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Punta Cana Travel Guide - Plan your vacation in Punta Cana

Seven reasons why you have to visit Punta Cana

Famous for its powdery white sand and fluorescent blue waters, Punta Cana is the perfect adventure for sun-seeking vacationers seeking relaxation - and a little entertainment. Find out from the Punta Cana Travel Guide why this stretch of heavenly beaches continues to be one of the most popular Caribbean destinations. This small resort town is the picture-perfect tropical paradise, with beautiful beaches stretching for miles and dozens of palm trees nodding along the sand, earning its nickname as the Coconut Coast. There are many opportunities to take advantage of the distinct marine life, by diving, fishing or even swimming with dolphins. The idyllic island of Isla Saona, known for its coastal lagoons and spectacular reef, is only a day-trip away. The locals are warm and friendly, welcoming you with open arms to explore the food, dance and Creole music that makes the island so lively. It’s one of the best golfing destinations in the Caribbean, with custom-made greens complete with sweeping views of the ocean front. Visit the coastal plains and mangrove forests of the local parks, which are home to over 100 bird species, 160 insect species and 500 plant species. A variety of airlines fly directly to Punta Cana International Airport, making for an easy flight with minimal air transfers no matter your starting point. - Where is Punta Cana? Punta Cana is a town on the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic, in the La Altagracia province. The name Punta Cana also refers to the beachfront area extending beyond the town. It’s 123 miles from the capital, Santo Domingo. - What is the best season for a vacation in Punta Cana? Punta Cana is the perfect mix of tropical wet and dry climate with consistent weather year-round and very little rainfall due to the flat landscape. The peak season runs from December through February, and the hot and humid season from May through October. If you’re looking to avoid the crowds, one of the best times to visit is from March to May.

Practical Information

A vacation to Punta 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.