Facts and information about Punta Cana
Punta Cana is the most eastern province if the Dominican Republic. The area has been a popular tourist destination since 1970, especially because of its beaches facing the Caribbean and Atlantic Oceans.
English is widely spoken in Punta Cana although the first language of locals is mainly Spanish.
The currency here is the Dominican Peso. Cash machines and ATMS are available in the resort town, so getting hold of cash is not a problem.
Best travel time
The weather in Punta Cana remains fairly stable throughout the year. It’s tropical climate means it is warm year round. However this also means you can expect short heavy rain showers. Evening temperatures are also high, meaning long evenings can be enjoyed outside.
When arriving in the Dominican Republic tourists must purchase a tourist visa for 10 US dollars. This can be done on arrival or alternatively in advance over the internet.
Country and People
Traditions and Culture
Like most inhabitants of the Caribbean, the people are extremely open. They are interested in everything and everyone, so don’t be surprised if you are asked a lot of questions. The population of the Dominican Republic is manly made up of Europeans (Originally from Spain) and from people brought there by slavery. The majority of Dominicans are Catholic.
The public transport system is not highly developed, so if you are not ready for an adventure it is better to avoid. However it can be very fun, a great way to meet people and is often extremely cheap.
Can rental is a great way to expand your opportunities and visit other areas of the Island. You must be at least 25 to hire a car, and a credit card will be required to insurance against damages.
The Punta Cana International Airport is one of the busiest in the Caribbean and the busiest in the Dominican Republic.
Discover and Enjoy
The beaches at Punta Cana are arguably some of the best in the world! Enjoy the miles of powder beaches and crystal blue waters. The resorts in the area offer a wide range of watersports to keep any enthusiast or beginner busy. Scuba Diving, snorkeling, sailing, canoeing.etc. Also an idea is to take a trip on a catamaran, where you can experience a real Caribbean relaxation. Listen too soft local music and enjoy the sound of the waves. Surfing and windsurfing are also popular activities especially in the windy season.
The traditional food here is a mix of Spanish and Latin American influences. It is not as heavily spiced as that of other Caribbean cultures. Locals tend to eat meats like chicken and goat as they are generally cheaper than fish and sea food. However for tourist there is lots on offer. The food in large resorts tends to be varied, and options are available for a variety of different cuisines.