Punta Cana is a resort town on the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic. Known for its fabulous beaches, it’s a popular getaway for people escaping northern winters. The tropical climate sees little fluctuation in temperature, so it’s quite comfortable here throughout the year. It’s busiest during the winter, when you can also expect less rain. Flights and accommodation from December – February are at their most expensive, and you’ll need to book well ahead of time. Hurricane season runs from June – November, peaking in September. If you visit during this period, you can find deals on flights and rooms, but be sure to book refundable tickets so that you can back out if necessary. Average daily highs across the entire year only vary between 81 – 86 degrees Fahrenheit, so you will enjoy beach weather no matter when you come.
You can fly non-stop to Punta Cana from major US cities with these airlines: Delta, American Airlines, United, Southwest Airlines, jetBlue, Sun Country Airlines, LATAM Airlines Group, Spirit Airlines, and Frontier Airlines. Other airlines flying to Punta Cana with one or more stops include Air Canada, Avianca, Copa, Air France, British Airways, SWISS, Sunwing Airlines, Condor and Air Transat.
The airport at Punta Cana is a privately owned, and sits just alongside Punta Cana Village, one of several commercial centers in the resort area. You have a few options to get to your resort from the airport, but using public transport is not recommended. Most tourists have pre-arranged transfers organized when they arrive at the airport, or they arrange for a taxi.
You’ll find taxis just outside of the Customs area. Be sure to negotiate a price for your ride before getting into the cab. It’s difficult to offer an estimate, because resorts are scattered all over the area, but to give you an idea of what to expect, if you were traveling to Cortecito, it would cost you about $35.00 USD. and take around 27 minutes to get there.
Most tourists have pre arranged shuttle services to get to their accommodation. You need only look for the representative from your resort, who will direct you to a waiting vehicle.
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The best way to get around Punta Cana is definitely on foot. Many tourists don’t stray far from their all-inclusive resorts, perhaps wandering up and down the beach to the adjacent resorts. If you want to explore further, taxis are easily arranged by your concierge, or you could brave the bus system, which is unreliable, to say the least. Here is some more information about modes of transport around Punta Cana.
You can have the concierge call you a taxi, or walk down the road to the local taxi stand and arrange it yourself, which will be cheaper. In either case, you will be charged a flat rate, negotiated prior to getting in the car.
If you want to explore the Dominican Republic on your own, you can rent a car, but be warned, drivers in this country treat traffic rules as though they were just suggestions! Signage is often poor, reckless driving is the norm, and within Punta Cana, the traffic is often gridlocked.
With nearby beaches fronting both the Atlantic ocean and the Caribbean sea, Punta Cana is for those who love the surf, sand and sun. With resorts lined up and down the beaches, you’re never lacking for entertainment. Here are a few ideas for your sunny getaway.
When you visit the Dominican Republic, you are required to purchase a tourist card for $10.00 USD. You can do so at the airport after you land, but there is often a long line of tourists doing the same thing. You can save yourself some time by purchasing your card online before you come.
If you plan to stay within the resort area, as many visitors do, there is no need to convert your US dollars into pesos. Almost everyone happily accepts US dollars as payment, including tips and excursions. It’s a good idea to bring a bunch of small bills, for convenience when tipping and buying small items.
The Dominican Republic is economically disadvantaged, so theft can be a problem. Use common sense and be observant outside of the resort area. Don’t expect your valuables to be safe within a locked vehicle.