Your long-held dream is an exotic vacation on the shore of the warm sea surrounded by palm groves. Travel agencies offer a resort with an amazing name that sounds in Spanish. One is tempted to ask at once: Punta Cana, where is it? Is it a long flight there? Is there anything interesting there, except the sea and the beach? Our article will answer all questions and give tips and tricks.

By the way, what has changed in the Dominican Republic during the pandemic? We have the latest news and entry conditions for Russians in our article 😋

In Punta Cana you can distinguish several areas:

  • Cap Cana is a premium resort in Punta Cana, which is called the area for millionaires. Here is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Dominican Republic, Juanillo, where wedding ceremonies are often held.
  • Punta Cana (airport)
  • Cabeza de Toro is an area with hotels Belive, Natura Park, and Catalunya. There may be occasional seaweed.
  • Bavaro – the most popular beach, great for holidays with children. The coral reef holds back strong waves, and the entrance to the water is gentle and without sudden drops. There are many hotels (both family-friendly and for adults only), entertainment, restaurants and stores. Good infrastructure: there is a hospital, banks and pharmacies.
  • El Cortecito with Arena Blanca beach is the center of the resort area of Punta Cana. It is quite crowded here.
  • Arena Gorda – an excellent beach area, where the hotels Iberostar, Bahia Principe chain, Rio chain, Occidental Caribbean are located. There are waves, the beach is wide with white sand and turquoise water. Algae are very rare!
  • Uvero Alto is the farthest area from the airport (the trip takes about 45 minutes). Popular with honeymooners and couples in love. There are frequent waves, the beach has yellow sand, and there is almost no algae.

It is in Punta Cana that the best all-inclusive hotels are concentrated. The vast territories of these hotels provide everything so you do not need anything: restaurants, bars, swimming pools, entertainment, discos, and, of course, beaches equipped with comfortable sun loungers.

Good hotels in Punta Cana:

▪ Riu Naiboa 4. ▪ Occidental Caribe 4
▪ Ocean El Faro 5*
▪ Grand Memories Splash 5*
▪ Iberostar Punta Cana 5*
▪ Grand Bahia Principe 5*
▪ Punta Cana Princess 5*
▪ Impressive Resort & Spa 5*
▪ Majestic Elegance Punta Cana 5*
▪ Occidental Punta Cana 5*
▪ Grand Bavaro Princess 5*
▪ Riu Republica 5*
▪ Riu Bambu 5*
▪ Royalton Bavaro Resort & Spa 5*
▪ Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro 5*
▪ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 5*

What sea or ocean washes over Punta Cana?

The eastern shores of the Dominican Republic are located at the confluence of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Most of the coast of La Altagracia, where the Punta Cana area is located, is washed by ocean waters.

The Atlantic beaches are characterized by deeper waters and high waves, and the water is slightly cooler than in the Caribbean Sea.

There are many comfortable lagoons along the entire coastline of the resort. Their entrances are covered by a natural protection – coral reefs. Thanks to this, the water in the lagoons is always warm and clear. 💛 The cleanest beaches are considered Macao and Arena Gorda, marked by “blue flag”.

Periodically, the shores of Punta Cana have sargassum algae, which are brought in by Atlantic winds. But hotels install special barriers in the sea and quickly remove the vegetation from the beaches. From fall to spring, there is practically no algae on Punta Cana’s beaches.

What is the weather like in Punta Cana?

The resort is located in a zone of trade winds – tropical winds, changing directions several times a year. There are no seasons that we are accustomed to. Air currents determine the change of seasons – dry and rainy.
Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) is only 2069 km from the equator. Therefore the weather is warm and hot all year long with temperatures ranging from +22 to 32° C. The water is also never colder than +25° C. But every month has its own weather characteristics: rainfall, humidity and wind direction.

Winter

The most pleasant weather is in December. During the day there is no heat and stuffiness, and the gentle sun is very pleasant to sunbathe. The daylight hours in the winter is short, about 6.5 hours. But this time is enough to get a good tan. The water along the entire resort is heated to +28ᵒ C.

In January comes the coldest period for the tropics – no higher than +29ᵒ C during the day. The sun is gentle, but there may be waves, cool winds, and brief rains at night. Low humidity is conducive to outdoor activities and sports.

In February it gets a couple of degrees warmer. But because of the wind, which is possible in February, it can get chilly. The humidity is low. Thanks to the mild weather without heat and stuffiness, February is recommended for recreation with children and the elderly.

Spring

Dry weather continues until the end of March. All conditions for a beautiful beach holiday are present – the daylight hours lengthen, there is still little rain, the air is not humid and stuffy.

But in April the trade winds change direction. The clouds gather over the sea and the tropical downpours come more often. They are repeated twice a day, and pass very intensively, but quickly. Bathing and recreation is not prevented.

Like the rest of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana meets the beginning of the wet season in May. There may be showers not only at night, but also during the day. But the air and sea still remain warm to the delight of tourists. Punta Cana is an area where it rains less than in other parts of the country. Therefore, hotels are not empty even during tropical downpours.

Summer

Summer Punta Cana is hot and humid. In June, it rains more often at night and in the morning. But there are times when a tropical downpour rages for several days in a row. Humidity ranges from 67% during the day to 95% at night. The heat is not conducive to outdoor activities, so tourists spend more time on the beaches in June.

The area of Punta Cana on the map is a favorite “target” of the July trade winds. The storms do not cause destruction, but they do bring torrential rains. Humidity levels rise sharply and atmospheric pressure spikes occur. But if July is less rainy, tourists enjoy the beaches of Punta Cana.

August is the peak heat in the Dominican Republic. Tropical heat is combined with stuffiness and frequent downpours. But the sea remains warm as fresh milk, and bathing in it is pleasant even during the rain.

In August and September, hurricanes often sweep over the country. The mountains in the west hold back their destructive power, so the coast of Punta Cana almost does not suffer. Because of the hurricanes vacation at this time is considered risky. But tourists still willingly buy tours – their cost is much lower than in winter.

Autumn

Heat and downpours in September are usual phenomena for Punta Cana. But the wet season is already giving up. The heat of the day encourages tourists to relax on the beach. The danger of hurricanes (though they are infrequent and not every year) reduces the flow of tourists and the cost of tours.

The first half of October is still the rainy season. They come at night, which does not prevent swimming and sunbathing. Sometimes in the middle of the day there are brief thunderstorms.

November is the start of the dry season. The heat comes down, but with it the daylight hours diminish. The sun becomes less searing and dangerous to the skin. The amount of rainfall decreases.

What to see, what popular excursions in Punta Cana

The resort’s mild climate lends itself to a peaceful beach vacation. But if swimming is boring, there are always active entertainment – excursions, sea cruises, fishing.

Parks of wildlife

There are 3 great wildlife parks on the map of Punta Cana:

  • Manati. A botanical garden with exotic Caribbean vegetation. Visitors can see iguanas, pythons, turtles, monkeys, flamingos, children will definitely enjoy. Each visit is accompanied by exciting shows with trained horses, parrots, dolphins and sea lions. A group of local Taino Indians perform ritual dances. There are extreme activities for adults – zipline, horseback riding, and buggy rides.
  • Indigenous Eyes Reserva Ecologica. The area looks like a real jungle with amazing trees, vines and giant flowers. There are turtles, lizards, snakes and more than 100 species of exotic birds. There are 12 lagoons with healing water. 3 of them are perfect for taking a dip.
  • Marinarium. The park is located in the Cabeza de Toro area. Tourists get acquainted with the magnificent views of the underwater world, observe the life of marine animals and fish. Entertainment here is a lot – kayaking, snorkeling, and for adults – diving in an aquarium with stingrays and sharks.

Families with children should go to Dolphin Island, which lies in the coastal waters of Punta Cana. You can get to the place by boat. The entertainment is simple but fun for kids – playing with dolphins, watching sea lions and seals.

Top excursions from Punta Cana

  • The mountainous, palm-covered Saona Island is the Dominican Republic’s calling card, a great place to walk and swim in cozy bays. Natural swimming pool with starfish. The tour costs about $80 per person when you book online.
  • Samana 3 in 1: Los Haitises Reserve, El Limón Falls and Baccardi Island. A very full day program. Tour operators cost about $155 per person.
  • History buffs will enjoy a tour of the capital, Santo Domingo. Tour guides will show the streets with colonial architecture of the 18th century. This area of the city is protected by UNESCO as part of the cultural heritage of mankind. Be sure to visit the Columbus Palace, Ozama Fortress, the Cathedral, National Palace, and the Columbus Lighthouse. The cost of the tour is about $80 per person.
  • Zip Line and Monkeyland Monkey Park. The cost of the tour is about $124 per person.
  • Mount Redonda and Macau Beach. The advantage of the tour is that you get professional photos on the swings and on the beach. The cost of the tour is about $80 per person.

Holidays, festivals, clubs

Holidays in Punta Cana provide an opportunity to experience the unique Dominican culture and see the colorful local festivals.

At the end of winter, the carnival in February is dedicated to Independence Day. Clad in masks and fanciful costumes, Dominicans dance and sing in the streets and hold huge fairs.

In the spring one can witness the most beautiful spectacles associated with the celebration of Easter. The street decorations and masquerades wonderfully combine Christian and pagan rituals.

Summer in June is the peak of fun in Punta Cana. The Creole Merengue Dance Festival begins. Watching the dancers and taking part in the festival yourself is an incomparable entertainment.

In the winter of November, you get a chance to see the celebration of All Saints’ Day. Punta Cana is the part of the Dominican Republic where this festival takes on a special dimension. Clubs and restaurants are decorated in “scary” style, and Dominicans themselves dress up in costumes of ghosts and monsters.

Tours for New Year 🎄 are not cheap, but leave an unforgettable impression. Since early December, Punta Cana puts on amazing decorations. From Catholic Christmas to New Year’s Eve the discos and clubs are overflowing with merry people. Hotels put on holiday shows for guests every night.

On the map of the resort of Punta Cana there are many places where you can get acquainted with the everyday life of Dominicans. Restaurants offer national dishes that combine the culinary traditions of the peoples inhabiting the island – Spaniards, French and Africans. The most famous restaurants are located along the beach El Cortecito.

Punta Cana is one of the most fun resorts in the Dominican Republic. Every night the lights go on in discotheques and clubs all along the coast. Here you hear modern rhythms and traditional Dominican music, a variety of hot drinks are served and fire shows are held. Lovers of quiet relaxation can easily find a quiet bar, where you can just sit with a cigar and a glass of Dominican rum.

The most original night institution is Coco Bongo, a club with show elements, and with acrobatic and pyrotechnic elements. Unusual and a lot of fun. Also good nightclubs – Mangu, Oro, Imagine, go best on Saturday.

Active recreation in Punta Cana

Fans of extreme adventure will find plenty of ways to have fun in Punta Cana. They include:

  • Jeep safaris. Tourists go to explore the sparsely populated areas in off-road vehicles or horses. This type of vacation is also available without guides – jeeps are available for rent.
  • Windsurfing and surfing. Punta Cana has beaches with waves where even a beginner can get up on a board. There is a surf school on Macau Beach.
  • Rafting on mountain rivers. Tourists take a raft to the Caribbean Sea, traversing waterfalls of different heights along the way. Entertainment is offered in Jarobocoa, a town next door to Punta Cana.
  • Kayak and kayak trips. You can rent a boat at any hotel. Beginners necessarily accompanied by an instructor.
  • Sea fishing. Lovers of fishing in the open sea rent yachts or go on a special fishing tour.

Punta Cana is a place that has all kinds of entertainment, from the simple to the luxurious. Wealthy people spend time on elite golf courses and tennis courts, go on yacht cruises and rent helicopters for aerial rides.

Locals say, “Punta Cana is the pearl of the Dominican Republic.” And it is true – a fabulously beautiful resort is remembered forever. It is suitable for everyone – for a romantic trip, a relaxing vacation with children and an active fun trip.

Have you been to Punta Cana or are you just getting ready? Share your experiences of the resorts, and ask questions in the comments 😸