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.
The best price found on momondo to Punta Cana was $137/pp from Myrtle Beach, which is 82% cheaper than the average flight price to Punta Cana. To find the cheapest price to Punta Cana from your area, use momondo’s Airport-to-Airport Pricing Tool.
The cheapest month to fly to Punta Cana from United States is in September. Flight prices, which tend to average around $376, are often lower during this time because this is during the off-season. The month of October is another great option to travel to Punta Cana, with average flight prices from United States averaging around $417.
In general, most travelers find the cheapest time to book a flight to Punta Cana is about 26 days prior to their departure date when tickets on average are $509. Keep in mind that you might also find cheap flights to Punta Cana outside of this time window. In fact, momondo users recently found flights from United States to Punta Cana for $207.
The cheapest day to depart from United States to Punta Cana is on a Tuesday. Travelers who choose to depart for Punta Cana on a Tuesday will often find tickets for as low as $488. On the other hand, Thursday is the most expensive day to depart from United States because it is more convenient for both business and leisure travelers. As a result, prices tend to be around $542.
The cheapest time of day to fly to Punta Cana is in the afternoon when flights can be purchased for as low as $361. In the morning is when there is more demand to fly to Punta Cana, so prices are often more expensive at around $526 per ticket.
When planning your flight to Punta Cana, it is important to be aware that some months are not as ideal as others. Specifically, the month of October could carry a higher chance of rain, as Punta Cana sees up to 5.1 inches or more. There are still things to do in Punta Cana even when it's raining, but be aware that rain is highly probable in the area. For those looking to get out of the rain and do a little shopping, check out Palma Real Shopping Village.
Punta Cana has a water park in the area named Sirenis Aquagames Water Park. Families typically love visiting Sirenis Aquagames Water Park when the weather is just right. Amusement parks and waterparks are often most enjoyable when the weather is 70 degrees fahrenheit or more and the chance of rain is moderate at most. With that in mind, consider planning your flight to Punta Cana for May, June, or August if these attractions interest you or your family.
If your plan is to spend time at Playa Juanillo while visiting Punta Cana, momondo recommends you plan your trip for January, February, or March when the temperatures are typically higher and the chance of rain is low. Consider visiting Playa Bavaro Beach during your Punta Cana visit as well.
Those flying to Punta Cana could potentially find better pricing at La Romana Airport (36 mi from Punta Cana city center), Santo Domingo Las Americas Airport (83 mi from Punta Cana city center) or Nagua Samaná El Catey Airport (94 mi from Punta Cana city center) depending on the month and departure airport.
With an average price of $668 per person, Nagua Samaná El Catey Airport is the cheapest airport to fly into when planning your trip to Punta Cana. This price can fluctuate based on where you are flying from. momondo’s Airport-to-Airport Pricing Tool can help users find the best prices.
Currently, Dominican Republic travel restrictions include travel to Punta Cana. The Dominican Republic has reopened its air borders. From July 30, anyone arriving in the Dominican Republic must provide evidence of a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test result, taken no more than 5 days prior to their arrival date. Dominican authorities will conduct PCR tests on arrival for all individuals who do not provide their own negative test result. Should an individual test positive or exhibit coronavirus symptoms, then they will be isolated in specially prepared centers. If you are planning to travel to Punta Cana at this time, it is recommended that you stay up to date on current restrictions and follow proper safety measures while in public.
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.
If you choose to rent a car while in the Dominican Republic, you can find some amazing deals on car rentals with momondo.
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.