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Punta Cana Tourism: Best of Punta Cana

Picture-perfect beaches and pampering all-inclusives are only part of Punta Cana’s allure
Punta Cana is pure escape, and its pleasures come in many forms. Days here start on postcard-worthy Macao Beach and might end inside of a cave nightclub. And when you’re not soaking up the sun or dancing the night away, all-day indulgence is the name of the game at Punta Cana’s impeccable all-inclusive resorts, from the electrified Hard Rock Punta Cana to the serene Le Sivory Punta Cana. When you’ve had your fill of sun and sand, try one of the region’s zip-line courses, sail to Isla Saona, explore Dominican history at Altos de Chavon, and visit the magical lagoons of the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park.

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Punta Cana Travel Guide

Travelers' pro tips for experiencing Punta Cana

Wear plenty of sunscreen — it gets particularly hot between noon and 4 p.m., and some beaches don't have much shade.
Don't drink the tap water, and stick to bottled water to brush your teeth with.
I typically take a lot of $1 for tipping.

In the words of those who've been there before ...

Beach-hopping is a bona fide activity on this coast, but there's also plenty of nature, from cenotes to ancient Taino caves, to explore, along with shopping spots and restaurants outside of the resorts.
Bask in the sun for days, beach hop from Bavaro to Macao, and don't miss escaping into the lush interior, including at Parque Nacional del Este and Laguna Bavaro.
Angela A
Punta Cana is a perfect beach destination for families.

What is the best way to get there?


Most travelers fly into Punta Cana International Airport, where shuttle buses and taxis will take you into the city. It’s also possible to arrive at La Romana airport, about 45 minutes away.

Do I need a visa?

If you’re visiting Punta Cana from overseas, use the government’s Visa Wizard to see if you need a visa.

When is the best time to visit?

Summertime is peak season in the Dominican Republic, when the warm waters are ideal for swimming and daily temperatures often hit 86°F (30°C). To avoid the crowds, plan your trip for the shoulder months of April or May. Temperatures are pretty consistent year-round, but be aware that June to November is hurricane season.


Punta Cana is easy to get around on foot and most hotels are within walking distance of the beach.


Taxis and motoconchos (motorcycle taxis) are easy to find, but be sure to agree on a fare before you set off. Flagging down a taxi on the street or walking to a local taxi stand away from your resort will probably get you the best price.


Although Uber and Cabify are available in some Dominican Republic cities, they are not currently available in Punta Cana.

On the ground
What is the timezone?
Atlantic Standard Time.
What are the voltage/plug types?
The standard voltage in the Dominican Republic is 120 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz. The plug has two flat parallel pins.
What is the currency?
Dominican peso (DOP). US dollars are often also accepted, especially at larger hotels and restaurants.
Are ATMs readily accessible?
Are credit cards widely accepted?
Yes, but it’s still worth carrying some cash.
How much do I tip?
Tipping is common practice in the Dominican Republic, although opinions differ on how much.
How much do I tip?
A service charge is often added to the bill.
It is customary to leave a $1-2 US each day for the housekeeper.
Tour guide
10-20% will be appreciated.

Are there local customs I should know?

The federal legal age for buying and drinking alcohol is 18 years old.
Keep your clothes on!
Topless sunbathing is actually against the law in the Dominican Republic and while you may find it’s tolerated at some private resorts, it’s best to do as the locals do and keep covered.
Try to speak the language
English is widely spoken in establishments frequented by travelers, but learning a few Spanish phrases will be appreciated. If you plan on venturing further afield, a basic knowledge of Spanish will go a long way.
Expect relaxed timekeeping
Locals tend to be laid-back about timekeeping, so don’t get too worried if your taxi shows up five minutes late or your tour itinerary is more of a “guideline.” Leave yourself a little extra time for airport transfers to account for this.
Frequently Asked Questions about Punta Cana

Punta Cana is known for some of its popular attractions, which include:

If you're a more budget-conscious traveler, then you may want to consider traveling to Punta Cana between September and November, when hotel prices are generally the lowest. Peak hotel prices generally start between December and February.