Whether you’re looking for a getaway or trip for the whole family Punta Cana is the perfect place for you! With lots of relaxation and pampering, Punta Cana offers amazing resorts, beaches, and attractions for everyone to enjoy. If you’re planning on visiting this island on your next holiday, here are some helpful Punta Cana tips to keep in mind.
While being in Punta Cana you’ll probably be spending lots of time under sun wanting a nice tan, however, no one likes an aching sunburn. The average temperature is is 80 degrees, so taking sunscreen with you is probably one of the most important things when going out in Punta Cana to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays. No worries if you forgot to take one on the trip, many Punta Cana resorts have small convenient stores that you can purchase sunscreen from. If you plan on doing any underwater excursions, such as snorkeling, it is preferable that you chose a bio-degradable sunscreen to prevent any harm to the marine environment.
When it comes to finances, the official currency in the Dominican Republic is the peso. You can exchange your currency at your local bank or at an official exchange kiosk right there in Punta Cana. Most places in Punta Cana do accept American dollars, however, you may not get the best exchange rate. If you prefer to exchange your American dollars in Punta Cana, your hotel might have better rates than the local restaurants and shops.
Punta Cana is known for being one of the safest vacation spots in the Caribbean, and most tourists feel comfortable wondering out of their hotel zone. However, some petty theft may still occur here and there. To prevent this, pay attention and take care of any valuables you take with you, never leave anything behind or unattended. Another helpful tip is traveling in groups to have more safety and protection.
It is very important to keep hydrated, but previous travelers have had some water-related health concerns. It is important to prevent drinking tap water in Punta Cana, and just use it for showering and brushing your teeth. Always opt for bottled water or drinks.
If you’re staying at an all-inclusive resort, the best way to get around Punta Cana is by foot and by car if you plan to explore the beautiful island. Buses usually run along the hotels, but because of their irregular schedules, they aren’t a reliable source of transportation. Hotels can usually call taxis for you, which is a good option if no other available transportation works for you.
When visiting Punta Cana it is a must to taste their delicious traditional meals. Some include the Dominican Republic’s staple meal, “La Bandera Dominicana”, a dish of white rice, red beans, and fried plantains. Most of the buffets and restaurants at your resort will provide the traditional Dominican Republic meals, but also some American, Italian, and French food if you don’t prefer to leave your comfort zone.
If you follow these tips, it is guaranteed that your stay in Punta Cana will exceed your expectations!