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Punta Cana travel guide

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You're Going to Love Punta Cana

If you sometimes feel the need to escape to a tropical paradise, Punta Cana may draw you in and never let you go. This beautiful stretch of coastline in the Dominican Republic is blessed with fantastic beaches like Cortecito and Bavaro, wonderful golf courses, and a sun-soaked tropical climate.

Stretch out underneath palm trees as your family head off to snorkel with rays. Sip cocktails mixed to perfection with Caribbean rum and tropical fruits as the sun dips beneath the horizon. Head into the hills to canoe or raft in the spectacular Dominican Alps, or take the road to Santo Domingo to see the oldest European city in the western hemisphere.

Or just take it easy. That's the beauty of Punta Cana. You can have an active vacation or just sunbathe all week long. Whatever you plan to do, it's one of the Caribbean's finest destinations.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Punta Cana

What to do in Punta Cana

When to Visit Punta Cana

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Punta Cana's best weather tends to be in late spring, around March to May, when you can expect warm temperatures (over 70 degrees every day), little rain, and there's no risk of hurricanes. Tropical storms are a possibility any time from June to December, while peak season is around January to April - when crowds from the north hit the beaches looking for a little winter sun.

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How to Get to Punta Cana

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Where to Stay in Punta Cana

Visitors to Punta Cana have an embarrassment of riches to choose from when selecting their accommodation. The town is surrounded by tropical resorts with spas, golf courses, private beaches, gyms, and pools. Some of the best include the 5-star Gran Bahia Principe and the massive Be Live Grand Punta Cana. However, there are more intimate options too, such as the Punta Cana Guesthouse, which is very handy as a place to stay for a couple of days after you touch down. For a full-on resort experience, the Hard Rock Resort and Casino is the best place to stay, with 13 pools and a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course.

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Shopping Streets

Punta Cana doesn't have huge shopping malls, but each resort area will have a strip of souvenir stores on the oceanfront, and these stores can be a fascinating place to explore. For example, if you are in Bavaro, don't miss Celine La Perla Dominicana - an old-style artisan cigar store. There are also small shopping plazas like San Juan Shopping Center and Palma Real Shopping Village (which mixes upscale boutiques like Swarovski and Harrison's Fine Jewelry with western restaurants like the Hard Rock Cafe).

Groceries and Other

Most of the resorts near Punta Cana include supermarkets that are pitched at locals and self-catering tourists. Bavaro has the most including Super Lama Bavaro and BAM Market, but every resort will be close to a grocery store. Prices are much cheaper than in the US. Expect to pay RD$190 for a gallon of milk and RD$380 for a good bottle of wine.

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Where to Eat in Punta Cana

If you pick your hotel wisely, eating in Punta Cana can be a culinary adventure, with skilled chefs from all over the world. There are also some great independent restaurants. Head to the Capitan Cook in Cortecito for the best lobster in town, the Jellyfish Beach Restaurant for seafood and cocktails or Mathilda for traditional Dominican dishes like arroz blanco and plantain mash. Expect to pay around RD$400 or less for an excellent meal.