Punta Cana is one of the easternmost provinces to be found on the island of the Dominican Republic. Since the 1970s, this area has been known for its immaculate beaches which border the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. While the temperatures here tend to be quite balmy, the fact that its coastline of more than 100 kilometers is also breezy has attracted surfers as well as those who wish to escape much of the tropical heat which is traditionally associated with the central Dominican Republic.
The Best Times to Visit
Thanks to its location within the central Caribbean Sea, the temperatures within Punta Cana (and indeed all of the Dominican Republic) are quite agreeable throughout the year. However, this island also lies directly in the path of the many hurricanes which tend to form between July and late September. Thus, this is the best time to avoid. Likewise, June can be an extremely hot month. To enjoy the best temperatures and few chances of rain, many will choose to visit between December and late May.
Punta Cana is served by Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) which is 21 miles east of the resort. On average, you can expect a flight from New York to Punta Cana to take around 3 hours and 30 minutes. There are a number of airlines which offer schedules flights between the US and Punta Cana including: Delta Airlines and American Airlines.
Much of the accommodation in the area is concentrated around the town and the Bávaro beaches. All-inclusive resorts and hotels make up more than 90% of the accommodation here. However, if you head further away from Punta Cana you can find some great luxury accommodation offerings which are not all-inclusive.
While Punta Cana has more accommodation than many other Caribbean resorts, hotel rooms book up quite quickly. Therefore, it is important that you book in advance, especially if you have your heart set on a particular hotel.
Top Things to Do In Punta Cana
First and foremost, the beaches of Punta Cana are some of the most stunning in the entire world. There are no less than ten to be enjoyed and each will offer its own benefits and unique attractions. For example, Playa Juanillo is punctuated by beautiful white palms and has been given the famous “Blue Flag” status in terms of the quality of its water. Punta Cana Beach may perhaps be the most famous; visitors will be able to experience all of the tropical beauty while dining at a wonderful seaside restaurant. Finally, Playa Cabo Engano is a more secluded section for those who are searching for a bit of privacy. Many beachcombers enjoy the lonely stretches of sand that this area has to offer.
While the beaches themselves are ideal for obtaining a bit of rest and relaxation, there are also numerous aquatic activities which should never be missed. Some of the most common attractions include kayaking, sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming with the dolphins and even renting a private yacht for a taste of five-star luxury. Thankfully, most beaches will offer all of these services and many more for relatively amenable rates.
Although the capital of Santo Domingo is perfect for urban explorers, many will instead choose to experience the raw beauty of this wonderful island. For those who are interested in ecological tourism, Los Haitises National Park is not to be missed. Boasting over 800 square kilometers of untouched forest and wetlands, this location was previously inaccessible to tourists. However, small groups have been allowed to visit since the year 2000. The great variety of flora and fauna here is perfect for anyone who has been hoping to witness some of the most unique wildlife on the planet. However, there is an appreciable amount of precipitation here; it is wise to bring a raincoat!