Punta Cana Travel Guide

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Punta Cana Things to Do

  • Snorkeling and Scuba

    The Caribbean Festival snorkel excursion was really a great time! We booked our excursion at the resort for about $80-$85. We were picked up by a very colorful bus and we proceeded to several other hotels to gather other vacationers looking some fun and snorkeling. It took a little while but was pleasant enough. After about 45 minutes we drove into...

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  • Beach

    The Playa Blanca is the place for beach bumming on the south side. There is just a bar for those who might get dehydrated from overexposure to the tropical sun but no hotel. This state of affairs is going to change radically after the completion of the Westin hotel next door in one year’s time. At present though, this place still has the largest...

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  • Isla Saona

    4 out of 5 stars

    Teh Speedboat ride was part of our trip to Isla Saona and it's one of the funniest things I've eveer done! There's nothing better than the water splashing in your face while breaking the waves! The catamaran ride was also part of our Isla Saona Trip and even though it was totally different from the Speedboat ride it's still fantastic! You're able...

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Punta Cana Hotels

Punta Cana Restaurants

  • Wow! How did I not find this place...

    This place was great! From the thatch roof to the open dining and even an old wooden boat sticking through the from of the building :) I recommend dining on the top of the boat. Best veiw from this beach front restaurant.After dinner, we sat at one of the tables they have on the beach and enjoyed a few (ok...a lot) of cold drinks. Old fishing shack...

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  • NEW RESTAURANT IN PUNTA CANA.. BAVARO

    THIS NEW RESTAURANT IS IN A SMALL PLAZA ( plaza dorado #105 ) in Bavaro, punta cana (los corales).IT is owned by a wonderful Haitian woman and her Italian husband who are there every day from 10-closing (whenever you leave!). When the didnt have a vegetarian dish I wanted, the very next night they made us a vegetarian lasagna that was fantastic and...

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  • EXCELLENT VARIETY

    After the beaches, to me the most important part of an all-inclusive vacation is the food. Grand Paradise Bavaro offered Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily with 8 restaurants including 6 a' la carte. La Laguna Buffet Restaurant was the site for our breakfast buffet. Breakfast was one of my favourites as they offered eggs any way you wished,...

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Punta Cana Nightlife

  • Clubs and Discos

    We heard about this place Sins4Two but did not find much information in local ads nor with the locals, turns out that the place does not advertise much as it is quite exclusive, yet they accepted my reservations (that is another thing, they dont accept you unless you made a reservation). Price was reasonable as all consumption was included and...

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  • Mangu

    Pretty much the ONLY place to party in Punta Cana......just ask anybody. It's located at the occidental resort and isn't a far taxi ride away from other resorts. Don't pay more than $15 for a 10 minute taxi ride with around 4 people. The club is PACKED every day of the week and has two levels. The first level plays mostly merengue with some hip...

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  • Imagine Nightclub

    Imagine Nightclub is one of the best off resort nightlife options in Punta Cana. Located inside a cave it's about a 15-30 minute ride from most resorts. There are 4 different caves each with their own ambiance. The club regularly holds themed events, check their website for details (google "imagine punta cana" or check out their facebook page)...

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Punta Cana Transportation

  • Airport

    Punta Cana International airport is the gateway of this All Inclusive mecca, merely 30 to 40 minutes from most hotels. Regular and charter airlines from North and South America and Europe fly here regularly. This airport is different from the other airports in the country in the design. The roofs are thatched with palma cana leaves (a kind of palm...

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  • Taxis

    After receiving different quotes from different providers we settled on www.prestige-limousine-service.com. The reservation agent [Fanny] was so helpful with all of our requests from a chilled bottle of Champagne to the new 2013 suburban we were picked up in our vacation couldn't have started out better. If we come back to DR we would definitely...

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  • Resort Shuttles

    As the Grand Paradise Bavaro is such a huge, sprawling resort, they actually need a SHUTTLE to get folks around. Many times we walked, but many times we used the shuttle.There were "stations" spread along the resort and they even had little "stations" or sitting areas, as sometimes you could wait fifteen or twenty minutes for one to come along.

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Punta Cana Shopping

  • Quality, Variety and service

    What makes this place so special? Easy, NO harassment, great quality and diversity, excellent service and good level of english, which means a lot!I really recommend that place. You will find nice jewelry in larimar, but as well in amber, pearls, and many semi-precious stones. The prices are on the tag, so no time lost in fake negociation and they...

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  • Flea Market Locations

    We are planning a trip to Punta Cana later this year and we are staying at Breathless Resort & Spa. I was curious if anyone had stayed here before and knew if there was a nearby flea market. Thanks for any help or extra tips.

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  • Shopping as a Contact Sport

    There was a craft/artisans mall between the resorts of Majestic Colonial and Gran Paradise Bavaro. There are probably 20 or more shops there. As I understand it from other vacationers and what I've read, as well as my own experience, I can tell you that shopping is not for the faint of heart. Be ready to haggle, don't show your money, and be ready...

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Punta Cana Local Customs

  • Beautiful Art Everywhere

    Look closely, yes, that's right, its the bathroom! Dominican Art is everywhere! It is so distinctive, bright and colourful, and I just couldn't resist taking this picture. Hey, at least it wasn't the Men's room (but I did peek in, it was all done in a water theme, with dolphins!!)

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  • Any Way to Get Around

    During our visit to the Dominican Republic, we saw just about every type of transportation you could imagine. Bicycles with 3 riders, mopeds, motorcycles - we even saw a fisherman on a motorcycle with a large ice-chest strapped across the seat, holding the day's catch!This old guy caught our attention as he seemed quite happy to just be out and...

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  • Very Playful People

    We found the people of the Dominican Republic to be very warm, and happy. They had a certain 'playfulness' about them, and they always seemed to be singing, humming, and smiling.While we were at Manati Park, we watched the girl in the coveralls pretending to paint the stands. In fact, she was only using water. Whenever somebody would walk past her,...

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Punta Cana Warnings and Dangers

  • A Couple Safety Tips

    I went to Punta Cana in July of 2010 with about 28 of my family members. Overall we had a good experience but there are a few things that you should know. One do not walk around alone at night. There are robberys, rapes, assults, and possibly sex trafficking that goes on down there. Also my cousin went missing (we found her after an hour thank god)...

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  • Don't Swim at Night

    We travelled with a rather large group - it was a destination wedding. We stayed in resorts next to each other in Punta Cana, both were on the beach. One of the couples in the other resort went night swimming. They were ordered out of the water by sentries with guns who patrolled the beach for the resort. A little disconcerting, I'm sure! It's a...

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  • BEWARE AND TAKE CARE

    Food and Beverage:All water should be regarded as being potentially contaminated and sterilization should be considered essential. Water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should first be boiled or otherwise sterilized. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish, preferable served hot. Pork, salad and mayonnaise may carry increased risk....

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Punta Cana Tourist Traps

  • Punta Cana Airport

    Local Mafia collecting $10 at airport just before custom service.They give you paper slip which you give to the guy sitting 20 feet away.You don't have to do it. Just say your travel company already payed it in advance and they can contact them to verify.

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  • Vendors on the Resort Grounds

    Larimar, a mineral mined only in the Dominican Republic, is the most widely sold jewelry by these vendors. They want an arm-and-a-leg for this jewelry, and often take tourists for an expensive ride. Make sure it's authentic...Hold a flame to the stone for a couple seconds, take the flame away, then touch the stone. It should be cold to the touch,...

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  • Bargaining with the Vendors!!!

    Their are many vendors along the beach that market their wares in Punta Cana. Just like anywhere in the world its important to know what your doing and buying so your don't get taken for a ride. The three things you will see the most are wood sculptures, watercolor paintings, and cigars. All of these things are something the Dominicans excel at and...

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Punta Cana What to Pack

  • Gifts from the Dollar Store

    We purchased blow-up pool floats for use in the resort's swimming pools. Also, took thermos covered cups for swimming up to and returning from the swim-up bar. And, as always, carried our own snorkel gear -- some snorkeling from the beach -- saw a baby octopus, and, would rather use my own mouthpiece on party (group) snorkeling trips. Since...

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  • DRINKS!

    Minimal clothing and LOTS of swim suit bottoms ;) Toiletries are very expensive! Bring aspirin, pepto and immodium, band-aids, lip balm with high spf, aloe and TAMPAX! Bring plenty of batteries for the camera and a water camera. Snorkle gear. You won't regret it. Bring LARGE insulated cups with lids. Bartenders would much rather fill one...

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  • Snacks!

    I'd bring a small carryon bag with your swimsuit or shorts if you are arriving before check-in time (usually 3 p.m.) and an extra beach towel if you will be staying at the resort after checking out. A Bathing suit, cover-up for going into the buffet for lunch, and flip flops are what I wore 80% of the time. Of course you need something more for...

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Punta Cana Off The Beaten Path

  • Massage on the Beach Punta Cana

    If you want one of the best massages on the beach in a straw hut overlooking the sea in Punta Cana near Sirenis Cocotal & Tropical Hotels is Kati massage. She is a trained masseuse that will give you one of the best massages you will get in this part of the world at a fraction of the price you would pay at the hotels.The lady that gives the massage...

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  • visit a Cenotes!

    While you are at Chichén Itzá, you have to visit a Cenotes! Cenotes are formed by lime rock that dissolves, and then collapses and creats these large open water pools. The water is very clear, as most of it comes in the form of rain water infiltrating slowly through the ground. Its cool and refreshing in the Hot summer Mexican heat, and very...

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  • Higuey and Cathedral

    We took a public bus from the entrance of our hotel for a couple of dollars that took us into the city of Higuey (about 45 minutes away). The buses run every 30 mins or so and are perfectly safe (although you will be riding with pretty much only the locals). Definitely a must for travelers who aren't afraid of their own shadow and who want to see...

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Punta Cana Sports & Outdoors

  • Marinarium tour in Punta Cana

    This tour horrifically exploits nurse sharks and rays. Instead of respecting the beautiful landscape and wildlife in the Caribean, this tour uses it for profit. The staff was extrmemely friendly so I have absolutly nothing against them but the tour that they run is completly unethical. Why did I go on this tour? Because I was not told that the...

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  • Marinarium - Swim with the Nurse sharks

    When in Punta Cana I would highly recommend doing the Marinarium excursion. The Marinarium is a unique offshore marine park. Basically its is similiar to an aquarium but it is in the sea and the walls are made of netting and not glass. As part of the trip you get to snorkle into the enclosures and experience a close encouter with the very large...

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  • H2O Polo

    To be updated Funny little hats that look like colored nylons, a ball, and some nets...oh yeah, and water....

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Punta Cana Favorites

  • PASSION FRUIT - CHINOLA

    While in the Dominican Republic, I discovered and fell in love with PASSION FRUIT. Native to South America, it is also grown in the Caribbean. Round to oval, yellow or dark purple at maturity, with a soft, juicy interior filled with numerous seeds. The bright yellow variety which we had at the resort, is also known as Golden Passionfruit. When I...

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  • A BIT ABOUT PUNTA CANA

    Covering about 1,100 acres, PUNTA CANA is a region in the south-eastern tip of the Dominican Republic, which occupies two thirds of the Island of Hispaniola and lies in the Caribbean Sea between the islands of Cuba and Puerto Rico. Its western border is shared with Haiti. Named after a local cape, the region is home to a coastline of beautiful...

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  • Phone scam

    Make sure to bring an activated international calling card with you to make phone calls.The phones go thru a system called BBG Communications when a credit or debit card is used.The rates are falsely advertised as $4.99 to $5.99 a minute.I was charged $252.00 for 2 phone calls of less than 15 minutes each.An internet search of BBG Communications...

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