Punta Cana is the most affordable vacation destination in the Caribbean, known for overdelivering and exceeding expectations with world-famous Dominican hospitality. Choose from exclusive luxury resorts to budget-friendly inns. Along the bewitching coastline of Punta Cana, you’ll find a variety of resorts and hotels to fulfill your travel wishes, from adults-only romantic hotels to fun family-friendly resorts with waterparks. Resorts in Punta Cana are known for offering excellent entertainment and services to keep you happy for your entire stay, but Punta Cana is so much more. Stay with us here so we can help you plan an unforgettable vacation in this Caribbean Wonderland.
Punta Cana… The Caribbean Wonderland
Punta Cana offers visitors over 35 miles of fantastic beaches, natural reserves to re-discover, world-class golf courses, casinos, a long list of watersports, cultural experiences, fun adventure parks, underground caves, mesmerizing cenotes, fun buggy rides through the colorful countryside, coral reefs, water parks, nightclubs… a Caribbean wonderland that has it all.
Outside of the Punta Cana tourist region, visitors can take a number of day trips, from UNESCO sites in the Colonial Historic District of Santo Domingo and nearby regions with more natural wonders. With so much to see and do, it’s no wonder Punta Cana welcomes back so many repeat travelers year after year.
The Most Exciting All-Inclusive Destination in the Caribbean
Punta Cana has redefined vacationing in the Caribbean, refining the all-inclusive concept. Punta Cana’s resorts over-deliver in ambiance, service, entertainment, fun, luxury, and relaxation. There’s a perfect resort in Punta Cana for everyone from adults only, family fun resorts, romantic and intimate to luxurious and exclusive.
Luxury travelers can choose from a variety of exclusive resorts voted among the best in the Caribbean. Budget-minded tourists can enjoy an unforgettable vacation without sacrificing service or quality.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Facts
- Name of Country: Republica Dominicana, known as "Dominican Republic / The Dominican" by English speakers.
- Location: Punta Cana is located on the east coast of the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic is part of Hispaniola, an island in the Caribbean, part of the Greater Antilles, to the west is the neighboring country of Haiti.
- Punta Cana Meaning & Pronunciation: It is said that the name derives from the abundant palma de cana in the area, widely used to cover the roofs of buildings and umbrellas along the beach. Punta Cana is pronounced “Poontah Caanaa”
- Capital of Dominican Republic: Santo Domingo
- Official Language: Spanish, English is spoken in tourist areas
- President: Danilo Medina
- Time Zone: Atlantic UTC-4, no daylight savings.
- Political Status: Independent
- Population in the Dominican Republic: 10 million
- Drinking age: 18 years old
Cellular & WiFi
Cell phone service is good, call your mobile service provider to inquire about roaming and international plans. Many stores also sell SIM cards you may use during your stay typically at a lower price than what it costs through your own mobile services provider.
Culture of Punta Cana
Get immersed in the vibrant, colorful and rhythmic culture of Punta Cana. Be sure to book a cultural experience during your visit in Punta Cana.
Dress in Punta Cana
Punta Cana is a major tourist destination in the Dominican Republic, therefore a very tourist-friendly place where you will feel comfortable. When visiting a government building or exploring attractions such as museums or a church, we recommend long pants for men and sundresses/pants or a skirt and a light blouse/shirt for the ladies.
- Swimsuit are appropriate at the beach, pool area, and common entertainment resort areas.
- Men - We suggest you bring both long and short pants.
- Ladies - Sundresses are great to feel fresh in the warmer climate as well as shorts, skirts and long pants of light fabric.
- Dinner - Casual dress at many restaurants is acceptable. Some resorts have more formal dining options, in which more formal wear is recommended.
The locals like to dress well when dining, but you will not be refused service or feel uncomfortable if you chose to dress in casual clothes. Dominicans are very friendly, respectful of all visitors.
Pack light, you will find great pieces of clothes for both men and women at shopping centers, shops in resorts and surrounding areas.
- Emergency phone #: 911
Holidays in Punta Cana
There are twelve official holidays in the Dominican Republic. Government offices, banks, and many private businesses close during the holidays, however, in tourist destinations many establishments and banks remain open to service tourists.
Holidays in the Dominican Republic 2020
Days in bold are holidays celebrated on the same day every calendar year.
- January 1: Celebracion deAño Nuevo (New Year’s Day)
- January 6: Día de los Santos Reyes (Three Kings’ Day)
- January 21: Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia (Our Lady of Altagracia Day - Patron Saint of the DR)
- January 26: Natalizio de Juan Pablo Duarte (Birthdate of Juan Pablo Duarte Day)
- February 27: Día de la Independencia Nacional (National Independence Day)
- April 10: Viernes Santo (Good Friday)
- May 4: Día del Trabajo (Labor Day)
- June 11: Corpus Christi Day
- August 16: Día de la Restauración (Restoration of Independence Day)
- September 24: Día de las Mercedes (Our Lady of Mercedes Day)
- November 9: Día de la “Constitución (Constitution Day), celebrated on November 6 which is a workday and made a holiday on Monday the 9th.
- December 25: Nacimiento de Jesús - Navidad (Christmas Day)
Source: Ministerio de Trabajo
Many resorts and hotels offer medical services on-site, be sure to inquire before booking if you have a medical condition that may require attention during your stay.
CESTUR is a security organization specialized in taking care of the medical and security needs of visitors with locations in tourist destinations. Keep these numbers handy on your cell phone in case you need them during your stay +1 809-200-3500 (free line) & +1 809-222-2026 ext 2123.
- Drugstores: There are various drugstores in the Punta tourist region, located in convenient locations such as shopping centers and supermarkets. Be sure to have a prescription from your doctor when you travel just in case you lose your medications during travels. For best locations near you, do a Google Maps search.
- Hospitals: Hospital IMG (809) 285-6116, Hospiten Bavaro (809) 686-1414
- Currency: Dominican Pesos, written as RD$ and/or DOP
- Sales Tax: 18% Sales Tax required by law (ITBIS). In hotels, bars and restaurants an additional 10% service charge is added to your bill (which does not necessarily go to your wait staff. If you are happy with the service received, a tip of 10 - 20% is recommended and really appreciated by the wait staff since the hourly wage is really low in the Dominican Republic.
- Banks: There are banks at airport, and convenient locations such as the Blue Mall and Punta Cana Village.
- Cash Machines: The most convenient places to get cash in Punta Cana are the airport, Blue Mall & Punta Cana Village.
- Power: 110 volts Standard plug has two flat blades, some appliances have a third-round pin. Receptacles work to accommodate both, the same as in the United States and Canada. Visitors from Europe and other countries will need an adapter. To be sure your electronics work, we suggest you bring your own adapter in case the hotel does not have enough for all guests requesting it.
- Water: The water is not potable in Punta Cana, it is recommended you drink bottled water or bring a travel bottle with a filter.
- Fuels: Regular & Premium unleaded gasoline, diesel fuel and propane gas
- T.V & Internet: Television and internet access is available in all of Punta Cana through cable or satellite. Some remote areas in the Dominican Republic still lack television and internet access.