIMs offered by the Dominican Mobile Operators

Suppose you want to get the best service and reception available in the Dominican Republic.

In that case, it is better to get a SIM card or travel eSIM from the local mobile operators, which in this case would be the Dominican ones.

Not only will you not have to deal with latency, but you also get a higher priority on the network because you are a direct customer of the mobile operator instead of a roamer.

And with most travel eSIMs, you are roaming on the network(s) of the local mobile operator(s).

But that is not always the case – the slow speeds part, that is.

Some mobile operators throttle the speeds of prepaid customers because they want more people to get a postpaid plan.

Unfortunately, travelers cannot get postpaid plans – so one way to avoid throttling is by using a travel eSIM.

Yes – travel eSIMs sometimes have faster speeds than native prepaid customers because of throttling.

You have two options for getting an eSIM for your trip to the Dominican Republic: Airalo (with Acuntel) & Holafly.

One of the main advantages of getting a travel eSIM for the Dominican Republic is that you can set up the eSIM before arriving in the Dominican Republic and activate it upon landing.

I have to mention that travel eSIMs will be more expensive than local eSIMs and SIM cards, but they are more convenient.

Moreover, I have plenty of experience with the eSIMs from Airalo & Holafly, so I can vouch for them – so can many Phone Travel Wiz readers!

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So let's go over what the travel eSIMs offer for the Dominican Republic!


Airalo eSIMs for the Dominican Republic (Acuntel)

Dominican Republic Acuntel eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

If you have read any of my eSIM or SIM card buying guides before, then you know I am a big fan of Airalo.

Not only does Airalo have eSIMs for most countries (around 190 countries) of any eSIM platform, but they are also often one of the cheapest while offering fantastic service in terms of speeds and reception.

That is because Airalo usually partners up with the mobile operator with the best coverage, the fastest speeds, both, or even multiple operators.

That way, you get the best bang for your buck, I have to say.

In the case of the Dominican Republic, the Acuntel uses the Claro Dominican Republic network – the fastest mobile operator in the Dominican Republic.

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© Claro

So, which Dominican Republic Acuntel eSIMs are available? You have this one option:

  1. Dominican Republic/Acuntel 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 9.50 USD
Dominican Republic Acuntel eSIM Airalo (with Prices)

Now, you may think this is a sad selection or that 1 GB of data is insufficient.

Both points are true… I agree – but you can make unlimited top-ups with the Acuntel eSIM through the Airalo website or apps.

So if you need 5 GB of data, you can purchase the Acuntel 1 GB eSIM and get four 1 GB top-ups.

Yes, it is a bit inconvenient for now; Airalo may offer 3 GB, 5 GB & 10 GB plans with a 30-day validity for the Dominican Republic soon, as it did for many other countries it supports.

The Airalo links will automatically get you the available Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers – a code is unnecessary.


Airalo Acuntel eSIM Pros

Are there any (more) reasons why you should get the Acuntel eSIM? Yes, there are:

  • You can activate your Acuntel eSIM as soon as you land in the Dominican Republic
  • You get full (up to 4G/LTE) access to the fastest network in the Dominican Republic – Claro Dominican Republic
  • Acuntel eSIMs are affordable (especially compared to roaming)
  • SIM card registration is not a thing you have to worry about with the Acuntel eSIM, saving you time
  • Multiple top-ups can be purchased when you are out of data or when your initial plan expires easily on the Airalo site or apps

I could list many more pros, but these are the major ones.

Unfortunately, there are some cons to be aware of.

Airalo Acuntel eSIM Cons

Why should you not get the Acuntel eSIM?

  • The Dominican mobile operators, including Claro Dominican Republic itself, have much more generous data allowances
  • There is only one plan available, the 1 GB one, meaning you have to keep topping up when you are out of data instead of buying a larger data plan from the start
  • While you get access to Claro Dominican Republic's network, your speeds may not be as fast as going with Claro Dominican Republic itself because you will be roaming on their networks (and not be a native customer)
  • There is no 5G NR access with the Acuntel eSIM (yet)
  • You cannot call or text with the Acuntel eSIM (nor can you receive them – you get no (local) phone number)

Airalo Acuntel eSIM Overall Thoughts

The Acuntel eSIM is a convenient eSIM that can be purchased before going to the Dominican Republic and can be activated upon arriving.

You get access to one of the Dominican Republic's best networks with the Acuntel eSIM.

The main flaw, for now, is that you have to purchase multiple top-ups if you need more data than just 1 GB.

While getting a top-up is straightforward, some tourists, like myself, prefer to just buy one big data plan so that you do not have to worry about data allowances.

But besides that flaw, the Acuntel eSIM is fine.

Remember, you cannot call or text with the Acuntel eSIM, as it is a data-only eSIM.

Consider a Dominican SIM card if calling and texting is important, but you have to deal with the (e)SIM (card) registration laws.


Holafly eSIMs for the Dominican Republic

Holafly Logo
© Holafly

My relationship with Holafly is quite funny.

I knew they existed when they offered travel SIM cards for the Spanish market only.

Then they pivoted to the global market, still offering travel SIM cards.

Eventually, they started offering travel eSIMs for the Spanish market only again before going global.

There are many travel eSIM providers nowadays – new ones pop up every week like mushrooms, so I did not bat an eye.

Until they did something revolutionary.

In 2022, Holafly started offering unlimited data plans for its eSIMs.

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And these unlimited data eSIMs can be used in various Asian countries, almost all European Union member states (except for Liechtenstein) & a few other countries, like Canada and the United States.

Unfortunately, unlimited data eSIMs are not available in the Dominican Republic… yet.

I say yet because Holafly's goal is to offer unlimited data plans for every country it covers: 100+ countries.

And I can tell you that I get positive emails multiple times a week from Phone Travel Wiz readers that have used the unlimited data plans in East- and Southeast Asia, Europe & North America; they love these eSIMs.

For now, you have four Holafly Dominican Republic eSIM (which uses the Claro Dominican Republic network (as well) – the mobile operator with fastest speeds, by the way):

Claro Logo New
© Claro
Dominican Republic eSIMs Holafly

Even better, you can get 5% off each and any Holafly purchase (so it does not have to be the Dominican Republic eSIM) when you use code PHONETRAVELWIZ – fantastic, right?

Holafly Travel eSIM Reviews by Phone Travel Wiz

Holafly Dominican Republic eSIM Pros

So, why should you get the Holafly Dominican Republic eSIM? Well, because of the following:

  • Holafly Dominican Republic eSIMs are affordable compared to roaming
  • You get full (up to 4G/LTE) access to Claro Dominican Republic's network – the fastest in the Dominican Republic
  • Unlike going with Claro Dominican Republic directly, you do not have to worry about SIM card registration because it is unnecessary
  • You can activate your Holafly Dominican Republic eSIM as soon as you land in the Dominican Republic
  • The Holafly Dominican Republic eSIM offers the most data

Holafly Dominican Republic eSIM Cons

Why should you not get the Holafly Dominican Republic eSIM?

  • You cannot call or text with the Holafly Dominican Republic eSIM (nor can you receive them – you get no (local) phone number)
  • Dominican mobile operators, including Claro Dominican Republic, have much more generous data allowances
  • While you get full (4G/LTE) access to Claro Dominican Republic's network, your speeds may not be as fast as going with Claro Dominican Republic directly because you will be roaming on their networks (and not be a native customer)
  • You cannot top up your Holafly Dominican Republic eSIM – you would have to buy another eSIM if you need more data
  • There is no 5G NR access with the Holafly Dominican Republic eSIM (yet)

Holafly Dominican Republic eSIM Overall Thoughts

Overall, the Holafly Dominican Republic eSIM is an excellent eSIM with a lot of options to choose from.

You get fast speeds and access to the Claro Dominican Republic.

However, Holafly is the most expensive option in this guide and may not be the best for budget travelers.


Overview of the Best eSIMs for the Dominican Republic (Airalo vs. Holafly)

In this guide, I went over various eSIMs for the Dominican Republic.

Below is an overview of my recommendation order:

  • Airalo's Dominican Republic Acuntel eSIM (cheapest)
  • Holafly Dominican Republic eSIM (most generous data plan)

Remember to use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for Holafly eSIMs – a code is not necessary for Airalo eSIM purchases.


Buying a SIM Card in the Dominican Republic

Do these eSIMs not sound appealing to you, or does your phone not support eSIMs (but still thought this guide was insightful enough that you read it until the end)?

Consider getting a Dominican SIM card instead – that linked guide is the most extensive SIM card buying guide for Dominican Republic on the web, packed with insightful information and tips.

Buying a SIM Card in Dominican Republic Guide (logos of Claro, Altice & Viva)

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