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Cap Cana Travel Guide - Plan your vacation in Cap Cana

Seven reasons why you have to visit Cap Cana

When people talk about the ultimate paradise vacation in the Dominican Republic, their minds usually drift towards Punta Cana... but more and more often today, Cap Cana is becoming the more attractive destination. And you might be interested to know that no more than 15 kilometers separate the two resorts. Its strategic location means visitors can get to know all the nearby treasures of this Caribbean country very easily. The wide range of activities available, from excursions to unique natural spaces and sports activities, are the perfect complement to any dream vacation here, where even the smallest of details are taken care of. With this Cap Cana travel guide, you’ll get to hear about all the surprises that the island has in store for you across the Atlantic.- One of the greatest attractions of Cap Cana is that the hotel is surrounded by unspoiled beaches where everything comes together to create a unique paradise setting. Our coastal enclave has the privilege of being located just in front of one of the most beautiful beaches in all of the Caribbean, Playa Juanillo. The beach is never too crowded, providing an intimate and truly special feel. The fine white sands simply melt away into unbelievably colored waters alongside row upon row of colossal palm trees - the perfect place to celebrate all those special occasions, such as weddings and anniversaries. You’ll also find a number of other tranquil enclaves, untouched by anyone before you, alongside exclusive spots with all kinds of services and amenities, like the Club Playa Caletón.- Cap Cana is a haven for golf lovers. This little corner of the Dominican Republic boasts the very best golf course in the entire Caribbean, Punta Espada, where you’ll find 18 holes of paradise, a signature course designed by the man widely considered to be the most successful golfer of all time, Jack Nicklaus.- Guests who enjoy hiking through nature can try their hand at safely exploring the Ojos Indígenas Nature Reserve. The park offers visitors a succession of trails, lakes and underground rivers sheltered by dazzling vegetation to enjoy. The tourist trail runs for 3 kilometers and is the perfect way to appreciate the sheer beauty of this unique enclave. Those who want to see more of the country’s native flora can also discover the magnificent Este o Cotubanama National Park. Here, you’ll be able to appreciate the Dominican Republic’s local plant life and vegetation alongside a range of surprises for visitors, like the impressive Cueva del Puente and its immense spaces full of stalactites and stalagmites.- Cap Cana also provides a variety of scuba-diving experiences, whether you’re an old hand at the sport or hoping to give it a try for the very first time. It’s impossible to resist the temptation to dive into the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean and see all the wonderfully preserved coral reefs in the many different coves, including Playa Blanca, a place where you can also opt to don your goggles and breathing tube instead to enjoy some snorkeling a little closer to the shore.- Another reason to spend a dream vacation down in Cap Cana is how you get to be up close and personal with the true definition of a paradise island. From this enchanting resort, you’ll be able to uncover all the wonderful treasures the Caribbean has to offer, including Isla Saona. With a journey time of barely an hour by boat, you’ll soon be arriving to a scene so perfect it could be something out of a movie. Mangroves, cliffs, natural pools and beaches all appear before you in a dream-like setting, just like La Palmilla. - Staying in Cap Cana will help you get to know the philosophy and character behind life in the Caribbean and, more specifically, the Dominican Republic, and food and drink plays an enormous part in this culture. Guests can sample lots of traditional starch- and potato-based dishes, alongside the typical bananas and yuccas, but if there’s one thing that really stands out for its quality and variety in this part of the world, it would have to be the seafood. It’s hard to resist temptation when it comes to enjoying a barbecue of Caribbean giant lobster or perhaps a little spider crab, octopus, prawns... And don’t forget about the country’s most popular dish, about as symbolic as the Dominican flag in these parts - a delicacy of white rice, beans, stewed meat, salad and fried plantains. - Cap Cana is also synonymous with partying to the rhythms of salsa, merengue and bachata. There are plenty of ways to round off the perfect day here in paradise, but live music and dancing alongside an exquisite cocktail has to be one of our favorites. And the rhythm can also be felt in the country’s various patron saint celebrations, where colorful cavalcades take to the streets every year, filling every part of the island with life and joy. Likewise, anyone who loses themselves in the beauty of this little corner of the Caribbean can always find something to take home with them to remind them of their time here. Typical products include Cuban cigars and excellent local cane rum, which can be purchased both in private stores and at the open-air markets.H2 Where is Cap Cana?Cap Cana is located at the far eastern end of the Dominican Republic and just ten minutes from Punta Cana international airport. It’s a genuine oasis of paradise, with a very pleasant climate all-year-round and more than five kilometers of unspoiled beaches. Throughout your stay at the Palladium Resort in Cap Cana, you’ll be able to enjoy picture postcard views of the white sandy beaches, turquoise waters and lush tropical vegetation that always impress visitors.H2 When is the best time to plan a vacation to Cap Cana?Cap Cana offers a wonderfully pleasant climate all year round, with temperatures usually sitting somewhere between 27 and 30 degrees. But if you want to enjoy a vacation in Cap Cana at the absolute best time of year, without doubt it would have to be between the months of October and February, when the humidity isn’t too strong and the nights are warm and pleasant. The rains are usually more prevalent between June and November, although typically they arrive towards the night-time, which still means you can make the most of everything available to you during the day here in paradise.

Practical Information

A vacation to Cap Cana offers a wonderful Caribbean life full of peaceful days on the beach. nights spent dancing away to bachata and hours exploring the Dominican Republic’s luscious and exotic wildlife.Before basking on pristine shores and catching waves, it’s important to have the correct Cap Cana travel information. Here’s the lowdown on visa and travel documents, insurance requirements, money management, communication, health and packing tips.
  • What Documentation Do I Need to Travel to Punta Cana?
    All travelers require a passport, Visa, and tourist card to enter the country except citizens of Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, South Korea, Israel, Iceland, Japan, Peru, Liechtenstein, and Uruguay. On arrival, visitors are guided to the immigration area where they must purchase a tourist card, which is valid for 30 days.  Applications for tourist card extensions should be made at least two weeks in advance at the Dirección General de Migración before the original card expires.
  • Do I Need a Travel Insurance for Traveling in Punta Cana?
    Obtaining comprehensive travel insurance to cover medical emergencies, potential loss or theft is highly recommended. Healthcare in Punta Cana is good but can be expensive without the right coverage. Many doctors and hospitals expect payment in cash, regardless of travel-health insurance. Before going on vacation, make sure insurance policies cover potentially hazardous activities such as scuba diving, motorcycling, and trekking, to name a few.
  • Is it Dangerous for my Health to Visit Punta Cana?
    From a medical perspective, Punta Cana is safe when the healthcare precautions are taken. Typhoid and hepatitis A and B vaccinations are encouraged, as well as Malaria tablet prescriptions to reduce the risk of infection. Travel diseases like dysentery and hepatitis can be contracted but usually only if contaminated food and water is consumed.
  • How to pay in Punta Cana?
    The Dominican Republic’s currency is the Dominican Peso, although Dollars and Euros are sometimes accepted in densely populated tourist areas. The best and safest way to manage to money is to withdraw pesos from ATMs commonly found in supermarkets, shopping malls and petrol stations. Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted as are traveler's cheques, although market vendors prefer cash. "
  • What are the Timezones of Punta Cana?
    Santo Domingo follows the Atlantic Time Zone, UTC-04:00.
  • What Language is Spoken in Punta Cana?
    Most people speak Dominican Spanish, similar sounding to Coastal Caribbean Spanish, but with strong West African language influences. Haitian Creole is also one of the indigenous spoken languages. Due to refugees and their descendants who fled from the Chinese Revolution, there is a population of Chinese speakers. English is predominantly used in popular tourist areas.
  • What Should I Pack When Traveling to Punta Cana?
    Punta Cana has a hot Caribbean climate so interchangeable, lightweight clothing made from breathable fabric such as cotton or linen is most practical. Shoe-wise it's best to pack a pair of beach sandals, walking, and formal shoes. While most vacationers enjoy spending time outdoors or on the beach, it's advisable for women to pack a cocktail dress and for men to take along slacks and a formal shirt in order take part in all of Santo Domingo’s vibrant nightlife offerings. To repel mosquitoes and fleas, take a strong bug repellent and reliable itch relief ointment, as a well as a sunscreen with a high SPF to guard against sunburn. As with traveling to any foreign country, a simple phrase book or smartphone language app is recommended to communicate in situations where English isn't spoken.