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PUNTA CANA TRAVEL GUIDE | Where to Stay in Punta Cana

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Punta Cana Travel Guide which focuses on where to stay in Punta Cana lists down all the all-inclusive resorts and travel tips to make your trip memorable.

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punta cana travel guide where to stay in punta cana

It is a resort town. No mistake for that. Located on the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana is where your desire to live an epicurean life lies. It houses nightclubs, pubs, amazing beachfront resorts, and not 5 kilometers of beautiful pristine beaches, but 32 kilometers of it. 

It is the place to live an all-inclusive life, but if you want to leave the all-in packages and experience a different Punta Cana, here are 20 things to do in Punta Cana. 

PUNTA CANA AT A GLANCE

Before there was Punta Cana, there was Punta Borrachon, otherwise known as Drunkard’s Point—which was a stretch of white-sand beaches, clear blue waters, and thick vegetation punctuated by fishing villages. This was life until the 1970s. 

And then the capitalist, I mean future-thinking American developers arrived and bought the land and christened it as Punta Cana. This was the birth of all-inclusive resorts in one of the finest Caribbean destinations.  

THE BEST TIME TO TRAVEL TO PUNTA CANA

The best time to visit Punta Cana is from March to May, when the peak season rush trickles out of the city. Luckily, the weather is warm year-round, with average highs around 80 degrees Fahrenheit. But keep in mind: The Dominican Republic experiences some of the effects of the Atlantic hurricane season, which lasts from June 1 to Nov. 30. And Punta Cana in particular has been known to face severe tropical storms, with October being the rainiest month. Still, this area stays crowded no matter the season.

PUNTA CANA TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

Currency: Dominican Pesos (DOP)

Roughly: 100 USD     5,107.78 DOP     | 100 Euros            5,743.24 DOP| 100 Pounts 6,439.90 DOP

Power Sockets: Type A and Type B

Languages Spoken: Spanish is the official national language of Dominican Republic. It is understood and spoken by 90% of the population. However, the commonly used dialect in the country is the Dominican Spanish, which is an offshoot of Caribbean Spanish— a combination of Andalusian and Canarian dialects in southern Spain. Dominican Spanish also borrows and eventually owns some words from Arawak language—which is spoken in eastern Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.

Aside form Dominican Spanish, there is a presence of Haitian Creole, Samana English, English, and French in the country. 

Basic Dominican Spanish Sentences You Can Use

What’s Up – Qué Lo Qué 
A little/Just a bit – Un chin
Yes –    Si 
No – No 
Please – Por favor        
Thank you – Gracias    
You’ re Welcome – De nada    
No, thank you – No, gracias     
Sorry – Lo siento          
How much does it cost? – Cuanto cuesta?
Can you help me? – Puede ayudarme?
How far? – A que distancia?
I’m hungry –  Tengo hambre
I’m thirsty – Tengo sed
I’m tired – Estoy cansado
Just a minute    Un momento

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6 PUNTA CANA TIPS TO KNOW BEFORE GOING THERE

  1. Tap water is not drinkable. It is only used for showering, bathing, and brushing your teeth.
  2. Dominican food is a sumptuous mix of European, African, and indigenous influences that are historically fused in the Caribbean island of Hispaniola .
  3. Most places accept USD as mode of payment. But if you want to get better deals of your buck, then don’t go to Punta Cana, I mean exchange some dollar to DOP.
  4. How to call home? Yo, there is messenger and whatsapp. All resorts provide free WiFi.
  5. Don’t forget to pack your sunscreen. And please use coral-friendly sunscreen.
  6. It is safe to go outside your all-inclusive resorts. But be a discerning traveler, when you feel uncomfortable of the situation. Leave.

WHERE TO STAY IN PUNTA CANA

Depending on your budget and preference, Punta Cana has a wide range accommodation that can fit in your fund, as long as it is not as tight as skinny jeans. It has to be stressed out that most properties in Punta Cana are all-inclusive. The following are categorized Adults Only, Family,

IMPORTANT NOTE! But funny enough, some resorts consider guests 13 years and older as adults. So before booking your accommodation, please double-check what they exactly mean by adult-only and what comes with their all-inclusive package.

Before naughty thoughts come into your head, there is nothing porn-like about Dominican Republic’s definition of Adult-Only. 😉

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TOP 15 ALL-INCLUSIVE RESORTS IN PUNTA CANA

EXCELLENCE EL CARMEN – ADULTS ONLY – ALL INCLUSIVE

Ideal for fun and relaxation, EXCELLENCE EL CARMEN – ADULTS ONLY – ALL INCLUSIVE is located in the Uvero Alto area of Punta Cana. From here, guests can make the most of all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the property offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations.

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Independent is renowned for its quality services and friendly staff, and EXCELLENCE EL CARMEN – ADULTS ONLY – ALL INCLUSIVE lives up to expectations. This property offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning guest.

CHIC BY ROYALTON ALL INCLUSIVE RESORT ADULTS ONLY

Nestled in the heart of Uvero Alto, CHIC by Royalton All Inclusive Resort – Adults Onl is an ideal spot from which to discover Punta Cana. From here, guests can make the most of all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the property offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations.

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CHIC by Royalton All Inclusive Resort – Adults Onl offers impeccable service and all the essential amenities to invigorate the weary traveler. This property offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning guest.

PUNTA CANA GRAND BAHIA PRINCIPE

This all-inclusive Punta Cana Grand Bahia Principe resort features an outdoor pool, restaurant, and WiFi. The resort is 7.7 km from Playa Bávaro and 11.2 km from Punta Cana International Airport. A balcony and terrace are standard in every room at Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana. A seating area with a sofa, satellite TV, and an en suite are also included. Some suites have a spa bath.

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EXCELLENCE PUNTA CANA – ALL INCLUSIVE – ADULTS ONLY

When visiting Boca De Yuma, you’ll feel right at home at EXCELLENCE PUNTA CANA – ALL INCLUSIVE – ADULTS ONLY as it offers quality accommodation and great service. From here, guests can make the most of all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the property offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations.

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EXCELLENCE PUNTA CANA – ALL INCLUSIVE – ADULTS ONLY offers impeccable service and all the essential amenities to invigorate the weary traveler. This property offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning guest.

MAJESTIC MIRAGE PUNTA CANA ALL SUITES – ALL INCLUSIVE

Located in the Pueblo Bavaro area, Majestic Mirage Punta Cana, All Suites – All Inclusive is the ideal point of departure for your excursions in Punta Cana. Situated only 6 miles/10 KM from the city center, guests are well located to enjoy the town’s attractions and activities. With its convenient location, the property offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations.

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The facilities and services provided by Majestic Mirage Punta Cana, All Suites – All Inclusive ensure a pleasant stay for guests. This property offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning guest.

OCCIDENTAL PUNTA CANA ALL INCLUSIVE RESORT

Conveniently located in Punta Cana, Occidental Punta Cana – All Inclusive Resort is a great base from which to explore this vibrant city. From here, guests can make the most of all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the property offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations.

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Supranational Hotels is renowned for its quality services and friendly staff, and Occidental Punta Cana – All Inclusive Resort lives up to expectations. This property offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning guest.

NOW ONYX PUNTA CANA

For travelers who want to take in the sights and sounds of Punta Cana, Now Onyx Punta Cana is the perfect choice. From here, guests can make the most of all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the property offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations.

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Take advantage of a wealth of unrivaled services and amenities at this Punta Cana property. This property offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning guest.

MAJESTIC ELEGANCE – PUNTA CANA

This Caribbean beachfront resort hotel offers an on-site theater, 6 restaurants and 9 bars. All rooms feature at least 1 spa bath and a full bathroom with walk-in shower. The elegant suites at the Majestic Elegance – Punta Cana are fitted with European marble and contain a plasma TV with satellite service and a DVD player. A coffee machine, work desk and minibar are included.

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Room service is provided through an independent door in each suite. Some suites feature indoor and outdoor spa baths. Guests of Majestic Elegance have access to a golf course and a casino, both located on-site.

THE RESERVE AT PARADISUS PALMA REAL ALL INCLUSIVE

This luxurious residential suite community is ideally situated within The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real All Inclusive. The hotel boasts a reputation for being a first-class tropical escape. The 184 suites are furnished with luxurious appointments that uplift the spirits and provide inner healing.

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To ensure that guests never get bored, the hotel offers a private beach, an exclusive swimming pool, as well as three a la carte restaurants and two bars for guests’ enjoyment. The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real All Inclusive is ideal for travelers who are looking for a fabulous and relaxing vacation in a tropical setting.

SECRETS ROYAL BEACH PUNTA CANA – ALL INCLUSIVE

Whether you’re a tourist or traveling on business, SECRETS ROYAL BEACH PUNTA CANA – ALL INCLUSIVE – A is a great choice for accommodation when visiting Punta Cana. From here, guests can make the most of all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the property offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations.

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Independent is renowned for its quality services and friendly staff, and SECRETS ROYAL BEACH PUNTA CANA – ALL INCLUSIVE – A lives up to expectations. This property offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning guest.

SANCTUARY CAP CANA BY ALSOL

The Punta Cana International Airport is minutes from Sanctuary Cap Cana by Alsol. This luxury resort provides a full-service spa, 24-hour room service and beach. Guest suites at the Sanctuary Cap Cana by Alsol feature an ocean view or direct beach access. The suites also include an espresso machine, silk bathrobes and a mini bar refreshed daily with bottled water, soft drinks and domestic beer.

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Guests also enjoy a furnished terrace or balcony with panoramic ocean views, plus double vanity sinks and an elegant tile and coral bathroom with a shower and bathtub. The Sanctuary Cap Cana by Alsol provides a 24-hour concierge desk.

LUXURY BAHIA PRINCIPE ESMERALDA

Located in the Bavaro area, Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda is the ideal point of departure for your excursions in Punta Cana. From here, guests can make the most of all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the property offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations.

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Offering guests superior services and a broad range of amenities, Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda is committed to ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible. This property offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning guest.

RIU PALACE BAVARO ALL INCLUSIVE

RIU PALACE BAVARO ALL INCLUSIVE, located in the Bavaro area, is a popular choice for travelers. With its location just from the city center and from the airport, this 4-star property attracts numerous travelers each year. With its convenient location, the property offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations.

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At RIU PALACE BAVARO ALL INCLUSIVE, the excellent service and superior facilities make for an unforgettable stay. To name a few of the property’s facilities, there are Wi-Fi in public areas, wired internet.

DUCASSI SUITES BEACH CLUB & SPA ROOFTOP POOL

If what you’re looking for is a conveniently located hotel in Bavaro, look no further than Ducassi Suites Beach Club & Spa ROOFTOP POOL. This property is a 2-minute walk to the beach and offers easy access to public transportations to the city center. With its convenient location, the property offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations. 

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Each suite includes a private bathroom fitted with a shower, bath towels, free toiletries and a hairdryer. Some suites have access to elite beach club with loungers while others have access to the additional pool surrounded with tropical garden. 

NICKELODEON HOTELS & RESORTS PUNTA CANA

Situated in the Uvero Alto area, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana by Karisma is the perfect place to experience Punta Cana and its surroundings. The property’s strategic location ensures that guests can quickly and easily reach many local points of interest. With its convenient location, the property offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations.

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Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana by Karisma offers impeccable service and all the essential amenities to invigorate the weary traveler. This property offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning guest.

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