GOOD TO KNOW: www.godominicanrepublic.com/
Areas visited: Altos de Cano Hondo, Las Terrenas, Punta Cana
Gluten-free: Native foods are corn, cassava, rice, plantains, seafood, chicken
Other: Rum is made from sugar cane and readily available everywhere
Note: Recommend using a English/Spanish food allergy card for ordering if not fluent in Spanish
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Eating gluten-free in the Dominican Republic
So here's an idea, how about spending two weeks traversing a country whose primary language is Spanish.
No worries, I've spent time in Spain and took a couple trips to Mexico, I've totally got the necessities covered - beer, bathroom, and mumbling perfunctory greetings. Ok, so charades-ing my way through an explanation of food intolerances isn't a brilliant idea but packing a Spanish/English gluten allergy card is and it worked like a charm. In fact, my meals were clean and aside from a few sympathy looks, using the card made traveling and eating gluten-free meals in the Dominican Republic easier than in the USA.
First stop, an eco-lodge and a bit of culture shock . . .
A note to readers:
I am gluten sensitive/intolerant so I am not overly concerned with possible cross contamination. If you have severe reactions, I recommend taking additional precautions.