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Punta Cana – Know Before You Go

Punta Cana Travel Guide

Most likely you already know at which Punta Cana all-inclusive resort you will be staying, but before you get there, we want to share our Punta Cana Travel Guide.

Punta Cana is a region in the Dominican Republic with miles paradise shoreline, and it has become a common first choice for a Caribbean vacation destination. Punta Cana all-inclusive resorts, white sand beaches, clear waters, mud buggy rides, horseback riding, fishing, and golf attract travelers from every corner of the world. If you are looking for the best all-inclusive vacation, Punta Cana is the place to travel to.We have created a list of the things to know before you to Punta Cana.

Entry to the Dominican Republic

The following is required to enter the Dominican Republic: two blank pages on a valid passport, $10USD to pay for a 30 day tourist card that could be purchased at the customs and immigration desk, you will also need to pay for $20USD departure tax, this cost is mostly included in your airfare  (verify with the airline).

Pre-Arrange Airport Transportation

Not pre-arranging your transportation could turn into a very stressful and expensive situation. After you grab your bags and head outside, there will be a lot of people offering you transportation services and excursions that may be up to 35% more expensive than a pre-booked transportation service or guided tours. Check out our flat rate and discounted from Punta Cana International Airport to all Punta Cana Resorts, Bavaro, Uvero Alto, and La Romana. We have the lowest prices for Private Shuttle Transportation in Punta Cana, Click Here! 

Dollars are accepted

If you are sticking to tourist areas, there is no need to pay a fee to exchange dollar for pesos. Everyone in Punta Cana takes dollars, restaurants, excursions, tips, etc. Make sure to have small bills; it will make it all much convenient.

Heavy Clouds

Your weather app will not be your best reference for weather in Punta Cana. There could be occasional rain and clouds because it is a tropical place. The weather apps will show an all day long forecast when its only clouds and rain for a short period. Don’t focus on the apps and be ready to enjoy the fantastic beaches and adventures.

Keep the Top

There are not many topless beaches in Punta Cana. It is best to keep the top on most beaches. The Dominican Republic has solid religious roots, and beach nudity is mostly frond upon.


All staff in Punta Cana accepts tipping (‘propinas’ in Spanish) with an open heart. When you get the experience, the level of service provided at all resorts in Punta Cana (the Dominican Republic in general) tipping feels like the best way to appreciate the fantastic treatment that all staff offers. Most locals that work in tourism are not well paid, so tipping a couple of dollars shows the appreciation of the excellent service they provide. You are not expected to give a tip for every single cocktail that you have, but a token of your appreciation could go a long way for those who are serving you.

Water is Save Depending Where You Stay

Tap Water in Punta Cana does not go through filtration systems. All hotels supply their guests with as much bottled water as they need. Be cautious not to drink tap water when you are taking a shower; keep your mouth closed. Use bottled water to brush your teeth and ask the restaurants staff if your food was cleaned and cooked with filter water. Take these precautions when you are not staying at a large resort.

You have nothing to worry about at large resorts.  Large resorts chains only serve filter waters to their guests. You don’t have to worry about the quality of the water. Resorts at Punta Cana are always concerned about the well being of their guest, so all natural juices and food are prepared with filter water.

Gift Shops

The Dominican Republic has the most excellent variety of coffee, rum, cacao, and mamajuana  ( a local that contains barks and roots infused with wine, rum, and honey). So forget about your typical souvenirs and take back home real Dominican culture.

Party Life

Dominicans are serious about their parties, and they really can party. Many hotels have night clubs/discos that stay open until very late hours. Be ready to have fun until 15 in the morning (hasta la quince)

Nothing at Walking Distance

Punta Cana is mostly a resort area, so keep in mind that there are no towns close by, the nearest town could be 30 minutes away, and they should not be ventured on your own.  To get to the capital, Santo Domingo is 2 hours and a half ride.

The bottom line is, pre-arrange all your activities to save time and money.

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