Punta Cana is a wonderful destination with white-sand beaches, warm Atlantic water, and nearly perfect weather year-round, it’s easy to see why this destination attracts nearly two thirds of all visitors to the Dominican Republic. Guests flock to the region for its exclusive resorts, world-class shopping, lively clubs, and Vegas-style shows—as well as its relative convenience. You can fly nonstop from several U.S. cities to Punta Cana International, and most luxury villas are a quick drive from the airport.
The sugary sand of a Punta Cana beach is so soft, so perfectly golden that you might think it was synthetic. And in fact, in this easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic, it’s possible. By definition, Punta Cana is an amazing Caribbean getaway, completely catering to the needs of sun-seeking vacationers who enjoy but care little about venturing away from their hotel.
Punta Cana beckons to jet-setters, especially the budget-minded kind.
While this destination is better known for relaxation than adventure, visitors can get their fill of thrills hiking to Hoyo Azul or taking on challenging golf courses like Punta Espada or La Cana. Overall, this reasonably priced, Caribbean hideout is made for travelers of all ages seeking a relaxing turn from the norm.
The best months of the year for travelling to Punta Cana are by far between December and April. During this period, the probability of rainfall is lower, and the temperatures are warm enough to enjoy a perfect holiday on the shores of the Caribbean Sea.
HOW TO GET THERE
Most tourists who visit Punta Cana travel by air. Serviced by Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) makes this one of the busiest airports in the region as most tourists book direct flights to PUJ. From the airport, there are multiple options able to reach your hotel destination.
Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) is one of the Caribbean’s major airports (second only to Puerto Rico’s main airport), services over 50 airlines, has three terminals, and can be reached in mere hours from many major cities in North America and Europe.
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WHERE TO STAY
The best area to stay in Punta Cana is the Bavaro area as this is where the main tourist hub is located. Bavaro is what dreams are made of and if you love beaches then this should be top of your list of places to see, which also comes with a brilliant nightlife, plenty of shops and many other tourist attractions.
Cap Cana is a top quality neighbourhood, which is particularly famous for its upscale vibe and is a perfect place to stay in. It is a very safe neighbourhood and one that is well connected to the airport as well as the rest of the area. You can visit the outstanding marina, where you can watch the 150 foot yachts go by as well as join a cruise, fishing or diving trip as well as sunbathing at one of the golden beaches including Caleton Beach, Fishermen’s Beach and Juanillo Beach. Other things to do include having a go at golf at one of the various world-class courses, bird watch at the Scape Park, which is also home to tropical flora or head to the Iguabonita Cave to see some stunning crystal and limestone formations.
There are many restaurants, bars, clubs and shops that are found along the waterfront too, where you can eat foods from around the world, drink some of the most delicious rum at some of the finest bars before hitting one of the biggest and most famous clubs in the country.
WHERE TO EAT GREAT FOOD
Api Beach offers stunning ocean beach views, amazing décor, and tranquil surroundings. It is the food that’s the star of the show, however.
Grilled meat and the freshest possible seafood options are what really stand out here. With shrimp cocktail, grilled shrimp, and ceviche fish all popular on the menu, seafood lovers will be in their element.
Heading out to land, you’ll find grilled chicken and their hugely popular classic house burger on the menu.
As far as drinks go, there is also an extensive wine list and selection of soft drinks and cocktails, as well as spirits.
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Bohemian Tapas and Wine
Bohemian Tapas and Wine is considered by many to be the finest tapas restaurant in all the Dominican Republic.
With an elegant décor, friendly staff, a painstakingly curated wine list, and a gorgeous marina location, dining here is a real treat.
The charcuterie board they offer is divine, with a selection of cold meats, breads, cheeses, and dips. The empanadas are another favourite and are always a huge hit with locals and holidaymakers alike.
No visit to Punta Cana would be complete without a visit to Noah Restaurant.
If you love fresh seafood, service with a smile, and gorgeous cocktails, Noah restaurant is the place you need to be.
The food at Noah is incredibly fresh, is packed full of flavour, and comes in very generous portions as well.
Offering a fusion of seafood, sushi, pasta, and Caribbean cuisine, if you love fresh fish and want to get adventurous with your food, Noah is the place to be. Their fresh tuna tartar is a best-seller, and the cerviche is divine.
If seafood isn’t your thing, or if you simply want something different, the goat risotto comes very highly recommended indeed. There are also plenty of mouth-watering vegetarian options available, so nobody is left out.
One of the best things about Punta Cana is the diversity, and this is reflected perfectly in the dining choices.
Nakamura is one of the most popular Japanese restaurants in the region, and rightly so. With a large selection of sushi and non-sushi meal options, Nakamura is perfect for anybody looking to sample authentic Japanese cuisine.
For starters, why not begin with crab croquettes or shrimp gyoza dumplings. For your mains, the breaded pork Tonkatsu curry comes very highly recommended indeed.
If you’re in the mood for sushi, you have to try the Rainbow Roll. This dish made of king crab salad, cream cheese and leek with salmon, tuna, avocado, and Masago topping, sells out fast, so be quick.
Like a bit of spice? No problem, the Special Dynamite sushi roll is bound to impress. Again, it features that stunning king crab salad, avocado, and cream cheese and leek with salmon, only this time it’s topped with a generous amount of dynamite topping. Be warned, this has a kick.
THINGS NOT TO MISS
What is it? Punta Cana’s public beach, where you’ll see plenty of locals, especially on Sundays.
Why go? It’s a popular surfing spot and was listed by UNESCO as one of the Caribbean’s best beaches, mostly down to the clear waters and lovely white sand fringed by tall palm trees.
What is it? A key part of Scape Park, this sinkhole (cenote) is hidden at the base of a 75-meter cliff.
Why go? The turquoise waters draw the crowds in. Hoyo Azul (Blue Hole) is a natural phenomenon filled with crystal-clear water. It’s wise to visit early as it can be very popular, and don’t forget to bring a swimming suit so you can bathe in the waters.
What is it? This natural theme park’s limestone topography and pristine jungle provide many stunning views and walks – and there are historical attractions too.
Why go? The Farallon Cliff extends 800 meters along the coast, while there’s also a hidden cenote, caves and a zipline. The aim of the park was also to embrace the cultural heritage and traditions of Latin America and the Caribbean – with replica homes of the ancient Taino Indians, who occupied the land before the Conquistadors arrived.
What is it? An untouched island off the coast of Punta Cana.
Why go? If you want to escape the tourist crowds, Saona Island is the paradise you need. The island is a government-protected nature reserve and part of the East National Park. You’ll find wildlife throughout the island, from birds to a beach full of starfish. If you’re lucky, you’ll see sea turtles laying their eggs during nesting season.
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