Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Vacations

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Our Opinion of Punta Cana

Located at the eastern tip of the island, the Punta Cana region is a beach lovers' paradise and our most popular destination in the Dominican Republic. Here you will find pearl white, palmfringed beaches, the most famous of which is Playa Bavaro. Punta Cana is a great destination for couples and families interested in water sports, sun and relaxation. Nightlife is a little quieter here, so singles may prefer a destination that's a little more lively.

In the past ten years, Punta Cana has grown to be a first-class destination showcasing spectacular all-inclusive resorts which enchant North Americans and Europeans alike.

Because of the newness of the resorts, you'll see that many include features so popular today: golf, spas, casinos, amazing selection of dining options, on-site weddings, kids' clubs and extensive freeform pools.

With 32 km of beaches with white sands, a backdrop of swaying palm trees, and warm waters, Punta Cana has become one of the most popular destinations of the Caribbean. It is mostly frequented by Europeans who flock here to enjoy the wonderful climate since it rarely rains during the day. The ambience and standards are more European than American. A more formal dress code will be preferred for dinner, greater interest in soccer matches.

Besides rest and relaxation, Punta Cana calls out to honeymooners, families, active travelers, snorkel enthusiast and golfers. Also many ecotourism is gaining popularity with many national reserves and the coral reef. Gamblers will rejoice with the many casinos.

Things to know about Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Vacations

Activities & Sports
Activities range from scuba diving, water skiing, jet skiing, horseback riding, golf, and mountain climbing to laying on the beach, soaking up the sun's rays.
 
Dining & Nightlife
Nightlife is centred on the all-inclusive resorts where there is a different show every night. After the show, head for one of the very hot Euro-style discos or one of three casinos in the Punta Cana area.
 
Shopping
There are shops in all hotels and new shopping complexes in the area which feature cigars, rum resortwear and latin Music cds. Amber and larimar jewelry are also popular. Beach vendors will tempt you with beach wraps.
 
Flying time from:
Toronto: Approximately 4 hours 30 minutes.
Montreal: Approximately 5 hours.
Calgary: Approximately 6 hours 30 minutes.
Vancouver: Approximately 7 hours 30 minutes.
 
Language: Spanish; English widely spoken in tourist areas, although a Spanish/English dictionary can be helpful.
Currency: Dominican peso. The Canadian dollar is easily exchanged into Pesos, so no need for US funds.
Climate: Sub-tropical with some rain in May/June and November/December.
Electricity: Same as Canada and the U.S.
 
Documents
Canadians entering the Dominican Republic for tourist purposes must purchase a tourist card, at a cost of $10 US, which is valid for 30 days. It is strongly recommended that all Canadians be in possession of a valid Canadian passport while abroad. However, for direct air travel to the Dominican Republic, Canadian tourists are only required to be in possession of valid official photo identification (such as a driver's licence) and proof of citizenship (such as a birth certificate). Canadian tourists must also be in possession of a return airline ticket.
 
All other nationalities please consult a vacation specialist or the Dominican consulate at 1-888-494-5050.
 
Note: Some hotels require credit card imprint upon check-in for any incidental charges. Hotel check-in is typically between 3pm and 4pm. If your flight arrives early, it is a good idea to pack essential items in your carry-on luggage (i.e. bathing suit, suntan lotion, medications, etc.), so you do not miss any valuable vacation time.
 
There is a 16% sales tax in the Dominican Republic.

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Hotels in Punta Cana

Punta Cana Weather Averages

Punta Cana has a warm semi-tropical climate but is tempered by eastern winds. It rarely rains during daylight hours.

Avg. °CJFMAMJJASOND
High262827282829292929282826
Low181819192022222322222018
Rain (mm)8020 90110190180 170 17020017012070
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