Whether you are a first-time visitor or a repeat vacationer to the Dominican Republic, traveling to this Caribbean island is never short of fun adventure full of new discoveries and fresh experiences. When preparing for your vacation, you look forward to experiencing the surprise of great adventures, beautiful beaches, amazing culture and great cuisines. On the contrary, here are the unpleasant surprises you do not look forward to: health hazards, your security, aborted travel plans and currency issues. Arming yourself beforehand with insider tips can help you better plan your trip and enjoy your vacation.
Here are eight helpful hints to consider for your next vacation to the Dominican Republic.
1. Safe drinking water in Punta Cana
With all the fun filled activates, excursions and sun that Santo Domingo has to offer, you will certainly want to make sure you are adequately hydrated. Remember, it is generally advisable that you drink up to eight glasses of water per day. Because you are traveling to a different environment from what your body is accustomed to, the microbes in the Dominican Republic’s water may have adverse effects on your health. This is particularly so if you have a sensitive stomach. To this end, always make sure that you bring bottled water with you whenever you get out of your hotel, or at least have some money to buy one when thirsty. Never drink from tap water.
2. The foods
Dominican cuisines have strong African, European and local influences. Most dishes consist of chicken, fish, rice, yucca, beans and a variety of tropical vegetables and fruits. When in the Dominican Republic, do not shy off trying something new. If you opt to eat in restaurants, be sure to make your reservations well ahead of time. Most hotels and restaurants require this. In other words: when in the Dominican, do as the Dominicans.
Most places do accept the US dollar. So, unless you are considering venturing into non-touristy areas, you really do not need to convert your dollars into the local currency – pesos. Just be sure to carry smaller bills for convenience.
4. Calling home from the Dominican Republic
Even though you will be on holiday, chances are you will want to keep in touch with loved ones back home. While many options are available for calling home, some may be quite costly that others. Whether you will be making direct calls from your hotel or use a calling card, be sure to check the call rates beforehand. You may also want to check your provider’s international roaming rates, or use VoIP applications such as Skype and WhatsApp to call back home.
5. Things to do in Punta Cana
The Dominican Republic is a beautiful island in the heart of the Caribbean. It enjoys warm tropical climate all year round. As such, the Dominican Republic has something for pretty much everyone, from thrilling water activities like kayaking and snorkeling to high adrenaline sports like zip lines, or simply relaxing on the white sand beaches of Punta Cana and Santo Domingo. When choosing an activity, make sure you opt for one you will enjoy and that the amount of time you are going to dedicate to it will not interfere with your other plans for the day.
6. Swimming in the Caribbean Sea
As with any water bound activity, it is advisable to be safety cautious and aware of your surrounding at all times. Not all beaches have lifeguards, so sometimes is may be upon you to take care of your own safety. Be smart, follow the rules in place, check the local weather and sea conditions before venturing out. When you go for a swim, be sure to stay within the designated swimming areas.
7. Going outside your hotel
Generally, Punta Cana is a very safe city to visit with considerably low crime rate. In addition, there are always Tourist Police on patrol. However, just like with any tourist destination, always exercise caution when out of your hotel or resort. Avoid going to the beach at night, and if you have to, do not wander off far from your hotel. Also, stay in well-lit areas when going out at night.
The Dominican Republic has everything a vacationer would want for a memorable holiday – warm climate, sun, crystal clear water, great foods, white sands and amazing people. Like with the rest of the Caribbean people, Dominicans are quite relaxed and easy going. Things go really slow here and no one is ever in a hurry. After all, chances are you are taking your vacation in Punta Cana to get away from the hassles of life, rejuvenate, and even for a couple of days, forget about your worries and problems. So, relax. Enjoy the beaches, the sun, the people and the foods. Take heed of these helpful hints to ensure the perfect getaway in Punta Cana.