Punta Cana has one of the Caribbean region’s longest white sand coastlines. All-inclusive resorts and boutique hideaways offer all the whims and comforts of modern beachfront living. Families enjoy miniature entertainment centers and water parks for children. Punta Cana has 11 Blue Flag certified beaches. Explore the lush Dominican countryside on an off-road safari. Visit the country’s top pilgrimage site at the Basílica Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia.
Punta Cana International Airport is the most-connected airport in the Caribbean and Central America, and is about a 30-minute drive from most of the resorts, so arranging an airport transfer with the hotel is usually the smartest and cheapest option. Punta Cana is one of the most popular vacation spots in the Caribbean. It’s now also home to five star all-inclusive resorts, an international airport, and epic nightlife. By some estimates, 90 percent of the resorts in Punta Cana are all-Inclusive. There are great deals to be found and there’s nothing more relaxing than leaving your wallet in the room safe before a night of eating and drinking.
Punta Cana’s beaches are what made the area famous, and everything that’s said about the soft white sand, clear blue water, and coral reefs is absolutely true. There are 10 different beaches in the immediate area, and several different ways to explore them: by foot, horseback, Jeep tours, or getting out on the water with a scuba or snorkel tour. For the majority of the year, the weather in Punta Cana is sunny and in the 80s, but hurricane season usually hits in September and October.
Dominican culture is serious about music and dancing, so it’s no surprise that resorts usually include a disco that stays open well into the wee hours. Spa treatments generally cost extra, but many resorts offer free access or day passes to their hydrotherapy circuits which can include open air pools, whirlpools, steam rooms, saunas, and relaxation areas with fresh fruit and tea. Seek out Dominican food, made with a combination of Spanish, indigenous Taíno, and African influences. Look for fried green plantains, rice and beans, and pastelitos (like mini empanadas). Chivo is a rich goat.